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Black & White Sunday: Man-Made

It’s time for another Black & White Sunday photo challenge. This one is very easy – post anything that is man-made. My chosen subject was shot above Lisbon, Portugal.

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Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday!






Check out the entries to Black and White Sunday. Please click on the following titles: 

Hand- and Foot-Made

A B&W Statue


La estacion de tren, Atocha

Exhaust pipe

Aqueduct at Nanzen-ji Temple, Kyoto

In a Spanish Cathedral

The Monkey Decoration

Black & White Sunday: Manipulation

What are your views on photo manipulation? Historically speaking, it is as old as the 19th century, but today it is widely used for different purposes. Some photo manipulations are considered an artform and others are frowned upon as manipulations intended to deceive viewers especially those used in sales or political propaganda. My trooper bellow is not selling anything. I made him black and white while keeping his best feature in colour. I used my favourite photo manipulation technique known as selective colouring.

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This is my last post for a while. I will be back on the 28th July with Thursday’s Special (more about the schedule here), but please if you have some examples of your own manipulations, leave me your links, and link to this post. Until next time peace and good will to you all.






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


The quaint looking field structure known as kazun in Istria has been widely used in the past once as a dwelling, but most commonly as a shelter, and later on for storing agricultural tools. The changed way of life gradually made them obsolete, but their cultural and historical value is greater than it may at first appear. Most of the examples that can be seen today date back to  the 18th – mid 20th century like this one that I saw in the South-West Istria. The doors on kazun are normally smaller than man’s size and usually face West. The inner diameter ranges between 1.5m-3m and the height from 1.60 to 2m. 

Excerpt from a research conducted by the Institute for Historical and Social Sciences in Rijeka sheds light on the historical importance of these structures:

“…The heritage value of kazun is great; when glancing over the map of the widespread density of kazuns, it can be noticed that they are most commonly found in the South-West Istria (especially around Vodnjan), while they are scarcely found in the middle and North-West Istria. Similar round ground-planned edifices are known under different names (bunje etc.) in the middle and South Dalmatia. In Europe, this type of drywall building can be found all over Mediterranean, all the way to the British Isles and Scandinavia up North. This geographical distribution, architectural structuring and archaeological findings suggest that the origin of this type of round ground-planned edifice could be found in the dwellings and burial sites of Paleo-Mediterranean period. However, the abundance of available stone and the strong development of agriculture were basis for survival and spreading of this type of building in different European areas, as well as the formation of original examples of round stone edifices which had the role of shelters in the field. Lately, kažuns, as characteristic examples of traditional building in Istria, have had a special role when one is identifying and interpreting ethno-cultural contents.” (author: Tihana Stepinac Fabijanic)



It’s been a few weeks since the last Black & White Sunday, and I am happy that I can challenge you again with my monochrome photo challenge. Today’s theme is STRUCTURE. In my example it is a building, but considering so many possible meanings of the word, I expect to see many different entries from you. As usually, you have a week to respond. Hope you’ll have fun.


Now please have a look at wonderful structures posted by my friends:



It has been a few years since I was in Paris, but memories are not gone. The photo bellow shows a remarkable trace of the past in the form of church of St. Etienne, which you might also know from Woody Allen’s movie  “Midnight in Paris”.

©Paula Borkovic

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Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge that 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. Just make sure to post for it before next Thursday and to link to this blog. Happy Thursday! ž


You should really see beautiful collection of traces from the past provided by my followers:



It is the first week in July and it is time for another PICK A WORD theme. Here are the words to choose from: 












©Paula Borkovic

Note about my images:

#1 is the view I see every day getting out of my apartment

#2 I said recently that I would be focusing on happy faces around my town. It’s much needed with so many bad things going on.

#3 Prostrating is good – when you are exhausted you should prostrate and when you do, do it in a good company too.

#4 My everyday life isn’t glamorous. It’s mostly asphalt, concrete, steel and glass, but whenever I can, I visit a botanic garden and if I ‘m lucky I get to see this. 

#5 My town is in the continent, but it doesn’t stop it from adopting a blue whale.

 I hope you’ve enjoyed my selection of words and images.  As usual for this theme, you can do one word, or more or all five. It’s up to you.

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

  • Make a photo post on today’s theme, before next Thursday.

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

  • Leave a comment under this post.

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P.S. If you have missed the last week’s TS themed OVER please click on the link to check out the great entries to that challenge.

Lately I have been experiencing problems while logging on to WordPress and could not even access some of your blogs for days, and when I did I could not leave a comment or even a like. Let’s hope that WordPress team has finished introducing new improvements and upgrades so that I can resume normal communication with other bloggers.


If you can’t stop dancing, here are some bonus tracks for you. One for each image 🙂


It’s interesting to see what choices have fellow bloggers made for this challenge. Please, click on the links bellow:








Most visitors to Croatia go to Istria, our largest and westernmost peninsula, for its coast, for Roman amphitheatre in Pula, for Brijuni Islands, for beautiful Rovinj, or for Unesco-protected Basilica in Porec, but not everybody thinks that they should venture into hinterland, oblivious to all the beauty it hides.

Last December my husband and I went to Istria for a weekend, and once again we decided to stay at the coast overnight, but to focus our interest on the interior of the peninsula, on the sights and paths that we had missed on our previous trips. This time the route was to take us from Opatija to Rovinj via Svetvinčenat and Dvigrad. 

Map of Istria with a drawn route we took that day


We are always happy to revist Istria for its colours, architecture, cuisine and its proximity and semblance with Italy, but this is the first time we got a chance to see it in winter time; its land dry, trees fruitless, branches swept by winds, but the warm sunshine that day painted the remaining leaves nice golden shade and we were happy leaving the smog of the capital behind. 

Our first unplanned stop is by the road where I spotted a traditional shepherd’s hut, made of stone (drywall). Kazuni have been in use for centuries, once as shelters (for shepherds), later for storing agricultural tools, and reportedly the same type of structures were used as dwellings in prehistory. 

KAZUN – typical shepherd’s shelter in Istria

On the other side of the road stands a small country church built in the same style as many Istrian sacral buildings. Still, it was unusual to see it placed along the road with no villages or houses nearby.

A little church I know nothing about near Svetvinčenat, Istria

Half an hour later we are already in Svetvinčenat, a fascinating little town featuring a regular, square piazza closed in by the Parish Church, city loggia, several Renaissance houses and the monumental Castle Morosini-Grimani. This Medieval jewel was built as a square fortification with round towers and simple façade. In the 15th ct it was owned by the Morosini family who enlarged it while adding it some Renaissance features. On the other side of the square the quaint Parish church of St Mary’s Assumption is decorated with a distinctive Renaissance trefoil façade. 

A shooting star ornament on the church was signalling that Christmas was just two weeks apart, but the place was magically quiet, with no people (and much less tourists) in sight, and we felt as the only breathing people there.  

Svetvinčenat, Istria


Svetvinčenat, detail


Castle Grimano in Svetvinčenat

The sunlight was harsh and glaring, contrasts too strong, and I knew that photos would be nothing to brag about, but I was excited to be finally exploring what seems to be one of the most scenic places in Istria.

the same Castle with vintage treatment

©Paula Borkovic


I love winter, its quietness, crisp air and low-lying sun, but the day is  getting too short and we have to move quickly to make time for other stops on our way. 


Further reading and images:

1st stop on the map – Opatija 

3rd stop on the map – Dvigrad, featured as patulous here.

4th stop on the map – Rovinj

This article was prompted by the weekly photo challenge themed HERITAGE, but it was really written for Jo’s Monday Walk.

I have taken Jo to Istria before.



For the Pick a Word challenge in March I chose five unrelated words and five unrelated images.  As usual you are free to choose one of the 5 offered words, and depict it in a photograph or you can do more than one word and post more than one photograph, or you may choose all of the words and depict them in a single image. Possibilities abound. Now, here are the words to choose from:















indelible (as in indelible memories)

A few words about images:

#1 is special because it is the first shot I took with a DSLR and cause it is a statue of the first Croatian King (Kralj Tomislav)

#2 is not special at all; it is a bark of a tree – I like its coarseness and abstract quality.

#3 I wanted to use the word “gibbous”. As for the subject – it is just a resident of a local Zoo.

#4 is special. It is a focus stacked image I made a few years ago. Bromelia is a tiny pot plant that looks so much more delicate in person than in this shot.

#5 – the most special one of all, cause it is from my first visit to Paris, and cause I  made passers-by almost delible while the skyline is indelible.

*Music in this post is fabulous, don’t miss it. It is by Pascal Comelade – Promenade des schizophrènes

This is my choice of words for this month, but you only have a week to respond. Next Thursday the challenge will be Traces of the Past. For updates please consult UPDATES page.

Hope you will all have a good month! 

And here are the cool entries to this challenge. Click on the links that follow:


In an area of 49,000 square kilometres at the historic crossroads of cultures, religions and conquerors, Slovakia boasts more than 300 old castles and ruins. The castle in the photo bears the name Hrad Beckov and stands proudly on the Beckov cliff on the road that runs from Bratislava to High Tatra mountains. Many legends are told about the place, but nobody really knows who its first owners were. The fact we do know is that it was built to protect the borders of the Kingdom of Hungary and that it dates to the middle of the 13th century. In the 14th century Sigismund, the King of Hungary, gave the castle to Stibor of Stiboricz, a Lord of Polish descent. Stibor owned 31 castles, but he was particularly attached to this one. He took special care of it and rebuilt it in the Gothic style. A few years later Sigismund made Stibor the Duke of Transylvania (now in Romania), and the owner of Bran Castle aka the Dracula’s Castle.


Hrad Beckov


This is Black and White Sunday photo challenge, today with the theme: ON TOP. If you’d like to join:

  • make a B&W photo post on today’s theme before next Sunday

  • link it to this challenge post and tag it   #blackandwhitesunday

  • leave a comment under this post 

P.S. If you missed some of the entries from last week’s challenge, you can find the links here. The themes for the next week’s challenges are already published on Scheduled challenges page.

Please check out the entries to this challenge:


This has  been a busy, exhausting month, but a day at the sea made a difference.


Twilight at the sea

Twilight at the sea

©Paula Borkovic



This is my offering for Cardinal Guzman’s monthly challenge Changing Seasons. Hop over there and see if you can contribute with your entries.

A reminder: If you haven’t seen it already, the new Thursday’s Special is on with the theme minimalism. You may post for it by the 28 December. On the 29 we will be doing retrospective for this year. Happy holidays, everybody! 

Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past Y2-05

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Santuario della Beata Vergine Maria delle Grazie; Curtatone


“Traces of the Past” is a recurring photo challenge theme on this blog (one month in colour, other in B&W). You don’t have to look far into the past for it. People from “old” continents do not have to have advantage over bloggers from the North American continent. I mostly post old architecture for this event, but please feel free to post anything from the past: be it old letters, chest box, costumes, or something from a recent past, or something that is not man-made at all.  

If you want to participate in Thursday’s Special challenge, link to this post and leave me links to your entries in the comment section bellow. Yesterday I started a poll where you can vote for your favourite “seascape” entry. The poll will be opened till next Wednesday, 24 August. For further themes and events please consult the Scheduled challenges page. Have a happy and peaceful Thursday!

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P.S. For those that need to be reminded of the rules:

I will not enclose links to the entries that are linked to several challenges. (Some people, however, have posts with multiple photos which they intend for several events, and that is fine as long as different photos are used for different challenges).

The idea of contest polls was conceived to enhance interaction between photo bloggers and to present their work, but if you don’t want your entry to be entered in such a poll, make sure to let me know (if possible without attacking me). 

I will make sure to ban the visitors that do not come in peace, but come attacking, making false assumptions and accusations against me.  

P.S.S. As of last week and after three years of absence the “like” button on this blog has been restored. When I removed it years ago, I thought that the lack of the said button (which I originally considered as a shallow interaction option and a lure for people to return “traffic” on others’ blogs) would encourage  people to  leave meaningful comments and incite interesting discussions. However, I have noticed that commenting is time consuming for many people who are still interested in keeping track of others’ posts, and that sometimes those bloggers that do have time to comment, use the commenting option to extend conversations to personal stuff and topics completely unrelated to posts which is not what I have expected from them. This has made me rethink the idea of the “like” button so I have reinstated it to allow people that don’t have time or a need to talk to let me know that they have been here.

Thank you for reading me.


I am glad to present links to bloggers’ contributions for this challenge:


Thursday’s Special: Mirroring

Mirrors do not always show the true state of things, do they?




I don’t think you should have problems coming up with a photo for this theme. You may post it any time by next Tuesday, 30th June noon (CET), however this time there will be no voting for the best entry due to my approaching holiday. Leave links to your posts in the comment section and link to this post, and please if you haven’t done so, don’t forget to vote for the best “here and there” entry.

Happy Thursday!


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I would like to thank all participants in this challenge. Here are the links to their posts: