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In today’s challenge we want you to grab an image from your world that holds the promise or portent of the future. It could be:

As everyday as the experience of waiting for a bus or train.

As abstract as something that symbolizes your ambitions or hopes for the future.

A note, prayer or promise jotted on a napkin or cross-stitched with exquisite tenderness.

The promise or portent of spring, sunrise, or storm in nature.

A street candid of someone nervously waiting on their date to arrive.

A piano falling from a third storey flat into the oncoming path of an adorable kitten. Or any other action about to take place.

Anything that involves the present and a hint of the future all in one frame.

We spend so much of our lives thinking back, or looking ahead, and even though a photo captures only one moment in time, with a bit of thought it can freeze the process of moving forward, or the promise of things to come. Your challenge this week is to seal one such moment in amber.

I’ve chosen to share some photos taken in Sri Lanka, Bali and Turkey.

Poya or Poya Day is the name given to a Buddhist public holiday in Sri Lanka which occurs every full moon day. Men, women and children flock to the temples to leave offerings of flowers to Buddha.




Every good Buddhist is expected to make the pilgrimage to the temple of the sacred tooth relic in Kandy at least once in their lifetime. The inner sanctum containing this holiest of relics is only opened for 20 minutes twice a day and people queue for hours for a chance to file past and catch a glimpse of the casket which contains it.


Many Asian people believe in the protection provided by the spirit world and Sri Lanka is no exception.
There is a great tradition of mask carving here and many buildings will have a mask of one or other of the spirits fixed somewhere to protect the building and the people living or working inside it. One of the most popular ones is that of the peacock spirit. These are a selection of masks we saw in the mask museum at Ambalangoda.

In Bali it’s hard to avoid stepping on offerings as there as so many of them everwhere. Creating them is considered an artform and they are designed to be as appealing as possible.




when a child reaches the age of 2 a little boat with a flower offering on board is sent out to sea to wish him/her well in the future


carrying baskets of offerings on their heads the people make their way to the temple

In Turkey too, the famous blue and white beads are incorporated into decorations for protection against the evil eye and are displayed in homes and businesses



Comments on: "weekly photo challenge: future tense" (6)

  1. This is so lovely, the shapes, the patterns, the colours, such Inspirational offerings.

  2. Loved your images – the offerings in Bali are so familiar – I have started a travel memoir of my time there and the very first instalment talked about the offerings! Full of beauty and hopes for blessings from the gods.

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  4. Great photos. Those Balinese offerings are so beautiful.

  5. Oh yes, we stepped a few offerings in Bali! Great photos!!

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