Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 175

Old streets are the best!

Welcome to the 175th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

The array of cities that were featured this week is simply stunning! I knew that your creative minds and eyes have been all over this world, and through your fantastic posts, I got to see some sights that I have not seen with my own eyes. Thank you all for putting together a great series of posts and making for interesting reading and viewing!!

I hope you enjoy reading all these posts, as much as I did! Getting ready for the next challenge…

Here’s another city view that I enjoyed…

That’s a nice tower with a classic vane!

Glasgow is a wonderful city with lots of areas to explore; here, we were walking down one of the city’s oldest streets, Trongate, where this steeple is located.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. This week’s theme of City is kicked off by Sarah with a wonderful view of Sydney in her post in By Sarah!
  2. Not all cities are the same size, but all have their own character, as we can see in pensivity101‘s post; Poole certainly looks like a wonderful city!
  3. Nicole takes us to one of the quintessential cities in England in Une Photo, Un Poéme; Bath stands out and has a rich history!
  4. One of the really big cities is featured in A Day in the Life, as New York City takes the headline!
  5. Jez features some of the sights of Glasgow in an awesome post in Jez Braithwaite; there are some rather interesting options there!
  6. Another stunning photograph shows us a gorgeous cityscape in theOnlyD800intheHameau; that traffic is not that great, though…
  7. Sirisha gives us some wonderful views of Atlanta in her blog queennandini; I’m looking forward to visiting there later this month.
  8. Jackie makes me want to take a closer look at Toronto after seeing her post in Junk Boat Travels; the transit system itself is worth the visit!
  9. Na’ama gives us an important aspect of the city in her post in Na’ama Yehuda: escaping the cityscape within the city is to be valued!
  10. Ulli takes us to a mountain in hist post in Suburban Tracks; of course, this mountain has everything to do with a great city!
  11. In another great post in For the Love Of…, we get four cities for the price of one! The Quad Cities look wonderful!
  12. If you can make it in the city in Chateaux des Fleurs, you can make it anywhere! Great location and shot!
  13. Maria takes us to two great Swedish cities in Kamerapromenader, as we get to see Stockholm and Uppsala!
  14. Robert feels at home in the city, as we can see in his post in Photo Roberts Blog; those are simply amazing photos!
  15. Tatiana features a desert city in her post in Vegas Great Attractions; Las Vegas looks pretty good! In a second post in Travelways, Tatiana takes us to Belize City.
  16. Debbie features the truly amazing railway station in Edinburgh in her post Travel with Intent; just love the view of the castle in the background! In a second post on cities in Travel with Intent treats us to some stunning vistas!!
  17. After seeing the wonderful post in iBallrtw, I’ll definitely want to visit Český Krumlov!
  18. According to this week’s contribution to the theme in Proscenium, Jase is back on top and Philadelphia looks great!
  19. This week’s entry for the them in Don’t Hold Your Breath makes me wonder what could happen in more than 5 hours! Go check it out!
  20. Viveka likes visiting cities as is evident from the awesome post she shared in MyGuiltyPleasures; which of those is among your favorite cities?
  21. Alice has a couple of great cities in her post in the 59 Club, where I have to say I’m partial to Savannah!
  22. A lovely post in Granny Shot It shows us some interesting architecture and enhancements in several cities.
  23. Eric captures a great view of Nevada, Iowa, in his blog Up North; it just goes to show another benefit of a morning run!
  24. Kristina shares a lovely photo of Edinburgh in her post in Looking for enchantment; that city made it to several favorite lists!
  25. David features a stunning photo taken from the South Bank of the Thames in his post in David M’s Photoblog; the atmosphere is amazing!
  26. Klara provides us with a wonderful view in her post in Sliku svoju ljubim II, as we get 2 different views of Hong Kong in a single photo!
  27. In a lovely post in her blog Kanlaon, herself shares views of three awesome California cities!
  28. Sandy finds us a great escape in the city in her post in Out of My Write Mind; it’s amazing how we can get away within a city!
  29. Katy’s post in Wanderlust and Wonderment takes us to the great city of Budapest with some amazing views!
  30. This week’s contribution in Travel with Tech definitely makes me want to go visit Melbourne! It simply looks spectacular at night!
  31. Deb takes us to the Eternal City in her post in Twenty-Four; and Rome never looked better!
  32. Woolly gives us another view of the lovely city of Melbourne in his post in Woolly Muses; his daytime photos are wonderful to see!
  33. Irene provides us with a great view of Honolulu in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine; great photo!
  34. The photos in Land of Images are always great and this week’s entry is no exception; it shows us the other side of the city!
  35. Donna provides some compelling arguments for choosing Phoenix as a city to settle in, as we see in Wind Kisses; great photos and good reasons!
  36. Khürt puts together another stunning post in Island in the Net; his overview of Philadelphia could easily be published in a glossy travel magazine. Also, best wishes with the upcoming surgery!
  37. Elizabatz’s post in her blog AlBatz Adventures brings us to a stunning array of cities, both far and near!
  38. It’s great to see Stef back in Ostendnomadography! The post is just fantastic and makes me want to go door to door!
  39. Ann-Christine must have done some serious climbing to get the photo in her post in To See A World in a Grain of Sand…; it’s a great perspective!
  40. Amy gives a wonderful approach to making a photo even more interesting in her post in Photography Journal Blog; that shot turned out awesome!
  41. Hammad gives us a truly interesting view of the different aspects of Karachi in his post in the Blog of Hammad Rais. Wonderful post!
  42. The choice of city in this week’s contribution in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0 is one that I like very much too! San Diego is a great, livable city!
  43. Teressa takes us on a tour of Des Moines, IA, in her post in Another LQQK; I never realized how much there is to see in this lovely city!
  44. This week, we get a wonderful view of growth in a city in Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery‘s post; very interesting post!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 173

Locks of all sizes!

Welcome to the 173rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

All of you certainly had a Lock on this week’s theme! Your posts were filled with creative approaches to the theme and there were a couple that really surprised me with novel interpretations. Some of what you shared in your posts were personal moments of joy and there were some deep interpretations that really made me think and appreciate your thinking!

Overall, I couldn’t be happier than with this great set of posts and the work that you put into it. Thank you very much!!

Here’s a pretty sizable lock…

Falkirk Wheel in Action

The Falkirk Wheel is a one-of-a-kind lock that connects the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal, raising, or lowering, boats by 24 meters; the Wheel replaces 11 locks in this connection, thus making the trip significantly faster. The operation of the lock is based on Archimedes’ Principle.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Jez kicks things off with a lock that had not cross my mind in his post in Jez Braithwaite; that zoom lock really comes in handy from time to time!
  2. This week we go to Derinkuyu in Don’t Hold Your Breath, which has some astonishing areas to explore, which include a lock…
  3. Shelley wonders if vacation is like getting a new battery in another wonderful post in Quaint Revival; you be the judge, if she has a lock on this subject!
  4. Brian is negotiating in a fantastic post in Bushboy’s World; the Canal St. Martin is truly lovely!
  5. Michelle definitely closed the theme beautifully in her post in Take a Walk… and Discover!
  6. The stables are locked, as we can see in the stunning photograph in the post in theOnlyD800intheHameau; it looks like the horses had a nice place to stay in the Chateau de la Riviére in Pompadour.
  7. Na’ama really identified the dark side of the lock in her post in Na’ama Yehuda: both for animals and humans the lock can be used against us…
  8. Judy puts together a gorgeous set of images in lifelessons, where the locks come in interesting varieties!
  9. Debbie takes us to Sotland in her post Travel with Intent, where we don’t want to get locked up in Edinburgh Castle. In a second post in Travel with Intent, Debbie shares a stunning view of the Falkirk Wheel!
  10. I fully expected that there would be no shortage of locks to choose from in pensivity101‘s post, and they are indeed stunning!
  11. The photographs of locks in Chateaux des Fleurs are truly stunning! Beautifully shot!
  12. This week in The Jesh Studio, we are treated to a wonderful variety of images and a lock that doesn’t look to be that strong…
  13. Danny’s photo in Danny James Photography is fantastic, and really captures an intense set of locks!
  14. Jase has another awesome post in Proscenium, which locks into the right tee!
  15. The locks that are captured in Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery are stunning; those Teutonic Knights knew how to build them!
  16. Jackie found some great locations for locks in her post in Junk Boat Travels, which are a joy to behold!
  17. Tatiana gives us an amazing close-up view of the Miraflores Locks in her post in Travelways; the Panama Canal is still a wonder!
  18. In a very cool post in iBallrtw, we get another view of the locks in Canal Saint Martin in Paris and a shoutout to Busboy’s World!
  19. Ken has a lock on love in his blog Pictures without Film; there are some serious locks in Llansteffan Castle!
  20. Maria captured a wonderful bridge in Vilnius in the post in her blog Kamerapromenader! Love is alive and well in Vilnius!
  21. Woolly shows us that love locks are ubiquitous in his post in Woolly Muses, as we see them in Salzburg…
  22. Alice brings us a wonderful shot of Lock 35 in the Erie Canal in her blog the 59 Club.
  23. Carol brings us proof that Paris is truly the city for lovers in a wonderful post in Light Words!
  24. Viveka brings us some gorgeous photos of locks in her post in MyGuiltyPleasures; and the quote by Sarah Dressen is truly appropriate!
  25. In a truly wonderful post in A Day In The Life, we can wonder about love lost, or locked…
  26. Deb captures a lovely scene in her post in Twenty-Four; the lock and weir are stunning!
  27. Cee’s has a fantastic variety of locks in her post in Cee’s Photography, among which I like those curly locks the best!
  28. Susan has an extremely stylish lock in her post in Musin’ with Susan, which also has an amazing history! Also, go check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan!
  29. Khürt brings us a couple of stunning posts; the first one in Island on the Net brings us the Kingston Locks on the Delaware and Raritan canal; the second one in Island on the Net shows off the Griggstown Locks on the same canal. These are fantastic documentary posts!
  30. David takes a retro approach in his post in David M’s Photoblog; the resultant image is fantastic!
  31. In a great photo in Land of Images we get to see a classic wooden pair of locks!
  32. In a really wonderful post in Travel with Tech, we get to see a report on love locks in Prague; stunning photos!
  33. Teressa rummaged through her random item drawer to find lots of lock that we get to see in her post in Another LQQK; awesome post!
  34. Elizabeth features a great selection of locks around the world in her blog AlBatz Adventures; they are amazing!
  35. John and Karen share their special moment in Budapest in their blog, JKRoaming; go read this amazing post!
  36. We get to experience an unusual lock in Heart 2 Heart, as it is from the land of Bhutan; great craftsmanship!
  37. The story of a trunk makes a great post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0; it’s amazing how something as basic as a trunk can make it from generation to generation!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wheel

What comes around…

Welcome to week 159 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After a great week of Technology, I thought it would be fun to switch to some early technology that has affected humanity’s advancement over the ages; so this week, the theme is Wheel! Of course, the Wheel comes in all shapes and sizes, and it can be a noun or a verb. I think that this might give all of you some room for exploration and creative expression, to which I very much look forward!!

So let’s wheel around and have a blast with this theme!

Here’s a wheel of great power…

Archimedes at Work!

The Falkirk Wheel is a creative solution to reduce the number of locks that have to be traversed in order to overcome a height difference between canals. This wheel raises boats by 24 meters, so that they need to traverse only 2 additional locks to overcome the remaining 11 meters of difference between the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal. It’s an impressive machine to see in action!

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)!!

Spin the wheel and see what rolls for you!!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 156

Worship is everywhere…

Welcome to the 156th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

I’m truly overwhelmed by the number of responses to this week’s theme of Worship! The fire affected all of us and touched us in a way that we will not soon forget. The same fire also inspires us to look at our places of worship, why we worship and the very meaning that it has in our lives and souls. Your posts were absolutely stunning and touched me in many ways.

I hope that all of you will take the time to read each post, as I have, and will enjoy them as I have. Thank you all for the great posts and your inspiration!

Here’s another ancient place of worship…

Lochbuie Stones

This wonderful stone circle stands on the Isle of Mull. While exploring this site, I could feel the power that rests within it, and couldn’t help but think about the people that were here when it was just built; they went to great lengths to create something that would cement their connection to the supernatural…

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

  1. Maria starts things off with a wonderful set of photos in KameraPromenader; the chapel in Sao Miguel in the Azores is stunning!
  2. Nicole brings us a gorgeous set of photos of the Notre Dame in her postt in Une Photo, Un Poéme; spectacular!
  3. Sarah takes us to a Byodo-In temple in Oahu in her post in By Sarah; the site looks amazing!
  4. In another great post in Nut House Central, Kammie features wonderful photos of places that connect to worship.
  5. Brian shares wonderful memories of the Notre Dame in his post in Bushboy’s World.
  6. In a stunning post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we visit the remaines of the town of Dhanushkodi, which was the victim of a super-cyclone in 1964.
  7. In this week’s post in Land of Images we are treated to a beautiful photo of St. Mary’s.
  8. With a great post in his blog In My Mind’s Eye, Ed shares his memories of a number of places of worship.
  9. Gwen shares a number of places of worship that she has visited in a great post in Field Notes from Over the Hill.
  10. Jackie’s post in Junk Boat Travels takes us to the Melrose Abbey in Scotland, which is also one of my favorite sites!
  11. This week Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery takes us to Marienburg in Poland, where we find a stunning statue!
  12. Xenia shares two posts with us; starting in WhippetWisdom, we visit Cairngorms National Park. In her post in Tranature, we meditate on butterflies.
  13. With another great post in Cee’s Photography, Cee brings us great photos of places of worship.
  14. In a wonderful post in GWH Photos, we get to see both the Notre Dame and the Stavanger Catedral.
  15. In a fantastic in Light Words, Carol remembers Notre Dame with a great set of photos.
  16. In a magnificent post in Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition, we get a stunning array of places of worship!
  17. In a touching post in pensivity101 we learn about some of the places that candles have been lit over the years…
  18. Nancy’s post in Nancy Merrill Photography features a fantastic photo of the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City.
  19. In a lovely post in Life Amazing, we are treated to a wonderful set of places of worship!
  20. Danny’s post in Danny James Photography gives us an amazing view of this beautiful church!
  21. A truly elegant post in Natsukashi Kansai features a lovely temple!
  22. In a wonderful post in Encore! Old Pianos with a New Song, we learn about the importance of music in worship.
  23. In a truly interesting post in For the Love of…, we learn about a church that suffered the loss of its steeple in 1955.
  24. In a lovely post in Notes from the Vicarage, we learn about a great number of places of worship.
  25. In an awesome post in Another LQQK, Teressa brings a great set of images that denote worship to her.
  26. In a wonderful post in Jinan Daily Photo, we get to see a service in Jinan.
  27. Jase asks to be taken to the church in Proscenium with a magnificent post!
  28. In a stunning post in Travel with Tech, we get a huge variety of churches and cathedrals!
  29. In this week’s post in The 59 Club, we get to see Our Lady of Victory, which is stunning!
  30. In Beijing Daily Photo we get the view of a magnificent temple.
  31. In another wonderful post in iBall Round the World, we get to see the altar of the Old-New Synagogue in Prague.
  32. Ken shares great photos of several worship sites in his post in Pictures without Film.
  33. With another stunning photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau, we get to see the Sheih Zaid Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
  34. Irene’s post in Heaven’s Sunshine features the Martha-Mary Chapel in Greenfield Village.
  35. Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent shares the beautiful game that is worshipped around the world: football (soccer for Americans).
  36. In a lovely post in Touring with Kids, we visit a number of great locations where candles have been lit.
  37. Susan captured a great source of worship in her post in Musin’ with Susan: a medicin woman!
  38. Woolly shares some great memories of Notre Dame in his post in Woolly Muses; wonderful photos!
  39. Sandy brings us to the First Plymouth Congregational Church in her post in Out of My Write Mind, with some great photos!
  40. A wonderful post in Corazon181 not only brings a lovely church into the picture, but also the personal aspects of worship.
  41. In a lovely post in Fleeting Muse, we get to visit the Khamakya Temple in Assam, India.
  42. In a stunning photo in the blog Ryan Photography, we get to visit the Canterbury Cathedral in Kent!
  43. Debbie brings us to the Shrine of Remembrance in her post in Twenty Four; it’s truly stunning!
  44. Stella shares some great photos in her post in Giggles & Tales, where the churches are lovely!
  45. In a stunning post in Albatz Travel Adventures, we get to see a variety of worship throughout the far east.
  46. David’s post in David Meredith’s Photoblog takes us to St. Mary’s Church in Acton, Cheshire, with a stunning photo!
  47. Sonya’s post in Middleton Road captures the mood on Good Friday in Wellington!
  48. In another great post in Wanderlust and Wonderment, we get a view of worship in the Middle East.
  49. With a great view from atop Notre Dame, we get a gargoyle’s view in Mostly Monochrome.
  50. In a wonderful post in Biking to Work, we not only get a view into the church, but also a personal journey.
  51. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 brings a very personal remembrance of the meaning of a particular location!
  52. The amazing post in A Day in the Life takes us to the Synagogue in Florence, which is truly stunning!
  53. Khürt’s post in Island in the Net takes us to a place of worship: Nature, in all its amazing, stunning beauty!
  54. In a great post by Heart 2 Heart, we get to see the All Saints’ Church in Hyderabad and find out what it’s like to move (once again).
  55. Debbie contributed a post about the importance of self-care and self-love in her blog ForgivingConnects.

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Worship

Welcome to week 156 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

The devastating fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was horrific in the way that it touched the heart and soul of Parisian, the French and many of us around the world. This cathedral is a true world treasure in both its architecture and the meaning that it carries, which transcends faith. I am heartened by President Emmanel Macron’s response with the intent to rebuild Notre Dame, as it is part of the heritage of France and, indeed, the World.

With this news, it was immediately obvious to me that the theme for this week’s challenge is to be Worship. Regardless of religion, faith or belief system, we can all worship; whether it’s a universal being, nature or the love of our life… Please take this challenge into the direction of Worship that speaks most to you and share it creatively!

I very much look forward to your responses to this theme, as I hope you are as inspired as I am by how humanity can respond to adversity and achieve ever greater heights!

Here’s a cathedral that faced fires during its time…

Elgin Cathedral

The Elgin Cathedral originates from 1224 and was ravaged by fire on 3 occasions in 1270, 1390 and 1402. It came back time and again until the time of the Scottish Reformation in 1560, after which it was abandoned. After the lead waterproofing was removed from the roof in 1567, it decayed steadily until its roof collapsed during a storm in 1637; deterioration continued over the centuries… Despite its current state, one can feel the power of this site when walking its grounds; it’s impressive!

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)!!

Let’s all have cake and enjoy this week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 153

Rocking entries!

Welcome to the 153rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

This was a week of Rocking entries! There were lots of great photos of rocks of all sizes, ranging from entire canyons to the smallest pebbles. Then there were some very creative entries that rocked in other ways! All together, your posts were a delight to read!

Thank you all for the great posts that you put together and the fun you created!

One of your posts made me think of this shot…

Other-Worldly

Skye is truly one of my favorite locations to photograph, as its landscapes are beyond stunning! The Quiraing range is full of amazing vistas, which will change in front of your eyes as the clouds paint the landscape…

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

  1. My apologies to Sarah, who is the first, as the title of the challenge didn’t get updated, which caused her to come up with two great entries! Her first post in By Sarah takes us back to the olden days! In a second post in By Sarah, we get to see the remarkable rocks of Kangaroo Island and learn about orange lichen!
  2. Ken shares a truly remarkable rock face in his post in Pictures without Film; that must have taken some true artistry!
  3. Nicole brings us fantastic rock face in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, which can be found in Mullion Cove!
  4. Shelley is rocking out in her post in Quaint Revival; the reason is Spring, which is rocking her world!
  5. It certainly looks a bit chilly in a great photo in the post in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery; the rock won’t mind!
  6. This week’s entry in Chateaux des Fleurs takes us to a great looking beach! And also brings some interesting color…
  7. Yinglan brings us some more amazing Nature in her post in This is Another Story; amazing rocks!
  8. In another wonderful post in pensivity101 we get to experience some memories, including a rather special one from the slate mine!
  9. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s contribution for this week, we get to visit the Mawsmai Caves, which are truly amazing!!
  10. Na’ama’s poem in her post in Na’ama Yehuda brings us to Opus, who has made it quite a ways up the rock face!
  11. In Minding my P’s with Q, we learn a rocking technique to keep those pesky chipmunks away from the plants!
  12. Xenia brings us another great post in WhippetWisdom, as her haibun describes her rock eloquently!
  13. In a beautiful photo in Fleeting Muse, we get a different view of Half Dome in Yosemite.
  14. Maria shares her love for pebbles on the beach in her blog KameraPromenader with a spectacular photo!
  15. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie shares us a fantastic set of rock photos! They are not all what you might expect!
  16. Stella brings us a magnificent post in Giggles & Tales, lots of rocks, and she proves that you can stick a fork in them!
  17. In a very creative and inspiring post in For the Love of, we share the examination of a rock…is it special?
  18. Jase has a very interesting setting of photos in Proscenium; that alley might really contain something unusual!
  19. Another great post in Touring with Kids brings us rocks ranging in size from canyon on down!
  20. In Little White Pearls, we are treated to beautifully serene photos that feature Nature’s bounty.
  21. This week’s post in Heart2Heart declares that mothers rock! I agree 100%!
  22. In her post in ARHtistic License, Andrea takes us to the neighborhood ice cream parlor!
  23. Danny’s post in Danny James Photography brings us a memorial wall in Sarajevo.
  24. Ann-Christine’s takes us to New Zealand in To See a World in a Grain of Sand where we get to admire the Moeraki boulders.
  25. One of my favorite photo locations is featured in Land of Images, where the Old Man of Storr resides!
  26. Sandy brings us some rock stars in her post in Out of My Write Mind, with some great photos and wonderful poetry!
  27. Alice brings us a great rock in the 59 Club, all the way in Berchtesgaden!
  28. Brian shares the fun of climbing Castle Rock in his post in Bushboy’s World; some amazing balancing rocks!
  29. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine has water swirling over the rocks in a great photo!
  30. In Life Amazing, we get a great variety of rocks, never leaving us just between a rock and a hard place!
  31. In another cool post in Another LQQK, Teressa has lots of rocks, including some fake ones…
  32. In a fantastic post in Being in Nature, Suzanne doesn’t just bring us amazing rocks, but tells us about the original inhabitants of Australia!
  33. Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent is fantastic, exploring the rocks in Malta!
  34. Olga brings us stunning photos in her post in Stuff and what if…, looking back to the glaciers that deposited the rocks!
  35. Marie brings us to the Serengeti in the New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; the Kopjes are truly amazing!
  36. Woolly explores the rocks in his post in Woolly Muses; his humor shines through, as he mentions rocks that received significant interest…
  37. Alive and Trekking is a wonderful blog and the contribution about Split Apple Rock is awesome!
  38. In another lovely post in A Day in the Life we get to enjoy a nice relaxing spot by the water!
  39. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 features one of my favorite rock components: mica!
  40. In an awesome post in Photography Journal Blog, we learn about the Blue Grotto in Malta!
  41. Debbie has a truly interesting set of rocks in her post in Twenty Four; it’s a great location!
  42. Ulli’s post in Banactee features the island of Tenerife, which looks truly stunning! With great photos like that, I want to go explore Tenerife!
  43. Khürt takes us on a short hike in his post in Island in the Net; there were plenty of rocks along the hike!
  44. In another great post in Thief Images Photography Blog, we get to see a donut that is tough to digest!
  45. Susan created a wonderful post in Musin’ with Susan about visiting Ayers Rock and dealing with flies…
  46. Debbie shares a great post in her blog, ForgivingConnects, focused on the rock that is provided by gratitude!

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

The Monkey Puzzle Tree

An unusual thing of beauty!

Sometimes, one comes upon an object that is unusual, that catches the eye. Such was the case of a tree that I saw in the garden of Dunvegan Castle.

Araucaria araucana (commonly called the monkey puzzle treemonkey tail tree, piñonero, or Chilean pine) is an evergreen tree growing to 1–1.5 m (3–5 ft) in diameter and 30–40 m (100–130 ft) in height. It is native to central and southern Chile, western Argentina. Araucaria araucana is the hardiest species in the conifer genus Auracaria. Because of the longevity of this species, it is described as a living fossil. It is also the national tree of Chile. Its conservation status was changed to Endangered list by the IUCN in 2013 due to the dwindling population caused by logging, forest fires, and grazing.

Monkey Puzzle Tree

As you can see from the people standing next to the tree, this tree is impressively tall; I would estimate this tree to be between 20-25m tall, which is an impressive sight.

This particular tree stands in the gardens of Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, the chieftain of clan MacLeod. This castle on the Isle of Skye is well worth the visit, as its gardens are a thing of beauty!