Welcome to the 210th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
Thank you all for the wonderful responses to this week’s photo challenge theme of puzzle. Also, more importantly, thank you for the warm welcome for my return to this great forum. It feels good to be back!
Sometimes the puzzle is rather large…
The above monkey puzzle tree was found by my wife and I in the gardens at Clan MacLeod’s Castle on the Isle of Skye. When I saw these people standing next to it, I just had to photograph it and capture an impression of its massive scale.
Please enjoy the following blog posts:
Debbie started the week’s responses off with a wonderful set of images in Travel with Intent, as she highlights the national tree of Chile…go check it out and see how it connects with the image above!
Diane reminds me of something that I very much enjoyed as a child in a lovely post in pensivity101; nowadays, I will often help out my mother-in-law with this kind of puzzle!
The capture in Teresa’s post in My Camera & I really caught my eye, as she features the puzzle aspect of architecture in a great way!
Leave it to ladyleemanila‘s post to blow my concept of puzzle piece count way up high! 18,000 pieces is mind-boggling!
Ken has us off to the races in a great post in Pictures without Film! There’s nothing better than a group of ducks vying for first place!
The ancients have left us interesting puzzles, as we can see in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery; this puzzle makes me think both of piecing things together again and the challenge of understanding what the larger structure might have looked like…
Maria brings something to mind in her post in Kamerapromenader, for which it takes a real expert to find a good solution! The skill of people who work with stone in that form is priceless!
Sandy shares some stunning black&white photography in her post in Out of my Write Mind, which also demonstrates that these are perfectly pieced together!
Susan made me laugh with her entry in Musin’ with Susan, as it is filled with wit and a puzzle that many of us can relate to! Also, check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan, and enjoy the variety of great photos!
Hammad has a very fine capture in his post in The Blog of Hammad Rais; this photo makes me think that this maze has a way out…but does it?
Teressa shares a wonderful set of images in her post in Another LQQk, which lead me to believe that she enjoys a puzzle or two! I agree that the puzzlement in the statue is very pronounced!
No regrets for some lovely egrets in another wonderful post in Don’t Hold Your Breath! I have photographed some in my travels, but didn’t know as much about them as I.J. shares with us.
The sun is highlighted as a puzzle in our universe with a great quote and photo in Sgeoil‘s post; an intriguing concept!
Alice showcases a puzzle to be solved by a horse in her post in The 59 Club…how do you adjust to look through that fly cap?
Brian brings us a subject that is truly puffed up and looks like it might be ready to blow in his post in Bushboy’s World, so be careful! Great song too!
Take a closer look at the puzzling photo in Land of Images, and tell me what you see… serendipitous art? I like it!
Please let all these wonderful authors know how much you enjoy their blog posts!
Welcome to the 202nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
Thanks to all of you for creating a stunning set of posts! It was an absolute pleasure to read each and every one of your posts, as each found something unusual or, in the case of one country, something that happens all the time. Some of you included a reminder that we need to do something about all this junk, which we cannot hear often enough.
When you read all these great posts, I’m confident that you’ll enjoy them as much as I did. Thank you again and have fun with these posts!
Here we get everything, including the kitchen sink…
Even on the gorgeous Isle of Skye, one can come across some junk! This sink that had been dumped unceremoniously in this lovely field really caught my eye. This composition breaks a couple of rules, but I felt it created the right amount of tension between the sink and Nature’s beauty…
Please enjoy the following blog posts:
Kammie starts things this week with some of her treasures in a wonderful post in Nut House Central; I have to admit that the radio dial is just awesome!
This week in theOnlyD800intheHameau we join on a househunting trip in rural France, where the interior decorator asks us to use our imagination! Great post!
Jackie has a scene right out of the Beverly Hillbillies in her post in JunkBoat Travels; if only granny was sitting atop the wagonload! There are some other great scenes as well!
Na’ama has another fantastic poem in her post in Na’ama Yehuda, as a treasure is found! The photo is also rather stunning!
Nandini is junking it up in her haikus in her post in queennandini; great writing and some rather cool pictures too!
Maria shows us that lizards may have a very different appreciation than we do of what has value in Kamerapromenader; it’s a treasure to them!
Diane shares another great post in pensivity101, as we learn about how junk might have value to others; the junk in the photos looks rather nice!
Ken has a wonderful photo of treasures of a bygone era in Pictures without Film, as some parts may no longer be useful…
Andrea has some amazing photos of interesting junk in her post in ARHtistic License; she clearly has a keen awareness of the world around her!
Julie’s post in Eat, Play, Live has some salvage parts turned into art; as she says, this is definitely not junk, as the salvage is from the World Trade Center…
Sarah shows us that taking the trash out can be a colorful experience with a wonderful photo in her post in By Sarah; great scene!
Carol’s post in Light Words certainly put a smile on my face, as I’ve never seen anybody so happy with Tony the Tiger! There’s more great junk in Carol’s post as well; go check it out!
Bren shares another gorgeous photo in her post in Brashley Photography, with a great sense of abandonment; did that boat have hopes of becoming a junk?
David has some rather intriguing junk in his post in David M’s Photoblog; taking apart a zoom lens is one challenge that I have never undertaken, so it was rather cool to see the contents of the lens on display in this post!
Jez takes us for a visit to a nice little home in his post in Photos by Jez; that lizard has a nice place!
Brian highlights some of humanity’s junk in his post in Bushboy’s World; our junk makes living quarters for various creatures… Amazing adaptation!
The post in JP the Wide-eyed Wanderer has a fantastic junk garden in it; that just goes to show that anything might make a garden!
Beware of Viveka’s post in myguiltypleasures; it might make you hungry! Viveka shares one of the junk pleasures that she doesn’t feel guilty about: burgers!
Deb has another awesome post in her blog, Twenty Four; the practical use of junk is expressed brilliantly!
The photo in Land of Images is absolutely gorgeous, and I love its depiction of rusty remnants! Now, I’m trying to decipher what exactly was dumped there…
Sandy reminds me of something really relevant in her post in Out of my Write Mind: no matter how we hide our junk…it’s still junk! Awesome post!
TiongHan gives us a very Dutch view of junk in a wonderful post in TiongHan’s Blog; bicycles in canals are a perennial problem in the Netherlands!
The saying is definitely true in a great post in WoollyMuses, and I agree that some junk is just not a treasure to have lying around.
Sometimes when you see a piece of junk that looks like the one that we get to see in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, we might be tempted to test its mettle…
Robert highlights a magnificent item in his post in photo roberts blog! That scale might have been thrown out, if it were too honest!
Tatiana has a wonderful set of photos that tell the story of Chloride, Arizona, in her post in VegasGreatAttractions; there’s some rather interesting junk there. The only thing that would concern me is the name of the town…
Rupali highlights a problem that exists all around the world with a great photo in her post in mazeepuran; parents, please teach this lesson!
Please let all these wonderful authors know how much you enjoy their blog posts!
Welcome to the 196th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
My apologies for the late posting of this round up, as I was still fighting the tail end of a bad stomach bug and found myself exhausted by the end of the afternoon on just about every day.
The volume and quality of your posts was breathtaking, as your creative eyes captured many different shapes of trees, each with their own character. I really enjoyed reading through your posts and learned about some trees that I didn’t know and was entertained by many a unique shot!
Thank you for all the effort you put into your posts!! Please share your thoughts with one another!
Here’s another tree…
This Monkey Puzzle Tree is still one of the most amazing trees that I have encountered in my travels. Found in the gardens of the clan MacLeod estate on Skye. The sheer scale of this tree is awe inspiring.
Please enjoy the following blog posts:
I love Nicole’s optimism that showcases in her post in Un Photo,Une Poeme, as she gives me the thought of Spring!
There’s yet another great photo in Land of Images, as the reflections are amazing!
The wonderful sculpture that is highlighted in My Camera and I… makes me wonder: is it art, or Nature? Or both?
The photo in Paperkutzs shows us what is not exactly a tree, but the flowers make me forgive it all the time!
Kammie put together a great set of tree images in her post in Nut House Central; which one is your favorite?
Xenia has a great set of posts this week, first with her post in whippetwisdom, which speaks of the wind and ice! In Tranature, we get to see a small forest, as lichen surrounds us… And last, but not least, we cross the forest bridge in Tranature, surrounded by trees!
Emily captures an amazing tree in her fantastic post in Zombie Flamingoes; that is some set of branches!
Nandini really gets the trees in the great haikus in her post in queennandini, and the photos are amazing!
Sarah’s not only captures the trees in her post in By Sarah, but also brings us the wind!
Indira finds us a great fruit bat in her post in Sharing Thoughts, which makes for a great silhouette!
Julie takes us to one of those mysterious locations that is on my bucket list in her post in Julie Does Stuff, as we get to see some of the trees at Angkor Wat.
Viveka brings us the story behind the Snapphane Oak in a great post in her blog, myguiltypleasures; the circumference is stunning!
Irene captured a lovely reflection in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine, where the trees stand tall next to the pond! In another wonderful post in Heaven’s Sunshine, we get a view of the winter marsh! And last in Heaven’s Sunshine, and definitely not least, the sunrise breaks through the trees…
Brian takes us to the tip of the tree in an interesting photo post in Bushboy’s World; now to see the rest.
The esplanade of the Chateau Amboise is stunning, as we can enjoy in the post in theOnlyD800intheHameau; great tree structure!
In a lovely post in MyTravelCSP, we get to enjoy a wonderful variety of trees from all over!
David takes us to some absolutely stunning shots, as he captures trees in various moods in his post in David M’s Photoblog! Gorgeous post!
Lisa tells the story of a very specific tree in a wonderful post in A Day in the Life, as it is the tree that her grandfather planted when she was born.
Sandy brings us what I consider the best time for trees in her post in Out of my Write Mind; the colors are simply stunning!
The photos that we get to enjoy in Chateaux des Fleurs are gorgeous! I particularly enjoy the mysterious path that is formed in the second image…
Eric must have endured a bit of cold for the great shot that he shares with us in From the Lens; Winter is one of my favorite seasons as well!
In a lovely post in Wanderlust and Wonderment, we get to enjoy some of the amazing variety that trees bring to us! The Walking Tree is incredible!
Susan documents an unbelievable tree her post in Musin’ with Susan; that Banyan tree is just a single organism! For more great photos, go check out the week in review in Musin’ with Susan!
A great post in radhikas reflection brings us a some really interesting tree views. The tree that forms a big ‘O’ is asking for a small swing…
Deb presents us with an absolutely gorgeous photo in her post in Twenty Four; a very inviting view of a location that all of us could enjoy!
Tatiana shares a truly stunning Winter image in her post in GiftSmart; beautifully executed photo!
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 tree, monkey 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.
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!
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…
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:
This week is kicked off with a great entry in Heart to Heart‘s blog, which has the ultimate photobomb!
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!
This week’s post by Shelley in her blog, Quaint Revival, demonstrates that Nature can produce some interesting surprises.
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!
The poem created in the blog, Syncwithdeep, is rather intriguing and has a surprise!
In A Pause for Nature, there’s an interesting surprise that occured in the garden… do you see what it is?
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!
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!
The reflection in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post is quite surprising, as it appears to check its appearance before venturing out in the day!
Susan catches someone by surprise in her post in Musin’ with Susan, as it’s that kind of birthday party!
There are some stunning photos in Anita’s post in Make Life Beautiful, one of which surprised me quite a bit!
Not all surprises are pleasant, as we can see in Woolly Muses‘s post; I hope that the second location was much better!
That’s a really interesting photo that is featured in mytravelcsp, and I see several surprising things…what do you see?
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!
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…
Debbie was surprised by a really interesting discovery in Madrid, as you can read in Travel with Intent; it left her high and happy!
From Jordy’s Streamings we get to visit a house that’s welcoming for Halloween, which may make it just a bit scary…
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.
Maria has a stunning photo in her contribution to the theme in her wonderful blog, KameraPromenader; it’s a rather surprising look!
In a rather amusing post in Sgeoil, we get the opportunity to read our future in beer foam!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Weathered.
As a second entry into this week’s challenge, I thought I’d look at weathering across the ages. There are fine examples of this all over the world, as long-term weather affects the surface of the planet and shapes it into all sorts of interesting forms [terraforming?].
One of my favorite locations to admire Nature’s projects is the island of Skye, largest of the islands of the Inner Hebrides. On this island there’s dramatic evidence of the long-term effect of weather, the seasons and time, as the landscape has been worn down into beautiful ranges. Combined with the fantastic lighting provided by Sun and clouds, the landscape of Skye makes for amazing photography.
Here are some examples from Skye…
Textures of the Quiraing
Golden hued Skye
Skye’s Rugged Textures
These images were taken during our vacation in Scotland in 2013; as you can imagine this is one area that I’d love to revisit!
Welcome to Week 82 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.
Your takes on last week’s theme of Broken were simply fantastic! With lots of creativity and plenty of broken objects, hearts and trust, but no broken promises!
It took a bit of searching to come up with a theme for this week; looking for some shiny objects (detours to update Lightroom CC, etc.)… Then I decided to look through unprocessed images from the 2013 Scotland vacation and came across this little gem! Out in the field, there it was! So let’s make this week’s theme: Kitchen!
I think that many of you have found yourselves in or around a kitchen at some point, and that they may inspire you to a creative image or two! Be they delicacies in the kitchen, or a showpiece of a kitchen, I’m confident that you’ll have fun presenting something along the kitchen line!
Here’s what got me started in this direction…
On the gorgeous island of Skye, we were exploring the field by the remains of Duntulm castle, when my eye caught this beautiful scene. It must have failed to please a previous occupant of the castle, who though it might serve better as an artful decoration! The kitchen sink served me very well for this image!
The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:
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 catches your eye this week…
With a Daily Prompt theme of Crescendo, I thought it might be interesting to share something that is a bit of an experiment.
Quite often, I will experiment with something that goes against the accepted practices of photography; we have heard a number of them about composition, light, rule of thirds, etc. The standard approach of keeping the Sun behind you, when shooting, is eschewed by me, as there are so many interesting things to discover by varying one’s technique a bit.
In this particular moment, I noticed that the Sun was playing rather nicely through the trees, creating some rather interesting patterns on the green. A bit of lens flare was the risk, as you can see, but it made for a bit of an unusual view.
I captured this near a village green in Portree on Skye, which location is called ‘The Lump’. I captured this as an HDR sequence using my Canon EOS 5D Mk III camera with an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens.
Curious to hear what you think about this little folly!