Thoughts of Kharkiv

As the insanity of war has invaded the country of Ukraine, I can’t help but think back to my visit to the city of Kharkiv less than 4 years ago. The warm welcome that I was extended by the people of SoftServe made this a truly special visit.

These very same people are in my thoughts, as I see images of barbaric attacks on this great city, where I walked along the banks of the river

Kharkiv on a Spring Day

The visit may have been a work trip, but the camaraderie was heartfelt and time was enjoyed in each other’s company. Now, I can only hope that all of these work friends are safe and that this needless violence is stopped immediately, so that they can rebuild and get their lives back to normal.

This image was created using 3 shots taken with my Fuji X-H1 and processing them with Aurora HDR, using an Ethereal Drama preset; secondary processing was done using Luminar Neo. Both of these products are from Skylum, a company founded in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Let’s all do our bit and help the people of Ukraine defend their democracy!

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!!

Three Line Tales – Fashionista

Strike a pose

Many thanks to Sonya for Week One Hundred and Sixty-Eight of Three Line Tales, part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales, week 168

Photo by Melody Jacob via Unsplash


Shoes, dress, hat, sunshades,
Ensemble, striking a pose!
Fashionista’s Dream!!


Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on her TLT page, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bank

Along the Kharkiv, we walk!

Welcome to week 144 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week’s entries were wonderful and filled with breezy creativity! So, after a week of shooting the Breeze, I thought it might be time to go with the flow and walk along the Bank. This week’s theme gives me enough confidence to bank on a wonderful set of creative responses from all of you fantastic contributors!

Yes, you guessed it! This is another theme that can take into numerous directions, all of which should be a lot of fun to explore. I look forward to reading all of your approaches!

Here’s a nice bank to walk alongside…

Walking along the Kharkiv

Last year, I had the pleasure of visiting Kharkiv in the Ukraine, on a work trip. I enjoyed the hospitality of the wonderful people and was impressed by the size and beauty of the city! Well worth a visit!

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)!!

So, sit down by the bank and let creative ideas flow by!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 107

Day tripper!

Welcome to the 107th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Round Ups 105 and 106 will arrive within the next couple of days, as they are under construction.  Then, without travel for a while, I should be able to stay on schedule.

You truly tripped the light fantastic with your posts!  There were some very funny posts that made me laugh (Ooops!) and clearly you have been on some amazing trips, even those that stayed within New York City!  Thank you for a great set of posts for me to enjoy and share with everyone.

Also, thank you for your patience, as I have been in a mode to catch up from my travels (work doesn’t slow down when I’m elsewhere 🙂 )

Here’s a quick look from walking around in Kharkiv…

Walking in Kharkiv, Ukraine

Kharkiv is a wonderful city with lots of parks and many churches!  Thanks to my great team in Kharkiv, I got to see some of the sights on a beautiful Saturday; more photos will come when I catch up!

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

  • This week’s contributions were kicked off by Donna in her blog No-Madder Nomadder with a great set of panoramic images from her trips.
  • In Corazon181 we’re treated to a truly amazing trip that takes us to Alaska and beautiful photos of glaciers!
  • Marie’s wonderful post in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect gives us a special look into Cuba!
  • It definitely is a long trip (legal) in theonlyD800inthehameau, as we go all the way to Australia for a lovely image!
  • Nicole takes us to a spectacular location in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, as we go to Greece to visit the monasteries in Meteora!
  • Sarah’s first trip takes us somewhere over the rainbow in By Sarah, with a second post in By Sarah giving us a tip on how to take a trip.
  • Hammad’s post in The Blog of Hammad Rais goes on the trip of a lifetime, as we join in expanding our horizons!
  • In another great post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we visit a little bird that know how to take a trip!
  • In Woolly Muses, we take a rather special trip, to a church where number 1 son will end his bachelorhood! Congratulations!
  • In pensivity101, we get a different perspective, as the trip is taken by those who are cute, fuzzy and oh so young!
  • ladyleemanilla produces a great post with images from many a trip and a reminder that courtship and a road trip might very well be related!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom takes us on a trip very much enjoyed by her whippets!  Xenia’s second post is in her blog Tranature with beautiful photos and a great haiku!
  • Michelle’s post in Take a Walk… and Discover must have been from a very cool trip, as the location looks exotic to my eyes!
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales proves that she has taken a good number of trips across the world!  Great photos!
  • In a humorous post in Land of Images, we get to see the end result of a trip of another kind!  Well photographed!!
  • Layue’s everyday photo blog takes us to the Venice of the Czech Republic with a truly stunning photo!!
  • In a wonderful post in her blog This is Another Story, Yinglan shares the beauty of a hike with a great photo!
  • Miriam’s awesome post in Out an’ About provides us trips, gears and a few laughs!  Go look and find out why a BMW 320 won’t work during the night.
  • In a great post in EONYC, we learn that sometimes you don’t even have to leave the city to go on a trip!  Great photos!
  • Wrapping up this week, Ulli provides us with a fantastic post in Urban Liaisons, as we get to enjoy the street art of Portugal!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

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