Sandgate foreshore

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Illumination

“Rather light a candle rather than complain about the darkness”

pensive night river

This photo challenge is alternately hosted each Friday by the bloggers:
Something to Ponder About  and The Snow Melts Somewhere

The prompt for this Friday is:


Everyone is welcome to join in with the Friendly Friday Photography challenge.

For me, illumination means sunsets, sunrises, candlelight, or nights with the moon.

The city can be illuminating, especially when there is Fireworks

You can also see some photos of Tokyo illuminating at night here

Instructions for Joining In:

  • Write a post including a URL link back to this Friendly Friday post.
  • Tag your post ‘Friendly Friday’
  • Once published, paste the link to your Friendly Friday ‘Illumination’ post, in the comments here, so we can find you and visit your blog.
  • Include the Friendly Friday logo, found below, in your post if you wish.
  • Please note there are no deadlines for participating. New prompts are posted each week alternately at the host blogs.
  • Be a part of the Friendly Friday Community and visit the links in the comments section. It can be quite interesting to see another interpretation of the prompt.

Find more Instructions on joining in with Friendly Friday here

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Pingbacks – Do you help creating a link back or pingback to your post – click here

See you at Snow’s blog next week for the new prompt.


130 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Illumination”

    1. Fantastic collection, Lorelle. There are loads of fantastic things to see at night in Singapore, it seems. Thanks for sharing some of your snaps and joining in with Friendly Friday Photo Challenge.

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    1. Absolutely love the photo of the sun peeping through the clouds. I admire your photographic skills in shooting into the light! Well done and thanks ever so much for joining in with the challenge. It is great to see you here!


        1. Being the change you want… hmm, that is a good one, because it is so broad it makes you think and question priorities. I will post another regular Sunday Sayings post tomorrow, where I publish a proverb, quote or saying. There are some awesome quotes that have so many layers and I do enjoy discussing them with other bloggers. I hope you will join in then too.


    1. Wow, Chris, your Friendly Friday photos are spectacular! And Thank you for your nice comment! So pleased to see you here on Friendly Friday. Yes the pingback has worked! Well done! Now I have released the dinosaur, you can participate with linkbacks (or pingbacks) to all sorts of wordpress challenges!
      I am anxious to find out more about the avenue of lights.


        1. What a lovely idea. Fun to visit and a significant message as well. I hope they adopt this in other towns too. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have it spread from coast to coast in various towns?

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        1. Funny. I don’t remeber the towel thing from the audioseries – as it was back in the day. It was the early eighties when I listened to this story. But I do remember ‘Don’t Panic’ and ’42.’

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      1. I’m very tempted but don’t have much time but I do think it’s so nice that you have teamed up with Snow in Finland on this project. Really interested in your new home too, so will be taking an interest in that. Hope you are having a good weekend, Marion

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    1. Hey Pooja! Kind of you to say that about the photos here. I thought of you when I posted that photo and was hoping you might stop by. It is a pagoda the Nepalese government built here for the World Expo in 1988. Afterwards, they left it here as it was too expensive to dismantle again. The City Council maintain it but it is actually empty inside. Perhaps they rent it out as a function space, I am unsure. Whatever they do, I love to visit it. It reminds me of my time in beautiful Nepal and the intricate woodcarving is always interesting to look at. I wonder if there are other Nepalese pagodas around the world outside of Nepal?

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      1. Wow interesting story behind the temple. I thought it was built by the Nepali community there. there are Hindu temples in places with Hindu immigrant population like the US, UK and Australia, but I think most of them are built by Indians. I am not aware of those unique Nepali pagodas outside of Nepal, so the one at Brisbane is interesting indeed!

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        1. I remember it was said it was unique at the time. Not only did they build it but during the expo they had a pottery kiln operating and made those traditional pots and terracotta/clay trinkets. I bought a few😉

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  1. As always, a marvelous collection, Amanda! I usually don’t point out which ones I like the most as I find it hard to choose and it was the same this time around too… all the photos are beautiful:) However, when it comes to sunrises and sunsets..I have an extra special place for them in my heart…who doesn’t..right?! So, in this collection…those are my favorites along with the moonlit night!! And I loved the choice of the term ‘illumination’, rather than light.
    Here’s my contribution for this week-


  2. Aw – what a kind thing to say, Moon. Sunsets are mesmerizing, as I find are lit candles. I am so happy to hear you liked the prompt. Lovely warm glow in the Miami sunset, and fun to see the Tokyo tower at night, illuminated – of course!


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        1. No. Not the cat nor the rock photo is inappropriate at all. It is just the link you typed within your comment on my friendly friday Illumination post takes to to the cat page, not the rock. I assumed from your comment that it should be linking the photo of the sun on the rock to the Ilumination prompt?? Is that the post you wanted to be linked to Friendly Friday’s Illumination prompt?


            1. Okay. Silly me!! Yes a little confusing for both of us. Now I understand that both photos could and are good examples of illumination. Thanks so much. I will trust you on the links next time!! 😁

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          1. I have three. Two science fiction novels of People of Akiane Trilogy. I am working on the third novel.
            And a fantasy novela (short novel), which is the first of The Destiny Series.

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    1. Hi Susanne and welcome to Friendly Friday. Thanks so much for joining in and your kind comment. I just checked out your fabulous series of lighthouses. I love your take on the prompt. I used to paint pics of lighthouses – some time back.


    1. Pingback is there David. I just had to approve it, and I was probably asleep – as I suspect I am in a different time zone to you. Thanks for joining in on Friendly Friday Photo Challenge. Your photos are amazing, really amazing and showcase your talent as a photographyer. That first sunrise photo was incredible. Where was that taken? Is that a remnant of a shipwreck poking out of the water?


      1. There still seems to be issues with pingbacks at times. Sometimes they’re there and sometimes not. The sunrise was taken 10 minutes from where I live. It Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario, Canada. The wood is the remains of a row of old wood piles sticking out the bay originally there to stop the shoreline eroding.

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        1. Canada – lovely. I don’t think of water scenes being associated with that nation. The pingback issues is a mystery. More for some than for others. Let me know if it persists.


    1. No dramas, Sandra. I will jump over and check out your contribution. We don’t actually have deadlines with Friendly Friday, so please feel free to post anytime you like.


    1. It fits in perfectly. Gorgeous photo. I love all the individual ways we can interpret the theme. All so very interesting and unique. Welcome aboard Friendly Friday Photo Challenges. I will be back to host in two weeks. Snow hosts next week with a new prompt.

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    1. So happy you like the Nepalese pagoda and Mackerel sky, Sabine! And I hope many others will find your post on that magnificent piece of architecture and history. Thanks for posting. ❤💚


          1. We spent 4 or 5 days there and then went on to London, where we met my sister and brother in law for a few days. After that, we spent a week in Haarlem before coming home. It was a good trip and I wouldn’t mind going back to England.

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