Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Magical Lights

This week Amy has chosen “magical lights” as our prompt and it’s come at a most appropriate time as we just purchased our tickets for Night of a Thousand Candles.

Each year Brookgreen Gardens hosts the event.  There are lights through out the gardens along with carolers, story-tellers, bagpipes, food, drink and more.  Thousands of people attend each year.  It’s amazing and it wouldn’t be Christmas without a stroll though the gardens.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2018/11/10/lens-artists-weekly-photo-challenge-19-magical-light/

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists – Blended

I am late, late, late with this week’s challenge to show something blended.  So I’m making this quick as the new challenge comes out in about 10 minutes!  I’ve not missed one yet since I started this blog and don’t intend to ever miss one.

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We heard the Boattailed Grackle singing but it took some time to locate his position.  I’m not sure what kind of bird the second is but I only saw him because he moved.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Fun

This week we are asked to share a little fun.

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It’s hard to believe that the summer is over, fall is in the air and I’ve already started Christmas shopping.  But for now, I’m going to follow Patti’s request and share some fun. 

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Most of my summer was spent at the beach under an umbrella enjoying the cool breeze and watching the children play in the sand and surf.  Part of the fun for me is watching the pure joy on their faces as they enjoy the water.  Oh, to be so young again!

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I kept my camera out and snapped happily away….

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Moon Night

Last night was International Watch the Moon Night.  It’s a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010.  

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There were hundreds of events scheduled around the world but my capture is from the back deck of my daughter’s home.  

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Big

This week Tina has asked us to share our “big” shots.

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In last week’s challenge, I shared photos of a polo match we attended that weekend.  Hot air balloons were part of the event so I’m excited to be able to share them today.  

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I was disappointed that the balloons were tethered though so I used photoshop to remove the ropes out of the images above and below.

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The colors were absolutely gorgeous and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful sky.  

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Change

This week Amy has given us the word “change” as the inspiration for our post.

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Yesterday we travelled to Ravenel – just south of Charleston – to watch the Victory Cup and a Hot Air Balloon launch.  It was the first polo match for me and it was a beautiful day to relax, learn something new and enjoy time with family.  (My middle daughter and her boyfriend went with hubby and me.  I also got a chance to practice action shots!)

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Played on horseback, the game lasts about an hour or so and time periods are called “chukkers”.  The players change horses at the end of each chukker to allow them to rest.  When the ball is struck by a player, all players are required to ride along the ball’s path.  When the ball is struck in a different direction, the players all change direction as well.

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In this respect, life can be a lot like polo.  Most of us go day-to-day with the same routine never stepping outside the box to try something different or learn something new.  Any type of change – whether it’s work, relationship, religious or school related – is feared.   

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Change has been on my mind quite a bit lately as retirement is right around the corner for me.  I have a lot of decisions to make in the next year or so but change is nothing to be feared – especially when you meet it head on and are prepared.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Window

This week we are asked to share our favorite window whether it’s because the window itself fascinates us or because someone or something in front of the window attracts our attention.

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For me, it’s who is standing in front of the window that gets my attention – my grandson who is now 2 1/2 years old.  In this first picture he had just turned 2.  He will stand in front of the window for ages watching the cars go by or looking for the deer in the vacant lot across the street.  Often he is joined by his dog Hollie and his Gigi (that’s me) who loves catching his reflection in the window.  If he sees someone putting their shoes on, he will run to grab his shoes as he knows the odds are high that he will be able to go outside too.

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In these pictures, he was entertaining himself while watching dad cut the grass.  Too cute – right?

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Look Up

This week Patty has asked us to “look up” because the best image isn’t always at eye level.

Several years ago, my daughter and I decided to walk the Arthur Ravenel bridge that connects Charleston and Mt. Pleasant.  It was built and opened in 2005 replacing the Grace Memorial and Silas Pearman Bridge. 

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The Grace Memorial bridge was built in 1929 and handled both northbound and southbound traffic.   By the 1960s, the population and traffic had increased substantially and another bridge was needed.  The Silas Pearman Bridge was built in 1966 and it handled northbound traffic.  All southbound traffic used the Grace Memorial Bridge.  These older bridges were extremely narrow and in some places, it felt like you were on a roller coaster.  Luckily I did not start driving until the early 70s so I missed out on the opportunity to drive the Grace Memorial bridge when it handled both north and southbound traffic.  I’ve heard stories that policemen were stationed on each side of the bridge to drive across those that were too scared to drive it themselves.

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The bridge is about 2 1/2 miles across.  My daughter and I walked to the first span which is a little over one mile and we spend some time on the observation deck taking pictures and enjoying the view.   

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I’ve walked it one other time at dusk and the view of the sunset was absolutely stunning.  I’d love to walk it again but I’m not sure if I’d make it.  These legs prefer walks on even surfaces these days.

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge – Trees

This week Cee has chosen trees as our prompt for the challenge.

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A trip to the zoo at Brookgreen Gardens ended suddenly when the rain began to fall.

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