Black & White Sunday: Timeless



“True beauty grips your gut and squeezes your lungs, and makes you see with utmost clarity exactly what is before you.

True wisdom then steps in, to interpret, illuminate, and form a life-altering insight.”

– Vera Nazarian


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Maybe the quote above will help you choose the right image for today’s “timeless” challenge. No need to rush. The deadline is next Saturday.







Check out these “timeless” entries:

Thursday’s Special: Glow

The last week’s theme was easy, and this one should not be too difficult either. We all need light and glow in our lives, so today’s theme is glow.

A reminder: if you are interested in voting for the last week’s best photo entry, you have an opportunity to do so until next Wednesday i.e. 1st of June.

Happy Thursday!



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P.S. For newbies – if you are interested in participating in Thursday’s Special photo challenge, you should publish a post with a photo (or several photos) having in mind the given theme, link that post to this one and leave me a note in the comments section. 


Check out the entries for this challenge by clicking on the links bellow:

Time to Vote: Best Park Entry

After hearing bloggers’ opinions on voting for the best photo challenge entry, I decided to open polls for a whole week which will allow you more time to help me select the best entry for this challenge. Here is a selection of parks captured by participants for the TS Park challenge from last Thursday. Tomorrow is time for a new Thursday’s Special challenge and the theme will be “glow”. See you soon and don’t forget to vote. The poll is open until 1st June.


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Fortune is Fickle i.e. May in Mantua

Set in the 16th century Mantua, Rigoletto is an opera with a tragic story that revolves around the lascivious Duke of Mantua, his court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda. The opera’s original title, La maledizione (The Curse), refers to the curse put on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto’s encouragement. The curse is fulfilled when Gilda also falls in love with the Duke and sacrifices her life to save him from the assassins hired by her father.

Modelled after Victor Hugo’s play Le roi s’amuse (The King Has Fun), Rigoletto is not only a social critique of the corrupt society, but also an account of a personal drama of an unscrupulous, boot-licking miser who plots against unsuspecting people to please his womanizing master. Rigoletto’s famous last words when he discovers the dead body of his daughter in place of the Duke’s: Mia Gilda! E morta. Ah, la maledizione! echo the last cry of Hugo’s jester Triboulet: J’ai tue mon enfant. (I killed my child).

It is not a coincidence that I chose Rigoletto’s statue to feature May.

Early this month I took a trip to Mantua. In a small yard in the shadow of Saint George’s Castle stands a statue of Rigoletto, a hunchbacked court jester and the tragic figure of Verdi’s most performed opera.



At last the moment of vengeance is at hand!
For thirty days I have waited,
weeping tears of blood
behind my fool’s mask.


Act 3 opens with the famous aria La donna è mobile sung by the character playing the Duke, disguised as a soldier. It is an irony. The Duke sings that all women are fickle and that they will betray anyone who falls in love with them, but no character in this opera is rational or reliable. They may all be considered callous or mobile (inconstant).

Here is the libretto (the original and English translation), and if you click on the player button bellow, you’ll hear Pavarotti sing it:

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On the same trip, during my visit to a petting zoo, I witnessed a horrible and a most absurd accident in which a small baby, bundled in his father’s arms, was attacked by a donkey.

Ah, la maledizione! 

Some say that women are fickle. It may be so, but so is the fortune.


This is my entry for Cardinal Guzman’s monthly photo challenge Changing Seasons.



As of last week I introduced voting for what readers consider the best entry for Thursday’s Special challenge. It’s open only on Wednesdays after collecting all entries for the challenge. I have to say that there were only 21 votes last time, and if in the next round for the challenge “park” no more than 21 vote are collected, that will be the last time you have the opportunity to vote for the favourite entry.

I don’t blame you for not wanting to participate. For me, it’s even better, you have no idea how much work and complications this is causing me and most people do not appreciate it or even change their minds within 3 days about participating in the voting process when they see that nobody has voted for them.



Black & White Sunday: Texture

For this theme you are invited to translate the tactile quality of the surface of an object into an image, and to make it black and white.

While considering texture for the challenge I stumbled upon an interesting quote by Paul Scott:

“The past becomes a texture, an ambience to our present.”


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I would very much like to see how you would interpret it (both the theme and the quote).


Click on the links bellow to check out entries to this challenge: