Tuesday Photo Challenge – Time

Enduring time!

Welcome to Week 100 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  My apologies for being late posting this week’s theme, as I’m trying to catch up with work after being in Europe for all of last week on a business trip and getting ready for my next trip to the Middle East at the end of this week.  I will post the round up of last week’s theme of Forces within the next 24 hours.

As I test your patience, I thought it might be interesting to make that part of the theme for this week, selecting Time.  Of course, Time can be depicted in many ways, from the image of a clock, or the rhythmic swing of a metronome, to Times Square or whatever catches your creative eye!

Here is one aspect of time…


This is an image that I captured about 9 years ago, in a field not far from where I live.  Noticing the sky and the enduring struggle of this tree against the forces of time, I just had to capture its persistence…

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I’m looking forward to seeing the time of your life in images this week!

Dunvegan Castle Gardens

A puzzling example

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

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

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

Monkey Puzzle Tree


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

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

Have a wonderful day!

A Tree Grows

Conceptual attempts

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Growth.

In this third post in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge, I thought to go into a completely different direction to an image that I put together just over ten years ago.

At the time, I was taking a class in Conceptual Photography, working on how to bring forth ideas through images, with these ideas being more than what is shown in the image.  This course was a lot of fun, as it allowed me to express some things in my mind through photographic challenges, as well as stretch me both mentally and technically.

The instructor kept us very challenged through each assignment and his critiques were on point and very constructive. Some of my images got quite a bit of praise from him, but the one that I am sharing here did not.  Despite the fact that I agree with his reasoning, I still like this image…

A Tree Grows

My idea here was to contrast the organic against the rather sterile, futuristic background that is reminiscent of architectural fronts of buildings.  The image is a composite with a artificial background (the reason for the criticism) and a bunch of grapes picked clean, except for a single grape.

Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful day!

Good day, Sunshine!

Wisdom and light

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of ooh, Shiny!; on Monday I posted a piece with a bit of reflection to celebrate a bit of occlusion of the Sun by the Moon (no totality in New England).

This time, let’s take a look back at one of the images that I still enjoy from my Yoga Tree series…

The Wise Tree

This image is definitely among the top of my list of Yoga Tree photographs, particularly, as it was one of the very early ones in the series; it was not the first, but certainly is the first to convince me that there was a lot to capture of this wondrous tree.  Oh, and yes, this is an iPhone shot as well.

Hope you enjoy!

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 1

Where water and life meet

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

The first one, highlights some of the interesting aspects of our planet, such as water, a biosphere, temperature variations and the colors green and blue…

Frozen Tree in Wachusett Reservoir

This image dates back just over 11 years on a chilly March day in 2006.  Due to wind and water movement, the ice tends to creep up on the shores of Wachusett Reservoir, which caused this lone tree on an outcropping to become entangled.

Technical Details

This image was captured with Canon EOS 1D MkII using an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/400 second and f/11 with 200 ISO.  It was a rather chilly shot!

Assyrian Trees in Maine

Trees across the ages

It’s interesting to see that plant species can travel around the world and keep their name across many cultures and languages.  Today’s tree is one of those interesting species: Sumac.

In Assyrian the name of the tree is ܣܘܼܡܵܩܵܐ (pronounced Sumaq), Arabic سماق (summaq), Latin sumach, French sumac.  The original meaning of the name is simple: red.

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Sumac in Summer

During a nice day in southern Maine, we walked along the coast, and as I looked up to the perfect Summer sky, I noticed the almost subtropical tableau that was above my head.

In all this wonderful day was truly enjoyable.

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 6S using the standard Camera app.

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 15

Out of a small blossom…

On this Wednesday, l’m focusing on one of my favorite kind of trees: Apple!  As I followed an apple orchard in a past year, it really gave me appreciation for what happens every year.

It’s Spring!

These beautiful blossoms will soon wither and start their transformation into what will at first be tiny little nodules, which will grow into full size apples during the Summer season.

What natural processes leave you filled with Wonderment?

Technical Details

This image was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III with an EF 100mm f/2.8 lens.  Exposure settings were 1/200 second at f/11 and 640 ISO.