Shiny moment in Chiusdino

Shining light

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of ooh, Shiny!; of course, this did generate some ideas, but I landed somewhere unexpected….

As I still had my Lightroom catalog from our trip to la Bella Italia open, why not take a browse?  That led me to the little village of Chiusdino, nearby where we stayed in the hamlet of Colordesoli (37 inhabitants).  It was a wonderful stay that allowed us to find the Abbey of San Galgano…

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Abbey of San Galgano

A simple iPhone image, as we were just wandering around on our first day in Tuscany.  The location was simple magic and filled with spiritual energy, that was amplified by the stunning Sun!

Hope you enjoy!

The Ancient Elements – Earth

Mother Earth’s children

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental; I’ll be sure to cover all the Ancient Elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air during this week, as each has presented ample opportunities to me photographically.

In a break from the earlier posts in this series, I am going with a representational image for the Elemental of Earth.  In this image, we look toward the strong connection that humanity has with the earth for its sustenance, materials, living space and many other aspects of our daily lives…

 

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Fields of Tuscany

This image came about from my noticing this particular field, as my wife and I were driving to the town of Pienza in Tuscany.  During the morning there were a number of photographers at this location, so I skipped it, only to find it even more to my liking in the afternoon!

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Alley

Don’t lose your marbles

Welcome to Week 70 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

After a week filled with golden tickets from all those wonderful entries, I figured we take a bit more of a pedestrian direction this week.

During our vacation in Italy, the hill towns of Tuscany provided us with much interesting scenery, architecture and some astonishing food!  So, it’s not too surprising that I reminisce this week and draw inspiration from one of these towns.  The word Alley goes back a ways in its derivation from the latin ambulare through the old French aler to the modern usage.  Of course, there is also an alley of a different meaning that has a separate derivation; which one do you choose?

This theme is right up your alley!  Whether your passageway is narrow or lined by trees, I’m looking forward to all the lovely entries!

Pienza provided some wonderful alleys, including one where we found a small restaurant that was simply amazing!  This one spoke to me…

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Alleys abound in Pienza

There is something inviting about these tableaux of old world tradition that just pulls you right in for a saunter and maybe a chat with the neighbors.

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)!!

So, go explore and find those alleys that call out to you!  And, of course, have FUN!

Skye – Island of Many Textures – pt. 2

Multi-textural beauty

Inspired by the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Texture, as Skye is all about textures, I thought I’d share another one of my recent edits.

This is looking across the Quiraing range…

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Textures of the Quiraing

I’d welcome your thoughts on the direction that this image might go.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Golden

Follow the golden rule!

Welcome to Week 69 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

The responses to last week’s challenge theme of Three were phenomenal, as always.  There were some truly creative entries, including one that gave me triple vision!

This week’s theme is one that is inspired by some of the images that I have been editing recently from the collection of images captured during our vacation in Scotland in 2013.  It may take me a while to get to editing images, but all good things come to those who wait (and work hard while waiting).  This week’s theme of Golden flows forth from the wondrous tones that I discovered on the island of Skye, where beautiful landscapes open up at every turn of the winding roads.

With this theme, I hope that you will find some interesting shots, including those that hint at what is golden…possibly, silence?  Let’s see where we end up!

Here’s the image that gave me the idea for this week’s theme…

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Golden hued Skye

This view is of the Quiraing, a landslip in Trotternish on the Isle of Skye; due to this formation’s movement, the road through the Quiraing needs annual repair.

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)!!

Remember to not kill the goose, and check those rainbows, because you don’t want to miss a golden opportunity!

Skye – an island of many textures

Rugged, yet approachable

As I was noodling around for a couple of minutes with some of my images from our vacation to Scotland, which was 4 years ago, I struggled a bit with deciding on the treatment that I wanted to give a particular image.  I’m still not certain yet, but U was amused when I looked at the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Texture, as this image is all about texture.

I’m still not convinced that I have found the right solution, but will share my work in progress with you.

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Skye’s Rugged Textures

I’d welcome your thoughts on the direction that this image might go.

Have a wonderful day!