Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 144

Welcome to the 144th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You certainly made Bank this week, despite the confusion that I started by not catching that the post title update didn’t take… My apologies for that! As a result of this theme, your entries ranged from memory banks to savings banks and plenty of river banks! Your creativity was phenomenal, both in your photography and your writings.

Thank you very much for providing me with another week of wonderful reading, which I enjoy immensely!

It’s often worth the risk to get to the other bank….

Caution: bridge may wobble!

This shot is from 2013, when my wife and I visited Scotland. This is in the lovely city of Inverness, as I just had to capture the church’s reflection in the water. We visited the other bank, so I can attest that this bridge has significant wobble, particularly as you get close to the center!

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

  1. Starting this week’s entries with a gorgeous photo in Une Photo, un Poéme, Nicole goes with the flow!
  2. Charles covered his bases in charlesewaugh, as his excellent photo contains both flow and bank!
  3. This week, pensivity101‘s post has a great variety of photos from the days on the water with that magnificent boat!
  4. Ladyleemanila always brings some wonderful images in her posts, as we get coverage from snow banks to the banks of the Danube!
  5. A fantastic photo in the post in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, as the ice flow creeps forward slowly…
  6. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie shares some great banking memories and photos!
  7. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we are treated to another amazing trip through Shanghai that gives me the feeling of being there!
  8. Na’ama’s poem in Na’ama Yehuda brings us to something that we all want to be able to bank on: Peace!
  9. With another wonderful photo in Chateaux des Fleurs, we are on the bank of an exotic location; I wonder where it is!
  10. Sandy brings us a truly lovely photo in her post in Out of my Write Mind, and her poem tops even that!
  11. Xenia takes us along for a walk with Eivor and Pearl in her blog WhippetWisdom, and the trail is amazing! In her second post in Tranature, we spend some quiet time with the seagulls by the bank of the river.
  12. Robert shares some amazing photos in Photo Roberts Blog, expertly capturing life among the banks!
  13. In a great post in Another LQQK, we can put our money in the bank, protected by a bear!
  14. Ann-Christine takes us along the banks through the snow in her post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand; lovely photos!
  15. Maria captures a winter wren in her photo in KameraPromenader; the bird looks to be doing very well in the cold!
  16. In A Day in the Life, we are treated to great photos of a rare treat: a juvenile bald eagle!
  17. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine captures the shadows along the bank; are they filled with mystery?
  18. In another lovely post in Fleeting Muse, we encounter some great banks, which include a country that is on my list to visit!
  19. In a poignant post in Travel with Jack and Tech, we visit a memorial in Budapest along the bank of the Danube that cannot help but pull at our heartstrings.
  20. Jase’s post in Proscenium goes to the memory banks, and even brings us to a classic bank!
  21. In another awesome post in Heart2Heart, we go to an investment bank for some: the Trevi fountain in Rome!
  22. Debbie’s travels have allowed her to encounter a different banking strategy that she shares in Travel with Intent; it will flip your lid!
  23. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival puts a deposit in our health bank through her home brewing experiment… will you try it?
  24. In Pictures without Film, we are treated to two interpretations that have us both ‘by’ and ‘at’ the bank!
  25. Kammie shares a trio of her favorite banks to roam in Nut House Central; she also tells of a bank explosion that destroyed an old building that was part of history.
  26. Penny gives her imagination free rein in her post in Penny Wilson Writes, which makes for a wonderful read!
  27. Yinglan shares some great photos of banks that she has visited in her post in This is Another Story.
  28. Cee’s brings us to a great set of banks in her post in Cee’s Photography which are truly inviting!
  29. Carol brings a wonderful post to us this week in her blog Light Words; this mermaid might be a little chilly after coming up on the bank!
  30. Debbie has started a new series in her blog Forgiving Connects, which is called Money Mondays; this week takes us to the bank!
  31. In a cool post in Life Amazing, we cash in on this week’s theme with hopes that all that money ends up safely in the bank!
  32. Sarah’s shares a gorgeous photo in her post in By Sarah with both flow and banks; where might this be?
  33. Ulli’s contribution in their blog Banactee gives us a magnificent insight into the value of the bank; just ask Cezanne!
  34. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 brings us a bank that we can do without: snow banks! And a great set of photos!
  35. Liz’s contributes three posts this week; the first one in One Million Photographs gives us a gentle river bank! The second in One Million Photographs finds us otter-ly absorbed in Oregon. The third entry in One Million Photographs finds us in Aguas Calientes in Peru, which is gorgeous!
  36. Susan goes with the flow down the Rhine in her Musin’ with Susan post, which gives us a lovely view of the bank!
  37. This week’s entry in Willowsoul saves the bank by not buying the books on display; Mark Manson’s book was a worthwhile read from my experience 🙂
  38. In Land of Images‘ post, we observe the gentle flow from a wonderful bank, which looks to be in Lancashire…
  39. Another great entry from sgeoil not only shares a great activity to do from a bank, but also the wisdom of the bank of life!
  40. Khürt produced yet another stunning post in his blog, Island in the Net, which has us on the banks of the Raritan river; a great post to read and enjoy the photography!
  41. Amy contributed a beautiful photo and interesting post in Photography Journal Blog, featuring Richard the Lionhearted’s Chateau Gaillard on the banks of the Seine.

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

Three Line Tales – Firmament

Night’s sweet embrace

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

three line tales, week 156: stars over the sea
photo by Sam Loyd via Unsplash


Midnight blue beckons,
Liquid indigo reflects.
Starry night’s embrace.


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 130

Deep reflections!

Welcome to the 130th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You didn’t need much encouragement from me to reflect upon this week’s theme of Reflection, as your posts are not only amazing, but also numerous!!  Many of you took the theme into several directions within a single post, which shows both creativity and makes for a really fun read!  As you can imagine, there were more than a few smiles on my face while reading all your great posts!

Hope that you enjoy each other’s work and thank you for all the effort you put into your posts!!

Something to reflect about that which is reflected…

Timeline Non Sequitur

When I chanced up on this scene in Holyoke, MA, I was struck, not only by the reflection of the mills in the power canal, but more by the collection of odds and ends that line the shore, or fly across the image…

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

  1. The week’s entries are started by Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais, where he captures a wonderful reflection in Dubai!
  2. Kammie shares some lovely reflections in the Nut House, which is a wonderful blog to follow!
  3. This week’s entry in Heart to Heart‘s blog focuses on human chemistry, reflecting on the bond between Ma and Pa.
  4. Brian reflects in multiple fashions in his excellent post in Bushboy’s World, and I agree that the landing spot might not be ideal…
  5. Charles’ photo in charlesewaugh is simply fantastic, as it captures the scene in all its aspects and draws the viewer in!
  6. This week’s photos in the wonderful post in Chateaux des Fleurs are for the birds… of course, this is just what we hope to see!
  7. Jackie certainly found lots of places around the world that reflect, as we can see from her post in Junkboat Travels; those are some cool spots!
  8. We are treated to a wonderful set of reflections in pensivity101‘s post, and then get a second post from her in pensivity101, which mirrors in multiple ways!
  9. Yet another stunning photo in the entry in theOnlyD800intheHameau; the town is lovely, and exceedingly well represented!
  10. Yinglan’s post in This is Another Story is filled with magnificent reflections that are just great to look at!
  11. Ulli’s post in the blog Banactee brings us wonderful photos, capturing both art and Nature in their reflections!
  12. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 strikes pure gold, which is what I see when I look at the great photo!
  13. The Roaming Urban Gypsy takes us on a tour through the city, where we discover myriad wonderful, interesting reflections!
  14. Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom brings us reflections in multiple ways with a lovely post!  In a second post in Tranature, we encounter a redshank, which appears deep in thought…
  15. The reflection in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post is definitely ducky!  Her poem is simply fantastic!
  16. Irene’s photo in her blog Heaven’s Sunshine provides a wonderful reflection that invites reflection.
  17. This week’s entry in A Day in the Life is captivating, as the heron appears to be posing for this photo!
  18. In a lovely post in Sgeoil, we experience the quiet reflection of the moon, upon which the haiku reflects…
  19. The wonderful photo in this week’s entry in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery is rather intriguing, as it reflects many parts of the scene!
  20. With great photos we get to experience various reflections in mytravelcsp, which is a great blog.
  21. Marie states in her post in her blog, the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, that she’s not a fan of Gehry’s architecture, but she captures it beautifully!
  22. Stella knows how to capture with a sense of humor, as we can see in her post in Giggles & Tales, which features and interesting restaurant name!
  23. In a really interesting trek, in Go Outside Today Todd takes us to a number of locations that stand out, one of which appears to be a diner for alligators…
  24. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we are introduced to the Meenakshi temple in Madurai, which looks stunning! Go check out this post!
  25. In a cool post in Numeric Citizen, we find out that they wanted to make it great…the photo certainly was made great!
  26. Susan wishes us a good morning in her post in Musin’ with Susan, as we get her reflection in a faucet!
  27. Robert delights us with yet another stunning photo in Photo Roberts Blog, where the slightly non-linear nature of the reflection provides a truly interesting visual!
  28. Ramya’s photo of the reflected jasmine flowers in And Miles to go before I Sleep… is truly fantastic!
  29. Marga delights me with a photo from the city of my birth in her post in The Photographer Roamed the Streets…, which you should check out!
  30. Deb shares a mysterious image in her post in Twenty Four, which makes one wonder what the original artist looked to create with their depiction…
  31. Sandy’s photo in her post in Out of my Write Mind is wonderful view of the river and the colors that line it!  Read the poem too!
  32. Most photographers can relate with Woolly’s lament in Woolly Muses‘s post, as a dead battery can disarm most cameras with great ease…
  33. Maria shares a couple of amazing photos in her post in KameraPromenader, of which the drop of water is probably my favorite!
  34. Olga reflects upon autumn’s transitory nature in her post in Stuff and what if…, and her photo is spectacular!
  35. Cee provides us with a lovely set of reflections in Cee’s Photography, which is an amazing photography blog!
  36. There is something rather special about Touring with Kids, which is evident again in this week’s entry…very zen!
  37. Another amazing post in Photography Journal Blog brings us a uniquely English view of Cambridge!
  38. Debbie shares some stunning photos of horses in Travel with Intent, as they appear to wander very contentedly!
  39. After returning from an amazing journey, Debbie writes another wonderful post in ForgivingConnects, where she shares the importance of accepting oneself, illustrated by her experiences. A great read!
  40. With another stunning photo in Land of Images we get a glorious view of Freeport Harbour.
  41. Durham’s cathedral is captured in all its beauty in Lin’s Doodles‘ post; it’s a lovely location!
  42. With wonderful photos in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…, Ann-Christine shares irresistible reflections!
  43. Tatiana brings us some awesome reflections in Las Vegas in Vegas Great Attractions, and also takes us to Flaming Gorge in TravelWays, where the landscape is stunning!
  44. In another great post in Middleton Road, Sonya gives us a wonderful view of Hyde Park on a Saturday morning.
  45. In a lovely post in XingfuMama, we get a collection of awesome reflections from Shougang!
  46. Mostly Monochrome is a stunning photography blog, and the view of the Thames a good distance from London underscores the quality of this blog!
  47. Miriam reflects on upcoming surgery on her hand in Out an’ About, and shares some lovely reflections with us!  All the best!!
  48. From Jordy’s Streamings we get deep reflections upon the mysterious sculpture that stands reflected in the water in Winchester Cathedral…
  49. Ju-Lyn posted a wonderful reflection in All Things Bright and Beautiful!  The soundtrack to go with it is great as well!
  50. Ilka’s post on reflections in A Thousand Miles takes us into the wonderful world of meditation, and provides a gorgeous photo for our focus!
  51. In A Pause for Nature we are treated to reflections that one might find all around us; the discovery comes from looking!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Reflection

Is it live, or mirrored?

Welcome to Week 130 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

The inspiration for this week’s theme comes from a photo that I took yesterday during a break in training at my work’s company headquarters in Raleigh, NC.  So I took a look to find out, if I used this theme before, and, much to my surprise, Reflection is a fresh theme!!  I don’t have to tell you that this is a theme that creates many an interpretation, ranging from the actual physical Reflection to the metaphysical and deep thoughts!

Therefore, take your creative license, polish it up and let your thoughts and lenses wander wherever they may take you; have fun!  I look forward to seeing your creations!

Here’s the view toward the sky from the 8th floor patio…

Reaching for the Sky

It was a wonderful, balmy day in Raleigh, NC, as you can see from the cloud pattern above; the reflection is in the windows of the Red Hat Tower.

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 definitely looking forward to see your reflections upon this week!

Three Line Tales – Overhead

Escher’s vision

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

three line tales, week 123: a strange reflection in a puddle
photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin via Unsplash


M.C. Escher looks,
Puddle inspires art’s vision.
Reflected heavens.


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!

With Rain comes Sunshine!

Reflections on eclipse day…

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of ooh, Shiny!; after a first foray into this theme with a moment from Chiusdino in Tuscany, I thought there might be another one in the catalog…

Sometimes, as we walk along the sidewalk, a shiny bit catches our eye; after a rain shower, there might be plenty of opportunity, particularly, if the Sun has come out from behind the clouds to announce its presence…

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Shine on the Street

Another simple iPhone image to catch the radiance brought by the Sun!

Hope you enjoy!

Reflecting Overhead

As promised, here is at least a second entry in this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Reflecting, which is one of my favorite things to bring into a photograph.

In this image, there is a bit of a different reflection, as it connects the leaves to bring them back into touch with the tree, from which they departed during their autumnal journey…

Thoughts of a Time Passed
Thoughts of a Time Passed

These leaves are looking to rejoin their original trees, a fight against the indomitable force of gravity, which they cannot win.

Reflections of Note

Sky’s reflections!

Well, am I pleased that this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge happens to be on the theme of Reflecting?  Yes, I am!!

The only problem that I have with this topic is to decide which ones of my images to select, as I have a fair amount of photographs that use a reflection.  So I may do a number of posts, upon which we can reflect.

The first contribution is one of my favorite HDR images…

Water and Sky

This image came about a number of years back, when I was photographing an agility event in Skowhegan, Maine.  As we were done around mid-afternoon, and I had noticed that there were some nice skies, this spot came to mind for photographing.  It is the hydroelectric facility in the middle of the town, where the Kennebec river flows through it.



Warped Wednesday – pt. 10

A dreamy view across the river…

While I’m still in Israel for a couple of days and missing a beauty of a snow storm that is battering New England, I thought there might be time for a quick Warped Wednesday before we get to Thursday haiku (yes, I’ve been writing them for over a year now and some are pretty decent).  As I was poking around through some of my more abstract work, my eye caught one shot from December 2016 that could use a bit of a treatment.

This image was taken during a walk through Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, which I always enjoy.  The swollen Nashua river provided a rich source for adjusted reflections…

Monet on the Nashua

The contrast between the branch rising above the river amidst the reflections of trees on the opposite shore caught my eye enough to capture this image.  What I did with it in post processing is to add a bit of surreal, dreamy quality to it in PhotoShop Express on the iPad; this lends it a bit more ability to draw in the eye and allow it to keep this loosely focused ephemeral grasp on the mind.

Hope you like this treatment and have a dreamy day!

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