Let’s close the year by celebrating people, places, and objects that endure.

With just a couple of days left in 2016, let’s close the year on a strong note and celebrate our individual and collective fortitude: it may have been a rough year for many of us, but we’re a tough bunch. (I’m talking about humans, but also specifically about bloggers. It takes courage and conviction to put yourself and your thoughts out there, post after post.)


I took the photo above in Ein Gedi, Israel, when I visited the Dead Sea on a recent afternoon. It’s been many years since my last trip there, and I was once again moved by the timeless beauty of the place. I also admired the resourcefulness of the species that thrive there despite the extreme conditions — from cacti and ibexes to people in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan who remain undaunted by both natural and man-made challenges.

This week, share a photo of something that says “resilient” to you. It could be a local landmark that has survived through the decades (or centuries), or a portrait of a person you know who never gives up. You could snap an image of a bed of perennials that never fail to bloom in season, or of a ritual or tradition that you (or people in your community) have successfully preserved. Show us something that has endured.

I look forward to your posts this week, and in future challenges in 2017 — happy new year!

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  1. I have a question about the weekly photo challenge. Does any know if there is a way to get notification of ONLY the weekly photo challenge on Fridays? I don’t want to know about the daily prompts and the email notification I get ususally shows up on some random day and not friday. I could not finad anything in the forum or on the site re this. Thanks!

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    1. I’m afraid there isn’t — being subscribed to this site means getting notified (by email or on the site, depending on your settings) of every new post.

      That said, some email software, like gmail and others, allows you to filter messages by keywords or subject, so that might be to achieve what you’re looking for.

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  2. Resilience is a good topic to ponder over at the start of a new year. Hard to present in a picture. But we try being resilient!


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