Monday, March 31, 2014

Spotlighting 'Old Buildings'

What a pleasure for me, reading all the posts and enjoying the photos.  In all the years with the Friday Shoot-Out, I have traveled and posted from many different cities, and over the years many of the comments have come in as.... 'gosh, I know I will never see this, so thank you for sharing.'   I think that I never appreciated this type of comment enough. Now that I am more landlocked, and not likely to travel to unknown cities - I can say, "gosh I enjoyed visiting all these cities' old buildings."  I want to travel to Singapore and to Mostar, and jeez, to Toronto and to the deserts of Nevada and Arizona, New Zealand ..... This was a great shoot-out topic - thank you Barb for the theme idea.  Keep the theme ideas coming. 

This week we had twenty linkz.  I am sorry but I deleted one of them.  It had great photos, but not anything related to the topic / themes / meme - we really are about stories and photos of our towns.

There were several blogs that I was not able to pull photos that I liked. Google + seems to take its protection of your photos seriously and makes it impossible to share as a spotlight photo.  I'm sorry for this.
The Spotlights this week,
Jackie from the Junk Boat Travels - new member of the FSO gang gave us this photo of the Old Toronto city hall bell tower.  There were several other really nice photos of the tower but this one appealed to me - all the personality of this old building with a backdrop of sleek - personality free newer buildings.... it really shows us why we love our old buildings so much.


And,  Dian's (Tinpanalley) photos of the Baptismal at the Salt Lake City Temple made me catch my breath. Her story of the farmers building the temple in their limited spare time, the idea of replacing its sandstone foundation for the more permanent granite underlying the idea that they were 'here to stay'. 

And finally, Jama's Singapore's Art Museum's graceful lines.  A story of a building restored and re-used, saving its history and grand areas


Thanks to everyone who shared your historic building with us, in what I thought was one of the best shoot-outs we have had.   See you all next week.  Bring your friends, 

April 4: Out and About - Take us on a walk through your town. What are the sights you see when you are out doing your daily or weekly chores, or when you are out for some leisure? (Barb)
Next week Spotlights by Peggy



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, March 27, 2014

Oldest Building in my Town [Friday My Town Shoot Out]

Show us the oldest building in your town. Inside and/or outside, give us the history if you know it. We all have buildings in our towns and cities that are just unique because of their history. That doesn't necessarily have to mean that the building is run down. Sometimes, old buildings are well kept and renovated. Show us examples form your town.

Gymnasium Mostar, founded in 1893, recently renovated


The school was founded in 1893, a few years before the building itself was constructed. Designed by the Czech architect František Blažek, the first half of the gymnasium was completed in 1898 and the second in 1902, during the Austro-Hungarian occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.






Our weekly spotlighter is Ginger
Our next weekly theme is Out and About



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, March 24, 2014

Spotlights: Spring Scavenger Hunt

This past Friday's theme celebrated the arrival of spring. And while real spring hasn't yet arrived to all parts of the northern hemisphere, we did manage to get a glimpse into the calender spring for a lot of towns all over the world. So let's move on to the images I have selected for Spotlights this week.


I love this shot of the yellow sunflowers, looking up into the sky, welcoming the sun and celebrating the return of warmer days (even though the post suggests that winter is not over yet, which is clearly visible by the ice beneath the new shoes).



I love this creative spin on the "yellow flower" part of our scavenger hunt. These little cupcakes look very delectable and sweet, and the little yellow flower is just perfect.



This next image, of course, had to be spotlighted, because it is the only one that included all three items in one post. From the cute little yellow flowers, to the new green leaves to new shoes, which I hope didn't stamp the flowers :)



I had to spotlight these beautiful golden hills, filled with new green leaves and yellow acacia blooms. This is the view Barb enjoys while house sitting. The post includes some lovely close-ups of the acacia, as well as the flora of this region.


Thank you all for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed all the posts for this past Friday's theme, but also the images I chose to spotlight. Next week we are back to the single-themed format. Our next weekly theme is Oldest Building. Show us old buildings in your city, town or village, and share with us their stories. Spotlights will be done by Ginger.



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, March 20, 2014

Spring Scavenger Hunt is On! Come join us!

Spring is (at least when it comes to the calender) approaching us. And because of that, this weeks theme is a bit different. That's why this time it's all about finding different items, listed down below.

March 20 is the spring equinox. The first day of spring (fall in the south) deserves a special celebration- a Scavenger Hunt! Post 3 photos, one of each item found and a fourth photo only if you find all in one photo. The photos including all three items will be Spotlighted.

But don't be alarmed if spring hasn't made a full arrival in your neck of the woods. Show us what the calender spring looks like in your town!

The Spring Scavenger Hunt includes the following: 
1. A yellow flower
2. The first leaf
3. A new shoe

If you don't find all three items, post what you did find!


Our weekly spotlighter is Mersad
Our next weekly theme is Oldest Building






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, March 17, 2014

Water Spotlights

Whew! Water is such a wonderful subject for photographers and there are some wonderful photographers in this group, it's no surprise that I had quite a task this week. Procrastination when you are pressed for time is not to be recommended. Then, on the plane yesterday while I was travelling south to Taranaki, I decided I would choose just one photo.  It would have to tell me  a story about water in the contributor's town.


I chose Ranu's image for several reasons.  It appealed to me visually, the children (are they really all boys?) in and out of the water, the obvious joy.   Here water seems to be much more than something beautiful to photograph.  The scene is unique, I don't image you would see the same scene in many of our towns.  And I really like that it works in black and white, I wouldn't have imagined that it would.

I apologise for not lingering on posts to leave comments, I will try to visit everyone during the week.

Our next weekly theme is Spring is Here. For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere I guess we will interpret that as a Scavenger Hunt to celebrate that Autumn is Here.  Post 3 photos, one of each item found and a fourth photo only if you find all in one photo. The photos including all three items will be Spotlighted. The Spring Scavenger Hunt:  A yellow flower,  the first leaf,  a new shoe. (Ginger)

Mersad will be Spotlighter



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, March 13, 2014

Water


Water - From rivers and lakes, to seas and oceans, show us water in and around your town (topic by Mersad)


Were all water from Houston flows; Galveston Bay, Texas   by GingerV

Our weekly spotlighter is Pauline

Our next weekly theme is a special event:
Mar 21: Spring is here! - March 20 is the spring equinox. The first day of spring (fall in the south) deserves a special celebration. A Scavenger Hunt! Post 3 photos, one of each item found and a fourth photo only if you find all in one photo. The photos including all three items will be Spotlighted.
The Spring Scavenger Hunt:  A yellow flower,  the first leaf,  a new shoe. (Ginger)






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, March 10, 2014

Spotlights: Start of the Day

Spotlight shots for
Start of the Day.


Simone's sunrise.
The colors are outstanding.
A gift of nature we all receive.


Congratulations to Kerry and her new camera.
I choose her daffodils, we need to see them so badly.


Ann's concrete workers

There are all kinds of things going on to start a day.
I choose this shot because it represents the hard work done by folks we sometime take for granted.
Love the shadow of  (I am assuming) Ann in this shot.


 Jerilyn's Angel cards


 So many different things folks do to start their day.
This was very much like a morning medication for the day.



Sarah's cat

This is a great interpretation of the start of the day.


Ginger's bridge

 I can never pass up a reflection.
Mysterious

What a wonderful group we had this week.
Such fun to read how different parts of the world start their day.

Keep your photos coming folks what a great group to hang with.

Peggy









Our weekly spotlighter is Pauline
Our next weekly theme is 
Water - From rivers and lakes to seas and oceans. Show us water in and around your town (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.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Start of the Day

What does the new day bring in your town or city? How does it start? Share with us the morning light or your drive to work, or other chores you have in the morning. Maybe it's even a trip you start early in the day. Or it can be another type of start, that doesn't necessarily begin in the morning. Show us your city at the start of the day.


Our weekly spotlighter is Peggy
Our next weekly theme is Water




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, March 3, 2014

Spotlighting Stained Glass

Business first: we are still (always) in need of more topics.  Please think about what you would like to show off in your town and make a suggestion.  You can even choose a week / specific date when you would like the topic to run.  Just check out the dates already filled and tell us what other week you would like your topic to be our weekly theme.  A long time ago someone wanted the letter M because their new granddaughter’s name started with a M.  So birthdays / anniversaries / St. days can all be celebrated in this way. 

Even if I must say so myself, this is a great topic for our MyTownFridayShootout.  I enjoyed everyone’s contribution and the windows and art ran the full gambit of possible stained glass in our towns.  As I always do, I pulled one photo from each post for consideration as a group and then tried to come up with a cohesive reason for each spotlight.  Cohesive may not have won…. but I try.  Hope everyone visits all the contributions and leave a note showing your appreciation. 

The first is because Jackie is a NEWBIE and we like to welcome our new comers – This domed window is a sample one of our spectacular stained glass shown this week.

casa loma (35) Jackie's ... newbie

003  Kim Hkiss

This next art piece with its gentle colors and delicate form was shown by Kim Hkiss.  I wish that the total wing span was on display – do they come to a point or curl at the ends.  Maybe Kim can tell us.  I know that I would display this in my home with great pride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-DSC_0027 barb - humor

And Finally, another piece of modern glass art, brought to us by Barb from a neighbor (two actually, one that paints a picture and the partner that turns it into stained glass.)  A piece of stained glass art that could bring you a chuckle daily. 

Next week:   Mar 7: Start of the Day - What does the new day brings in your town or city? How does it start? From personal stories to the sights you see every morning, show us the morning in your town. (Mersad)

with Peggy Spotlighting.

 

See you all next week – bring a friend.  GingerV