WOW (WORDS OF WISDOM) – NEW PHOTO & words CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE ALERT!

I am starting a new photo challenge (in addition to the current one Pick a Word). It is about words again, words and photos. It is called Words of Wisdom and it will run one Wednesday every month (weeks will vary).

For this challenge you are supposed to write a quote either by someone famous, or your own and illustrate it in images taken by you. You can use proverbs, funny quotes, whatever you like. Any quote on any subject to be illustrated through your photos.

I hope you’ll find this fun. I know that I look forward to seeing what you will come up with.

For the first post I chose three quotes about reading.

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. ~ Oscar Wilde

Reading is thinking with some one else’s head instead of one’s own. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

and one of my favourites:

We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge ~ Rutherford D. Rogers (noted Yale librarian)

And here is a photo that comes along.

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The little image is my new logo for the new challenge. Feel free to grab the badge if you feel like joining the challenge.

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD – MAY 2022

This is my monthly photo challenge titled Pick a Word. You may choose any of the given words (one or all or some of them) and interpret them in images captured by you.

This month’s choices:

BELFRY

DIMINUTIVE

REPETITIVE

SHOALY

SILHOUETTED

belfry

diminutive

repetitive
shoaly
silhouetted

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This selection shows images of Nin, Croatia. Diminutive depicts the smallest cathedral in the world. I hope you like the images and find them inspiring for your entries. Looking forward to seeing them. Till next time….

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD – APRIL 2022

What follows is my monthly photo challenge titled Pick a Word. You may choose any of the given words (one or all or some of them) and interpret them in images that you took.

This month’s selection:

ABLAZE

BASTION

FLAMING

SALIENT

SKYLINE

ABLAZE
BASTION
FLAMING
SALIENT
SKYLINE

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD – MARCH 2022

Here comes another Pick a Word photo challenge post, at the end of March. As you know, posts appear on a monthly basis, but I can never tell for sure when in the month it will happen.

I don’t like March for many reasons, and this year the reasons are bountiful.

And yet, it is not a reason for not posting, so here it goes, my words for March:

ASPEROUS

CRUSTACEOUS

EFFUSIVE

MOUNTED

TRIAD

asperous
crustaceous
effusive
mounted
triad

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If you find these words inspiring and want to take part in this challenge, you are more than welcome. Just pick one or more or all of the given words, and interpret them in photos, and don’t forget to have fun in the process!

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD – FEBRUARY 2022

Welcome and thank you for the visit.

This is the February edition of my photo challenge Pick a Word in which you are supposed to interpret in image any or several or all of the five proposed words.

This month I am offering simple words, but hopefully not too simple to interpret in photos.

The first two are taking you to Dolomites, showing Case di Viso, a preserved village (uninhabitated) with the architecture dating to the early 19th ct and a narrow alpine road that can take you there, meandering amidst green summer meadows.

Closer to home and in winter time there is a photo of the idyllic Bled in Slovenia presented in a subdued, almost colourless winter scene.

Finally, the arranged logs and a forward facing heron were captured in my Zagreb.

Have fun and see you soon!

CONSERVED

MEANDERING

SUBDUED

STRAIGHT

SYSTEMATISED

conserved
meandering
subdued
straight
systematised

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD – DECEMBER 2021

This is supposed to be part of my photo challenge titled Pick a Word that I run every month of the year and now it is time for December.

December, the most challenging month, is the time of year when I am more introspective than usual. The work and chores triple and and everyone around thinks only about partying and what to drink and eat. Not in my household though, thankfully, and the fact that I have been temporarily removed from insensitive office environment has made my professional life easier.

Still, why do I sound as if I am bitching? Because I am.

Today I went to one of the sites (a new and one of many locations in Zagreb) of the 4-week Christmas market, a festival of flashy lights, white kiosks offering greasy food and spirits in many forms. Apparently, you need liquor to keep your spirits up and survive holidays.

If I dislike the commercial aspect of Christmas time so much why do I go to such places, you may ask…. Usually, I don’t. But today, foolish and credulous as I am, I went to see what the students and professors of the Art Academy in collaboration with the city officials chose to put in their park inviting people to linger (and to accumulate more rubbish that later on the city government will have difficulty to dispose of).

(Now I wish I had taken photos to show you the disgrace of the site that people were queuing in hours to see on the first day of the food/drink binging festival. I went there in broad daylight to “assess“ the site, without the distraction of crowds and with the kiosks closed.

I went there “hungry” not for the spirit of Christmas, for Christ’s sake I am not a child, but for some inspiration, to see beauty, to see human spirit beat consumerism, and all I saw were some ridiculous installations hoovering over three or four sculptures that had always been in that park (no Christmas surprise there), but now they were covered in dog (and I hate to think whose else’s) pee.

What I am trying to say…. is that if you belong to one of those places whose government decided to close Christmas markets in order to slow down the effects of the pandemic, and you feel awful about that, you don’t have my sympathy. The only way I could feel sorry for you is if your livelihood depended on the goods that you were going to sell there.

Otherwise, if you can’t find joy inside you, no amount of turkey or booze will bring it to you.

With this deliberation off my chest, I am still going to challenge you…. this time with the photos and the assigned words that celebrate children and the child in each and every one of you.

Good health, peace and joy to you all!

INTROSPECTIVE

ANTICIPATING

BEFRIENDING

CHOICES

WISH

introspective
anticipating
befriending
choices
wish

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD – NOVEMBER 2021

It’s time for November’s Pick a Word photo challenge. This time I have four completely new photos from my country and one which is an embellished memory. The words are rather simple (most of them), but it does not mean that their interpretation isn’t challenging. Here you go:

EMBELLISHED

LEAFAGE

PANORAMIC

PONDEROUS

SURROUNDED

embellished
leafage

Now a mobile phone shot of a scene in front of my home. Here panorama is used figuratively … the hotel is being refurbished and I wanted to click while it is still semantically correct (at least in Spanish).

panoramic
ponderous
surrounded

Have fun and see you next month!

Image info:

#1 – Boca do Inferno, Portugal

#2 – November leaves

#3 – Hotel being refurbished

#4 – A statue of Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer

#5 – Castle Trakošćan, Croatia

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD – OCTOBER 2021

Welcome to October’s Pick a Word photo challenge. I think that this time both words and the possibilities for interpretation are easy. I am interested to see what you will post.

The words are:

SKY-HIGH

GORGE

SOCIABLE

SANCTUARY

TRANSCOLOURED

sky-high
gorge
sociable
sanctuary
transcoloured

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Over the past years I have never been open to photo opportunities unless I was armed with my dslr, but I’ve decided to change that and as of now I  will make sure to add a random mobile phone image to the challenge post like this mural that I snapped close to my home.

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Image info:

#1 – in Austria by Grossglockner strasse

#2 – Croatia, Zrmanja canyon

#3 – mural in my neighbourhood

#4 – Santuario della Madonna della Bocciola, Ameno, Italy

#5 – Lake Jasna, Slovenia

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD – SEPTEMBER 2021

This is the September edition of my photo challenge Pick a Word.

Here is a collection of photos; some current from my immediate surroundings and some reminicent of my past travels.

REACHABLE

DOCKED

LINKAGE

INFURIATED

BEHATTED

If you’ve ever wanted to reach the clouds, you can now do so at the Zagreb Art Park:

reachable

or maybe you prefer to stay safely docked at a marina on Lanzarote

docked

or go high up the mountains above Lake Como

linkage

or you are like me infuriated to be staying at home:

infuriated

and growing cacti

behatted

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD – AUGUST 2021

I wanted to keep this challenge going despite the health issues recently. I am writing this post on my back so please forgive me for being too concise.

For this August’s Pick a Word, please choose any or some or all of the following words to interpret them in your photos:

PERDURABLE

FLEXUOUS

QUOTIDIAN

SOLITARY

ASTONISHING

perdurable
flexuous
quotidian
solitary
astonishing

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If you wonder what is astonishing about the last one, it is my dracaena pot tree with ever so unexpected shrooms growing beneath.

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD – JULY 2021

This month I almost failed to post for my Pick a Word, and I know that I am well behind seeing your posts …..

Here are the words for this July’s photo challenge:

You can choose any or several or all of the following to interpret them in your photos:

ALCOVE

FLOW

MASONRY

RIVERSIDE

TIDAL

alcove

flow
masonry
riverside
tidal

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Be well and take care of your health.