Tuesday Photo Challenge – Worship by jansenphotojansenphoto

The devastating fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was horrific in the way that it touched the heart and soul of Parisian, the French and many of us around the world. This cathedral is a true world treasure in both its architecture and the meaning that it carries, which transcends faith. I am heartened by President Emmanel Macron’s response with the intent to rebuild Notre Dame, as it is part of the heritage of France and, indeed, the World.

With this news, it was immediately obvious to me that the theme for this week’s challenge is to be Worship. Regardless of religion, faith or belief system, we can all worship; whether it’s a universal being, nature or the love of our life… Please take this challenge into the direction of Worship that speaks most to you and share it creatively!

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. Frank Lloyd Wright.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.Native American Proverb

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. Cree Indian Proverb

Tomorrow is Earth Day. Go do something to stop killing our mother earth.

Trout Lily —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO500), © Khürt L. Williams
Trout lilyFujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Long-spurred Violet —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Spring Beauty —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Spring Beauty —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (35.3 mm, f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
The Rock Brook —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/22, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Fern —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, f/16, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Rock Brook —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/22, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Fallen tree accross the Rock Brook —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/8.0, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Zion Crossing Park —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (27.4 mm, f/22, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Rocks, Stream, Shrub
Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rock by Frank JansenFrank Jansen (Dutch Goes the Photo)

Rock it!

My first thought when I saw the challenge was, "I'll hike the Sourland Mountain Preserve to Devil's Half Acre". Bhavna offered to come with me. The parking in the area near the trailhead on Mountain View Road was filled with cars.

Devil's Half Acre is a large boulder field with talus caves which can be approached through the Sourland Mountain Preserve by taking the northernmost trail 34 of the way up and then heading about 12 mile to the north/northwest.

The warmer weather seduced local area residents and their dogs to enjoy the outdoors. We started up over the rocky terrain. I scrambled, took this shot and noticed that Bhavna was way behind me.

Sourland Mountain Preserve
Rock, Sourland Mountain Preserve —FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams

While on Hike and Hops at St. Michaels Farm Preserve a few weeks ago, we both injured our feet. It seems Bhavna didn't recover as quickly as I did. Her mind was willing, but her body was not able. We walked the shortest part of the trail returning to the car, just thirty minutes after starting. I got this shot and a few others.

Sourland Mountain Preserve
FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (17.6 mm, f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Sourland Mountain Preserve
Rock, Sourland Mountain Preserve —FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams

Place in the World by ERICA V.ERICA V. (The Daily Post)

For this week’s photo challenge, explore what it means to find your place in the world. Where’s your safe space? Where do you go when you need to feel inspired or cheered up? Do you prefer to feel cozy and comforted in a smaller town or do you thrive on the buzz of a big city? If landscapes aren’t your thing, you can even explore portraits by playing with scale or fashion.