Vacation Retrospective

Confessions of a traveler!

As I selected Retrospective for this week’s TPC theme, I thought it would be nice to look back at countries visited during the 2010s! So here it goes!


Love atop the Stephanskirche!

Looking down from the shorter tower of the Stephanskirche provides an incredible view across all of Vienna!


Walking among the treetops!

In Vancouver, BC, I got to walk among the treetops, high up above the canyon floor (below…)


Skye is simply stunning!

On the Isle of Skye, I got to see some of the most incredible landscapes, such as here, where I’m a ways up in the Quiraing range. I could sit here forever and watch the clouds change the landscape!


Apollonia National Park

I got some time in Israel to explore the Apollonia National Park in Herzliya; this amazing Roman settlement was a wonder to behold!


Looking across Massa Maritima

Our Italian trip was filled with amazing towns (idea for some posts…), such as Massa Maritima; the hill towns in Tuscany are just stunning! And the food was awesome too!


Centraal Station, Rotterdam

As can be expected, there have been numerous trips to the Netherlands, and Rotterdam is still among my favorite cities in this world!


The Herring Era

Iceland is filled with amazing vistas, and I spent way too little time there (4 days) to scratch the surface. One of my discoveries was the Herring Era museum in Siglufjördur! It brought one back to a different time!

Czech Republic

Looking up in Prague!

Sometimes, travel doesn’t go as planned, and you get to spend an additional 24 hours in a location. This happened in Prague, which is not a bad place to find yourself in!


A view in Kharkiv

My visit to Ukraine was fantastic, as the hospitality was amazing and I got to see some of the sights, such as the view here!


Albert Docks at Night

Liverpool, England, was an impromptu visit that gave me the opportunity to see my favorite Premier League team play at Anfield, their home ground! A fantastic city too!

In less than 2 weeks, I will be in India, so the adventure continues!!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 185

A precarious perch!

Welcome to the 185th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! First of all, my apologies for the delayed posting of this round up; I’ll do better for the current one!

There was plenty of creativity on display in your responses to the theme of Steep! There were some rather dizzying heights and the steepest of stairs to climb, as well as a couple of drinks that were appropriately steeped. It was an absolute pleasure to read each and every one of your posts!!

Thank you for all the creative energy that you put into these posts!!

Here is a rather steep perch…

Nesting on the Cliffs

These seagulls are nesting on the cliffs of the Isle of Staffa, off the coast of Mull; this uninhabited island is well-known for its large numbers of puffins. So I came armed with a stunning 400mm diffractive optics lens to explore the island and find absolutely zero puffins! There were plenty of seagulls, which were so easy to approach that I had to back up with this lens, so that they could fit in the frame of the picture…

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Ed was first out of the blocks this week with some great steep photos in his post in In My Mind’s Eye. Great stair climbing exercise there!
  2. Diane shows us that steep can be experienced from a boat in her post in pensivity101, as the other end of the lock is a lot higher up!
  3. With a couple of beautiful photos in TiongHan’s Blog we get a real appreciation of how steep things can be! That art installation is amazing!
  4. Nicole takes us into the Peak District in England with a gorgeous photo in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme; Mam Tor is an inviting hike!
  5. Bren’s view of the Jurassic Coast in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography shows an amazing set of cliffs!
  6. Jackie had to do some serious climbing to visit the temple at Wat Hanchey in Cambodia! You can see in Junkboat Travels how steep it was!
  7. Eivor and Pearl are certainly not daunted by the steep hills that we get to enjoy in whippetwisdom; lovely photography and haibun!
  8. Russell found multiple uses for our theme in Beautiful Photographs, as the price of the steep steeple was rather steep; poor protestants!
  9. The lovely town of Sarlat has some incredibly steep roofs, as we can see with a gorgeous photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau!
  10. As we can see in the wonderful photo in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, those cliffs are rather steep!
  11. Hohenzollern Castle in Germany is an amazing location, and the photo in F2.8_iso100 highlights its beauty very well!
  12. Cee’s photos in her post in Cee’s Photo Challenges definitely show off some steep locales; in particular, Mount Hood looks rather imposing down the road!
  13. The stairs in the photo in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post might be too steep to stand, but they do provide an opportunity for one of life’s little victories!
  14. Tatiana’s post in her blog Travelways takes us to Acapulco to a site that I visited many years ago: la Quebrada is well-known for its cliff divers, which is not something for the inexperienced! In her post in Vegas Great Attractions, Tatiana touts the benefits of jumping… I’m sure it is a thrill, but I’m not convinced to go out and do it! Would you?
  15. Maria takes us to a gorgeous area in her blog Sagittarius Viking; her photos of Sitegraves Pass make me want to visit it!
  16. Rupali gives us an amazing view of Bergen in the post in Mazeepuran; the climb up Stoltzekleiven must have been arduous, but worth it!
  17. Kammie brings us some great steep locations in her photos in Nut House Central; some of these look like they would be fun to climb!
  18. Cath works hard to overcome her fear of stairs, as we can see from her victory photos in Cath’s Camera; those are amazing locations, after which she has a well-deserved cup of tea…
  19. Jase takes an interesting approach to our theme in a cool post in Proscenium; you’ve got to build it up to make it steep!
  20. Ramya shares the view at the end of a tiring trek in And Miles to Go Before I Sleep…; the view is stunning!
  21. There are some great steep areas in New Jersey, as we see in the post in A Day in the Life; the Palisades look amazing!
  22. We get to have the fun in funicular in My Camera and I…, as we visit the Peak Tram in Hong Kong!
  23. Eric takes us to a location that cannot be denied steepness in From the Lens; the Grand Canyon certainly qualifies!
  24. Ann-Christine presents another amazing photo in her post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…; the location intrigues me, as that type of rock formation is unusual!
  25. Alice shares some rather steep views in her post in the 59 Club; the ascent appears nearly as harrowing as the potential descent!
  26. I’ll admit that in her post in Travel with Intent, Debbie takes steep to another level…that’s a scary place to work!
  27. Sandy makes us wonder, if we are so inclined, in her post in Out of my Write Mind; the ascent might be wonderful, even though it will be arduous!
  28. Maria reminds me of one of the reasons that I want to go back to Iceland in her post in Kamerapromenader; the Nature is simply breathtaking!
  29. David presents an incredible view of Bickerton Hill in Cheshire in his post in David M’s Photoblog: the colors in this image are stunning!
  30. In a gorgeous post in Wanderlust and Wonderment, we get to visit to amazing sites: Bryce Canyon and Masada; a world apart, both are imposing.
  31. Chris’ post in What’s (in) the Picture? takes us inside a wonderful bit of architecture and an interesting museum!
  32. Aletta takes us to a wonderful location in her post in Now at Home, as we get a great view of a gannett colony in a special location in New Zealand.
  33. Irene looks down a rather steep drop toward the coastline in a wonderful photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine; the variety of blue of the water is eye-catching!
  34. Deb showcases another amazing photo in Twenty-Four; the surf beating against the steep rock is stunning!
  35. Teressa certainly visits some gorgeous locations, as we can see in her post in Another LQQK; Gibbons Falls in Yellowstone should be on anyone’s must see locales list!
  36. It’s good to bring your wife with you on the trail, as we find out in Fleeting Muse; on that steep trail, she was a true lifesaver!
  37. Nandini wrote some wonderful ‘steep’ haikus for her post in queennandini; and those climbs are rather steep as well!
  38. The steps of Montmartre are rather steep, as Susan shows in her post in Musin’ with Susan! Also, please check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan; the colors on that hummingbird are truly iridescent!
  39. In a truly interesting post in Sweet Aroma, Oneta shares the wisdom of a child, as the impact of steepness is pondered.
  40. With another set of stunning photos, Robert brings us some rather steep angles in Photo Roberts Blog!
  41. Amy takes us to the top of St. Albans Cathedral in Photography Journal Blog, where she details both the event and her treatment of the image.
  42. Jez looks up in the world, as he finds a wonderful variety of steep views in his post in Jez Braithwaite: this goes to show that there’s more than one way to look at things!
  43. The gorgeous photo in the post in Land of Images brings us to the steep-le of St. Walburge’s Church in Preston; looks stunning!
  44. In this week’s entry in sgeoil we are inspired by John Keats to climb with him the steep, Nature’s Observatory; great photo as well!
  45. Woolly brings us a feature of cows that I had not considered in Woolly Muses: on steep terrain, such as in Switzerland, they have shorter front legs! You’ll want to check this out!
  46. Oh noooo! There’s no doubting that the snow is too steep for some in a wonderful post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0; awesome post!
  47. Elizabatz tours the world for amazing, steep locales in her post in Albatz Travel Adventures. There’s one location that I have visited among them; which ones have you seen?
  48. Marie put in the effort along a long climb in Genoa to get the great view we see in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; the way down was much easier!
  49. Khürt brings us the favorite drink of a civilized world with a stunning photo in Island in the Net; it is well-steeped and beautifully photographed!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 183

The warmth of the setting sun…

Welcome to the 183rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

First of all thank you all for the well-wishes, as my wife and I appreciate them very much. Your Sunset contributions were nothing short of amazing! There were a fair number of images that just about took my breath away with their beauty! Thank you all for the effort and creativity that you put into these images and posts!

Here is another sunset in my catalog…

Walking the Beach by Cromarty

It’s rare that a setting sun produces such a hyper-saturated light that I have to pull back the raw image that is produced in camera; that happened in this shot, as the setting sun was simply stunning and created a warm glow over the wooded area and pebble beach in front of me.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Sarah kicks off this array of sunsets with a lovely photo in By Sarah that was taken at Glenelg Beach; simply gorgeous!
  2. I’m rather partial to the gorgeous photo in Land of Images, as the Isle of Skye is one of my favorite places in the world!
  3. Brian’s world is a good one, as we can see in bushboys world; that’s a fantastic view of the sunset through the tree.
  4. There are some really wonderful sunsets in the post in Nut House Central; Kammie clearly enjoys that time of day, as it shows in her photos!
  5. Ed shares some great sunsets in his contribution in In My Mind’s Eye, as he features a location that I know.
  6. Tatiana spent some quality time in Manzanillo, as we can see in her blog Giftsmart; the sunset over the water is amazing!
  7. Jackie proves that one doesn’t need to go to exotic locations for a great sunset in her post in Junkboat Travels; gorgeous view!
  8. Maria brings us another wonderful post in her blog Sagittarius Viking; the Kelso Dunes look like a wonderful place to visit.
  9. The subject of sunset combined with rain produces a great image, as we can see in Black Body; it’s somewhat mysterious, yet inviting! In another post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get treated to amazing wildlife in Kenya and a great sunset!
  10. I have to say that the fantastic photo that is featured in the theOnlyD800intheHameau made me chuckle! The giraffe looks completely non-plussed and has no idea what is being done…
  11. Alice captures the scene at the beach perfectly in the 59 Club; the lifeguard tower against the sunset is beautiful!
  12. Na’ama creates a beautiful moment in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; the setting sun provides a sense of welcome into what lies after…
  13. Diane proves that a boat can be a great asset for getting lovely sunsets in her post in pensivity101: gorgeous vistas!
  14. In The Jesh Studio we encounter another wonderful post, which shows us that palm trees and sunsets combine very well!
  15. The photos that Robert features in his post in Photo Roberts Blog not only provide us beautiful sunsets, but also build a wonderful mood!
  16. We get a stunning sunset in Santa Cruz in the lovely photo that is featured in Fleeting Muse‘s post!
  17. Jase brings us a stunning orange sky in a fantastic post in Proscenium; definitely go check this post out!
  18. Jez takes us to Serra Canyon in his post in Jez Braithwaite; the sunset view here is nothing short of stunning!
  19. Zefaney provides us with a great post in Scroll, which gives us that golden feeling that comes with sunsets!
  20. Maria brings us several amazing sunsets, each with their own unique feeling in her post in Kamerapromenader; lovely photos!
  21. Xenia is taking her whippets for one last run in the day before the sunset takes hold in her lovely post in whippetwisdom.
  22. Len demonstrates the beautiful ending part of sunsets in a series of amazing photos in Len’s Journeys.
  23. Viveka brings us some rather lovely sunsets in myguiltypleasures, and reminds us to smell the roses!
  24. Woolly shares some of the sunsets from his travels in Woolly Muses; I’m not sure that I’d ever leave Geelong with those sunsets!
  25. David decided to go with only one sunset image in his post in David M’s Photoblog: you have to see it to believe it’s beauty!!
  26. We are treated to a series of sunsets in another great post in A Day in the Life; each of these is wonderfully serene!
  27. Likewise, in this week’s contribution in sgeoil, we get a wonderful sense of serenity in both the image and the poem that accompanies it.
  28. In a lovely post in Now at Home by Aletta, we get two very different and gorgeous sunsets!
  29. Sandy shares a wonderful photo in Out of my Write Mind, and the haiku that she wrote with it is simply lovely!
  30. Na’ama creates a beautiful moment in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; the setting sun provides a sense of welcome into what lies after…
  31. Indira provides us with some rather exotic sunsets in her post in Sharing Thoughts; they are awesome!
  32. Susan goes back to a wonderful sunset in Hawaii in her post in Musin’ with Susan: it’s a gorgeous moment! Also, please check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan; great photos, although I’m not sure I believe the sign…
  33. Corinna shares two amazing photos in her post in 50 First Dates with Myself (a wonderful blog!); I particularly love the first photo!
  34. Irene takes us to the wonderful location of Waikiki in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine; what a stunning view!
  35. In Wanderlust and Wonderment, we are treated to an amazing series of sunsets; that cruise from Boston to Montreal must have been magic!
  36. The sunset that is featured in Nandini’s post in queennandini is incredibly filled with colors; they are almost surreal!
  37. I’m not sure where Deb captured the amazing shot in this week’s entry in Twenty-Four; regardless, it is an absolute stunner!
  38. The amazing sunset at Serkaud in India that you can see in a post in F2.8_iso100 is simply stunning! Well done!
  39. In Following Him Beside Still Waters, we are treated to a series of lovely sunset images!
  40. In her post in Travel with Intent, Debbie captures an amazing view at the square Colisseum!
  41. There’s a stunning array of sunset images featured in My TravelCSP! It’s hard to pick a favorite as each has unique aspects!
  42. There’s something inherently serene in the lovely photo of sunset at Lake Champlain in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0! I could gaze at it for hours!
  43. Ken’s photo in his post in Pictures without Film is beautifully executed and stunning; I particularly like the lighting on the ruins!
  44. Eric brings us a sunset from Ellendale, MN, in his post in Up North; the captured view is simply gorgeous!

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

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.

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