THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: WINDOWS

Paula’s Thursday’s Special theme for this week is “windows.”

When we were in Toledo, Spain, we visited the original sword manufactory where swords were hand forged. This factory is now used only for demonstration. The new factory has new technology and machines to process a higher volume of production. The sword master explained that all the swords used in the movie “The Lord of the Rings” were produced there.

I was intrigued by so many designs of swords. The Showcase Windows display interesting swords to attract tourists to step inside the steel souvenir shop. One Showcase Window is accented by famous Spanish architecture of an arch frame.

My husband checked out many swords. He was entertained of obtaining a Japanese Samurai sword!

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Paula at Lost in Translation: Thursday’s Special – Windows

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in August – Y2

“It is time for another PICK A WORD theme. Here are the words to choose from: Setting, Nubilous, Motley, Growth, Nautical     

I hope you’ve enjoyed my selection of words and images.  As usual for this theme, you can do one word, or more or all five. It’s up to you.” – Paula

I decided to pick two words. My favorite subjects of photos: sunset and moving clouds.

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Setting in Huntington Beach, CA
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Setting a little more before calling the day
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Nubilous – cloudy above my house
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Nubilous – clouds piling up, going somewhere

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Paula at Lost in Translation: Thursday’s Special – Pick a Word in August Y2

Thursday’s Special – Slow

Thursday’s special – Slow
“Slow is my choice of today’s photo Challenge……due to my holidays, you have three weeks to publish your responses. The deadline is 9 August.” – Paula Borkovic
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The tranquility of serene water and quiet neighborhood at Laguna Lake
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Slow trotting for the horse’s exercising
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This family is in no hurry, fishing and enjoying the togetherness
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Time is frozen for this slow in motion turtle

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Paula at Lost in Translation: Thursday’s Special – Slow

Thursday’s Special – Trace of the Past

The theme for Thursday’s Special is “Trace of the Past” by Paula.

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Hong Kong – A place where I spent my years from childhood to young adulthood.
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Lynton, Mercy, Will and I attended my nephew’s wedding. They followed the Chinese tradition to serve us tea in kneeling. We gave them Red Envelopes that contained the wedding gift.

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Paula’s Thursday’s Special – Trace of the Past

Thursday’s Special – Pick a Word Y2

“It is the first week in July and it is time for another PICK A WORD theme. Here are the words to choose from: soaring, gaiety, prostrating, ephemeral and colossal.” – Paula at Lost in Translation

I pick the word “ephemeral.” The representation is the beautiful but short life of a flower.

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Hibiscus

Blooms today,

Withers tomorrow.

Gorgeous color,

Lives just one day.

What a pity!

Why not stay?

It has no worry,

Nature was made.

When it’s alive,

It lives fully.

Gives it all,

For Creator’s glory!

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Thursday’s Special – Pick a Word Y2

Thursday’s Special – Over

Paula at Lost in Translation: “The week is almost over and so is the month, and this time the challenge theme is OVER.”

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These photos were taken early this year when we went to visit Mercy and Will. The plane flew over California Mountains and went above the clouds to meet the blue sky. I love to see a bed of fluffy clouds and almost feel like some kids having a pillow fight with the cotton flying all over. Portland rains a lot, so when the plane approached Portland, we saw patchy clouds.

The flight from Ontario, California to Portland, Oregon is always pleasant and smooth. I look forward to many more trips to Portland when Mercy’s new baby is arriving in September this year.

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Thursday’s Special – Over