It is Spring in the northern hemisphere, whilst we in the South, prepare for Autumn. Australian native plants don’t follow a strict regime of flowering as they do in the North. Some flower all year round. That is Australia – the land of eternal sun.
At least the Xanthostemon flowers below think so – Try saying that after a glass of wine!
Friendly Friday Photo Prompt
As you might have guessed, the prompt for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge, this week, is:
The Friendly Friday Photographic challenge is about community and interacting with other bloggers, sharing everyday photographs of things from our world and is hosted by bloggers Amanda, here at ‘StPA’ (Something to Ponder About) and Sandy at The Sandy Chronicles.
Welcome back to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge
With the new year, we welcome new host Sandy, to the Friendly Friday team. Sandy blogs at The Sandy Chronicles and is already busy planning some fun prompts for us.
Technology is usually reliable however Blogger Pingbacks have been known to fail. Thus, it would be great if you could post a comment below, so we can find your Friendly Friday Photo entry!
Sandy will post the next weekly prompt at her blog – The Sandy Chronicles so be sure to check her blog next Friday.
Here is some of my interpretations, of the prompt, to get your imagination ticking over:
What is Friendly Friday?
The weekly prompt is a guide and somewhat of a challenge, for you. It is meant to inspire, not to limit or constrain. The host bloggers would like everyone to participate as they see fit. Photos can be new or something from your albums, that the prompt has inspired in you.
You don’t need to be a ‘pro’ to join in with Friendly Friday, either. Mobile, Point and Shoot or SLR photography is perfectly acceptable.
Your blog doesn’t even have to be about photography in order to participate. We welcome your entries. Have a little fun!
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.
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.
Think of the cyclic changes in the tides, the comings and goings of life, recurrent patterns of decline and growth. An awakening, an ageing and a rebirth.
When I think of Ebb and flow, I think of the beach; the sandy shores gently eroding away in the warm tropical summers and returning and reconstructing in winter – a seamless transition.
I am reminded of how ebb complements flow – the yin and the yang; logic versus intuition – opposing forces that unite together. Up and down, positive and negative.
For this Friendly Friday – show me what Ebb and Flow means to you.
Spread the word around your blog community, so others can join in too.
Instructions for Joining:
Publish a ‘Friendly Friday – Ebb and Flow,’ post and include a URL link to this post, and a ‘Friendly Friday’ Tag.
Once published, paste the URL for your Friendly Friday ‘Ebb and Flow ’ post, in the comments here, so we can find you and visit your blog.
Include in your post the Friendly Friday logo, found below, 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’s fun and interesting to see another person’s take on the prompt.
Important Notice – As Snow is feeling a little ‘snowed under’ at the moment with everything she has to do, our dear blogger friend Manja, from Manja Mexi Moving has kindly agreed to step in and help Snow out with Friendly Friday challenge on the alternate weeks, for a short while. Snow will tell you more about this next week, but you next week check out Manja’s blog for the photo challenge.
Our lives become so busy, it is only in reflection that we can truly appreciate some of the places we have visited in our lives. Through our photography, memories come alive.
Sometimes things change immensely, whilst others stay very much the same.
This week on Friendly Friday, I am asking you to Re-visit your memories, places and experiences.
The prompt ‘Re-visiting’ might mean something entirely different. It might simply mean a return to a place, but in another time. A ‘before’ and ‘after’ photo, of a project, from start to finish, or a time warp showing changes from one decade to another. Such as revisiting the changes from baby to child or child to adult. It might even be a place you wish to re-visit one day.
Such as a little village in Denmark.
You are limited only by what revisiting means to your imagination.
Like the former WordPress Photo Challenge, we’ll post a prompt each Friday and invite you to create a ‘Friendly Friday‘ post using one or more photos of your choice, relating to the weekly prompt.
Write as little, or as much, as you like in the post. That part is really up to you!
Once you hit publish, come back here and leave your comment and link for your Friendly Friday post, in our comments section. Find further instructions here.
The New Friendly Friday Logo
Snow and I have created individual logos, for Friendly Friday, that you may like to add to your Friendly Fridaypost, but this is entirely optional. This week, my daughter created a new, unique logo using her quirky art. You are free to use this logo, or the former one, in your post if you wish.
Similarly to the former WordPress Photo Challenge, we’ll post a prompt each Friday and invite you to create a Friendly Friday post using one or more photos of your choice, relating to the weekly prompt. Write as little, or as much, as you like in the post. That part is really up to you!
Then leave your comment and link for your Friendly Friday post, in our comments section here. Find further instructions below.
This is my first week hosting the challenge and I’m looking forward to seeing your own interpretation of this theme. Here is my version of the challenge logo.
Friendly Friday Logo
Snow and I have created individual logos that you may like to add to your Friendly Friday post, but this is entirely optional.
In sourcing suitable photos for this prompt, I am reminded of an old adage that states, ” Life is a journey not a destination.” Pathways can be a metaphor for life. Let us walk along some of my ‘Pathways.’
When we are young, it seems we skip along pathways so very quickly, enthusiastic about life and what it has in store for us. We are keen and readying ourselves for loads of new experiences.
In adolescence, life is frequently twisting and turning in on itself; spontaneity rules the day. A few don’t see their destination. Some choose to follow a path wherever it takes them; whilst others are more concerned with experiences, than the actual destination, itself.
It is only later that some discover the paths they took didn’t turn out to be thoroughfares, at all; they were in fact, dead ends, or they might have been forced to make ‘U’ turns, away from the darkness and back on the straight and narrow.
Time passes and as some approach middle age, they might mellow seeming to be much more decisive about the paths, they take, in life.
As in life, every pathway has beauty – if we are open to seeing it.
Instructions for joining the Friendly Friday Challenge
Title the post Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Pathways
Tag the post Friendly Friday and add a ping or link back to my blog, (see below)
Publish your post and copy the published URL hyperlink on that post.
Leave a comment below, pasting the URL hyperlink! That way readers can visit you and see your photo/s.
How to Create a Ping back
To add a ping back to the host blog, simply copy the Blog Title/s, highlighted below, or the URL address for each Blog you want to link to, that is:
Alternatively, once you have highlighted the linked blog names above, you can also click the ‘chain (link)’ icon (next to the Bold and Italic icon), in your editor’s taskbar. Then paste that URL for the linked blogs, into the text box that pops up, and press enter to activate.
I should then get a notification, which means I will know that you made a Friendly Friday post! Others can then click the highlighted blog name, in your comment, to find the weekly Friendly Friday Photo Challenge and join in too!
N.B. Sometimes ping backs don’t work, so it is best to leave the link in a comment with the URL link for YOUR post, on our Friendly Friday blog post!
Let’s have some fun exploring the pathways! Amanda
but very much edible. The biggest cotton candy I’ve ever seen…. Or
if you are Australian: Fairy Floss
Also Out of this World. Abandoned, unforgiving, and definitely haunted, according to my friends who tried to stay the night here where they experienced an out of this world happening, during their overnight stay in this abandoned house.