Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 135

Memories fill our hearts!

Welcome to the 135th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

First of all, thanks to each and everyone of you for your warm wishes and thoughts.  Your contributions to this week’s theme of Memories are stunning and creative.  There were a number among them that really touched me, some made me smile and even laugh. It was a joy to read all of your posts and I appreciate the amount of effort that you have put into each post!

I hope that you enjoy these wonderful posts!

Our dogs are always in our hearts…

Tonka was our first dog, a lovely mutt, who we got from the shelter when she was about 10 weeks old; she was not the bravest soul, but could always tell good people from bad and stood her ground when she felt the need. Darwin was our first Cardigan Welsh Corgi; we got him when he was six months old and a timid little dog.  He grew into a proud and confident dog who loved agility and herding and lived to the age of 16.  Ransom was our second Cardigan, who loved nothing better than snuggling.  We lost him earlier this year when he was almost 15.  Bette came from the same breeder as Ransom and was a smart dog, who ruled the pack for many years.

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

  1. In the Nut House, Kammie shares wonderful memories of places and family!
  2. This week, pensivity101 takes her inspiration from Cats, as well as family, one of which led to the purchase of a piano!
  3. In another great post in theonlyD800inthehameau, the deadhead correctly observes that this theme is a repeat; go check out his great photo and I hope that the repeat was acceptable 🙂
  4. Ladyleemanila shares the wonderful memories of her Pearl wedding anniversary and the great places she visited on the trip that came with it!
  5. In this week’s contribution in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we go to the Garden of Peace and Comfort, a stunning locale!
  6. Xenia share the memories of seals in her blog Tranature, which are wonderfully cute!  In a lovely post in WhippetWisdom, Xenia shares the magic of Eivor and Pearl with great tankas.
  7. Tatiana shares a great post in Vegas Great Attractions, as she introduces us to the Nevada State Museum. In TravelWays we visit the wonderful beaches of Acapulco!  And in TravelArtPix the Panama City skyline is featured!
  8. The post in Na’ama Yehuda is filled with the power of the heart’s memories!
  9. Sarah’s post in By Sarah takes us to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, which features the roll of honour.
  10. In a wonderful post in For the Love Of, memories of past dogs are shared with us and they are truly touching!
  11. Jase features Lucy in his post in Proscenium; Lucy is a not so sweet cat ‘rescued’ by the kids…
  12. Emily displays a pattern in her post in Zombie Flamingoes, and I think that she needs to share some of this pattern!
  13. Sandy shares a great memory in her post in Out of my Write Mind, as that class photo is fantastic!
  14. In Heart to Heart‘s post we get to experience the joys of a trip to Bangkok in 2013.
  15. In this week’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand… Ann-Christine shares a wonderful memory with a magical beast!
  16. The wonderful post by Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery makes me want to taste those freshly picked mangos!
  17. In his post in the Blog of Hammad Rais, Hammad not only has some great photos, but also a wonderful poem that walks down memory lane!
  18. In another wonderful post in Land of Images, we enjoy the memory of a balmy day in the dunes.
  19. Woolly shares some really cool memories in his Woolly Muses post, which is filled with the best of Botswana.
  20. Deb’s post in Twenty Four takes us to a gorgeous location in New Zealand on the occasion of her birthday in 2012.
  21. In a lovely post in Mama Cormier, we get to meet both the oldest and youngest member of her family.  
  22. Olga has great memories in her post in Stuff and what if…, and the Ukrainian Garlic festival looks very cool!
  23. Khürt may not have been feeling his best for Thanksgiving, but as we can see in his post in Island in the Net, thanks to a great support system he got to enjoy it!
  24. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 features a rather whimsical memory and is highly enjoyable!
  25. In another fantastic post in Life Amazing, we are treated to some amazing family photos and their importance.
  26. Maria’s memories in her post in KameraPromenader gave me a chill…it may have been a little cold!
  27. The post in Ostendnomadography is filled with fantastic travel memories; those locales are just amazing!!
  28. Ilka’s post in A Thousand Miles brings back the memory of the restorative power of the forest by the Lech.
  29. Ron starts the contributions of the week with a great post in Progressing into Solitude.
  30. Debbie has a great post in Travel with Intent, where she features the St. Pancras Station soldiers’ sculptures, which are an eerie reminder of the toll of war…

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Memories

Remember and appreciate

Welcome to Week 135 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  No, you didn’t miss the round up of last week’s theme of Trio; it will be a day or two late, as I’m trying to catch up on my photo processing of a charity event for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress that I photographed this weekend.

As I looked at some of your entries for last week’s triple threat of fun, I know that you’ll be entertained by the results!!  For this week’s theme, I’m leaning in a direction that is driven by personal events of the past week, as our oldest dog, Bette, passed away last Tuesday.  This led me to the theme of Memories, which I will revisit this week in a post with memories of Bette.

In your interpretation of this theme, feel free to use your creative minds and share any memories that you would like of the kind of your choosing.  Don’t hesitate to go for the whimsical!

Here’s an interpretation to get you going…


This poppy was one of several that I captured during our visit to Ostia Antica last year; there were many that grew among the amazing ruins in the excavation of Ostia Antica, which is an incredible site to visit.  This entire locale is filled with memories from times long gone by, as it gives an indelible impression of life during Roman times.

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)!!

Can’t wait to see what triplets will grace your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trio

Three heads are better than one?

Welcome to Week 134 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

It was very comforting to see how you approached last week’s theme of Comfort.  It was fun to see your creative ideas!  For this week, I’m picking up one of the suggestions that was made by Na’ama and using the theme of Trio.  Your challenge is to come up with some interesting trios that might just surprised your fellow bloggers…  What kind of triumvirate this is, is entirely up to you, and, of course, humor counts!!

Have fun and put your best lens forward!

Here’s a different trio to get you going…

Just the three of us!

These beautiful bovines were pushing each other out of the way to get captured by their favorite paparazzi photographer!  The moment they saw me, they came running over and weren’t going to leave me alone until I got their good sides.

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)!!

Can’t wait to see what triplets will grace your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 133

The comfort of moss

Welcome to the 133rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

It was wonderful to see the great variety of Comfort all of you came up with for this week’s challenge!  I was greatly amused by a number of the posts that found a very humorous approach to the theme.  There were also some really touching posts and a number of food posts that left me hungry for more.  Thank you all for coming up with such great posts and the effort that you put into them.

Please enjoy each other’s posts and see which are most comforting to you!

Sometimes comfort can be found in Nature…


This location is in Baxter State Park in Northern Maine, and I found it very comfortable to take a nice rest in the thick beds of moss.  If only it weren’t a short rest, I would have enjoyed it even more!

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

  1. Ladyleemanila starts things this week with a large variety of comforts, ranging from food to places and other!
  2. The room that is featured in the post by Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery  looks very inviting to jump into comfortable bed!
  3. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival was very timely, as she showcased the comfort of voting early, rather than standing in line!
  4. Another amazing photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau highlights the theme beautifully, as it doesn’t get any better than a ride on mother’s back!
  5. In a great post in the blog Scroll we get introduced to the comforts of a hike through the woods!
  6. This week, pensivity101‘s post is all about Maggie and her comfort, even though comfort foods played a role!
  7. Xenia brings the comfort of the swans in her blog Tranature with a wonderful haiku!  In a second post in WhippetWisdom, Xenia tells the story of the final comforts given to an aging whippet.
  8. In a wonderful post in Charlesewaugh we are introduced to Charles’ granddaughter back in 2003!
  9. Sarah’s post in By Sarah gives a wonderful insight into the humor that exists in some restaurants!
  10. Nicole’s post in Une Photo, Un Poéme finds us at a rather comfortable location to sit down and enjoy the scenery.
  11. Alice gives us some insight in one of the benefits of retirement in The59Club: wearing comfortable shoes!
  12. In this week’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand… Ann-Christine shows us the comfort of staying close in groups in wonderful photos!
  13. In her post in Heaven’s Sunshine, Irene extols the comforts of a bowl of hot soup on a cold, wintery day!
  14. The poem in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post is amazing once again, and it really captures to comfort of a dog curled up.
  15. With a very entertaining entry in Heart to Heart‘s blog, we see that even pigs can enjoy air conditioning!
  16. Brian’s post in his great blog Bushboy’s World takes us to comfort in a very Australian manner, as mom provides comfort to her baby!
  17. Sometimes, comfort is all about the fur-baby, as we see in a great post in Jordy’s Streamings where the chihuahua is keeping nice and warm!
  18. Woolly ensures that there is adequate comfort in the food in his Woolly Muses post, which has me yearning for some of that food!
  19. It’s fantastic to see that a backyard can be the comfort zone, as in A Pause for Nature’s  post, where the pigeons get really comfortable!
  20. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 features some rather important companions: stuffed animals!
  21. Klara captured the ultimate comfort in her post in Sliku Svoju Ljubim II in the cake that is being enjoyed!
  22. Sandy captured a beautiful photo of a duck in Out of my Write Mind, which looks rather comfortable in its current position.
  23. In a wonderful post in Willowsoul, we get comforts ranging from some delicious food to snuggling in bed while watching Dr. Who!
  24. Emily’s post in Zombie Flamingoes shows of some great comforts, and her cat’s ability to enjoy them!
  25. Tatiana has some great photos, one of a hair ornament in Giftsmart, which is stunning, and another set in TravelArtPix of fish dyring in Newfoundland.  Plus some great photos of Yellowstone in TravelWays.
  26. In a lovely post in Life Amazing, we find out that Walter is a great source of comfort and he seems pretty happy about that!
  27. Yinglan’s post in This is Another Story shows that we have similar tastes in comfort foods!  I know where to go for dinner!
  28. Anita shares some great views of comfort in its various guises in her post in Anita’s Images.
  29. Susan shares the comforts of a heating pad in her post in Musin’ with Susan, which she made good use of in recovering from broken hips.
  30. Bikurgurl writes a wonderful post on the sources of her comfort, which are many and inspiring!
  31. Debbie shares her experiences of voting day in her post in ForgivingConnects; her insights are fantastic and may help many!
  32. Ulli takes us to Tattooine (Tunisia) in his post in Banactee; the hotel there is a throwback to smart technology used by Berbers to create cooled living quarters.
  33. Maria shares a great view in her lovely blog, KameraPromenader; that certainly is a  great location to find comfort in watching time float by.
  34. Miriam writes an awesome blog post about her love of the music of Lior, as we read in Out an’ About about her encounter and enjoyment!
  35. Ilka shares the wonderful comfort of cooking with her sons in her post A Thousand Miles, after which the home cinema is open.
  36. Deb provides us with a Halloween view of comfort in her post in Twenty Four, as I’m stunned about the amount of candy!
  37. Jase decided it was time to go a bit against comfort in his post in Proscenium; I agree it was definitely time to do so.

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 132

To kiss or not to kiss?

Welcome to the 132nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Many of you went down some Slippery slopes this week, as there were some prominent glaciers; it was interesting to see that a number of you have visited the same locales and definitely makes me want to visit these wonderful places too!  As always, you were creative and inventive in your posts, which gave me plenty of reason to smile and chuckle, particularly when I met Gus!  Thank you all for your wonderful posts and taking the time to put them together!

Please enjoy each other’s posts and see which ones was the most slippery of all!

Sometimes a possible prince might give you the slip…

Future Prince?

This was a wonderful frog that was sitting near a pond at the college that my daughter attended, Bard College at Simon’s Rock.  It was a bit tricky to get exactly this angle on this lovely fellow, so I wound up hanging over the pond, while my wife held my feet down, so that I wouldn’t slip into it!

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

  1. A stunning photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau shows beautiful contrast between the scallop and its shell, a slippery customer in a gorgeous environment.
  2. Kammie provides something rather delicious in the Nut House, which is definitely slippery!
  3. Jackie’s post in Junkboat Travels finds her in a rather slippery location, which makes me wonder who name it thus!
  4. A particularly slippery situation occurred in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery‘s post, but I wouldn’t want to be a stick in the mud 🙂
  5. With another awesome photo, Chateaux des Fleurs brings us close to some rather slippery rocks…
  6. The photo featured for this week’s theme by Land of Images is gorgeous! I’d love to visit that rather slippery location!
  7. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we encounter some gorgeous Himachali butterflies, some of which are pretty tough to catch on camera…
  8. Some gorgeous snakes are featured in pensivity101‘s post, each of which seems rather content to be held, or are they the ones holding?
  9. Maria caught some wonderful snakes in her excellent blog, KameraPromenader; they look rather comfortable in the sun!
  10. The poem in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post is fantastic, as it captures the slippery slope that we’re on perfectly!
  11. With a very appropriate entry in Heart to Heart‘s blog, we get to see who captured a slippery customer!
  12. Yes, it looks rather slippery in Danny James Photography‘s post, and it might also be sticky in a peculiar manner!
  13. In Proscenium we find out about a rather disturbing attribute of leaves…they can be rather slippery!
  14. Susan brings us to a wonderful place in her post in Musin’ with Susan, which has many people returning very slippery!
  15. In this week’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand… Ann-Christine captures a rather amazing display!
  16. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 examines the rather slippery sidewalk, one of Winter’s side effects!
  17. Brian’s post in his very cool blog Bushboy’s World introduces us to Gus, who looks rather chill, as if he doesn’t have a care in the world!
  18. Deb shares a rather interesting sight in her post in Twenty Four, which I have never seen before!
  19. Sandy provides us with a great angle of view in Out of my Write Mind, as her photo brings us in close and personal!
  20. Woolly makes the case for adequate padding in his Woolly Muses, as a traversal of the Athabasca ice field can be tricky!
  21. Olga also ventured toward the Athabasca ice field, as we see in her post in Stuff and what if…; the waterfall image is nothing short of stunning!
  22. Ju-Lyn’s post in her wonderful blog All Things Bright and Beautiful… made me chuckle, as it made me think of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, except this creature is much gentler!
  23. Debbie shares the experience of falling out of bed in her post in ForgivingConnects; her reaction and self-forgivenss is priceless!
  24. Yinglan’s post in This is Another Story takes us out to some rather spectacular glaciers, which are the pinnacle of slippery!
  25. Debbie wonders why the floor in Trattoria La Lanterna is so slippery in Travel with Intent; it makes me wonder as well!
  26. Ulli shares the story of the Growing Rock of Utterling in the wonderful blog Banactee; this rock looks pretty slippery!
  27. Ilka may have done some sliding along the trail that got her to the river Lech, but as we see in A Thousand Miles, it was well worth it for this lovely photo!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 124

Lift me up and give me a ride!

Welcome to the 124th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

I expected to get some great posts with this week’s theme of Lift, and you came through like you always do!  Your posts were fantastic and I truly enjoyed reading all of them.  There were some surprising lifts, as well as a whole bunch of amazing ones!

Thanks to all of you for the creativity and fun that you put together!  Please read each other’s posts and let the authors know how much you enjoyed them!

Here’s a bird looking for a lift…

Robin by Duart Castle

Outside Duart Castle on the wonderful Isle of Mull, we found out that the Robins have no fear, as this one showed by hopping on our car door and insisting we either provide food or a ride!

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

  1. Miriam’s post in Out an’ About will give you quite a lift, as she faces her vertigo and enjoys the view from several high points.
  2. Charles’ entry in charlesewaugh brings out one of the most uplifting scenes in Valparaiso, Chile: a funicular!
  3. In sgeoil‘s post we are uplifted on the wings of the common loon, which is a wonderful bird!
  4. In a great post in A Pause for Nature, one of Nature’s super-lifters is featured: the lowly ant!
  5. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we are lifted on the wings of the house sparrow, as they partake of the crumbs that are available…
  6. Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom features Eivor and Pearl, as they are lifted to great heights, romping across the beach!
  7. Kammie shares uplifting news in her post in The Nut House, as she will have a number of photographs hanging in a gallery!
  8. Na’ama Yehuda‘s entry for this week’s theme shows the dragon’s head lifted high and has a wonderful poem!
  9. Olga lifts her eyes up high in her post in Stuff and what if…; the objects in the sky and her poem are amazing!
  10. In pensivity101‘s post, we are treated to her thoughts around the theme and its many variations!  Lovely post!
  11. Nicole’s photo in her wonderful blog Une Photo, Un Poéme highlights an impressive lift!
  12. In another fantastic post in MVobsession, we take all sorts of lifts from the gravity-defying to the pick-me-ups.
  13. A stunning photo in Chateaux des Fleurs provides us a lift that is just simply precious to behold!
  14. This week’s post on the theme in One letter UP – diary 2.0 tells the story of a tree and its 35 years of growth, until it needed a lift!
  15. In a beautiful post in her blog Out of my Write Mind, Sandy shares images of Nature’s lifting power, as water is elevated, and then returned…
  16. Sarah’s entry in By Sarah has a wonderful lift, as she captures the frozen bird beautifully. [N.B. – blog may be set to private]
  17. Boats are involved again this week in the post in Life Amazing; that is quite a lift that is given!
  18. Maria’s post in Kamerapromenader captures both amazing lifts and is definitely uplifting!
  19. Stella provides us with another great post in Giggles & Tales, with lots of amazing lifts that are sure to lift you up!
  20. In a lovely photo in Shreya Shah, we get to see the moment when the groom lifts the veil; wonderful post!
  21. Suzanne’s post in Being in Nature documents that wonderful moment when a bird takes flight!
  22. Sonia takes us to the zenith of joy in Sonia’s Musings, as her toddler is lifted up high by her husband!
  23. When you climb into the wheel that you see in Land of Images, you will get quite a lift and a view of Brighton!
  24. Petra unleashes her creativity in her post in Photoworld vol. 3, as she documents lift in great, amusing detail!  You can also see this post in Lilliput is everywhere. Enjoy!
  25. Yinglan’s journey on a 30 minute cable lift ride in This is another Story takes her to new heights and amazing landscapes to view!
  26. In a wonderful post in WoollyMuses, we are taken to the airport, to both get a lift and be lifted!
  27. Tatiana starts things off with a great post in TravelArtPix, where we get to see the Snowbirds.  Also, in Vegas Great Attractions, we get to fly!
  28. Khürt’s posts in Island in the Net have been nothing short of amazing, which is true again of his report that takes us from Old Slip to Tabe Green!
  29. In a great post in Touring with Kids, we get treated to a host of beautiful vistas in the Bahamas!
  30. Jason doesn’t provide any horse play in his post in Proscenium: the horse may get a lift home, though!
  31. In Sync with Deep‘s post, the bubbles are lifted up and float away, until the bubble bursts…
  32. In a post that is certain to cool us down, Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery lifts us up, so that we can slide down the slope!
  33. Monika’s post in Alubhujia is truly uplifting, as she shares who lifts her up in her life: Dad!
  34. Robert captures some bubbles in his photo in Photo Roberts Blog, which are lifted upon a gentle breeze…
  35. Maria lifts our spirits in a great post in CitySonnet, as all of us would be able to enjoy a vacation in Pefkohori.
  36. Susan captures a pelican taking flight in her post in Musin’ with Susan, which is an amazing sight!
  37. Debbie writes another wonderful post in Forgivingconnects, as she lifts herself up with the lift of the Snta Monica stairs!
  38. In a great post in Go Outside Today, the bicycles are lifted for a great ‘organized by nobody’ monthly bike ride in Toronto!
  39. Ju-Lin takes us on an art exploration in her post in All things bright and beautiful; the lift provided in the art is echoed in our being lifted in life!
  40. Hammad brings us a great post in The Blog of Hammad Rais, as we’re lifted up into the sky!
  41. A lovely photo in Life in Minutes reminds us of the most gentle of lifts: the butterfly taking flight!
  42. An amazing site and photos in Pictures without Film, as we get to see a truly old lift, which did its work!
  43. In a lovely post in Fatma Mahmoud, we get to experience a new beginning in their photos!
  44. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival is filled with great photos and great news, as her spirits are lifted…go read why!!
  45. Ilka shares a wonderful tale of lifting to a new level of freedom in A Thousand Miles, as her very personal message connects akin to a caterpillar to a butterfly!

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

Three Line Tales – Lion Eyes

Lovely, yet…

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

three line tales, week 133: two lion cubs staring at you like you're lunch
photo by Maxim Leyssens via Unsplash


Looking with intent,
Approaching, ever so lovely.
Lion eyes deceive?


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!