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Friendly Friday Challenge – Shadows

Sandy’s prompt for Friendly Friday reminded me of a visit to the Skansen Museum in Stockholm,where I felt the presence of old world shadows.

In the midst of a Swedish winter, the shadowy silhouette of the bell tower in Stockholm’s Skansen Museum was an imposing and slightly daunting sight set against the crepuscular morning light.

Swedish farm houses were dark and the winters bitterly cold. Many families lived in the same house for generations and the darkest corners of the room echoed with imagined shadows of the past.

Skansen’s Farm labourers cottage

Taking refuge inside, farmers and their labourers would enjoy consuming a hearty meal, particularly at Christmas.

For those who have Swedish heritage, visiting Skansen is a way to bring history alive and feel more of a connection with the past.

Linking to Friendly Friday- Shadows

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Sandy is hosting the blogging challenge which runs until Thursday, this week.

A new prompt will be released here at StPA, next Friday.

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Friendly Friday Challenge – Nostalgia

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A day in Norway

“Photographers are writers- Writers are photographers: we catch a glimpse of something beautiful – a flower, a glance, a window – and catch it into our camera or writing lens: add a bit of glimmer, a ghost of a shadow, allowing the background to sink into fuzziness while focusing on the sharp beauty; thus, we highlight the romance of life.”

Pamela Wight from https://roughwighting.net/

What beautiful words from Pam – inspirational words that inspire us to become better photographers, whether we are amateur or professional. We strive to become photographers that capture the emotion in a scene, or evoke a feeling from the viewer.

It is my photographs that tell me that four years ago I was leaving Poland on a flight to Denmark. I was overjoyed to be in Denmark, but so sad to leave Poland behind.

Five years ago, I took photos of our newest family member.

While six years ago, I was driving overland across the mountains and fjords of Norway.

Ten years ago, the following photo reminds me of the serenity I felt the day I was punting on the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was just two weeks before the first of two devastating earthquakes to hit that city.

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The Avon River, Christchurch

More than 40 years ago, I was about to fall in love. Not with a boy, but with the snow. I was leaving for my first skiing holiday with friends.

Girl in coat and beret

Without photographs, these memories and feelings might be lost in the passage of time.

Memories are made of moments.

Life is a collection of such moments fused into an ever-changing continuum.

The transient nature of life’s experiences are one reason why we take photographs. Like time travelling, photographs are a way to give life to the past, so we can imagine again that moment in time, in all its visual richness.

Looking at photos might evoke a feeling of NOSTALGIA.

Feeling Nostalgic

Join the Weekly Friendly Friday Challenge Theme

To join in with this week’s challenge theme, simply create a post, including a pingback, using the theme Nostalgia, and tag it:

Friendly Friday – Nostalgia

Be sure to leave a comment below,as well as the pingback, so others can read your post.

Write a Little More for Friendly Friday

As this is the first Friendly Friday post for the month, we would love you to write a little bit more about your chosen photo/s. It’s far more interesting to hear the narrative in addition to the photos that you post. [This does not have to be a lengthy]. Here are some ideas if you are stuck on what to write:

  • What is its significance or history of the photo/s?
  • Where and when were they taken?
  • Why was it taken?
  • Post a recipe/ re-tell an old story that relates to the topic

Monthly Guest Blogger – A Mindful Traveller

Each month, Sandy and I publish a Friendly Friday post from a guest blogger. This month the wonderful Lorelle from Melbourne, Australia, who blogs at A Mindful Traveller will be our guest blogger and will take about an old family recipe that evokes Nostalgia for her. The post will be published here at StPA tomorrow.

If you are interested in submitting a guest post for Friendly Friday, please contact me or Sandy, via the Contact pages or our WordPress Profiles.

Weekly Photo Challenge Next Week

Next week, Sandy will have a new topic for Friendly Friday. Follow our blogs to receive new themes each week.

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Friendly Friday Weekly Challenge – The Colour Pink

Young girls are pretty much divided into two camps – generally speaking. You are either a PINK or a PURPLE girl.

As each person’s eye sees colour, and variations of hue, a little differently and individually to the next, what is one person’s dreamy hue might be something another person intensely dislikes.

Tassie Tulips

Pink or Purple?

When we are young and asked what about our favourite colour, most girls will answer pink or purple. Very rarely, yellow or any other colour. This usually translates to little girls wearing predominantly either pink-coloured or purple-coloured clothes and decorations.

And never the Twain shall meet.

Just as most young boys will preference red as their favourite colour. At least in Australia, this is the pattern that we regularly see and hear, with young children.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that a Pink girl won’t wear, or use, other colours at all. It only means that when you ask a young girl what her favourite colour is, she will generally answer “Pink,” or she will answer, “Purple.”

It’s a thing.

Definitely a pink theme here but with a touch of purple

The Princess top in the above photo was purchased in Legoland in Denmark and was highly sought after in the Pre-school crowd at my daughter’s Kindergarten, especially so as it was unobtainable, in Australia. Fights even broke out, between the girls, over who got to wear it and there was lots of pouting from the ones that missed out. I had to ban the top from being worn to Kindergarten. My guess is the pink girls were the ones fighting.

One day a play date with a four-year-old friend of my daughter ended in tears. The little girl refused to leave our house unless she was allowed to take the Princess top home with her! My daughter naturally refused such an offer.

As for me: I used to be a purple girl, never a pink girl, but life changes you.

I had a wishy-washy lilac painted room as a child, as pastels were really the fashion. Yet, I have way too much Scandi genetic material to be completely sold on pastels, so a more cleaner, intensive colour is my choice these days. Yet looking through my WordPress archives, I note that most of my photos are indeed shades of purple, usually in the form of flowers.

I did find this gaudy ‘Pet Expo’ photo hidden in my archives:

This one didn’t have much choice in the matter!

We also see lots of pink in nature.

Or is it purple?

Pink or purple?

Join the Weekly Friendly Friday Challenge Theme

To join in, simply create a post, including a pingback, using the theme The Colour Pink, and tag it:

“Friendly Friday – The Colour Pink.”

Be sure to leave a comment below, so everyone can find your published post.

As this is the first post of the month, we ask you to post a little bit more about your chosen photo. This is not compulsory, but it is much more interesting to hear the narrative behind the photo. This does not have to be a lengthy piece.

Here are some ideas if you are stuck on what to write:

  • What is its significance or history of the photo/s?
  • Where and when were they taken?
  • Why was it taken?
  • Post a recipe/ tell a story that relates to the topic

Monthly Guest Blogger – Vero

We will soon be publishing a Guest post celebrating this theme, from the wonderful blogger Vero, in two parts. The first part will be published here at StPA tomorrow and the second part at Vero’s blog, so do check that out.

If you are interested in submitting a guest post for Friendly Friday, please contact me or Sandy, via the Contact pages, or via our WordPress Profiles.

Weekly Photo Challenge

Next week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge will be found at Sandy’s blog. See you there.

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Friendly Friday- Funny Furry Friends

As much as we have all seen photos of pet photos on the web, quirky or funny cat/dog videos never fail to get a laugh from their audience.

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Clever Schnauzer

I know Schnauzers are clever, food-obsessed creatures, but did you know that, too? I am sure Peggy from Where to Next? and Alejandro from Chief Writing Wolf do.

Tiffany was my beloved Standard Schnauzer. A rescue dog who was truly the most wonderful companion. I mean just look at those eyes!

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Tiffany

I have loads of Schnauzer photos. I rarely show anyone. 😉

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Our mini Schnauzer hard core hacking the laptop.

This is my contribution to Sandy’s Friendly Friday Challenge – Funny Furry Friends.

Are you joining in, too? Instructions here

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I will be back with another Friendly Friday Challenge next week.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

https://photos.app.goo.gl/SYVRGBK5aMWTgcFh7
Who wants some Snapper?

What is Friendly Friday?

The Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is about community and interacting with other bloggers. It’s a weekly blogging challenge where participants have an opportunity to share photographs from their world in a post based on, or around, the weekly theme. Everyone is welcome to join in.

Friendly Friday is hosted by bloggers Amanda, from ‘StPA’ (Something to Ponder About) and Sandy at The Sandy Chronicles.

Weekly Theme

As I now live in a home by the sea and was posting about a recent Michelin star seafood meal, the theme for this week’s Friendly Friday is: –

Sea Creatures

Sea creatures‘ covers anything from coral or seafood, to fishing, street photography, artwork, or shells. Your imagination is your only limit.

Nothing beats a meal of sea urchin and walnut tofu! Yes, I did eat it all!



What kind of sea creatures can you find for Friendly Friday?

Finding decorative sea creatures is a bonus.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

  • The challenge runs for one week, from Friday to the following Thursday, when the new weekly theme will be posted.
  • The Challenge is hosted on alternate weeks by StPA and The Sandy Chronicles
  • Leave a comment here to indicate you have joined the challenge.
  • Include a pingback/tag your post so we don’t miss your post.

Need more information on Joining Friendly Friday?

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday

A reminder that this week, you will find the prompt for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge over at Sandy’s blog – The Sandy Chronicles.

Pop over there to see this week’s prompt.

It is a lot of fun.

New to Friendly Friday?

Prompts are posted for one week alternating at Sandy’s blog and mine, so I’ll be posting the next prompt here at StPA next Friday 14th – that is a special kind of day with the new prompt.

You can also refer to the instructions Sandy has provided otherwise click here.

See you then,

Amanda

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge Returns

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A reminder that the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge begins this Friday 31st January.

Friendly Friday

This photographic challenge is about community and interacting with other bloggers, sharing everyday photographs of things from our world. You don’t need to be a ‘pro’ to join in, either. Mobile, Point and Shoot or SLR photography formats are all perfectly acceptable. Your blog doesn’t even have to be about photography in order to participate.

Each Challenge runs for one week, from Fridays to the following Thursdays, when the new prompt is released.

Are you ready?

How Friendly Friday Works

The Host bloggers, Amanda and Sandy come up with a suggested theme each Friday, and post a photo that they think fits. After that, you formulate a blog post, showcasing photographs based on your own interpretation of the theme, and publish them in a new Blog post.

Write as little or as much, as you wish, to accompany your photos.

To make it easy for the host bloggers and others to find you, title your post “Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)

Include in the post, a ping back to the host blogger, ie. either Something to Ponder About, or The Sandy Chronicles and we’d love it if you could tag your post , ‘Friendly Friday.’

Instructions

That is it! Oh, plus enjoy what you are doing!

Many Thanks from Amanda

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – 2020

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Are you ready to join in again?

Photographic prompts for the Friendly Friday Challenge, at Something to Ponder About, will begin again from January 31st, 2020. We have some exciting photography prompts planned.

On Friendly Friday 7th February, our new Friendly Friday challenge host, Sandy from The Sandy Chronicles will post her first weekly prompt. We will then alternate between my blog, StPA and Sandy’s blog, from week to week, on a Friday.

I do hope you will continue to enjoy and post along with us on Friendly Fridays.

Huge thanks goes to Manja and Snow for their past contributions. I hope we will still see them host again and participate from time to time.

Get ready to join in with Friendly Friday!

How to do that?

Read how below.

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How to join in the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

  • Publish a new ‘Friendly Friday – xx Prompt name xx,’ post which includes a URL link to this post, and don’t forget to tag your post, ‘Friendly Friday.’
  • Add either of the Photo Challenge logo, to your post, if you wish.
  • Copy the post’s published url into the comments on the host FF post, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Visit other Friendly Friday entries by following the links. It’s fun to see the varying interpretations!
  • Follow the host blogs to see future prompts.

While there is no deadlines for the Friendly Friday challenge, it seems that almost everyone does post prior to the Thursday, after the post is published, so from this year we will have a deadline of one week for each prompt.

Come back and visit StPA on January 31st for the first 2020 prompt.

Are you ready?

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FOTD -Tulips

I don’t usually join in in the FOTD challenges but of course how could anyone resist tulips?

FOTD

They are my absolute favourite flower and this photo brings back memories and of a trip to Tasmania and the luscious beauty of tulip flower.

Inspired by Cee https://ceenphotography.com/2019/12/14/fotd-december-15-2019-tulips/

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Moving

For those who have been following this, or my blog, A Home by the Sea, the weekly theme will come as no surprise as I have been working towards this all throughout 2019.

Theme for Friendly Friday This Week

MOVING

The theme ‘Moving’ might mean new beginnings – the end of one chapter in your life and the start of another.

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The end of one journey and the start of another.

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Moving might mean moving on, or moving away.

Tearful Goodbyes or Happy Welcome Homes.

Moving might mean a mode of transport – trains, buses, boats or cars.

Moving means change, something we face in everyday life.

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Change brings new opportunities and may be exciting for some.

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Your interpretation of the theme might be some kind of speed blur or special effects with camera shutter speeds.

Where am I

What is your interpretation of the theme of Moving?

Show me in photos – I would love to see what you make of it!

Scroll down to find more detailed instructions on joining in with this photography challenge.

Join the Team at Friendly Friday

My co-host Snow and I are also looking for another blogger to help host Friendy Friday for 2020. As a host you would need to:

  • Choose the Friendly Friday theme
  • Publish two posts a month, or less on negotiation
  • Visit the participant’s blogs and respond to the Friendly Friday comments on your blog post
  • Liaise with other co-hosts

Sounds Easy?

It is – and you get to meet and chat with other bloggers from all around the world.

If this sounds like you, please let Amanda or Snow know via our contact pages.

November Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

I am very grateful for Manja from Manja Mexi Mexcessive for stepping up to Host the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge for me, during my very busy month of November. Thanks so much, Manja!

Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere will continue to co-host along with Manja in November.

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How to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Post a comment below and include a ‘Friendly Friday- Moving’ ping-back in your post, so others can find your entry.

  • Publish a new ‘Friendly Friday ‘Moving,’ post including a URL link to this post, tagging the post, ‘Friendly Friday’ Add the Photo Challenge logo, too, if you wish.
  • Copy the published url into the comments below, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Visit other Friendly Friday entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the host blogs to see future prompts.

Please note there is no deadlines for any Friendly Friday challenge.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Photo Edits

Have you ever been a bit unhappy with how a photo turned out? Something a bit askew or colours washed out, or the subject didn’t have the same punch that it seemed to have i.r.l?

All of us have experienced that from time to time. The revolution in digital photography means that we can always take another shot.

Sometimes though, we want to play around a little and improve on the angle, colours, texture, of photos or add an filter or effect to it. Some of us prefer no filter, and that is fine, whilst others like ot have a little fun with their photos. Monochrome gives a nostalgic effect.

Friendly Friday – Photo Edits

This week on Friendly Friday your topic is ‘photo edits’. You can also choose to post the same photo two different ways if you don’t know of/have access to editing software, such as a before and after scenario.

It could be a before /after photo taken of the same subject at two different times, of the day or year/s, or at two different angles.

You might decide to simply crop a photo or add a fancy frame or effect. If you can, please include the original photo, so we can compare.

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Here is another photo adding a graduated tint

Join in the fun, this week, on Friendly Friday. You are limited only by your imagination.

How to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Post a comment below and include a ‘Friendly Friday- Photo Edits’ ping-back in your post, so others can find your entry.

The ‘Friendly Friday Photo Challenge’ is launched every second Friday here at:

Something to Ponder About, and every other Friday at: The Snow Melts Somewhere.

Scroll down to more detailed instructions on joining in with Friendly Friday .

Friendly Friday
  • Publish a new ‘Friendly Friday ‘Photo Edits,’ post including a URL link to this post, tagging the post, ‘Friendly Friday.’ Add the Photo Challenge logo, if you wish.
  • Copy the published url into the comments below, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Visit other Friendly Friday entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the host blogs to see future prompts.

Please note there is no deadlines for any Friendly Friday challenge.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Leaves

Leaves

Photographers, both amateur or professional, alike, are fascinated with them.

Botanists like examining them.

Gardeners like growing them

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And travellers relaxing under them.

The theme for this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is: –

Leaves

Join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Post a comment below and include a ‘Friendly Friday’ ping-back in your post, so all can find your entry.

The ‘Friendly Friday Photo Challenge’ is launched every Friday by Amanda from

Something to Ponder About, and Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere.

Scroll down to find further instructions on how to join in with Friendly Friday .

Friendly Friday
  • Publish a ‘Friendly Friday ‘Leaves,’ post and include a URL link to this post, tagging your post, ‘Friendly Friday’.
  • Include the Photo Challenge logo, if you wish.
  • Copy the URL for your published Friendly Friday post, in the comments below, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Enjoy seeing other Friendly Friday participant’s entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the blogs to see future prompts.

Please note we do not have deadlines for any Friendly Friday challenge.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Remote

Friendly Friday Photography Challenge

Have you ever visited a remote place, off the beaten track? Places in regions or locations so remote you are unlikely ever to meet another tourist? Perhaps you live in such an area?

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Hardangervidda – Norway

This is the theme for this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge.

‘Remote’

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Not a soul here – The Carlo sand blow
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All on their Own in remote Queensland
Thirty mile beach
A remote 30 MIle beach on Stradbroke Island
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The Remote and Eternal Snows of Norway’s Jotunheim Mountains

Perhaps the prompt, “Remote” means something entirely different for you.

This week’s prompt was inspired by Chris from the blog lifeofrileyow.com who is currently travelling to the very remote regions of North western and Central North Australia.

Let’s share some remote photos from around the world on Friendly Friday!

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Remote and rural Norway-Sweden Border

Post a comment below and include our ping-back in your post, so I can find your entry.

This photography challenge is posted every Friday by

Amanda from Something to Ponder About, and

Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere.

Scroll down to find further instructions on how to join in with Friendly Friday .

Friendly Friday

Join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

  • Publish a ‘Friendly Friday ‘Remote,’ post and include a URL link to this post, tagging your post, ‘Friendly Friday’.
  • Include the Photo Challenge logo, if you wish.
  • Copy the URL for your published Friendly Friday post, in the comments below, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Enjoy seeing other Friendly Friday participant’s entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the blogs to see future prompts.

Please note we do not have deadlines for any Friendly Friday challenge.