Posted on March 28, 2020
Thanks to Tina for the distant challenge! Followers can see Tina’s great post HERE.
MB offers 2 pics from a trip home in recent years that both convey distance.
The coastline shot is somewhere in County Kerry in SW Ireland. The sunset shot is from MB’s HX home locality.
From distant Qatar,
Regards to all from MB!
Posted on March 22, 2020
Thanks to Amy for the River challenge.
If you ever get to visit Doha, Qatar, then you must pay a visit to Villagio Mall. The mall has got a river inside! And that’s not all. You can also take a gondola ride through a section of the mall.
Sorry for the poor quality pics. MB is just too tired to search for better ones.
But you get the picture!
Posted on March 15, 2020
Thanks to Anne-Christine for the chaotic challenge! Her post is well worth a look, as is the post from fellow weekly ‘Challengerette’ Tina. Think Tina must have been bronco-riding a drone when she took those shots with her iPhone 8+. MB does not believe the ‘plane’ story! Read More
Posted on March 12, 2020
Thanks to guest blogger Miriam for her Reflections challenge this week. Readers can view her post HERE and a little bit about Miriam herself and her Showers of Blessings blog site HERE. A very active lady for sure. Read More
Posted on March 7, 2020
Posted on March 1, 2020
Posted on February 26, 2020
In MB’s last post, he challenged followers to identify the church in the pic that he posted. Blogger Tina (Travels & Trifles blog) thought it was the Ayasofya in Istanbul which is top of her bucket list to visit. But she was incorrect! MB encouraged her to go visit, however, as MB has done on a number of occasions. So, to whet Tina’s appetite before she travels, MB offers one of his Hagia Sophia (English) (Ayasofya in Turkish) pics below. Read More
Posted on February 22, 2020
Posted on February 20, 2020
Thanks to Amy for the narrow challenge.
Tuesday just past was the annual Sports Day public holiday in Qatar.
MB took a spin out to the company labour accommodation complex with his camera to see what all the Indian and Nepalese workforce were getting up to. The Basketball & Volleyball attracted a lot of participation and interest but it was the tug-o’-war that had the crowd screaming from the second the ‘start’ whistle was blown. The atmosphere was crazy and reminded MB of similar events back home in summer village festivals.
Who would ever have thought that tug-o’-war could unite the world?!
Posted on February 9, 2020
Posted on February 2, 2020
Thanks to Viveka for the Capital challenge.
There was MB, wandering around the streets of Budapest, when he happened across an Irish pub.
To enter or not; that was the question.
There are not many cities, capital or otherwise, that are not hosts to one or more Irish pubs. MB remembers spending some time in Berlin a few short years after the wall came down and the city was an ocean of tower cranes as the old went down and the new went up. The city was awash at that time with Irish and UK construction workers, chasing the high salaries that comes with large scale construction activity and scarce human resources.
And when said resources landed in town, the immediate port of call was the Oscar Wilde or the Molly Malone or the James Joyce or some other Irish pub, to make contact with the Irish network. MB saw the same in his days in other abodes. When one seeks ‘working construction’ the Irish Pub is the employment agency of choice for those in the know.
Shot from MB’s wanderings in Budapest:
Posted on January 27, 2020
Posted on January 20, 2020
Thanks to Tina for this week’s Leading Lines challenge. Tina’s photos are visible here and are really worth a visit.
MB’s offering includes the leading line of the Doha Corniche sea wall, leading the eye to the Doha West Bay district in the background.
Posted on January 13, 2020
Windows with a view.
Thanks to Amy for the ‘windows’ challenge.
MB offers an original MB Monet-type effort for this week’s challenge.
MB kids you not.
On second thoughts, describing MB’s composition as ‘Monet-like’ is not to do it the huge justice it so thoroughly deserves.
Minimalist, yet not.
Textured, yet not.
A window, yet not.
Blurry, yet not (that’s where Mr Claude Monet enters the MB scene).
A genre of photography not yet invented, so to speak.
MB entitles his composition:
Skiers. Yet not. Through the dirty window of a French Ski Lift.
You are so full of crap MB.
That’s probably a shot you forgot to delete.
It’s a total bullshit shot.
And now you’re pawning it off as some sort of Photo Fine Art.
You think you’ve fooled us MB.
Posted on January 5, 2020
Thanks to Ann-Christine for 2020’s first photo challenge – Special Spot Shots.
MB was back home for Christmas and spent an inevitable morning, camera in hand, at Lough Gur lake. Weather was nice. Beautiful morning.
It's a mad HX world!