Posing through the Seasons

A lady stands proud!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Variations on a Theme.

This challenge immediately made me think of a tree that has been a significant part of my photographic life: the Yoga Tree!  Her variation across the seasons is nothing short of fantastic, as she adapts and graces the landscape with beauty every day.

Here are some examples of this lady of the fields:

These days, she is surrounded by a compost farm, which is not a fitting place for a lady, so these images (and many more!) are a wonderful reminder of days gone by.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 90

Nothing recycled about creativity!

Welcome to the 90th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  In the first TPC of the new year, you got to Recycle, which allowed you to take the old and have it turn into something new.

Your entries focused on everything from recycling to rediscovering and improving ourselves; lots of interesting approaches to this theme that really showed off your creativity.  Thank you for another week of fun reading for me; I’m getting spoiled by all of your amazing posts!

Nature’s recycling takes us through the seasons…

The Yoga Tree has seen her share of recycling, as she stood across many seasons; in Autumn her leaves fall and join the undergrowth to be covered by Winter’s snow; in Spring those nutrients start their trip back into the tree, as she recovers into her full glory of Summer.

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

  • By Sarah takes us out of the old year into the new with a great steampunk look by Sarah and her husband; go check it out!
  • This week, pensivity101 tells us how she recycles Christmas card to create new cards; the designs look amazing!
  • This week’s contribution in theonlyD800inthehameau show us a poubelle, as a starting point for recycling; what’s a poubelle, you ask? Go look!
  • Nicole sbrings us a wonderful piece of what can be made with recycled items in Une Photo, Un Poéme; great place to sit!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom talks about the old becoming new with her whippets having a blast!
  • In Poetry, Short Prose and Walking, Frank’s poem talks of righteousness and grace, as he recycles (or refills) a bottle.
  • Na’ama Yehuda posted a fantastic entry that shows the lead recycler, which is something that all of us could pick up.
  • Danny brings us a fantastic image in Danny’s Photographs, which shows what strange animals one may find…
  • In Read My Thoughts, we get a view of dreamcatchers, which makes me wonder, if they recycle our dreams.
  • Candace’s post in Netdancer’s Musings shows how wonderful old farm equipment can be repurposed.
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2, Petra shares an image that is not only beautiful, but portrays a mood in stunning ways.
  • This week’s response by Land of Images ask the question about the boat… should it be repaired or put into a garden?
  • Life in Minutes shares a wonderful set of colorful bins that are just too inviting not to recycle!
  • In her post in Mara’s Artistry, Mara shows of her crafty side in turning recycled items into wonderful art!
  • In Poetry in Pictures, we get to see their daughter’s art that she made from fallen leaves; a fantastic Ganesha!
  • The Nomadic Architect shows off another unusual image, as it captures an installation of pots and pans that looks like flowing water.
  • In InquisitiveEyeBC, we get treated to a gorgeous image of glass bottles; beautifully done!
  • In Giggles & Tales, Stella shares a great set of images that tell the tale of recycling!
  • In Dream Big, Read on a Mission, we get to see a recycling campaign in action: just go check it out!
  • Bullyboy’s entry for this theme in Travel387 is a beautiful image of a flower, that is also recycled as a cancer drug.
  • What is the thing with feathers that perches in Black Body?  It’s simply beautiful to look at!
  • Liz McCafferty writes a wonderful post about the history of the grammophone, recycling old components.
  • In this week’s entry from ForgivingConnects, Debbie focuses on how the old parts of herself have recycled to be the new self; we can’t ever escape our old selves, but rather recycle and improve ourselves.
  • In VickiMD87, we get to see some rather interesting pieces coming together, as human debris does not turn into a pearl.
  • Marie’s post in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect shows how our detritus can become art!
  • Musin’ with Susan gives us a look at how recyclables can become a magnificent sculpture!
  • Miriam tells the story of some birches in her garden in Showers of Blessing, as they died and were reused.
  • In Layue’s everyday photo blog, we get treated to a mushroom that is amazing to look at!
  • Miriam writes another great post in Out an’ About, where she shows the various aspects of recycling and loving life!
  • In Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery we get to see the art that can be created from items found in the sea; very colorful!

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

A Change of Heart

Yogic Seasons

The WordPress Daily Photo Challenge provides the theme of Transformation.

One of our most constant companions, that contribute greatly to our existence on this planet, are trees. These stately producers of oxygen, building material, shelter, shade and so much more, were often worshipped in ancient times for the magic they contain. My appreciation of trees has shown itself in quite a bit of my work, and, in particular, one tree: the Yoga Tree.

Over the years, the Yoga Tree has transformed herself in response to the seasons, as well as her environment, as you can see in the Winter images. She has always stood with pride and dignity, even now, when she is surrounded by the detritus that makes up a compost farm…

Here’s a look at some of her transformations…

This tree has brought me much joy over the years that I photographed her, and I hope that some of these images bring a bit of joy to those who view them.

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…

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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!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Morning

Welcome the morning!

Welcome to Week 51 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. I really enjoyed reading through your responses to last week’s theme of Forward!  There is never a shortage of creativity or directions, into which you take these challenges.  A lot of fun!

So I am sitting here in the cafeteria on the 9th floor of the Red Hat tower in Raleigh, North Carolina, thinking what might be a good follow up to the past couple of weeks, while also thinking ahead toward today’s work. I was a little stymied for ideas, when Nature helped out…  The sun came out from behind the clouds and stared me right in the face with this week’s theme: Morning!

We may not always enjoy getting up early in the morning, as we fumble for that first cup of coffee, but for those of us who are fans, the morning light often carries beauty with it.  So, I’m challenging you to capture something that is quintessential morning, and share it with us!

As always, feel free to be creative in your interpretation of the theme, and be sure to put your best effort into creating something evocative in your images.  I’m looking forward to seeing your great posts!

Here’s an image that a lot of you have seen before, that was captured during that first hour of morning…

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The Wise Tree

This photo kicked off an extensive series of Yoga Tree images that lasted for several years; she graces a compost farm these days, which mars the scenery, but she’s still proud!

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!

Thank you for a Milestone!

Couldn’t do it without you!

Just over a year ago, I made up my mind to learn more about blogging, so that I could get the word out about my photography, and photography in general, on this little blog.  Facebook was just not doing it for me in terms of being able to communicate my thoughts and ideas, as I felt there was more to talk about.

So, along came WordPress Blogging University’s Blogging 101 course, which kicked me off in the right direction.  And with lots of encouragement and interaction with like-minded spirits in the blogosphere, and thanks to loyal and inquisitive readers, we have come together as 1000+ followers!

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Birth of the Sun

And a special thanks to Helli Patel for being the 1000th follower on WordPress!!

The Grace of Nature

On this wonderful Saturday, my wife and I went for a walk with 2 of our dogs (the old boys prefer to sleep at home) and enjoyed the rather mild weather that we have today.  Upon doing a quick blog check, I noticed today’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Graceful.

Given all the turmoil that is the current state of affairs and its lack of grace, I think that focusing on a theme such as this is important.  The Universe is full of grace and Nature never ceases to inspire me with its grace and beauty.  Of course, for me a lot of grace and beauty has been demonstrated by the Yoga Tree, whose wisdom is on display in this image…

The Wise Tree

The gentle curve that she presents, as she reaches up toward the firmament, reminding us to accept all that is beautiful in our lives and the Universe.

May you have a wonderful day filled with grace.