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 – 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 – APRIL 2021

To write or not to write; to post or not to post; that is no longer the question.

Here is the newest Pick a Word with five words for you to interpret in photos. As usual, you can post a photo for one word or more or all five. I am glad to be here and will be happy to see you entries.

Here it goes:

FURRY
PICTURESQUE
RAPID 
SUBTERRANEAN
APOCALYPTIC

I already know that you will like “picturesque” and probably hate or resent my apocalyptic ;).

furry
picturesque
rapid
subterranean
apocalyptic

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD -FEBRUARY 2021

Hello and welcome to the 2nd edition of the Pick a Word in 2021. I hope that you are all well and still interested in participating. I am a bit slow checking the entries and writing new posts, but I will not give up.

Here is what I have been thinking of for February:

MATERNAL

GUARDING

COHABITATION

GROUNDLESS

VARIEGATED

maternal
guarding
cohabitation
groundless
variegated

For those that are new to this photo challenge: you can pick one or more of the provided five words and illustrate them in your photos, or you can also do all five.

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Image info:

#1 “Maternidade” at Jardim Amália Rodrigues, Lisboa (work of Fernando Botero)

#2 Guards in front of the Palacio de Belem, Lisboa

#3 “Cohabitation” shot at Riserva Naturale Regionale della Foce dell’Isonzo Isola della Cona, Italia

#4 “Groundless” takes us to the Kielder Forest, UK

#5 “variegated” is one of my now dead orchids

The score is by Turkish film music composer Cem Tuncer. The track titled “Challenge” (Meydan Okuma)

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 AUGUST – YEAR 4

Hello and welcome to the August edition of the Pick a Word photo challenge. I hope that again you will find the offered words inspirational and intriguing and that you will respond as creatively as you did in July.

Here is what I have come up with:

 

ursine 

earthward

coeval

connubial

adorned

 

ursine

 

earthward

 

coeval

 

connubial

 

adorned

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image info:

1 – This is my Stonehenge Teddy camping in Austrian Alps 

2 – A view downward from Cabo Girao, Madeira

3 – A pair of horses

4 – Ornament on a building in Vannes

5 – A nice hairdo

 

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You may have noticed that I don’t provide definitions of the selected words. I omit to do that on purpose so that you can make your own research and find other synonyms. I enjoy that process a lot, and naturally I think that you might too.

Once again you are free to chose either of the provided words, or more or all of them.

Have fun!

 

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

SCORE INFO: Sara perche ti amo, Ricchi e Poveri

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

Hello again! 

I am sorry I had to skip this event in February, but here is the March edition of  Pick a Word photo challenge which I hope you’ll enjoy. As usual, you have a choice of 5 words and you can do just one, or more, or all of them. I know they are a bit demanding this time.  

inversion

circuitous

corniculate

sabulous

interstice

inversion

 

circuitous

 

corniculate

 

sabulous

 

interstice

 

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

Welcome to the first Pick a Word photo challenge in 2019. This is the only challenge/post from me this month and the choice of words includes the following:  

crepuscular

coded

lofty

scintillating

detox

crepuscular

coded

lofty

scintillating

detox

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Please take your time posting. A new challenge will not appear before the mid-February. Have fun!

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

Welcome to the special edition of Pick-a-Word Thursday’s Special photo challenge. The thing that is special about this one is that you get to choose between five different colours and not just words. Here is what I had in mind for this December: 

aquamarine 

cyan

maroon 

pale pink

golden

 

aquamarine

 

cyan

 

maroon

 

pale pink

 

Golden

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Take your time posting. I am not sure if I will be able to prepare another challenge/post before the end of the year and what it will be, but I am not giving up on blogging in 2019. Have a happy and merry holiday season and thank you for being so patient and pending of my posts throughout the year. ❤ 

 

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