Thursday, January 30, 2014

Leading Lines

Leading lines - where do they take you?


Natchez - Vidalia Bridge.  
From Natchez Mississippi to Vidalia Louisiana



Spotlights by Ginger V

Feb 7: Entrances - Show us usual and unusual entrances in your towns and cities,
 from home doors, to gates in the city. (Mersad)



Friday My Town Shoot Out is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Spotlights: Open Space

Another Friday has passed, and It's time to shine the spotlight on some of the contributions for this past theme. Open Spaces, as all of the posts have shown, are beautiful and vast, weather we see big landscapes or interesting indoors. Of course I couldn't choose only one, and since we had many contributions I feel it's ok to select 5, in no particular order. So let's go.



I loved to see so many various landscapes in the post. Even though I only selected this one, all the shots are great. Especially the double rainbow.



I love hiking and the faraway places you can discover while doing so. Barb showed us her hike to Mission Creek and visit of remains of old structures, which was very interesting. The post shows us her story and many pictures, from which I have selected the one below.



There is something very soothing in the open spaces depicted in Ginger's post, maybe it's the vibrant colors or bright sunny days shown in the images. Whatever it is, it's a feast for the eyes.



I loved seeing various contributions on this theme in Peggy's post. I have selected this one with the barn, which is very delicate and beautiful. I like the shadow of the tree against the barn.



One of our new contributors, Ileana, showed some really moody black and white open spaces. They are enhanced by some fog, which adds a lot to the images. I selected this one for the spotlight.


That concludes the spotlights for last Friday's theme. A big thank you to all contributors. Thanks for making this blog grow, and linking up every week. 

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This Friday, the theme is Leading Lines. Follow the lines in your town, whether they are straight or curved, Where do they lead? Spotlight by GingerV.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Open Space

Open Space - Indoor / outdoor: large, high, wide, empty or full - Space. 
(topic suggested by Ginger)

Space:  Jeronimos Monastery, Lisboa, Portugal

This week's spotlighter is Mersad
Next week's theme is Leading Lines




Friday My Town Shoot Out is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Spotlights: Rustic Details

The quality of photos on FSO has so impressed me over the years I have been involved as both participant and Spotlighting.

I am doing what I can to help keep our group going, all the administrators are. Please go back and read special posts from GingerV and see what you can do to help keep this blog going.

My picks this week for spotlights.

Several interpretations which makes this blog fun.


 Truly rustic, as in unrefined.
Taken by J9




 Rustic as in old, country.
Love the closeup of texture and design in Barb's shot.


Rustically creative
Ooops with windmill 
by
the Artful Diva.

I wanted to use Cranium Bolts shot of people as rustic but could not save a shot.

Go back to his blog and take a look at the 2nd shot to see what I mean.

Peggy
  (See my town in Spotlight below)


Our next weekly spotlighter is Mersad.
Our the weekly theme is 
Jan 24: Open Space - Indoor / outdoor: large, high, wide, empty or full - Space.


No use re-inventing the wheel so I decided to use this video prepared by the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce.


My post for the FSO shows a rustic early stage stop in our town which was alive and well in 1779.
Remember at one time Bardstown was the last frontier.

Before Daniel Boone and Lewis and Clark started their treks west, Bardstown was a thriving little community.
Jessie James' mother lived in Bardstown in a historic home called
The Old Stonehouse.
This is on Stonehouse Rd. near where we live.
It was the wild west at one time.

The first Catholic Cathedral west of the Alleghaney Mountains was constructed in Bardstown and Bardstown was the center of the Catholic Diocese of Bardstown.
The cathedral, St. Joseph, is now called  a Prot0- Cathedral as the center of the diocese was moved to Louisville and a diocesan cathedral was built there.
However the cathedral in Bardstown was the first and stands as the prototype of  such diocesan headquarters.

What I like about my town is all the unique shops and fun places downtown are locally owned.

Yes we have some "Big Box" stores but they are situated on the outskirts of our town and the priory of our historic town is to give you a fun filled time while vacationing in your home country.

You are all welcome to spotlight your home town
any time and link it with FSO.

Thanks for viewing mine.

Peggy


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Rustic Details

Inside the 13th Century Cathedral, Toledo Spain

Jan 17: Rustic (old or ancient) Details - What is really old in your town? Share with us details that show the history of your place.  Don’t get stuck on the word rustic, which usually relates to country or countryside; but what do you have to show that is historical, one example that comes to mind would be the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas or old barns, factories….. the choices are endless.   

Our weekly spotlighter is Peggy
Jan 24: Open Space - Indoor / outdoor: large, high, wide, empty or full - Space.




Friday My Town Shoot Out is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Spotlight: Winter in My Town

Houston had a weekend of glorious weather.  4 days, including today, in the high 60s to mid 70s, not wintery but for me perfect. We once again had posts from wet to dry, from icy freeze to balmy breezes, a fair representation of winter worldwide.  I missed those that didn’t post for our winter and hope to see them all next week. 

 As I usually do, I pulled a photo from each post then go through those as a group to see if anything pops out, a trend or something of special note.  I loved Peggy’s post this week.  It was really about her town in the winter.  I have ask her if she will write something to spotlight her town on January 21 (the date is negotiable).  I happen to know her town, have traveled through it and have some photos and strong impressions, but for those of you that don’t know, I hope she will accept the challenge and will tell us more about its name, location, history….  (how is that for pressure, lol)  She can say NO, but then I will have to ask someone else…..be prepared or better yet volunteer.

Also, we heard from Pauline from high above the Andes on her way for a vacation in Brasil.  I hope we hear, and see more from her this month.  I hope to hear her impressions in contrast to what all my post from Rio showed over the years.

Please comment about topics you would like to see on the MTFSO over the next few month.  For those of you who did not see the post visit my mid-week post.

And Finally this week’s spotlights: Two extremes of weather

DSC_0281 a spirit of simplicity
A Spirit of Simplicity’s frozen salt water.  It looked like it froze as the wind blew its surface – literally white caps (capped).
1-Willow - Barbs raging river
Barb’s raging river in the warm Southwest.

Next MTFSO – Jan 17: Rustic (old or ancient) Details - What is really old in your town? Share with us details that show the history of your place. Don’t get stuck on the word rustic, which usually relates to country or countryside; One example that comes to mind would be the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas or old barns, factories….. the choices are endless.    
Bringing us the Spotlights will be Peggy

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Winter in My Town:

Share with us what your town looks like in the bare winter season.  


Winter Landscape in Houston Texas



This week's spot-lighter is Ginger

Next week's theme is Rustic Details




Friday My Town Shoot Out is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A little bit of business

If you look over to the right on the side panel, you will see that I have put up topics (themes) (Mimes) for the month of January.  Below that is a list of other suggested topics and BELOW that in red are two suggestions that I made a ways back that can be special events. 

Coming up with topics, interesting topics, month after month is probably the hardest thing about being an administrator for our group.   I found that the last 4 or five weeks’ topics were so similar that I had to scratch my brain to come up with photos and story for them all.  In the end, I didn’t post for all the weeks.  We want everyone to post ALL the time, so topics are important.

When I did this for nearly a year back in 2009 – 2010, we were new and fresh, and I tried to think about what in My Town I would like to show those who might not ever travel to Brasil.  Brasil was much easier than Houston; it was all new to me also, and I had a gazillion photos.  I also tried to mix specific photography (Macro) weeks with My Town specific photos and story (the four corners).  We also started out asking those that suggested a topic to submit the photo and a paragraph that told us what direction you were thinking when making the suggestion.  In other words, I didn’t have to continually have a photo from my archives that matched a topic someone else was thinking about, imagining ….. this is REALLY difficult. 

(#1) I like the idea of having you submit an idea / photo / and paragraph to go on our topics list,.  This allows everyone to participate and to have some ownership in our blog.  Take a look at the topics already suggested – pick one or give us another.  Send the idea photo / a photo / and a couple of sentences about the topic to v.vanstaveren@sbcglobal.com … on the RE line put FSO – topic suggestion.  I will start putting participant's names to the suggestion and assign a date.  You know your submission will then be posted on that date.  Scavenger hunt ideas are welcome, but being more difficult, lets limit them – maybe 3 a year (?). 

(#2) Now! one more thing.  The ‘About my town’ topic that I suggested a few months back; we have been publishing photos, a glimpse here and there of our towns, and I thought it would be nice to have little essays about our towns.  We can do this as a topic for one week with everyone submitting a short story about their town or we can do Special Events once a month or so on the FSO blog, featuring someone’s town.  You tell me what you think.  I see this as 50 to 100 words with maybe 3 photos.  Something like…  I live in a seaside town of 50 who … or on a mountaintop that…. or like Houston, a sprawling metropolis of 4.5 million that…..A few facts, why you love your town (or hate about it), not to complicated, easy to read but tells us a lot about the town.  What do you think?

I would like to hear from everyone, active and at-rest participants.  See you one Friday….anyone want Friday’s topic???

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Year Spotlights

I've chosen The Artful Diva's artwork to kick off our Spotlights for 2014.  I've never thought about having a word of choice for the year but I think 'Begin' is perfect for the role.  


Something else I heard about for the first time recently is a Blessings Jar.  I could never create a beautiful work of art but I can find a pretty jar to use to collect memories of my blessings.  I'm going to put this idea into practise.  Thank you, J9.


Mersad's set of photos depicted his region beautifully. I live near mountains, love the thought of the permanence of them, how the weather can change their appearance but other than that they don't change. Years may come and years may go, they stay the same.  I love the composition of this shot, the opposing texture of the clouds, the light and fluffy and the dark and brooding. 


Our weekly spotlighter is Ginger
Our next weekly theme is Winter in my Town

I'll be borrowing places in Ginger's former home, Brazil as my hometown for the next month.  How I'm going to find a winter shot will be a challenge as I swelter in the heat.  
 


Friday My Town Shoot Out is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The New Year

Interpret as you wish; from celebrations in your towns to personal reflections and resolutions; what does the coming New Year mean to you?
 
All the Promises of a New Year by GingerV


This week's spotlighter is Pauline

The next theme is Winter in Your Town




Friday My Town Shoot Out is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.