Tuesday Photo Challenge – Season

Let the spirit of the season shine!

Welcome to Week 87 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week’s theme of Message prompted a fantastic variety of responses with lots of depth and directions that were taken. Thank you all for your fantastic efforts on this theme!

This week I’d like to celebrate the changing of the season that will be happening next week, as the norther hemisphere starts Winter and the southern hemisphere begins Summer. With that in mind, this week’s theme is Season!

In addition to its meaning of a time of the year, season is also a verb, so feel free to take this week’s theme into the direction that sparks your creative energy!  Have some fun with the season and share the joy!

Even in the cold of Winter, we can get a warm moment…

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Winter’s Warming

This is one of the locations that used to be on my daily commute, Rocky Pond in Boylston, Massachusetts. During the Winter this pond sees plenty of skating and sledding activity, particularly when we get a long spell of cold weather.

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 what catches your eye this week…

Lone Sentinels on the Beach

Chilled beach wardens

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Glow.  Definitely a natural fit for quite a bit of my photography, as I enjoy backlit images…

Today’s image is another one from that chilly outing in late January of 2015, along the beaches of the northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire coast.  Today’s image is from later in the day, as the Sun started looking for the exit on a rather cold beach.

Its glow backlights the posts that remained standing after the storms…

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Beach Sentinels

Weather, wind and cold had wreaked havoc with these lone posts, as they stood proud in defense of the coastline.

Have a wonderful day!

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…

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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 76

Wonderful signage!

Welcome to the 76th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  With this installment, I’ll be in sync again this week, which is a good sign!

You’ve certainly come up with some amazing evidence of your creativity and exploring spirit in the contributions that you’ve made to last week’s challenge of Signs!  There were some absolute stand-outs and some great humor!!  I really enjoyed reading the posts, particularly as there was wonderful variety and plenty of humor; signs seem to bring that opportunity!

And then there are the signs that Winter is coming…

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In case your drink needs some…

I came across this little scene a couple of years ago, as I was enjoying a day of beach and waterfront photography on a very cold, and photographically awesome day!  I found the snow on the letters of the word ‘Ice’ to be a bit amusing!

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

  • Sarah kicks things off this week with a trio of posts, starting in New Zealand’s Mirror Lake in By Sarah, then taking us to Middle Earth in her second entry in  By Sarah and leading us down a path marked by Ahu in the third post in By Sarah.
  • Ladyleemanilla entertains us with a wide variety of signs, among which I definitely have a favorite; which is yours?
  • Nicole takes us on a tour in Une Photo, un poéme, and I must say that it’s a good sign to be on the Alsace Wine Road!
  • Gwenn’s post in Field Notes from over the Hill has some rather eclectic signs, although I question the veracity of one…
  • Poetry in Pictures has a penchant for posting interesting responses, and this week is no exception!
  • This week, iball round the world found some rather interesting signs to contribute; wherever we go, we might need one!
  • Klara’s post in Sliku svoju ljubim II is rather peaceful, as long as we don’t disturb the neighbors!
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2‘s entry of this week, we witness the signs of impending Autumn; arachnophobes might want to be careful!
  • Stella’s array of signs, in her post in Giggles & Tales, are truly impressive.  I’ve been to some of those places; how many have you visited?
  • Photogate brings us a rather humorous view of the use of signs that can indicate a state of mind or a phase of matter.
  • The Kiwiontheloose provides us with a fantastic photo with a sign; I just wish there was a drink with it!
  • Miriam brings us the sign of her daughter’s pregnancy in the Shower of Blessing, and we hope that the delivery went well for mom and baby!
  • Bikurgurl shares both a wonderful photo and poetry in her entry; signs of luminosity are in evidence!
  • Judith puts us in a quandary in her blog, Nature Knows Best; which way will you decide to go?
  • Cee finds some rather interesting signs in Cee’s Photography, and there is one that really cracked me up!
  • Xenia’s poem and photos in whippetwisdom.com tell us about the signs of Autumn that are definitely there!
  • In this week’s post in ARHtistic License, Andrea shows us the detail of a lamp post that also provides us a sign!
  • This week’s post in Musin’ with Susan shows a wonderful collage of signs from the Women’s March with messages that need sharing!
  • This week, theonlyD800inthehameau provides great image of a sign that I can definitely buy into!
  • LeAnn provides some great views of signs in LeAnn’s Captures!  The cacti give us pause to stop and the vintage feel is awesome!
  • Bushboy’s World shows of a wonderful array of signs that he captured in his post this week!
  • This week, Urban Liaisons teaches us to say hello in many languages with a wordless sign that tells it all!
  • Marie brings us an interesting prohibition in The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect: no shark fishing!
  • Frank’s entry in Poetry, Short Prose and Walking commemorates Summer and shows the first signs of Autumn!
  • In CitySonnet‘s post, we see the end of Summer and signs of Autumn, particularly in the emptiness of the beach!
  • Mike’s post in Weakly Thoughts questions the messages in the signs he saw.  I’m with him that these are not good signs to find…
  • Robert presents another amazing photo in his entry in Photo Robert’s Blog with a simple, delicate touch!
  • You’ll find humor in the photo in the post in Linda’s Cr8tions 365, which is a beautiful blog!
  • Magicandbeauty has a wonderful post with signs around the city of Sarajevo, both commemorating and informing!
  • Miriam takes us Out an’ About in her post, with signage that is both helpful and humorous, as well as the signs that the universe gives us!
  • Dawn’s post in Snap That Bug! brings us to Patchewollock, with a beautiful photo and the clear sign that this is a great area to visit!
  • Sheena’s post in Leaking Ink is wonderful in the nerdy approach that is taken to the theme!  Math nerds should love this one!!
  • Ron’s post in Locating Frankenstein’s Brain is a great array of signs!
  • Following Him Beside Still Waters gives us a great view of road signs as they are often superfluous.
  • Bullyboy closes the array of entries with some great signs in Travel387; it seems that the love of signs is everywhere!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

A Look Back – Winter

Cold, yet beautiful

I realize that not many of us look forward to the Winter season, as we tend to prefer the nice warm weather of late Spring, Summer and early Autumn.  You may call me crazy, but I do like Winter for its stark beauty and its ability to present me with scenes of serenity.

There have been numerous explorations filled with trudging through deep snow to chance upon lovely moments, such as these…

Do you enjoy Winter or prefer to stay in front of a warm fireplace?

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…

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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!

Ready for Spring

Searching for meaning among snow…

As we’re watching the snow melt altogether too slowly during this first week of Spring, I cannot help, but think that a bit of green would not be misplaced among all the white  and gray…

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will see some, before I travel south once again!

Snow Fence

This snow fence is brought to you by the WordPress Daily Post theme of Meaningless.

May your day be wonderful!