Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 93

Elgin has more than just marbles…

Welcome to the 93rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  It may be old news, but this was another wonderful week of posts on this theme!

The line up of contributions this week varied tremendously in subject matter, while being consistent in a high level of creativity and quality.  Seeing a wonderfully captured old man, a 3,500 year old tree, ancient cat, old buildings and much more!  Your entries were magnificent and a pleasure for me to read!

Please let all the authors know how much you appreciate their work!

And something else that is on the old side….


Elgin Cathedral, Scotland

During our vacation in Scotland in 2013, my wife and I just happened upon the wonderful town of Elgin, where I sensed that there was something interesting to see; we were not disappointed, as the magnificent remains of the Elgin Cathedral drew us in.  Walking around on the grounds, you can feel the connection to what made this location special in a spiritual sense.

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

  • By Sarah shares photographs and the story of a banyan tree in Hawaii that dates back to 1870; it’s a sight to behold!
  • Nicole’s post in Une Photo, Un Poéme tells the tale of a medieval clock in Salisbury, which is a stunning piece of time keeping!
  • In her post in VickiMD87, Vicki tells the story of Mystic Waters, the ferrie that runs between the village of Baltimore and Sherkin Island.
  • In Field Notes from over the Hill, Gwenny brings us to some interesting locations and finds great old items!
  • This week, pensivity101 tells the tale of one of her previous residences that was built in 1847 and had many interesting features!
  • In Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery‘s post, we get to see an ancient Lykian rock grave, which goes well back before we started counting years forward!
  • This week’s response by Land of Images brings us old King’s Hall of Trinity College in Cambridge.  Dating back to MCCCXXXVI!
  • This week’s contribution in theonlyD800inthehameau, takes us back to World War I with a French helmet that is a classic!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom has us remembering the mountains, truly ancient in their grandeur as they stand above the landscape!
  • This week iballrtw has a truly phenomenal contribution with Hathsepsut’s Myrrh tree that she brought back from ancient Punt about 3500 years ago!
  • In Chateaux des Fleurs, we get to meet an old man, who is photographed beautifully  and just radiates the wisdom that comes with age!
  • Ladyleemanila‘s contribution this weeks has a great variety of old objects and a song that I really like (yes, I’m old 🙂 )
  • Ed’s entry in his cool blog In My Mind’s Eye, focuses on a couple of old items that give me the feel of the Middle Ages!
  • In this week’s entry from PtitNFit, we not only get to see some wonderful old items, but also a great poem by Nikita Gill!
  • In Bedlam & Daisies, we are treated to a fantastic post featuring trains in the snow, with some rather old boxcars!
  • In this week’s entry from ForgivingConnects, Debbie lets go of the old, while nurturing the every-renewing self in mind, body and soul!
  • Musin’ with Susan shares a treasured possession with us, which connects her family across a number of generations!
  • Mara’s post in Mara’s Artistry combines two of her loves: art and pets; the pet, in this case, is rather ancient!
  • This week, Photo Roberts Blog brings us some fantastic images exploring the beautiful lines of old cars!
  • When she goes Out an’ About, Miriam sauntered through old Chiltern to create a beautiful reportage of this town, with a spirit as old as the land that it stands on!
  • Khürt puts his best foot forward in Island in the Net with a fantastic photo that has the appearance of being from another age!
  • Ron provided a wonderful photo of an old standard in many a landscape in Progressing into Solitude; you’ll want to check it out.

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

Posing through the Seasons

A lady stands proud!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Variations on a Theme.

This challenge immediately made me think of a tree that has been a significant part of my photographic life: the Yoga Tree!  Her variation across the seasons is nothing short of fantastic, as she adapts and graces the landscape with beauty every day.

Here are some examples of this lady of the fields:

These days, she is surrounded by a compost farm, which is not a fitting place for a lady, so these images (and many more!) are a wonderful reminder of days gone by.

Have a wonderful day!

Silence of Winter Morning

Quietly cold reaches out to us…

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Silence.

There’s nothing quite as silent as a Winter’s morning, when there’s a thick blanket of snow, which muffles any sound that might be in the air.  Birds are slow to start, as they conserve every bit of energy for the daily search for food.

On these cold, quiet mornings, each breath brings another level of refreshment into our bodies.  Every fiber is alive with the sensation of the air, as, in silence, the cold reaches out to us, longing to have us join…

Winter Morning on Rocky Pond

Rocky Pond is a magical place, particularly in Winter, as all is still.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Old

Make the old new again!

Welcome to Week 93 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  There were wonderfully delicious entries that left me either hungry or smiling with satisfaction; I’m sure that a couple of us went looking for something tasty, as we were inspired by the posts.

This week, I’m thinking it is not necessarily time to go on a diet yet, but rather to take a look back in time. Let’s go out there this week and find the Old!  I’m definitely not restricting your choice of subject, as there are lots of interesting subjects that have stood the test of time: buildings, landscapes, trees, people, recipes, books, music, etc.

So remove the lenscap and unleash your creative self through the lens!  Have fun with this one and bring out your finest!

Here is something that has stood the test of time…

Ageless Arches

From last year’s vacation in Italy, our day in Rome had beautiful weather. It was a little tricky to avoid the crowds, but from this angle you can still see the people in the arch on the left side to give an idea of the scale of the Colosseum.

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 old catches your eye!

Silent Paths

The sounds of silence

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Silence.

One of the wonderful things about going into Nature, is that you experience a kind of silence that we can never get around the cities and towns, in which most of us live.  For me, there’s nothing like the silence of being in the woods, far enough away from civilization that the only sounds that remain are produced by Nature.

Of course, these locales are not completely silent, but it appears that the sounds that are present become part of a tapestry, such that it doesn’t disturb, but, rather, envelop our own presence within the woods.

Silent Path

This moss-surrounded path allowed for very quiet walking, so that I felt part of the landscape.  Also, the moss made for a wonderful resting place!

Have a wonderful day!


At the moment, work takes me to Dublin, Ireland, and more specifically I am in Malahide. This is a beautiful coastal town with great views and changeable weather.

I was told that if I didn’t like the weather that it will be different in a few minutes, which has proved correct. Yesterday, we had rain, wind, snow and sunshine…

This is the coastline by my hotel during a period of sun.

Have a great day!

Weathered on the Beach

Drifting snow and wood

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Weathered.

In my third entry for this challenge, we go to the beach on a rather chilly day.  At least, I went to the beach 🙂  The day was fantastic, as I haven’t had  alot of opportunities to catch the beach with a snow cover, as the salt water tends to make short work of snow.

On this day, I captured a variety of images, of which lots were of snow swept across the beaches. I also found this rather weathered piece of driftwood…

Weathered and Snowy

There are still remnants of the snow on this part of the beach, some of which are clinging to the driftwood.

Have a wonderful day!