THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: MESSAGE

For this challenge I decided to post a photo I took while I was pretending to be a tourist in my own town. It was a fun experiment with some really cool finds like this one from the upper town which is very frequented by visitors all year around. 

So here it is – my message or should I say “massage” from Zagreb ūüėÄ

“HALLO” FROM ZAGREB

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P.S. You know the drill – post your contributions for this week’s theme before next Thursday and link here. 

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BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: STILL LIFE

It’s winter where I am, and with uncomfortably cold and wet weather all I can think of in terms of creativity are some “studio” shots. Here’s an example of low-key still life in black and white. Your theme for this week’s Black and White Sunday is still life – it does not have to bee low-key of course. The deadline for this challenge is 27 January¬† since the next B&W Sunday is scheduled for 28 January.¬† I hope that you will have fun answering this prompt.¬†

 

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: TRACES OF THE PAST Y4-01

The story of Melrose Abbey extends back to some time before 650AD, though its origins are at a place now known as Old Melrose (called Mailros at the time) which stands in a loop in the River Tweed some 2.5 miles east of the monastery you see today. ..

Old Melrose, was destroyed by¬†Kenneth Mac Alpin,¬†King of the Scots, in 839. The site was later used as a place of retreat and it is possible that a church continued in use there for centuries after the monastery’s destruction.¬†

In 1136¬†King David I¬†asked Cistercian monks from Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire to found an abbey in¬†Melrose.¬†David¬†intended this to be on the site of St Aidan’s earlier monastery at Mailros, suggesting the location was still seen as having religious significance. The Cistercians, however, needed good farming land within which to place their abbey, and appear to have been successful in their negotiations with the king. The end result was the establishment of a monastery a little further west at a place then called Little Fordell. Today this is known as¬†Melrose.

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Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders

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Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge that happens every month, and this is the fourth year it has been running. Next month you’ll be able to participate in Traces of the Past in Black and White for one of the two Black & White Sundays. You are free to¬†choose whatever traces of the past you can find. It does not have to be a distant one, or rich in history; it can be something personal, or it can even have a human form. Just make sure to post for it before next Thursday and to link to this blog. Wishing you all a special and happy Thursday!

 

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD IN JANUARY – Y3

My first post in 2018 is the first Pick a Word themed challenge this year. I know I promised to start with some easy words, but I changed my mind ūüėÄ Please choose any (or all, or some) of the following:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

      candescent

       algid 

       angular 

       auricomous

      festive

candescent

 

algid

 

angular

 

auricomous

 

festive

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I wish you all a good start to this year and I very much look forward to seeing your entries that you may post any time before next Thursday. 

 

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P.S. Locations in this post include: my living room, Kotle in Istria, Lucca in Italy, Gorski Kotar (Croatia)..

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: YOUR BEST PHOTO IN 2017

For the last Thursday’s Special in 2017 I am offering you a challenge that IS NOT, and yet it might be the most challenging one so far ūüėĬ†

I would like you to post again what you consider to be your best shot posted this year.

The end of this year has been a bit more stressful than usual for me, but I am hopeful that things will get better eventually. I would like to thank all my friends here for constant support and positive wishes. 

Love and best wishes for 2018!

Paula 

Rovinj

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P.S. See you again on 4th January with a new TS.

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: DARKNESS AND LIGHT

‚ÄúThey say there is no light without dark, no good without evil, no male without female, no right without wrong. That nothing can exist if it‚Äôs direct opposite does not also exist.‚ÄĚ

‚Äē¬†Laurell K. Hamilton,¬†Incubus Dreams

 

Darkness and light

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In celebration of winter solstice which is today,¬†¬†Thursday, December 21,¬† for anyone living north of the equator,¬† I decided to go with “Darkness and Light” as the weekly theme of this Thursday’s Special.¬†¬†

 

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: TRADITION

It’s part of many traditions to light candles in December.

Even though I don’t need a special reason to light a candle, this one was lit on purpose as the second Advent¬† candle which symbolises peace.

With holidays approaching I am sure you’ll be able to find some traditions and share them in images. I look forward to seeing them and I wish you all a peaceful Thursday and a peaceful end of the year.

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: SEQUENCE

It’s time for Thursday’s Special again. Today the theme is SEQUENCE. You have time till next Thursday. ūüôā

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BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: TEXTURE

Sad looking or maybe just resignated to¬† a life in a few square meters; not easy to tell when looking at this captivated gibbon’s face.¬†

The texture of his hair and skin is fascinating, so much so that I decided to feature him for today’s photo theme TEXTURE.

Maybe you’d like to join me for this challenge and show your examples of texture in black and white. The deadline this time is next Saturday.¬†

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**** The next Black & White Sunday will be on 17 December with the theme Traces of the Past, and there will be one more on the last day of this year with the theme After and Before. 

*** The music in this post is a wonderful example of different textures too ūüôā

 

Please have  a look at these great examples of TEXTURE:

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/12/03/frosted-bracken-black-white-sunday/

https://picturesimperfectblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/we-call-them-plated-toads/

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/12/03/arles-france-texture-dog-night-photography/

https://robert20359.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/black-white-sunday-texture/

https://teepee12.com/2017/12/03/black-white-sunday-texture-boots/

https://suejudd.com/2017/12/03/black-and-white-sunday-texture/

https://iballrtw.com/2017/12/03/greek-horse-pin-art/

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/12/03/black-white-sunday-texture-2

https://bushboy.blog/2017/12/04/black-and-white-sunday-texture/

https://lucidgypsy.com/2017/12/05/black-and-white-sunday-5

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD IN DECEMBER – Y2

It is time for another Pick a Word themed challenge and it is the last one this year. As usual you get five words to choose from:     

      sagacious

       non-human

       portrayal

       remains

      stellar

 

sagacious

 

non-human

 

portrayal

 

remains

 

stellar

 

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¬†I know that some of these words are tricky to interpret visually, but I hope that you will find at least one that works for you.¬† I¬† ¬†promise to give you an “easier” selection at the start of the next year ūüėČ

 

To join the Thursday’s Special photo challenge you are supposed to:

  • Make a photo post on today‚Äôs theme, before next Thursday.

  • Link to this challenge post, and tag your post #thursdaysspecial

  • Leave a comment under this post.

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Please have a look at the participants’ entries. There are some genius responses here ūüôā

https://picturesimperfectblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/the-remains-of-the-stellar-non-human

https://teepee12.com/2017/11/30/words-pics-for-almost-december/

https://ceenphotography.com/2017/11/30/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-december-y2/

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/11/30/elegance-portrayed-below-home-of-the-sagacious/

https://bushboy.blog/2017/11/30/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-december

https://fieldnotesfromoverthehill.com/2017/11/30/thursdays-special-remains

https://restlessjo.me/2017/11/30/a-sad-story/

https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-december-y2

https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/the-sun-moves-to-the-center-of-the-world

https://photopoeme.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/alba-iulia-2

https://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/thursdays-special-december-words/

https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/thursday-special-pick-a-word-in-december/

https://3rsofretirement.com/2017/12/02/thursdays-special-remains

https://priorhouse.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/avian-love-lost-in-translations-pick-a-word-in-december/

https://suejudd.com/2017/12/04/8419/

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/star-quality/

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/12/02/she-knows-where-shes-going-thursdays-special/

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/12/04/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-10/

https://irenewaters19.com/2017/12/08/pick-a-word-december-yr-2-thursdays-special/

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: TRACES OF THE PAST Y3-10

For the third year in a row, and for the tenth time this year (I skipped the one in October) I am posting Traces of the Past challenge. This month it is a photo challenge in colour and you’ll have a really long deadline since I am going on a holiday next week. The next post on this blog is planned for 30 November and you have time until 29 November. I look forward to seeing your posts on my return. Wishing you all peace and happiness!

 

ALNWICK CASTLE

 

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Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge that (normally) happens every month (one month in colour as part of Thursday’s Special and the following month in black and white as part of Black & White Sunday). You are free to¬†choose whatever traces of the past you can find. It does not have to be a distant one, or rich in history; it can be something personal, or it can even have a human form.