Happy Holidays to One and All!

On this Christmas Day, a simple post and a simple wish. May all of you feel blessed and safe during this Holiday Season and may we all find peace in the New Year!

Nubble Winter Lighting

This shot of Nubble Light from 2014 is a night-time long exposure of about 2.5 minutes, which also allowed the reflection in the water to become soft and filled with mood.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 192

Peace on Earth!

Welcome to the 192nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

As we’re closing out the December Holiday season, I was blown away by the fantastic responses to this week’s prompt! It definitely made my reading all your posts a lot of fun that some of you took it outside the holiday season and that there were some light-hearted fun messages along with many great sentiments!

I hope that you enjoy this season and wish all of you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2020!

Here’s another holiday sentiment….

Peace on Earth!

This photo came about during a visit to a holiday display 8 years ago; it caught my eye, as the message of Peace on Earth is appropriate for all humanity. It’s something that I think many of us can agree on!

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. This week we start the entries with bringing a bit more light into the world, as the Menorah is light for the first night of Chanukah in a great post in A Day in the Life; and this post also features a bit of music, so go check it out!
  2. Diane definitely feels the magic of the holidays, as we see in her lovely post in pensivity101; I expect that each of us may feel it differently, but holidays are a great time to gather and reminisce!
  3. Jackie shares some of the holiday magic that is created by Disney in her post in Junkboat Travels; it certainly looks like an amazing experience!
  4. Na’ama’s post in Na’ama Yehuda takes us back to some of the ancient parts of the holidays, when druids brought us in touch with the world around us. In her second post in Na’ama Yehuda, we find a wonderfully touching narrative to keep out the cold!
  5. A lovely post in the Jesh Studio gives us a sense of wonderment that accompanies the holiday season!
  6. In Tatiana’s post in Vegas Great Attractions we can definitely experience that Las Vegas doesn’t do any celebration small! The photos that Tatiana brings us in this post give a wonderful sense of the grandeur of Vegas!
  7. More than anything, Nicole’s post in Une Photo, Un Poéme gives a wonderful sense of how one might want to spend time during this great season!
  8. David brings us a variety of holidays in another stunning post in David M’s Photoblog; from each holiday there’s a special moment!
  9. Teressa shares some of that feeling that makes holidays special in her post in Another LQQk, as each photo captures coziness and joy!
  10. Rupali takes us back into Winter with a view from holidays in another awesome post in Mazeepuran; the scenery is just gorgeous!
  11. Nandini has some wonderful haikus on a significant variety of holidays in her post in queennandini; do you have a favorite among them?
  12. In an amazing holiday post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we learn about the founder of the Ming dynasty and visit stunning sights in Nanjing!
  13. Maria takes us back to her holiday in Madeira in Kamerapromenader. She highlights one of the key parts of holidays: remembering their wonderful moments during the dark, cold and grey Winter months!
  14. Irene’s photo in Heaven’s Sunshine captures one of the fun parts of the holiday season: the decorations in the stores! Irene captures another amazing shot in Sunshine’s Macro Monday; that shot is stunning!
  15. Deb highlights something that I enjoy about holidays in her post in Twenty Four: discovering the unusual during one’s travels!
  16. Speaking of the unusual… You should check out the awesome post in Thief Images Blog! Yes, it’s mot every day that I get to see what is captured here!
  17. Bren must have been good this year, as we get to enjoy a lovely shot using a Christmas present in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography; I’ve been thinking about getting one of those, as it looks like a lot of fun!
  18. Susan’s photography is always stunning, as we can see again in her post in Musin’ with Susan; the Menorah looks fantastic! Also, take a look at Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan for more amazing shots!
  19. A lovely post in Looking for Enchantment reminds us that there is more than one way to celebrate the holidays! I really love seeing this tree from 2 different angles!
  20. Another great post is in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0, as we get to enjoy the magic of the holidays and the fantastic decorations!
  21. Sarah finds a really interesting location in By Sarah, as the clever merchants know how to lure the shoppers… Makes me wonder how successful the sign is!
  22. The pressure of the holiday season may be getting to some of us… so don’t do what you see in a great post in Land of Images!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 188

A peaceful day at the beach

Welcome to the 188th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Thank you all very much for your creative posts on this week’s theme of Peace! It’s clear from your posts that each of you are passionate about the subject and that there’s much that we can do around the globe to work toward a more peaceful existence for all! I really appreciate the thought that you put into your posts, as they were wonderful to read!

Thank you for another great week!

Here’s another bit of peace…

Beached Order

For me, spending a cold January day out on the beach and capture some interesting images, as I’m surrounded by the peace and quiet of Nature. This particular day was after a week of heavy snow, so that there was still snow on the beach, which is not a frequent sight. The day was windy and cold, but my heart was filled with peace from the experience.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Our theme of peace is kicked off this week by Maria in Sagittarius Viking, as she takes us to a truly peaceful location in the Mojave Desert!
  2. Nicole shares a truly powerful image in her wonderful post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, as her image touches something inside all of us!
  3. In a wonderful post in her blog Sharing Thoughts, Indira captures one of those awesome moments!
  4. TiongHan shares another amazing photo in his post in TiongHan’s Blog; this is one of those images that you can just look at for hours!
  5. Diane provides some great peaceful images in her post in pensivity101; between gardening and dogs, it doesn’t get much better!
  6. Kammie brings some amazing skies in her post in Nut House Central, which provide a truly peaceful backdrop!
  7. The wonderful photo in Land of Images brings a complete sense of peace to my mind; it provides a great subject for meditation!
  8. Xenia, Eivor and Pearl enjoy the peace of the gentle surf that reaches for the shore in a great post in whippetwisdom. Xenia has a second post in Tranature that really breathes peace into life!
  9. I can understand why the location in theOnlyD800intheHameau is their go-to location for peace and relaxation in Abu Dhabi; what a pool!
  10. Na’ama shares another powerful poem in her post in Na’ama Yehuda, as she focuses on a piece of peace!
  11. Maria shares the peace that she feels when going for a walk with her camera in a great set of photos in Kamerapromenader; I particularly like the drops of water on the branch.
  12. Nandini brings us a wonderful set of haikus and images in another excellent post in queennandini; peace speaks loud in this post!
  13. Bren takes us back into the past with a wonderful pair of photos in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography; both images give that sense of an era that was more peaceful…
  14. Jackie finds a peace sign in her post in Junkboat Travels, that we can find in the Distillery District in Toronto; great photos!
  15. Tatiana has found a great set of cold, snowy locations in her post in Travelways; it may be cold, but Montana, Idaho and Washington look stunning!
  16. Sandy brings us a complete sense of peace in her post in Out of my Write Mind, both through her photos and the stunning poem!
  17. David shares the sense of peace that he experiences photographing sunrises in David M’s Photoblog: I can relate to that sense of being one with the world around us.
  18. In radhikasreflection we get to experience peace through a lovely set of images that range from Nature to the spiritual!
  19. Viveka features a powerful symbol of non-violence in myguiltypleasures; the knotted gun is a centerpiece for activism that focuses on reducing and stopping violence in our society.
  20. Debbie features an amazing set of sculptures of giant hands that were part of the Biennale exhibition in Venice in her post in Travel with Intent; there are a stunning set of examples of how connections can be made!
  21. In another great post in A Day in the Life, we experience a sense of peace that is brought on by being near water; a sentiment that I can relate to!
  22. In a fantastic post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we are introduced to an elephant orphanage, which allows these lost ones to find peace. Amazing place!
  23. Ann-Christine also features the knotted in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…; this sculpture was inspired by the shooting of John Lennon…
  24. Ken finds a moment’s peace in another great photo in Pictures without Film; wading just a bit into the surf and enjoying the moment is something that we can all appreciate!
  25. Brian features a great photo in his post in Bushboy’s World; the handshake is a strong symbol of reaching out and making peace.
  26. Russell captured a truly stunning stained-glass window in his post in Beautiful Photographs, which provides an inspirational image of peace!
  27. I agree that planting trees provides the seeds of peace and hope, as we see in a magnificent post in sgeoil; well done!
  28. Jez helps us focus on those that make peace possible in a great post in Jez Braithwaite; great reminder and photo!
  29. Hammad shares a poem that really gets to the essence of peace in a great post in the Blog of Hammad Rais; great combination with the photo!
  30. Deb captured a truly interesting post in her post in Twenty Four; its sentiment is spot on for this challenge!
  31. In a wonderful post in That Little Voice, we get to see Sergio and Radar quietly at peace with one another!
  32. A wonderful post in Ghost Dog shares the sentiment of giving peace a chance with a rather wonderful photo!!
  33. In another awesome post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0, we visit a rather peaceful locale, where it would be nice to experience Nature!
  34. Stef put together an amazing post in Ostendnomadography, where he features a Garden of Peace, which provides a wonderful counterpoint to a war cemetery.
  35. Irene found a truly peaceful spot in Rogers Lakewood Park in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine! Great photo!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Peace

Give peace a chance!

Welcome to week 188 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After some rather Fantastic posts by all of you, I think it’s time to get our feet back on solid ground and imagine something that I think all of us can agree on: Peace! Some days this might feel like an abstract concept, but as we approach the holiday season, I think it’s a good idea to consider what this might look like to all of us around the globe…

The challenge I bring to you is to share posts that evoke the sense of peace for you, in whatever form that might take. I expect that many among us have an idea of how we see peace, so I look forward to all of us sharing what that might be like. Who knows? We may bring just a bit more peace to this planet!

Looking forward to all of your ideas!

Here’s a note of inspiration to the world…

Imagine Peace

The Museum of the City of Liverpool stands imposingly along the Mersey, where it projects this powerful message to the world! I think John Lennon would approve, if he were alive.

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)!!

Peace be with you during your journey of exploration!

Three Line Tales – Numbers

Amor vincit omnia!

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

three line tales, week 185: numbers
photo by Leon Bublitz via Unsplash


Number of the beast,
Wrapped in rebirth, peace and love.
Break through the mirror!


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!

Chestnuts Roasting

On an open fire!

During this season of peace and harmony (yes, I know I’m an eternal optimist!), it’s a wonderful time to get together with family and think of the possibilities that exist in the future.

Regardless of what that future may hold, it’s a wonderful time to appreciate the simple things in life, such as chestnuts (or marshmallows) roasting on an open fire:

Chestnuts Roasting

May your season be filled with warmth and togetherness, and may the future hold peace and love throught the world.

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