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 – JUNE 2021

This month I am later than usual with my Pick a Word. I picked some rather common words, but hopefully they lend themselves to many interpretations. I look forward to your contributions.

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

CONTINUITY

INWARD

PEDESTRIAN

REFLECTING

STRONGHOLD

continuity
inward
pedestrian

reflecting

stronghold

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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 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 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!