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.

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD IN OCTOBER – YEAR 4

This month again I am short of complicated words. Here is my simple collection for October. As always you can pick any of the offered words or several or all of them. Please take your time posting, and have fun! 

 

marsh

symbiotic

stately

shack

scarlet

 

marsh
mocvara_konj_ptice_75posto
symbiotic
verona_noc_castello
stately
hut_jezero_austria._75posto
shack
Mont Saint Michel crveni
scarlet

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD IN APRIL – Y4

Welcome to the April edition of “Pick a Word” photo challenge (now running for the fourth year) where you are supposed to post photos (a single photo or as many as you like) as a response to one (or more/or all) of the offered word(s) in the challenge.

The following choices is what I had in mind for April. I know that some of these words are tricky to interpret in images, but still I wanted it to be a real challenge. 😀 

resplendent

alluring

plagued

copycat

timeworn

 

resplendent

alluring

plagued

copycat

time-worn

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This event was originally conceived as part of the Thursday’s Special photo challenge that also included three more recurrent (or not) photo themes per month but lately, due to the busy life I have only been posting this challenge once a month. Still, I am sure that this is not going to stay this way and that I will be able to go back to posting more themes more regularly some time soon. In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy the little that I have to offer.

 

*Images taken at the following locations: 

  1. Venice
  2. Dugi Otok, Croatia
  3. Somewhere in Brittany
  4. In Istria
  5. Portovenere, Italy

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

Welcome to another Pick-a-Word Thursday’s Special. I hope that you will find this month’s choices sufficiently challenging and varied. As always you can pick either of the 5, some or all of them. Here are the words to choose from:  

palatial

spurting

cerulean

radiating

comic

palatial

 

spurting

 

cerulean

 

radiating

 

comic

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD IN SEPTEMBER – Y3 (cavernous, extractable, inhabitable, diurnal, conspicuous)

Welcome to another Pick-a-Word Thursday’s Special. This will be the only TS this month, and due to my busy schedule, I will look at your entries in a few weeks. So, think about the offered choices and take your time responding.

Here is what I chose this month: 

cavernous

extractable

inhabitable

diurnal

conspicuous

cavernous
Extractable
Inhabitable
diurnal
conspicuous

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: TRACES OF THE PAST Y4-07

After a month’s break I decided to challenge you again with things from the past.

What Traces of the Past have you found near you or on some of your travels? Are they remains of the things once built and now in despair, the remains of natural occurrences or from your personal past? Whether they provoke admiration or make you nostalgic or even horrified, here’s an opportunity to showcase them for this photo challenge.

In the valley of the river Mincio in Lombardy there is a scenic little village by the name of Borghetto sul Mincio. If it weren’t for flocks of tourists coming to the place, I would call it one of the most idyllic and authentic villages in Northern Italy.

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