WPC Final Week – Favorites – Pt. 3

Nubble brooding

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.

Today’s choice is one of those photographs that has gotten a lot of positive reactions from many people, both on-line and those who have seen it in print. As a subject, it was something that I avoided for years, as it had been photographed so many times before and some great photos already existed. Until, this day in June 2013, when I was inspired…

So here’s what came about…

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Nubble Brooding

The vista that lay in front of me was not quite as dramatic as this final image.  There was a bit of surf; there were some (rather bright) clouds overhead.  My decision was to get down low to the water for this shot and find the right spot for the composition, which I wanted to be a little bit out of standard.  Then I took a series of exposures with different solutions to get all the elements that I needed.

I took five weeks before I was in the right mood to edit this image and produce what you see here.  There was a need for some darkness in this image, as well as the light that gives hope.  Hope you enjoy!

Have a great day!

WPC Final Week – Favorites – pt. 2

The Wise Tree

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.

Today’s favorite is one that a lot of people have commented on over the years.  It also is one of my favorite subjects, as I took many photos of this particular tree over the years. Yes, of course, I’m talking about the Yoga Tree, which has been the subject of many a shot. Among all those images, it is not easy to pick just one that stands out, though!

So here’s my choice…

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The Wise Tree

The Wise Tree is one of the early captures of this wonderful tree in the series that stretched over three years.  The cloud pattern is waht drew me in for this shot, and I was not disappointed when I got there!

This tree has given me much joy over the years!

Have a great day!

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!