WPC Final Week – Favorites – pt. 1

Tuscan Fields

The Final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has presented their final theme of All-Time Favorites, which, while being a bit sad that it’s their last prompt, is a great way to finish.

Of course, we all know that it’s not necessarily easy to pick favorites from among all the photographs that I have shared over the years, I’ll try to do this week’s theme justice.  Some of these are based on feedback that I have received from my wonderful blog readers and some are just ones that I really like.

So here’s the first one…

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Tuscan Fields

During last year’s vacation in la Bella Italia, we drove past this location on our way to Montepulciano, which is a wonderful Tuscan hill town.  The morning light wasn’t quite to my liking, but I did resolve to visit during the late afternoon to find this amazing scene in front of me.

It’s amazing what landscapes may unfold for us and this one certainly has kept my interest over the past year.  Have a wonderful day!

A View of Vancouver

The higher view

This year, I have been traveling quite a bit for business with locations including Israel, Istanbul, Vienna, Brno, Kharkiv and, recently, Vancouver.

A lot of business travel is time spent in meetings, often starting early and running late into dinner and beyond. Occasionally, there is time to break away from the meetings and see something of the city that you’re visiting.  In Vancouver,  during a great OpenStack Summit, I had a couple of opportunities, as there were some great things to do close to the convention center; the convention center is an amazing facility and has wonderful architecture.

The first thing that I got to do is go on a seaplane ride, which provided a great view of Vancouver, the bay and surrounding area.

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Vancouver, Stanley Park and Coal Harbour

The view here is of the city of Vancouver, Stanley Park and Coal Harbour, as seen from the seaplane.  If you look carefully in the middle left-hand side of the image, you see the grass roof of the Vancouver Convention Centre, where OpenStack Summit was held.

More images to come soon!  Have a wonderful day!

The Port of Rotterdam

Another power of water!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the very fluid theme of Liquid, which is right up my alley, as the Netherlands is all about water!

Staying with the Dutch theme from my prior post in this WPC theme, I’m focusing on the city where I was born: Rotterdam.  Rotterdam is very much a port city in its character, as trade is the life-blood of its economy; it is the largest port in Europe.

A key part of the success of the port of Rotterdam is the digging of the Nieuwe Waterweg. In the first half of the 19th century the port activities moved from the centre westward towards the North Sea. To improve the connection to the North Sea, the Nieuwe Waterweg (“New Waterway”), a large canal, was designed to connect the Rhine and Meuse rivers to the sea. The Nieuwe Waterweg was designed to be partly dug, then to further deepen the canal bed by the natural flow of the water. Ultimately however, the last part had to be dug by manual labour as well. Nevertheless, Rotterdam from then on had a direct connection between the sea and harbor areas with sufficient depth. The Nieuwe Waterweg has since been deepened several times. It was ready in 1872 and all sorts of industrial activity formed on the banks of this canal.

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Lots of water!

In this image, we see the Meuse river in the center of Rotterdam, with a water taxi speeding along.  Most of the ports are downstream from this location, which is to the right in the image.  Each of the port areas specialize in certain cargo types, such as containers, crude oil, refined fuels, bulk supplies, etc.

If you get the chance to visit Rotterdam, I recommend that you take a harbor tour with one of the Speedo ships; these tours are both enjoyable and informative!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Ring

A ring that captures…

Welcome to Week 110 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  This week’s theme is something different again!

You produced a wonderful set of posts for the past week’s theme of Shine!  Your creativity shone through your posts and made them a lot of fun to read and appreciate. So I decided to give a completely different element to this week’s theme and select a topic that allows you to go in many directions: Ring!

Of course, a ring can be the one that binds them all, or the sound from a telephone, or have a familiar ring!  Your tasks is to put your creative vision on the theme and come up with something interesting…

I can’t wait to see what you might create!

This is one version of a ring, as it stands in a circle with a ring of stones…

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Lochbuie Stone Circle

The Lochbuie stone circle is a location that is filled with the power of the ancients, which permeates the entire site; there are several locations in this site that produce a palpable amount of energy that one can feel coursing through your body…  To say that there’s ancient mystery in this location is an understatement!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I’m looking forward to seeing what might ring true in your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 109

Shining stars!

Welcome to the 109th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  You definitely took a shining to this past week’s theme!

I like the variety of approaches that you took this week in tackling the idea of Shine! With lots of beautiful images and thoughtful prose, you created a stunning set of posts that were a joy for me to read.  Thank you!!!

Please let each other know how much you appreciate all these great entries!

Here’s the setting Sun working on its last moments to shine on this day…

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A Shining Light Setting

On a very cold Winter’s day, as I was wrapping up from shooting lots of snow and other beach scenes, the Sun started to set and I was presented with this lovely landscape!

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Ed kicked things off this week in his blog, In My Mind’s Eye, with a wonderful shine that is generated by the brilliant white of the swan!
  • Sarah captured a beautiful shine this week in By Sarah, both off the road and ocean in Haleakala National Park.
  • Nicole caught a wonderful shine in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, as she captured the playful interaction between light and water!
  • With another great photo in theonlyD800inthehameau, we get to see what can be achieved with simple tools that are at one’s disposal…
  • Gwenny’s post in Field Notes from over the Hill garners a wonderful tableau on Ma & Dad’s farm off an old rusted truck!
  • Ron’s entry in Progressing into Solitude catches a wonderful shine, as the arch arcs into the sky!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom highlights the shine both in the stream and the eye of a whippet.  Xenia’s second post is in her blog Tranature showcases the wonderful shine that we get off the water!
  • In a lovely post in Sliku Svoju Ljubim II, Klara captures the shine of a magnificent light art installation.
  • Donna captures another wonderful shot in her blog No-Madder Nomadder when she photographed her father and step-mother on Mt. Lemmon!
  • Candace’s post in Netdancer’s Musings has me wanting to go visit Cabo Cape, as the light dances magically across the water!
  • With a wonderful photo of the sun shining across the water in All the Shoes I Wear, we start a great reading post filled with adventure!
  • With another great photograph in Land of Images, it might well be Heaven on Earth to see such beauty!
  • Hammad’s post in The Blog of Hammad Rais not only features a great photo, but als asks a deep question!
  • Yinglan tells us the tale of a disastrous hike in her blog This is Another Story, filled with falls and rolls down the mountain, and also a beautiful photograph!
  • In a lovely post in Heaven’s Sunshine, we get to enjoy the quiet beauty of a sunrise across a pond.
  • In another great post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we see the Purple Sapphire, whose iridescence shines with grace and beauty!
  • In pensivity101, the lovely tale of shine is what is present when best friends, hubby and her, are together.
  • In Urban Liaison‘s post, we get a view of an incredibly cool illuminated fountain that creates some spooky imagery!
  • Stella’s great post in Giggles & Tales takes a shining to a number of scenes that veritably shine!  Which one do you like best?
  • This week, Nicole takes us into nature in Doar Nicole, as she focuses on the ABC’s of shine; great post!
  • Miriam puts up another great post in her blog Out an’ About, as it is your time to shine!
  • In Showers of Blessing, Miriam gives us a wonderful view of Denali Park with shine coming off the brilliant snow!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

The Strength of Water

Source of life and power!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the very fluid theme of Liquid, which is right up my alley, as the Netherlands is all about water!

Saying that water is ubiquitous in the Netherlands is akin to stating that there’s air in Earth’s atmosphere!  In the Low Countries respect for and understanding of water are ingrained from an early age: swimming lessons were part of elementary school and the impact of the North Sea Flood of 1953 were part of the curriculum.  Over the centuries, the Netherlands has honed its water management skills to a point that it’s a national export.

Of course, we also learn to enjoy the water that we find everywhere, whether it be at the magnificent beaches of the North Sea coast or sailing on one of the many lakes or out on the sea, there is plenty of fun to be found!  Even during those times, it is important to not lose one’s appreciation for the power of water…

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The Power of Water

There may not be any significant waterfalls in the Netherlands, due to the flatness of the country, but the respect for water’s awesome power is never far removed from our consciousness!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 105

Wet and wonderful!

Welcome to the 105th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Finally this post is done! One more round up to catch up with 🙂

Your posts about the theme of Rain were certainly not filled with gloom, but rather vibrant with life itself!  One of you made me laugh out loud, and each post was highly creative and there were many amazing photos!

Thank you for your amazing contributions to this theme, as we enjoy the rain and its beneficial effects!

Here’s a sample of something else that requires rain….

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Wild Apple

Sometimes it only takes a glance to notice something to photograph; such was the case here, as the red apple, hanging by itself, stood out in the entire scene.  So I pulled over and stopped to capture this scene.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Kicking things off this week is Sarah in her post in By Sarah, where she shares a beautifully atmospheric image!
  • In a lovely post in CitySonnet, we get a gorgeous images showing the rain’s effect on the buds…
  • In Love Your Life, we get a wonderful story for an inopportune rain storm…feeling as soaked as the moose!
  • In a great post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we visit the Kaas plateau and are entertained by some rather wet spectacles!
  • Nicole shows us a beautiful image of rain being collected in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme!
  • Cee’s post in Cee’s Photography features fantastic photos of rain hitting the window! Really makes one appreciate the indoors!
  • In pensivity101‘s post, there is a special surprise!  Go check it out and let me know what happened to you upon reading it!
  • In Field Notes from over the Hill, Gwenny takes a 3 hour drive in less than ideal conditions!
  • In a lovely post in Feel Purple, we get to visit Nakshatra Gardens, which look truly beautiful, even in the rain!
  • In a Roaming Urban Gypsy, we explore the city while it’s raining with an amazing array of great photos!
  • Candace’s post in Netdancer’s Musings most definitely makes a splash!
  • All the Shoes I Wear is a wonderful blog with great photography, which is proven out again in this week’s post.
  • In an awesome post in theonlyD800inthehameau, we get treated to another amazing photo that portends of rain!
  • The terrace where Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery takes us looks very inviting, but a bit of sunshine might help!
  • In Robert’s Snap Shot’s post we are treated to some great photos featuring our theme!
  • Hammad’s post in The Blog of Hammad Rais features a couple of wonderful shots that show us when the rain came down!
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales has a lovely set of photos that show off the results of rain!
  • Charles’ post in charlesewaugh provides us with a great photo of the rainbow in the Chilean fjords.
  • Another rainbow shows up in Fleeting Muse‘s post, with a double rainbow in the photo; great shot!
  • In a lovely post in Woolly Muses, we have a variety of rain shots!
  • Donna’s post on the this week’s theme in her blog No-Madder Nomadder reminds us how much fun it is to play in the rain!
  • In a great post in Land of Images, we get the atmosphere of wind, waves and rain permeating through the image!
  • In sgeoil‘s post, we get the appreciation for rain and the wonderful effects that it has!
  • Susan has a truly wonderful photo in Musin’ with Susan, which makes me want to jump in and make a splash!
  • Miriam really appreciates the rain in her post in Showers of Blessing, as its effects are wonderful!
  • Robert has another great photo in Photo Roberts Blog, in which the moment of the day in the rain really comes through!
  • Another wonderful post in Chinese Corner with Min brings us into the landscape during a weekend with rain!
  • Khürt’s post in Island in the Net gives a wonderful sense of what rain can bring us!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!