Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 131

Filled with surprises!

Welcome to the 131st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

It no Surprise that you came up with lots of creative post on this week’s theme!  There were quite a number of entries that surprised me and made me laugh!  You’ve taken a wonderful view on the theme and created amazing posts that really cheered me up this week, when a bit of levity was necessary.  Thank you for that and the great entries that you shared with everyone!

Please enjoy these posts and see which ones surprise you the most!

Sometimes a surprise can be something rather simple…

The Kitchen Sink

There was a lot of amazing landscape to behold on the Isle of Skye, but nothing was as surprising as finding a kitchen sink in the middle of a field, as you’re walking toward an ancient ruin.  This field just needed a bathtub and toilet to have complete plumbing!

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

  1. This week is kicked off with a great entry in Heart to Heart‘s blog, which has the ultimate photobomb!
  2. With another great photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau we visit the town of Perigueux, where there will be a real surprise, if you take a step out of the door!
  3. This week’s post by Shelley in her blog, Quaint Revival, demonstrates that Nature can produce some interesting surprises.
  4. While she may not like surprises, we are regaled with some wonderful ones in pensivity101‘s post, of which I like the coral wedding surprise the best!
  5. The poem created in the blog, Syncwithdeep, is rather intriguing and has a surprise!
  6. In A Pause for Nature, there’s an interesting surprise that occured in the garden… do you see what it is?
  7. Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom celebrates a new horizon with the view of autumn’s beauty.  In a second post in Tranature, the gulls are hunting and looking very much in their element!  Xenia shared a third post in whippetwisdom, which celebrates the moon!
  8. Tatiana brings us quite a collection of posts for this week’s theme.  Her blog, Travelways, features the craters of the moon; a second post in Travelways takes us to Mt. Rushmore; a third post in Travelways goes to Baja California.  Her final post is in Vegas Great Attractions, where she features the Heart Attack Grill, a rather interesting place!
  9. The reflection in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post is quite surprising, as it appears to check its appearance before venturing out in the day!
  10. Susan catches someone by surprise in her post in Musin’ with Susan, as it’s that kind of birthday party!
  11. This week is surprising in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…, where Ann-Christine has some unusual items…
  12. In Proscenium we get surprised by the parking job that is documented there; or is it mooring?
  13. In a post in her blog, For the Love of, Anita details the curious case of the returning box…
  14. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we learn about the tragic happenings in the town of Dhanushkodi…it’s a surprising tale!
  15. Kammie has a surprising companion in the Nut House, who would have made my day as well!
  16. Petra shares some stunning skies with us in Photoworld vol.3, which might color her surprised 🙂
  17. Stella was very surprised to find one of her favorite food staples in New York, as we find out in Giggles & Tales; which food do you think it is?
  18. Deb definitely put a smile on my face with her post in Twenty Four, which has something rather surprising in it…
  19. Sandy’s photo in her post in Out of my Write Mind contains a really interesting surprise…what do you think of it?
  20. What is so surprising about the photo presented by Land of Images is the time of year…
  21. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 strikes fear in the heart of any sibling, who might be on the receiving end!
  22. There are some stunning photos in Anita’s post in Make Life Beautiful, one of which surprised me quite a bit!
  23. Not all surprises are pleasant, as we can see in Woolly Muses‘s post; I hope that the second location was much better!
  24. That’s a really interesting photo that is featured in mytravelcsp, and I see several surprising things…what do you see?
  25. Ulli’s post in the blog Banactee takes us to Portugal for some rather lovely surprises, although one leaves me feeling like a fish out of water!
  26. Olga came upon a rather unusual entry in a car show, as you can see in her post in Stuff and what if…; it might not be a good vehicle, in which to catch a ride…
  27. Debbie was surprised by a really interesting discovery in Madrid, as you can read in Travel with Intent; it left her high and happy!
  28. From Jordy’s Streamings we get to visit a house that’s welcoming for Halloween, which may make it just a bit scary…
  29. Debbie is getting ready for a group and shares her experience with a house meeting in ForgivingConnects; her post tells us eloquently of the importance of allowing ourselves to be open and forgiving of ourselves.
  30. Maria has a stunning photo in her contribution to the theme in her wonderful blog, KameraPromenader; it’s a rather surprising look!
  31. In a rather amusing post in Sgeoil, we get the opportunity to read our future in beer foam!
  32. This week’s entry in A Day in the Life takes us into a house; this house appears to have some squatters in it…go check it out!
  33. Ilka’s post is made possible by a surprising drop in temperaturel in A Thousand Miles, she takes this surprise to become a gorgeous 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!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lift

Bringing us up higher

Welcome to Week 124 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Your entries to last week;s challenge caused quite a Scene!

After we cleared the heady scenes from the past week, which were great fun and very creative, it’s time to let our spirits rise.  With that in mind, I think that we take this week’s challenge with the theme of Lift!  As you’ve learned to expect, this is another theme that you can take into multiple directions, so let your imagination run wild and submit that, which tickles your fancy!

I fully expect to be surprised by some of your upLifting interpretations!  Have fun!

Here, we see a rather powerful lift…

Archimedes at Work!

The Falkirk Wheel is a rather unusual and unique lock in that it uses Archimedes’ principle to lift boats 24 meters, thus replacing a number of locks in connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal just a little ways outside Edinburgh in Scotland.

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 looking forward to seeing you lift the veil and uncover the beauty that lay hidden!

Favorites – A Finale

Magic unfolds

Over the past week, I’ve posted a number of entries that linked to the final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of All-Time Favorites. Sadly, the Weekly Photo Challenge is no more, so I want to close out this workweek with one last image in this series (although I may never stop!)

With this image, which is among my favorites (there are a number of photos from Skye that fall in that category), I simply enjoy the sense of being in a different world from our planet, as the light plays across the hills and changes with the movement of each cloud…


The Isle of Skye is a photographer’s dream-world, as each turn of the road presents one with a new, stunning landscape to try and capture. While up in the hills in the Qiuraing, I was continually astounded by the changes in the vistas, even while staying at the same location. Watching the light dance across the hills, changing the colors and highlighting features, was akin to watching a great magician doing their work, but at a scale well beyond even the larges stage.

Have a great day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Ring

A ring that captures…

Welcome to Week 110 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  This week’s theme is something different again!

You produced a wonderful set of posts for the past week’s theme of Shine!  Your creativity shone through your posts and made them a lot of fun to read and appreciate. So I decided to give a completely different element to this week’s theme and select a topic that allows you to go in many directions: Ring!

Of course, a ring can be the one that binds them all, or the sound from a telephone, or have a familiar ring!  Your tasks is to put your creative vision on the theme and come up with something interesting…

I can’t wait to see what you might create!

This is one version of a ring, as it stands in a circle with a ring of stones…

Lochbuie Stone Circle

The Lochbuie stone circle is a location that is filled with the power of the ancients, which permeates the entire site; there are several locations in this site that produce a palpable amount of energy that one can feel coursing through your body…  To say that there’s ancient mystery in this location is an understatement!

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 looking forward to seeing what might ring true in your posts!

Dunvegan Castle Gardens

A puzzling example

As part of the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Tour Guide, I thought it might be of interest to find something that ties back to this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge of Exotic.

My favorite island of the Inner Hebrides is Skye, for its amazing, rugged landscape and mountainous range that are just a dream to photograph, as every different incident angle of light creates a completely new environment, sometimes even otherworldly.

One of the interesting places to visit on the isle of Skye is Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod. Probably a fortified site from the earliest times, the castle was first built in the 13th century and developed piecemeal over the centuries. In the 19th century the whole was remodelled in a mock-medieval style. The castle is built on an elevated rock overlooking an inlet on the eastern shore of Loch Dunvegan, a sea loch.

Monkey Puzzle Tree


The castle sits on a massive site on Skye, much of which is cultivated into a stunning garden that includes many exotic species, such as the tree in this photo.  The people standing next to it give you a sense of the scale of this wonderful tree.

If you’re ever visiting Skye, the castle and its grounds are well worth a look!

Have a wonderful day!

Isle of Mull – pt. 5

Beauty with a thorny attitude

In this final installment as your tour guide of beloved Mull, there’s one thing that I cannot overlook from our visit to Mull and really all of Scotland: Gorse!

Ulex (commonly known as gorse, furze or whin) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae. The genus comprises about 20 species of thorny evergreen shrubs in the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family Fabaceae. The species are native to parts of western Europe and northwest Africa, with the majority of species in Iberia.

The first thing that you do notice about gorse is the intense yellow flowers, which are in bloom nearly year-round.  When lit by sunlight, these bushes create beautiful patches of yellow across the landscape, which can stand out against a blue sky (yes, we found plenty of blue skies in Scotland)

Gorse and the Landscape of Mull

Gorse is closely related to the brooms (Scottish Broom is a very hard plant, that we have in our backyard in New England), and like them, has green stems and very small leaves and is adapted to dry growing conditions. However it differs in its extreme thorniness, the shoots being modified into branched thorns 1–4 centimetres (0.4–1.6 in) long, which almost wholly replace the leaves as the plant’s functioning photosynthetic organs. The leaves of young plants are trifoliate, but in mature plants they are reduced to scales or small spines. All the species have yellow flowers, generally showy, some with a very long flowering season.

Detail of Gorse

In this image you get a good view of the thorns, which you do not want to try to walk through without some adequate protection.  The gorse in Scotland can grow rather large, as I saw bushes well above 2 meters in height.

Have a wonderful day!