Lone Sentinels on the Beach

Chilled beach wardens

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Glow.  Definitely a natural fit for quite a bit of my photography, as I enjoy backlit images…

Today’s image is another one from that chilly outing in late January of 2015, along the beaches of the northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire coast.  Today’s image is from later in the day, as the Sun started looking for the exit on a rather cold beach.

Its glow backlights the posts that remained standing after the storms…

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Beach Sentinels

Weather, wind and cold had wreaked havoc with these lone posts, as they stood proud in defense of the coastline.

Have a wonderful day!

Leafy Halo

Looking up is worth it!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Glow.  Definitely a natural fit for quite a bit of my photography, as I enjoy backlit images…

There are a number of images that came to mind for this challenge, of which one stood out, as it also connected with one of my posts from a week ago.  During the same outing that I got some amazing beach scenery to photograph, I also decided to look up and noticed how the sun was creating a bit of a halo effect in the clouds.

So I put this effect to use in capturing this…

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Leafy Halo

Silhouetting the leaves and branches tells a story of a cold day, filled with beauty!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 78

The shifting sands across the globe

Welcome to the 78th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  I thought that the theme of Sand might trip some of you up, but that was clearly not the case, as I can see from your awesome contributions this week!

Your entries ranged from a display of purloined sand 🙂 to many glorious beaches that just make we wish that I get the time to visit them all!  I noticed that nobody took a sander to a piece of wood to make it all shiny!  I loved reading through each of your contributions, which I see as my reward to this weekly challenge!  I hope you enjoy each others’ posts just as much!

Thank you all for playing this week and making my reading that much more fun!

As I’m a devotee to patterns, as they are displayed by Nature…

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Alien Snake Tracks?

This was taken on a February day, walking along the beach somewhere on Cape Cod.  An invasion of Extraterrestrial Reptilians had just left this location after an exploratory mission; luckily, they didn’t come during tourist season, so the planet was marked as uninhabited…

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

  • This week’s entries were started off by Land of Images‘ contribution that gives us a Meditation on Sand.  Go check it out!
  • Poetry in Pictures brings us a view of farmland, into which some sand has been plowed to ready it for planting.
  • Bushboy brings us a wonderful array of images in Bushboy’s World, particularly those that are artistic expressions by crabs!
  • Charles brings us a view of landscape and painter in charlesewaugh, captured on the US Virgin Islands; hopefully folks are all safe there!
  • Maria’s post in CitySonnet brings us to the beach, where we can walk barefoot in the sand and write names that the tides carry with them.
  • Gwenny sunburnt her feet for art, as her pink feet show in Field Notes from Over the Hill!
  • This week, theonlyD800inthehameau takes us to Abu Dhabi near the town of Al Ain, where I wonder what animal tracked through the desert…
  • Stella takes us to the dunes in Denmark in Giggles & Tales; I’m particularly impressed by the sand sculpture!
  • Xenia’s first entry in whippetwisdom.com takes us splashing through the water on the beach with Eivor and Pearl!  Her second entry in whippetwisdom.com brings us to the shifting sands with beautiful images and words!
  • This week, pensivity101 takes the prompt image and writes a wonderful poem that focuses on the interplay between sand and the tides!
  • Nicole’s photos of sand in Une Photo, un poéme really capture the essence of sand through her skillful composition!
  • This week, iball round the world shares the enjoyment of the beach at Fort Kochi in the South Indian state of Kerala.
  • Na’ama Yehuda brings us the sheer joy that can be experienced in the desert by a mother and child in beautiful image and verse.
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2‘s we find out that there was no beach nearby, but with a little sand she created a beautiful scene that is a wonder to behold!
  • Mara’s post in her wonderful blog Mara’s Artistry shows us that Batman and the Hulk are just not getting along these days!
  • We sometimes like to catch some rays on the beach, so Ed brings us an image In my Mind’s Eye that shows rays in an even better light!
  • Miriam shares wonderful memories in her post in the Shower of Blessing, both from travels in Australia and the beach where she got married!
  • Candace shares her sand collection with us in Netdancer’s Musings, which does make me wonder if all those beaches are missing a bit of sand…
  • Ladyleemanilla presents an array of images that show some of the things that we like about sand; the turtle is my favorite!
  • Sarah’s view in By Sarah is that of a most lovely beach in Australia with some magnificent driftwood!  Get me there!!
  • Sunshine’s Snapshots takes us to Ocean City in Maryland for a trip to the beach; the sand has rather intriguing ridges in it!
  • Robert’s photo in Photo Robert’s Blog leaves one wondering whose footprint that is? Will we ever find out?
  • In Bajezen, Tachira takes us to the beach with some rather stunning locations!  Find your favorite among them!
  • This week in Linda’s Cr8tions 365, we get to explore water by the beach and find a perfect starfish in all its glory!
  • Bullyboy explores sand in two posts; in his first in Travel387, we visit several sandy locations.  In the second one in Travel387, we look at the impact of pedestrians!
  • In Urban Liaisons, we go to Algarve in Portugal to visit the beautiful, and windy, beach of Sagres!  It is gorgeous!
  • In Pilgrim’s Photography, we go to the beach in the morning to see the almost wavy nature of sand that is accentuated by the morning light.
  • This week, Susan’s post in Musin’ with Susan presents us with a stunning image at the beach with a beautiful variety of color tones throughout!
  • Debbie’s photo in her wonderful blog Travel with Intent shows us how old traditions persist, as people walk to Mont St’ Michel at low tide.
  • As demonstrated this week in BlackBody there are more things between heaven and earth, but none so wonderful as Nature’s creations!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects is truly inspiring, as she shares her sense of what is really important in our lives and how we connect to it.
  • Frank’s post in Poetry, Short Prose and Walking takes us to Tyrtle Beach, where turtles are made of sand and returned on a regular basis.
  • In the Blog of Hammad Rais, we get to see a wonderful photo with many sets of footprints!
  • Lacy finds a great way to spend the day in Adventures of a Busy Mom, as she finds the beach with lovely sky and water, and a good book to read!
  • Sheena explores the sands of time in Leaking Ink, as she looks at those leaving an impression on those sands!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Cloaked in Silence

Snow’s gentle cloak wrapped the landscape

The WordPress Daily Prompt has the theme of Cloaked.  This is a very interesting topic, as it can range from deep space to simply wearing a cloak (whatever happened to good old-fashioned cloaks with many pockets?)

The one thing that came to mind immediately was one of the images from a beach excursion during January of 2015; we had just had a tremendous amount of snow, which created one of those rare opportunities to photograph the beaches in the snow.  The beaches were very much deserted, as it was not great swimming weather; and with the snow, the landscape was silent and beautiful.

A cold day at the beach…

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Silent Beach

With the gorgeous light and frozen scenery, it made for a fantastic day to be out there photographing.  With ample layers and warm boots, there was no limit to what we could see!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 77

Hour best time!

Welcome to the 77th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  This was a week filled with wonderful hours and allusions to them!

The hours chosen varied in your posts for this theme, but all of them had creativity and wonderful work in common!  As photographers love this time of day, I was not surprised to see a lot of great golden hour images.  Then some of you also found clocks to let us know the hour.  The one post that surprised me most, was one that had me going cuckoo!  You’ll be sure to find it when you read through this awesome set of contributions!

Thank you all for playing this week and making my reading that much more fun!

And here’s the morning hour, even though I’m not really an early bird…

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Morning’s Fire

This is an image from my commuting series.  When my job didn’t have the same time pressures that my current one has 🙂  This is Rocky Pond in Boylston, MA, which allowed me to get some wonderful images throughout the seasons.

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

  • Sarah kicks things off again this week in By Sarah, with an hour that many of us like to encounter: Happy Hour!  Go check it out and enjoy it!
  • Sheena’s post in Leaking Ink is definitely touching in the way she describes that hour that is more special than any other hour!
  • Nicole regales us with a beautiful set of photos in Une Photo, un poéme, showing the true colors of the golden hour!
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2‘s first entry of this week,  we are treated to warm golden hours, which are condensed to golden moments in the second entry in Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2.
  • Ladyleemanilla shares some beautiful hours with us in her post this week!
  • Ed posted some wonderful views into the golden hour in his blog In my Mind’s Eye.
  • This week, iball round the world shows us that camel drivers get a break around the golden hour!
  • Xenia’s first entry in whippetwisdom.com includes a haibun and prayer for Las Vegas.  Her second entry in whippetwisdom.com is wordless and full of color.
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales takes us across a number of hours and the impression that they left.
  • Mara’s Artistry is back this week with a couple of great photos in her wonderful blog!
  • This week, theonlyD800inthehameau let’s us know exactly what the hour of the day is in another great photo!
  • In the Blog of Hammad Rais, we find ourselves in some wonderful hours that are inviting us to spend them outside.
  • Following Him Beside Still Waters not only captures the theme in wonderful photos, but also includes a great poem.
  • In ARHtistic License, Andrea takes us to the library, or, more precisely, outside the library to find the hour!
  • This week, we find a different hour in Musin’ with Susan, as she shares the blue hour in wonderful photo!
  • A great shot in BlackBody gives us insight into that hour we all dread: rush hour!
  • Frank’s entry in Poetry, Short Prose and Walking takes us on an hour’s walk through a great park!
  • Miriam’s entries in Out an’ About are always full of great photos and interesting to read; this week is no exception as she takes us to some surreal landscapes!
  • Bullyboy brings us some really interesting photos in his post in Travel387; the light in both shots is unusual and even a bit surreal.
  • Another great take on a theme in Linda’s Cr8tions 365, where we arrive at lunch hour!
  • Donna’s contribution in her very interesting blog Wind Kisses has us going cuckoo in a rather unusual location!
  • In Bajezen, we find various hours of the day covered in a wonderful fashion; time keeping is very precise!
  • Layue’s everday photo blog brings us a gorgeous shot that uses the light from the golden hour in stunning fashion!
  • Na’ama Yehuda shares another wonderful post, documenting the bewitching hour with photo and verse!
  • Miriam takes us for an hour’s walk in the Shower of Blessing, as she documents the changing of trees’ colors in Portland and the squirrels that love the park!
  • Robert’s photos in his post in Photo Robert’s Blog are bathed in that most wonderful warm light that we know to be the golden hour!
  • Imelda brings us the pleasure of kayaking around the hour of 5:00 pm in her post in My Wall; beautifully done!
  • In Pilgrim’s Photography, we find that their favorite hour is the morning twilight with some great beach photos!
  • Khürt’s post in Island in the Net brings us to Princeton for a wonderful night hour in another great photo!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sand

The sands of time

Welcome to Week 78 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

It definitely took me hours to appreciate all of your wonderful entries for last week’s challenge.  The round up for those entries will appear a bit later today, as I am still catching up from my wonderful weekend guitar retreat (a post about that later in the week!)

This week is inspired by another walk along the beach; this one was during a recent, very snowy Winter, when I joined a group of intrepid (and hardy) photographers, as we went exploring various beaches on the last day of January.  There was lots of snow on those beaches, which was phenomenal, but I also captured this week’s theme: Sand!

Now, I know that your creative minds are jumping all over this right away!  And you say, quite rightly, that Sand can also be a verb…  Yes, it’s not just a pretty fun material for beaches, so take this one in the direction of your choosing and have some fun with it!!

Here’s the view of that sand…

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Fabled Lands through the Lens of Time

What drew me into this faux dune landscape were the ridges that had been carved into the sand, next to the glacial water; you know that it was cold, as salt water freezes at a lower temperature.  Peering over a ridge, this gave me the sense of looking across a desert landscape at the edge of an ice ocean.

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 you find in your sandbox, belt-sander or hourglass…

Also, an appropriate image for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Scale.

Guitar Retreat

Wonderful weekend of art

This weekend, I’m enjoying myself at a guitar retreat, where we focus on songwriting, performing, playing and general creativity. It is a great time, as I don’t often get the time to focus on guitar for this long a period of time. As you can imagine, I’m learning a lot and having a great time.

Another wonderful aspect of this retreat is its location, at Essex Woods Retreat & Meeting Center in Essex, MA. The center is set in the woods and we’re surrounded by Nature’s beauty and art, as the center used to be an artists’ center.

What you see here are a couple of the art works, from among the many great ones that are on the property.