Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 143

Hanging in the breeze!

Welcome to the 143rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You certainly breezed through this week’s challenge! Your posts were a blast to read, as you shared lots of breezy experiences with some fantastic photography, poems and stories! I really enjoyed those soap bubles and the action sports that you captured! There were also a number of really tender posts. Thank you for putting your creative spirit into this week’s posts!

I just hope that you have as much fun reading these posts as I did!

Over the years, an on-going breeze can bend trees…

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This tree stands in a field not too far away from our home. On this particular day, I noticed the amazing lines drawn by the clouds in the sky, which caused me to take a walk into the field. Between the lines and the color, I was not disappointed by this great scene!

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

  1. Brian kicks things off a gorgeous photo in Bushboys World, which shows the gentlest breeze!
  2. In a wonderful post in Une Photo, un Poéme, Nicole shows how the breeze is captured for everyone’s benefit!
  3. Sarah’s post in By Sarah shows us some warm breezes that look like a great place to visit!
  4. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival explains her love for Paris with all the right reasons!!
  5. Sanah’s awesome post in A Pause for Nature shares a bit of smoke that linges on the breeze…
  6. Kammie finds some rather breezy places in Nut House Central; looks pretty interesting!
  7. Those pennants captured in theonlyD800inthehameau are a wonderful example of shooting the breeze!
  8. In Pictures without Film, we capture a hint of a breeze in a fantastic post!
  9. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get a wonderful post about the Temple of the City God in Shanghai.
  10. Stella’s post in Giggles and Tales has lots of great photos of breezy scenes!
  11. With a great photo in the post in Ghost Dog we can definitely feel the breeze; a significant breeze at that!
  12. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie captures some colorful dream catchers in Mazatlan!
  13. This week, pensivity101 shares the experience of the breeze, whispering through the trees and a stunning poem!
  14. Xenia sounds like she may be ready to head inside for the Winter in WhippetWisdom, where books await!
  15. Ann-Christine finds a stunning breeze that she captured with a great photo in To See a World in a Grain of Sand.
  16. In a great post in Chateaux des Fleurs, we find all the tools that we need for generating a breeze!
  17. In a lovely post in Don’t Forget the Half, we learn about a great visit to Florida and the good times that were had!
  18. A very appropriate post in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery we wait for just enough of a breeze!
  19. The photo shared in Victoria’s Light is truly lovely with a sailboard enjoying the breeze!
  20. Jase’s post in Proscenium speaks of a one track mind and shares a lovely Winter breeze!
  21. In a great post in Heart2Heart, we find ways to brave the wind and sea and really enjoy it!
  22. In A Day in the Life, there may be a bit more than a breeze, but it looks like a wonderful beach day regardless!
  23. Debbie captures a truly lovely representation of the breeze in her photo in Travel with Intent; one can almost feel it!
  24. Na’ama’s photo and poem in Na’ama Yehuda capture the breeze with a wonderful touch!
  25. In Land of Images‘ post, the breeze may provide some natural exfoliation!
  26. Cee’s photos in Cee’s Photography showcase some great breezes, particularly with that soap buble!
  27. In Photography OCD, we are treated to a fantastic photo that shows bending with the wind.
  28. Maria has another wonderful photo in KameraPromenader; they look to be having a lot of fun!
  29. Sandy finds that the wind has its way in her post in Out of my Write Mind, with a bit of snow for good measure!
  30. This week’s entry in Willowsoul might generate a significant breeze when eaten!
  31. Susan takes us to San Jose her Musin’ with Susan post, where there was quite a breeze among the palm trees!
  32. Hammad has a great post in the Blog of Hammad Rais, as he shoots the breeze perfectly!
  33. Liz’s post in One Million Photographs has us dreaming of the breeze through the cherry blossoms!
  34. Woolly shares his enjoyment of watching the breeze in the grasses in Woolly Muses, with lovely images!
  35. Irene’s post in Heaven’s Sunshine shares a lovely view of sunflowers in a gentle breeze!
  36. Robert shares some stunning photos in Photo Roberts Blog, of which I really like the soap bubbles!
  37. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 shares a tender moment between a dad and his son, and the fun of raking leaves with a breeze!
  38. Another fantastic entry from sgeoil captures the breeze, in what looks like a great place to wander!
  39. In a lovely post in Poetry in Pictures, there is a gentle flower that is truly pleasing!

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

WPC Final Week – Favorites – Pt.4

Persistence

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.

Sometimes the images that I favor are rather simple and straightforward, such as today’s choice.  What is simpler than a tree in a field?

Such as this tree that has stood the test of time…

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Persistence

What caught my attention, and caused me to take this shot, is the evidence of wind’s influence on the growth direction of this tree. While it spread in many directions, so as to catch the Sun’s positive influence, there is a noticeable lean to this lovely tree.  Also, the deep yellow tones in the field, as contrasted against the deep blues of the sky, contributed to my interest…

What this tree told me, more than anything else, is the value of persistence, against the elements and to stand across the years.

Have a great day!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Admiration

Indomitable spirit

This week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is a show and tell about admiration.  My first image in this week’s series is still among my favorites.

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Persistence

This image is of another one of my favorite trees, and immediately got its name: ‘Persistence’.  I was impressed with its enduring spirit, as shown in the windswept stance that has stood the test of the elements and time.

I also admire this same spirit of indomitable fortitude in the people of Japan, particularly in the face of disasters that have befallen them across the ages.  In response to the 2011 tsunami disaster, I used this print to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross; the mat of the print had the Japanese 不屈 (Fukutsu) stamped on it, which means fortitude, indomitability or persistence.

Hope you enjoy this image!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II camera with an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  It is made up of a series of 5 images that were processed using Photomatix Pro to get the contrast and dynamic range that I was looking to get.

Inspired  by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Admiration.

Just for one day

Perseverance is in order as we move forward each day

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Persistence

It’s time to start bringing the mood up again from yesterday’s level of somber.

After a day of reflection, I decided to learn to play ‘Heroes’ on guitar; as always, playing guitar was a great way to unwind, and, while I may still be a novice, each imperfect rendition of a song feels like an accomplishment.

Learning to play the guitar is all about persistence, learning a bit at a time and slowly improving until even you, the student, can no longer deny that you have learned something.  It is about building up calluses, muscle memory, dexterity, strength and will power.  One item that you will not see in that list is something that is sizable part of my day job in high-tech: stress!  

For me, stress doesn’t come from unrealistically short timetables, or work load, but, rather, it comes from the inflexibility within organizations to recognize that new technology requires well-conceived, novel approaches that are founded in the laws of physics.  Challenge is great and welcome; rusty, stumbling blocks should be removed.

Today’s image is one that I captured just over five years ago, not far from my home.

My approach tends to be to allow myself to be guided by a sense of connection to the universe and its every component that surrounds me by staying in the moment; combining this sense with a healthy dose of observation helps me find things of interest.  Walking into the field, the first thing that caught my attention were the lines that presented themselves: horizontals, verticals and the slight diagonals in the sky.

Add the color palette with the warm tones of autumn and the cooler sky tones, and I felt drawn set up for a shot that has had me coming back to it over the years.

The tree’s exemplary stance against the elements brought the concept of ‘Persistence’ to mind, which I felt would be an appropriate title for this image.