Three Line Tales – My Valentine

Many thanks to Sonya for Week One Hundred and Fifty-Nine of Three Line Tales, part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales, week 159: a little fellow dangling from a graffiti heart
photo by Nick Fewings via Unsplash


Lifted high, afloat,
Brimming with expectations…
Be my Valentine!


Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on her TLT page, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 127

A world filled with joy!

Welcome to the 127th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Your views of various parts of the world are truly inspiring!  Your posts vary from shedding light on your place in Our World to the world around you and all its magnificent aspects!  Each and every one of them was a joy to read!

Thank you for letting your creativity shine through in each of your contributions for this week; I hope that you enjoy each other’s posts!

Here’s another view of our world…

Pure Joy!

My reason for choosing this image is that it is all about what is most important in our world: connections between people with pure love and joy!  There is enough love to make it all the way around the world and unite all of humanity!  Let’s bring everyone together!

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

  1. We get a great view of pensivity101‘s world, both past and present; living on a boat must have been a constant adventure!
  2. Kammie’s post in The Nut House brings some interesting views of her world, as she clearly likes to explore its more unusual spots!
  3. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival combines a great set of images from her part of the world to illustrate what it’s like being a blogger; awesome post!
  4. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we are introduced the India’s oldest sea bridge; this train bridge is certainly an interesting bit of engineering!
  5. A wonderful post in Chateaux des Fleurs takes us to an exotic land, which is a truly interesting part of our world!
  6. Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom takes us into their world with great photos and haiku!  In a second post in Tranature, we find inspiration in the breeze!
  7. In another wonderful post in her blog Heaven’s Sunshine, Irene invites us to take in the view! It is magnificent!
  8. Stella shares a magnificent view of her world in Giggles & Tales, in which she shares some of Denmark’s finest attributes…but no Lego?
  9. In Banactee‘s post, we are taken into an unusual world with its own beauty, as we are taken into Grafitti World!
  10. Jason worships the Sun in Proscenium, whether it is grasshopper yoga or the pot of gold…
  11. Sarah’s entry in By Sarah goes back in time to when our world was ruled by terrible lizards… or is it still the case?  [FYI – this blog may be set private, making access require authorization]
  12. In another wonderful post in her blog Out of my Write Mind, Sandy plays with shadows again…to great effect!
  13. Anita’s post in Anita’s Images shares the colors of her world, which are beautiful indeed, as we look at the port of Valetta!
  14. Deb’s photo in Twenty Four provides for a curious world view; whose view of the world do we get here?
  15. Petra had plenty of inspiration for her post in Photoworld vol. 3, as those skies are simply spectacular!
  16. Cactus Catz‘s post gives us an interesting view of Tucson, as the mural on Hippie Gypsy is nothing short of amazing!
  17. The poem in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post touches on a rather timely view of our world, as Lady Liberty will attest!
  18. Fatma Mahmoud shares a beautiful view of the world around her with a great photograph!
  19. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 provides us with a view of Exeter that shows one of the improvements to downtown; Water street flourishes!
  20. A lovely post in Touring with Kids takes us to the Jersey Shore, which can be both enticing in its beauty and ferocious in its weather!
  21. Sonya takes this week’s theme rather literally in Middleton Road: the art installation in the forecourt of Te Papa is stunning!
  22. There appears to be a traffic jam in theOnlyD800intheHameau‘s world: it’s a rather sheepish traffic incident, at that!
  23. Jordan takes us to Rosarito Beach in Jordy’s Streamings; the architecture looks stunning, and those toys…who can resist playing with them?
  24. Maria goes in close in her post in KameraPromenader, as she examines the structure of the world around us.
  25. Brian’s views of the world are stunning, as we can see in Bushboy’s World; it’s great to see how travel can get one to interesting locales!
  26. Sonia’s post in Sonia’s Musings shares an image of a location that helped her through times of grief, as the sea helped absorb some of the pain; perfect world!
  27. In a great post in A Day in the Life, we are treated to a set of lovely photos of the world, where birds play a significant role!
  28. Another fantastic photo in Land of Images proves that the geese like to come back on a regular schedule!
  29. A truly interesting post in Photography Journal Blog takes us to the Queen’s Hamlet; Marie Antoinette must have enjoyed this little hamlet!
  30. In another fantastic post in A Pause for Nature, we explore a key part of our world: light!  In a second post in A Pause for Nature, we take a close-up view of some of our co-inhabitants…not for the squeamish!
  31. Olga shows one of the interesting aspects of her world in her post in Stuff and what if…; the city of lakes!
  32. In sgeoil‘s post, we visit the Conglomerates in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park; a stunning view!
  33. Robert’s photos in Photo Roberts Blog tell us an intriguing set of stories; which story do you see in each of the photos?
  34. In Pragun’s Panchtattwa, we learn something about Pragun’s passions: go check them out!
  35. Debbie’s photos in Travel with Intent burst with color, as she goes around the world and captures the colors that exist with flags!
  36. In another wonderful post in A Thousand Miles, Ilka shares a gorgeous sky and talks about herself in Bavaria; a great read!
  37. Ju-Lyn’s post in All Things Bright and Beautiful shares some of the changing seasons in her world, as well as her running through them!

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

A Final Twist

Throw away the key…

The Final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the warped theme of Twisted, so it may be appropriate to salute this final offering with a twist!

I’m sad to see the Weekly Photo Challenge come to an end, as it has been a regular source of inspiration for generating posts, and often led to a different way to see one of my images.  Therefore, as a farewell post to this venerable institution, I will twist their intent one more time, just to fit my whims…

Love’s Lock on High

The location of this touching lock of love is on the north tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna.  This view is up well over 200 feet (60m), as the north tower is 68m tall.  It is about half the height of the south tower (‘Steffi’) which stands at 136m.  It does make me wonder, if this couple threw the key over the edge of the tower…

I find it a bit twisted that people feel that this declaration of their love ensures its enduring quality, but, nevertheless, I wish Kusi & Caro well!

May this final twist find you on a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 44

Love’s daily nourishment

In this 44th installment of the Tuesday Photo Challenge round up, we are treated to views of a subject that is important to all of us, the world over. Your thoughtful posts about the Color of Love are quite simply fantastic!

This subject matter allow for a variety of interpretations, of which you took advantage, in the most creative ways imaginable.  Your colors of love vary tremendously and are all magnificent!

Here’s another image that came to mind when I thought of the color of love…

Rising Fire

On an early morning, there’s nothing like the Sun rising in all its glory to remind us of the love that permeates the entire universe.  Let the loving rays of the Sun embrace us and fill us with warmth to ourselves and one another!

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

  • ladyleemanila‘s post is filled with beautiful images that express love in a number of ways, all wonderful!
  • Xenia brings us two entries this week, with the first one a Haiku of the love shining in the eyes as daylight fades in WhippetWisdom and the second is a tanka and images that captures love in the eye in WhippetWisdom!
  • pensitivity101 brings us the color of love in a number of images, including some beauties of roses!
  • This week, Miriam’s takes us to the center of her universe in The Showers of Blessing, as she brings us to the moment of meeting the love who is now her husband.
  • Pins N Ashes shows us her color of love, which is wrapped around her wrist snugly and with great beauty.
  • Ron demonstrates his colors of love in Progressing into Solitude through a collage of images filled with colors that he loves.
  • Leaking Ink‘s thoughts on the color of love are complex and deep and demonstrated magnificently in photo!
  • Stella’s interpretation of the color of love is wonderful in her post in Giggles & Tales; her images in this post capture it with great finesse!
  • Black Body brings us to the beach with a number of natural circles that also include a much-loved color!
  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best brings out a cavalcade of color in a manner that truly shows us the love…
  • Cee’s tender images in her post in Cee’s Photography can’t help but let each viewer know what love means!
  • George is the Alchemist of the Woods, in which he demonstrates that a MTB ride can define true love!
  • Mac has a very definite choice for the color of love in her post in Southern by Design;  let’s see if you guess correctly!
  • Emily shares her colors of love with us in Zombie Flamingoes and they are truly stunning!
  • Debbie shares the importance of asking for help by letting love show the way in her post in ForgivingConnects; it also has some great photos to go with it!
  • Khürt brings a tender post in his blog Island in the Net, which talks about love as a daily affirmation rather than reserved for Valentine’s Day.
  • Sonya’s post in her great blog Middleton Road has a wonderful capture of one of the love locks near the Wellington water front.

Definitely a lovely array of posts on this topic.  I hope you’ll have as much fun reading them, as I did!  Now on to next week’s theme…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Color of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Welcome to Week 44 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. After such a great set of contributions for last week’s theme of Mirror, I definitely felt the pressure to come up with another worthy theme…

But then, I do have a little help today, as it is Valentine’s Day, which for many of us is a reminder of love!  That’s why this week’s theme is the Color of Love.

Note that I’m not telling you which color to use for this challenge, as it’s not the same color for each of us; what I do challenge you to accomplish in your image(s) is that you portray something about love in it (them).  Plenty of freedom to be creative, which I think each of you is highly capable of accomplishing!

When I think about what color represents love for me, I tend to go towards the warmth that we feel with love; warm tones that feel like an embrace from someone really special, an embrace that you would like to have last for time eternal…

Autumn Serenity

As you can tell in this image, Autumn colors were in full regalia; it is a season that I truly love, especially with a bit of Sun playing through the foliage, drawing that soft focus out of me.  Soft, warm, loving…

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 know that I am going to love all of your contributions to this week’s challenge.  Let love be your guide, and may you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Three Line Tales – Love’s Question

Will you?

Many thanks to Sonya for Week Fifty-Four of Three Line Tales part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales week 54: a waffle heart for Valentine's Day
photo by Roman Kraft via Unsplash


Brittle is my heart,
Which your love makes skip a beat.
Be my valentine?


Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on her TLT page, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

WPC – One Love (reprise)

The Kiss

There was another image that came to mind immediately, when I saw the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of One Love, so I wanted to make sure that I shared it with you.

Photo Jun 23, 2 23 51 PM
One Love!


This is one of the images from a wedding I shot for my friends, Matt and Traci.  Wedding photography presents some interesting challenges, in that you have to be 100% in the moment at all times, so that you catch those special little moments that permeate the occasion.

Such was the case in this (unposed) shot, as I had a sense of what was about to happen and caught the moment.  I’m fairly confident that this is still Matt and Traci’s favorite image from their wedding, as it sums it all up: One Love!

Technical Details

I shot this with my Canon EOS 5D Mk II using a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L USM lens.  Additional light was provided using a Canon 580EX Speedlite with settings of f/5 at 1/100 second and 640 ISO.

In response to Weekly Photo Challenge – One Love