THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD – JUNE 2022

Hello fellow bloggers and welcome to the June edition of Pick a Word photo challenge. This is the challenge where you are supposed to pick one or more (or all) of the five given words and interpret them in photos that you took.

I hope that you will like the choices.

The words for this month are:

BOULDERY

PERCHED

SURGING

SWIRLING

VAULTED

bouldery
perched
surging
swirling

vaulted

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While you are here, you may want to check out the new challenge https://bopaula.com/2022/06/08/wow-words-of-wisdom-new-photo-words-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 -JANUARY 2022

Before I start challenging you with my Pick a Word photo challenge, let me wish you all a very happy and healthy year, less challenging in any way except well for blog challenges 😉

It is still fairly new and full of mistery so my first word choice for this month would be

INCOGNIZANT

To interpret it I chose a statue that I had captured in Funchal. It is a tribute to the wives of sailors that went to sea from that part of the city. The blindfolded female statue named “cabra cega” or blindman’s buff (as in the game) is a work of sculptor Sílvio Cró. Many have wondered why the sculptor chose this allegory for his tribute. My opinion is that the artist wanted to evoke the feeling of anxiety and despair that Madeiran women must have felt without knowing the fate of their men. Living with the feeling of uncertainty (not knowing) and faith (blind or not).

incognizant

The second word is

JUVENILE

Yes, I know that the first thing that would come to mind would be delinquency, but I was thinking of a happier image, like this one:

juvenile

Let’s hope that this year will have some merits and end the pandemic and in that regard I am choosing the word

MERITORIOUS

and I present you a statue of Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski in Croatian), medieval bishop of Nin who strongly opposed the pope and official circles of the Church and introduced the Croatian language n the religious services. 

meritorious

And the last two words for your amuzement.

Can’t think of anyone more utilitarian than Ćumil of Bratislava:

UTILITARIAN

utilitarian

and finally

ELAPSING

elapsing

Or what is the best way to seize the time?

I am glad to be able to post again and I look forward to your virtual company hoping that you have found my “sculptural” post challenging enough.

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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.