A Clear Winter’s Day

A glorious winter day!

Complaining about Winter in New England is as common as going to Dunkin for your morning cup of coffee; of course, griping about the weather is part of our human condition! Sure, I’ve had Winter’s days that I’d rather not see, especially when having to clear the driveway for the second time to rid it of that heavy slush that passes for wintry mix.

Then there are those glorious days…

A Clear Winter’s Day

For me it doesn’t get any better than a sunny, cold day in Winter, when there’s a soft blanket of snow on the ground and the sky radiates with blue! This February day in 2015 was such a day and it frame Yoga Tree in all her glory!

Cloaked in Silence

Snow’s gentle cloak wrapped the landscape

The WordPress Daily Prompt has the theme of Cloaked.  This is a very interesting topic, as it can range from deep space to simply wearing a cloak (whatever happened to good old-fashioned cloaks with many pockets?)

The one thing that came to mind immediately was one of the images from a beach excursion during January of 2015; we had just had a tremendous amount of snow, which created one of those rare opportunities to photograph the beaches in the snow.  The beaches were very much deserted, as it was not great swimming weather; and with the snow, the landscape was silent and beautiful.

A cold day at the beach…

Silent Beach

With the gorgeous light and frozen scenery, it made for a fantastic day to be out there photographing.  With ample layers and warm boots, there was no limit to what we could see!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 60

All sorts of weather everywhere!

Welcome to the 60th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  I really hope that you had some wonderful weather!

Your posts showed all sorts of variety of weather, all of which was capture creatively and with admirable skill!  There were a number of standouts that really caught my attention, among which there was one that could not be beat: Athena’s fun in the snow!  If you look at it, I suspect you might agree 🙂

Thank you for another great set of entries and all the hard work that you put into your posts!!

Here’s some more weather for your entertainment…

Heavy Weather

Sometimes, it is completely worth your while to stop during your commute, even when the weather is bad.  This view across the Nashua river valley during a heavy rainstorm was worth such a stop, as the rain let up where I was for about a minute to let me shoot this vista.

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

  • Leaking Ink started of the week’s entries with a gorgeous set of images that speak of good weather ahead!
  • Justine captured some lovely raindrops in Justine Taylor Photography, along with some impressive skies that look very threatening.
  • Une Photo, un poéme shows us images that truly evoke thoughts of wonderful weather that lies in the near future!
  • The true nature of a foggy morning comes to us in theonlyD800inthehameau, with a beautifully executed black and white!
  • Xenia entertains us with two posts; the first, a haibun, in whippetwisdom.com shows us the result of Spring flows: green everywhere!.  The second entry in whippetwisdom.com captures a lovely (harmless) bunny and wonderful weather along with a great tanka!
  • Sliku svoju ljubim II is a wonderful photo blog with lots of interesting photography; Klara’s post has us chilling out in the shade!
  • Marga takes a walk through the city centre in The Photographer Smiled… and finds a wonderful shot of a small rowboat!
  • The wonderful writer in Scroll is also a great photographer, as you can tell from their photos!
  • pensivity101 reminds us of one of the central aspects of the human condition: talking about the weather!
  • Dana’s photo blog, Dana Lane Photography, is worth checking out, including his contribution to our theme this week!
  • Candace’s photo in Netdancer’s Musings tells us a story of rain and how the leaf managed its way through the rain.
  • Emily’s images in Zombie Flamingoes provide us with a then and now comparison between two seasons…
  • Judith evokes a sense of serenity in one shot and a sense of strong winds in the second shot in Nature Knows Best; well done!
  • Marga takes a walk through the city centre in The Photographer Smiled… and finds a wonderful shot of a small rowboat!
  • Gwen’s post in Field Notes from over the Hill has an amazing view from Pike’s Peak and what looks like some approaching weather!
  • Miriam’s post in Showers of Blessing gives a variety of weather moods with some great shots!
  • George’s post in The Alchemist of the Woods put a big smile on my face, as Athena was having an incredible amount of fun in the snow! Go check it out!
  • In Out an’ About, Miriam shares a wonderful array of images of weather and includes a curious onlooker!
  • Bullyboy’s post in Travel387 shares an impressive array of photos of weather, as it can only be in his part of the planet!
  • Sonya’s post in Middleton Road takes us along on her walk, so be sure to wear rain gear!
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales also features an umbrella installation and some additional great images!  I’m curious to find out, if this installation is by the same artist, as the one I captured in Brno.
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects talks about overcoming fear and reach new heights to find out that the weather is beautiful!

This is another great set of images, posts and participation! Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Weather

Saving for a rainy day?

Welcome to Week 60 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

After having absolutely perfect weather in Italia, New England has shown its true nature in providing a mixture of rain, unseasonably cold temperatures and the occasional warm day.  This week is no exception thus far!  But, never fear, next Monday the forecast is for 90+ degrees of steamy heat.  Of course, talking about weather is part of the human condition, so I thought we might just make a theme out of the Weather!

In this challenge, feel free to approach it in any way you like, as weather can affect our lives in many ways ranging from a sunny beach to snow skiing.  I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretation of this theme!

Here’s something weather related that I came across last year…

Rainy day?

This installation of umbrellas was hanging above one of the shopping streets in Brno, Czech Republic.  Brno is a wonderful city with a mixture of old architecture and modern art and great people and delicious food! (and the beer is awesome!)

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)!!

Very much looking forward to all of your great images!  Should be a fun week!

Three Line Tales – Old Style

Weather forecaster of old

Many thanks to Sonya for Week Sixty-Six of Three Line Tales part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales week 66: a pylon with red sunset
photo by Adi Ulici via Unsplash


Sky full of promise,
Scarlet clouds’ beauty foretells.


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!

Heavy Weather

Rain, rain, go away!

Over the past 24 hours, we have been deluged by near-record rainfall in our area with more than 4 inches (10 cm) falling.  This made for flooding in many low-lying locations and interesting driving conditions.

During my commute home, yesterday, there was a momentary let-up in the rainfall, which allowed me to capture this image…

Heavy Weather

This vista is in Harvard, Massachusetts, by the Fruitlands Museum.  With the temperature changes (it was warm over the past week), you can see the fog rising above rivers and wetlands.  The heavy rain clouds are encroaching on the scene for their next release.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Fujifilm X-T1 using a Fujifilm XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 LM OIS WR lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/35 second, f/7.1 at 800 ISO.

Friday Travel Photos (Late) – vol 14

Perfect weather everywhere!

One of the factors beyond our control during our travels is the weather; you can go during the time of year when the weather is usually nice, but still not be lucky enough to enjoy sunny days.  Scotland, as it is part of an island and consists of many islands, is known as one of those places to visit where you can not count on the weather.

Beach on the Moray of Firth

This first image shows how wonderful the weather was during our stay.  This is a lovely beach view east of Inverness in a small town, whose name escapes me at this writing.

We knew that visiting Scotland during the end of May and beginning of June was no guarantee for perfect weather.  Lucky for us, we saw just a couple of showers during the 12 days that we were there with the sun being visible during the most of our stay.

Carriden House garden

As you can see here, this weather was just stunning!  This view of the garden at Carriden House, where we stayed for the final 3 nights of our visit, is just stunning.

You have also seen the weather on Skye in Friday Travel Photos – Skye, so I’m closing this post with a rather unusual view that I caught in a castle yard on Skye:

Tub in Field at Duntulm Castle

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