Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trees

Welcome to week 196 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Among all the themes that I haven’t done yet, I was surprised to find Trees (or Tree) among them! As I captured several interesting trees along the way, I thought there may be some possibilities here. Your challenge is to share some of your favorite trees with one another, and I’m sure there will be something of interest!

For me, trees are both symbols of permanence and also persistence against the elements. They stand the test of time and can be admired and even revered. I’m looking forward to the trees in your lives!

Here’s a magnificent banyan tree…

Banyan on the streets of Mumbai

Trees are making a come-back in Mumbai, which is great to see. I particularly love these banyan trees, some of which are so large that the road has lanes going around them.

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)!!

Looking forward to see what kind of shade your trees cast!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 195

Pride in transport!

Welcome to the 195th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! I’m slowly catching up here in Mumbai!

What an amazing set of posts! You really went all out to highlight some of the more creative modes of transport, including a snowplane! Also, some were brought back to basics, as our own feet can provide transport… Thank you all for making these posts fun to read, informative and amazing!

Thank you for all the effort you put into your posts!! Please read all of them!

Here’s another transport…

Decorated with pride!

Trucks in India can very much be a source of pride, and they are often decorated to reflect some of this by their owners. I expect that over time, this truck will see even more decoration!

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Julie certainly transports us in her post in Julie Does Stuff, and I think everyone would like that location!
  2. Sarah’s photos in her post in By Sarah remind us of the devastating bushfires that are raging in Australia; seeing these images gives a real sense of the impact.
  3. With another lovely post in the Jesh Studio, we get an idea of the focus for the new year and how transportation problems might be solved!
  4. Bren must have had a grand voyage on the wonderful train that she features in her post in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography; I suspect that the Grand Canyon added even more to the grandeur!
  5. I fully agree with Jez’s love for ferries, as he shows in Jez Braithwaite; they have transported me to many a great location!
  6. Viveka shares one of those modes of transport we see everywhere around the world in myguiltypleasures; the variety of this transport is amazing!
  7. TiongHan has my vote for song of the day in his post in TiongHan’s Blog, as those lyrics definitely apply!
  8. There are some cool modes of transport in the great post in My Camera and I…, and there’s one that really stands out!
  9. As I grew up in the Netherlands, I can very much relate to the great photo featured in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, as it feels very European to me!
  10. I concur with the relaxation that oozes from the wonderful mode of transport in theOnlyD800intheHameau; looks like a great ride!
  11. Ann-Christine brings us a couple of magnificent transport mechanisms in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…, among which I would love to see the reindeer!
  12. Nandini’s haikus really get to the soul of transport in her post in queennandini, which features a good variety of examples.
  13. Nicole is on her way back home in her post in Un Photo,Une Poeme, as cars are like sardines! I really enjoy ferries!
  14. Brian features trains, plains and many other varieties in a wonderful post in Bushboy’s World; that train looks like fun!
  15. Diane brings back the time of gently motoring along the canals and rivers in her post in pensivity101; the penny farthing looks a bit more difficult!
  16. Alice takes us to the Juliette Gordon in a great post in the 59 Club; let’s go for a ride on this taxi!
  17. Deb takes us back to a trusty transport across the ages in her post in Twenty Four; he looks like he’s ready for a gentle stroll!
  18. In an interesting post in A Day in the Life, we get to see the might tugboat, working to transport another vessel along the river.
  19. David brings us to some wonderfully restored commercial vehicles in his post in David M’s Photoblog! The canal boats are also amazing!
  20. Amy has another great post in Photography Journal Blog, which features the ubiquitous single engine prop plane!
  21. Sandy really takes us back to another time in her post in Out of my Write Mind; I can only imagine the sense of being on that journey!
  22. Maria reminds us of one of the classic modes of transportation in her post in Kamerapromenader: walking!
  23. Elizabatz really has a wonderful set of transport photos from around the world; we can see in Albatz Travel Adventures how people get across the water everywhere.
  24. Ken may not have shared his favorite mode of transport in Pictures without Film, but the image is just wonderful!
  25. Debbie might have the record for landspeed among this week’s entries, as you can see in her post in Travel with Intent! That would be a great experience in my book!
  26. The transport might be gone in a flash in a great photo in Land of Images, but their trails remain!
  27. Teressa features a mode of transport that requires a caring act to work in her post in Another LQQk; wheelchairs have that feature!
  28. Hammad brings us a sense of carefree rides in his post in the Blog of Hammad Rais; the philosophy is just wonderful!
  29. Tatiana features some of the many modes of transport in Guatemala in a stunning post in Travelways; makes me want to experience them all!
  30. Joanne brings us along for a day out on the train in a lovely post in Joanne’s Crafts and Adventures; she really gives us the sense of being there!
  31. Susan put a smile on my face with her post in Musin’ with Susan; the pedibus is a fun mode of transport and usually a good opportunity to drink and pedal! For more great photos, go check out the week in review in Musin’ with Susan!
  32. The Surrey with a Fringe on Top is stunning in One letter UP ~ diary 2.0; it could come rolling straight out of a musical!
  33. In a magnificent post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we experience the rhythm of transport along the water; you’ll want to see this post!
  34. I suspect that the awesome post in sgeoil may be the winner for most original mode of transport: snowplane…you’ve got to see this one!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 194

A door that leads to a door that…

Welcome to the 194th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! I’m slowly catching up here in Mumbai!

Not only did you put together a set of awesome posts on the Portal theme, but I was struck by the variety of your creative interpretations! There were a number of your posts that made me smile, many made me think and lots were inspiring!

Thank you for all the effort you put into your posts!!

Here’s are some portals…

Portals, portals, and more portals!

This shot was taken, as we were leaving the Kala Ghoda Cafe, which is a great coffee house, wine bar, etc. The cafe has expanded its location on Rope Walk Lane, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, by taking over more of the building behind it. The front looks to be mostly take out with a couple of small tables; the second room is more of a dining room, and third room leads to a wine bar!

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Nicole starts things this week with her post in Un Photo,Une Poeme, which features a wonderful photo taken at Bolsover Castle.
  2. Kammie has a great collection of portals in Nut House Central, although one of them looks pretty threatening!
  3. Brian highlights one of those portals that I love to encounter in Bushboy’s World; there’s nothing like Nature!
  4. Bren created a fantastic image that she featured in this week’s entry from Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography; it’s truly a portal to another universe!
  5. Another stunning photo in TiongHan’s Blog, as we get a perspective that truly makes one think!
  6. I have to say that Jackie’s entry in Junkboat Travels made me both smile and wonder…what will the future hold?
  7. Xenia, Eivor and Pearl are exploring portals in the Highlands with another great haibun in whippetwisdom; wonderful walk through along the paths! In her post in Tranature, Xenia brings us the heavenly portal…
  8. In another amazing post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we find the portal to the Emperor’s Tomb…shall any mortal enter?
  9. Not only is the photo in Chateaux des Fleurs fantastic, it just provides me with that sense of a location where you want to find yourself!
  10. Na’ama creates a sense of a future with possibilities in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; I welcome this very much!
  11. Tatiana created a fantastic image that she features in her post in Travelways; an Open Door to Dreams!
  12. Viveka brings us a fantastic set of portals in myguiltypleasures; I agree that these could be doors that leads us into the fairy tales of 1,001 Nights!
  13. Diane has Maggie leading the way in a wonderful post in pensivity101; creating a portal to go down paths in the woods!
  14. Maria shares a mystical location in the Burren in Ireland in her post in Kamerapromenader. That might just be a portal across time…
  15. Irene’s post in Heaven’s Sunshine provides us with a magnificent view through a portal of trees…
  16. Ken might have found the location of our dreams in Pictures without Film, as we just have to cross it to our wishes…
  17. Ann-Christine takes us to the deep end in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…, as we enter the lower levels! Great shot!
  18. In the lovely blog, Kanlaon, we get treated to several amazing portals, each of which holds their own story.
  19. We come to an interesting question in theOnlyD800intheHameau, as the great photo makes us wonder what lies beyond…
  20. Sarah’s photo in her post in By Sarah leads me to believe that the particular portal might be opened by a Hobbit!
  21. I have to admit that I’m a big fan of street art and in My Camera and I… we get a great set of shots that feature it!
  22. Eric brings a wonderful photo in From the Lens, as we find ourselves in the ancient sewers of Cologne; made me chuckle to think what they might smell like 🙂
  23. Khürt brings us a portal with a certain amount of spookiness in his post in Island in the Net; great photo and post!
  24. In a wonderful post in A Day in the Life, we not only find a portal, but enter it and follow it all the way to the other side!
  25. In a rather cool post in Zombie Flamingoes, Emily finds us a portal what appears to be another dimension…
  26. Julie appears to be a giant in her post in Julie Does Stuff, as that portal might be a little small for most people!
  27. David finds us a portal from differing vantage points and seasons in another awesome post in David M’s Photoblog!
  28. With a great photo in Take a Walk and Discover, we find ourselves looking at a stunning portal!
  29. Robert features some stunning photos of rather interesting portals in his post in Photo Robert’s Blog!
  30. Sandy attempts to take us through space and time in her post in Out of my Write Mind; how do we get back?
  31. Karen finds a very interesting portal in her photo in her blog Underdown; looking forward to seeing more from Karen!
  32. Deb thinks that the photo in her post in Twenty Four captures a portal… I think it is a break in the space-time continuum!
  33. Amy’s post in Photography Journal Blog brings us to a portal both of knowledge and the past; wonderful post!
  34. The awesome post in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery takes us back into antiquity, as we visit the Lion Gate of Mykene!
  35. I always love the tongue in cheek approach in Land of Images, as a Luminary portal is exposed…
  36. Susan brings us a rather interesting portal in her post in Musin’ with Susan; what lies behind that door? Also, take a look at Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan for another great set of images!
  37. Chris takes us to a historical location through the portal in What’s (in) the Picture? Slane Castle in Ireland is certainly one of those locations! In a second contribution in What’s (in) the Picture?, Chris brings us to Strandhill in County Sligo.
  38. A great post in Thief Images Blog understands my idea of excitement: looking up at the stars!
  39. Jez has a wonderful perspective in his shot in Jez Braithwaite; it gives a whole new appreciation of the structure!
  40. An inspiring post in sgeoil not only has a great shot, but also a wonderful poem that brings us a stunning portal!
  41. Teressa tells us to step through the gate and enjoy the tulips in another lovely post in Another LQQk; great post!
  42. Elizabatz collected a wonderful set of portal images during her travels, as we can see in Albatz Travel Adventures; which one is your favorite?
  43. A really interesting set of photos in Stuff and What If… give us a sense of a different type of portal; fantastic job!
  44. Nandinin put together an interesting set of portal haikus in queennandini, and some really cool images too!
  45. Hammad let’s us enjoy a great set of brightened portals in the Blog of Hammad Rais; the Dubai Garden Glow had to be amazing!
  46. Woolly takes us into the wardrobe with his photo in WoollyMuses; I wouldn’t be surprised to find a lion, or a witch!

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

Friday Mystery Location – 2020 #002

Defend your positions!

Happy New Year to all! Here comes the first mystery location of the new year!!

Last week’s mystery location was a bit on the tricky side, maybe even fiendish. This fountain sits in one of the market squares in Brno, where there’s a weekly fruit and vegetable market. This week, you have a head start, as you know I’m not at home…

Where is this warrior going into battle?

Fierce displays!

My hint for you is that this is atop a hill.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 193

Eight days a week?

Welcome to the 193rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! My apologies for the delay in getting this round up posted.

Your retrospectives were fantastic with lots of great memories in your posts and looks back across the years. There were some rather wonderful approaches to the theme, with a retro among them and a very creative look at the view from a window over the years!! Thank you for the all of your creative outpouring.

I’m looking forward to continuing this trend throughout all of 2020!

Here’s a retrospective of my visit to Liverpool….

This slideshow is from my visit to Liverpool last year and has another piece of retrospective going back into the re-creation of the Cavern Club stage, which gives us the feeling that the lads from way back could step into the light to rock & roll! Looking back on this trip brings memories of great places to visit and a match well played!

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Sarah’s retrospective in her post in By Sarah really grabs my attention, both in its composition and subject matter; great shot!
  2. Sandy looks back across the year in a fantastic post in Out of my Write Mind; the combination of photography and poetry are stellar!
  3. Lee brings it in her retrospective in ladyleemanila! There’s a lot to look back on in this post!
  4. Ken brings a wonderful treatment of looking back in an awesome image in Pictures without Film! Father Time will tell!!
  5. In a great post in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, we get to experience the preferred way of spending quality time…I very much agree!
  6. Another fantastic photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau, we look back to one of those wonderful moments! The look and capture are magical!
  7. Maria looks back to vacation time in Iceland and the Faroe Islands in her post in Kamerapromenader. The photos are just stunning!
  8. Eric captured a great leap in his photo in From the Lens; the mighty leap is enough to jump into a new year!
  9. Diane is telling some fish stories in a wonderful post in pensivity101; it would appear that she has a touch for catching the lone fish!
  10. Teressa takes us back a ways in her post in Another LQQk, as she captures a stunning image of a rather forlorn automobile!
  11. Sheetal definitely gives us a sense of the lovely city of Stockholm in her post in sheetalbravon; she definitely makes me want to visit the city!
  12. David takes a rather retro approach in another great post in David M’s Photoblog; the photo of the caterpillar is especially stunning!
  13. Deb looks back on perfect weather experienced during holidays in her post in Twenty Four; the sea looks amazing!
  14. Viveka takes us back to a wonderful visit to Tbilisi in myguiltypleasures; from her photos, the city looks stunning!
  15. Definitely go check out the post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, as we get a great view of Perihelion Day with stunning photos!
  16. It’s fantastic to see Debbie again with a lovely post in ForgivingConnects; Debbie’s blog is one that you will want to follow!
  17. This week’s post for the theme in Thief Images Blog definitely captured my eye, and my heart as Australia suffers…
  18. Elizabatz shares some of her amazing travels with great photos in Albatz Travel Adventures; the photos are gorgeous!
  19. Hammad looks back somewhat wistfully in his post in the Blog of Hammad Rais; may 2020 be the absolute best!
  20. Susan’s look back in her post in Musin’ with Susan treats us of a gorgeous view of Budapest and the memories that come with it. Also, take a look at Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan for what clearly was an excellent week!
  21. Skye brings back memories for me as well and the photo in Land of Images is absolutely fantastic!
  22. Tatiana takes us into Ontario in January in a great post in TravelWays; her travels there look amazing!
  23. I have to admit that I am impressed with the amazing travels that are chronicled in Looking for Enchantment; Wanderlust is real!
  24. Debbie has an amazing retrospective of the London skyline in her post in Travel with Intent; seeing the changes across the years is truly special!
  25. Xenia, Eivor and Pearl provide a wonderful look back across the seasons in a lovely post in whippetwisdom; the captures are magical! In her post in the awesome blog Tranature, Xenia looks back to Zeeland and wonderful Zierikzee!
  26. I’m struck by the fantastic post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0, which has a great chronicle of a window…you need to check this out!
  27. Irene captures a great look that screams retrospective in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine; the expression is precious!
  28. Robert retrospects with some stunning black&white photos in his post in Photo Robert’s Blog!

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

Friday Mystery Location – 2020 #01

Find this fountain!

Happy New Year to all! Here comes the first mystery location of the new year!!

Last week’s mystery location featured the town of Hoorn in the Netherlands, where I spent plenty of time during my younger years. A great place to visit and explore! For this week, it might be a bit trickier, as I came across this nice fountain during my travels!

This time, there’s a lack of water…

If there only were some water…

The pigeon looks very comfortable on its perch. Where do you think this might be?

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!!