Photo Challenge: Lens-Artists – Serene

Our prompt this week is “serene” – a wonderful choice for year end.

I frequently am at Brookgreen Gardens and enjoy the sculpture there. There’s something about finding a bench and enjoying the tranquility and serenity of the gardens. It’s the perfect example of the “stop and smell the roses” quote.

One of my favorite subjects in the garden is Diana – the Roman goddess of wild animals and the hunt. Diana was a popular subject of the artists as there are several interpretations of her in the gardens. The photo above and two photos below are of a sculpture done by Augustus Saint-Gaudin. There is always a fantastic seasonal floral display around the sculpture.

The Diana sculpture below was done by Anna Hyatt Huntington. She and her husband – Archer Huntington – purchased the property and transformed it into the first sculpture garden in the country.

Anna Hyatt Huntington sculpted the two lions above also.

On one visit, I was able to get a photo with the sunset in the background. I’m especially happy with this photo as I was able to photoshop a couple of pesky tourists out of the background.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://pilotfishblog.com/2021/12/18/lens-artists-photo-challenge-179-serene/

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Celebrating

With the end of 2021 around the corner, our prompt this week is celebrating. Our biggest celebrations in our backyard are the 4th of July and the Night of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. I’ve shared photos of these events before and you can find them through searching my site.

Instead, I’d like to tell you about another celebration our family had this year – in fact, just last week. One of our daughters, Melissa, and her boyfriend, Tim, finally tied the knot after 10 years together.

They decided they did not want a big wedding and it was only the two of them and the official – who just happened to be one of their friends. A few days later, I took photos of them in White Point Garden in Charleston and we had a dinner for them. With her permission, I’m sharing a few of these photos.

You can find responses from other bloggers here: https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2021/12/04/lens-artists-challenge-177-celebrating/

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: One Image/One Story

This week we are asked to tell a story with just one photo. We can tell multiple stories but each story can only use one photo.

A friend and I were at at the beach to catch the rising of the orange moon. There were several groups of people out including the two in the photo above – a father and son fishing in the ocean. All is not as it seems though. In talking with the man, he said he had no idea who the boy was! The boy came up to him earlier to see if the man had caught anything and stayed.

Polo anyone? This was a first for me. We actually went because there were going to be hot air balloons after the games. But by that time, the winds had picked up and the balloons only went 10 to 15 feet off the ground. But despite that disappointment, we had a good time with my daughter and her boyfriend. One thing we learned about polo though – the players don’t bring their horses with them. It’s too difficult and expensive so they use the horses at whatever location they are at.

This photo is my first attempt at shooting fireworks. The fireworks are shot from a barge in the inlet and the timing is coordinated with the tide. The marsh walk is always crowded so we usually take our chairs to the church adjoining the marsh walk. Everyone brings their chairs or blankets and there are plenty of “ohs” and “awes” from the crowd.

You can see responses from other blogger here: https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2021/11/27/lens-artists-challenge-176-one-image-one-story/

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Photo Challenge: Lens-Artists – Shapes and Designs

Our prompt this week is shapes and designs. Shapes and designs are all around us although we usually don’t slow down long enough to see them. When was the last time you stopped to watch a butterfly?

I absolutely love photos of butterflies (and bees). If I get photos of them, I’ve had an excellent day. Nothing tops butterflies and bees except sunrises and sunsets, pictures of family – well, maybe butterflies and bees are in the top 5.

For me, butterflies are more difficult to catch than bees. Bees are heavy workers and will stay burrowed into a flower long enough to take a picture. Butterflies are more elegant. They skip from plant to plant just long enough to take a few sips and then move on. It requires some stalking to get a good butterfly shot.

Butterflies are so beautiful. Their colors are so bold and the designs they present are so clear, so symmetrical (I’m very OCD about symmetry) that I could follow them all day. All the designers at Fashion Week, etc can’t hold a candle to what Mother Nature can do.

You can find responses here: https://pilotfishblog.com/2021/11/13/lens-artists-photo-challenge-174-shapes-and-designs/

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Arts: Colors of Autumn

This week Amy has given us the prompt of the Colors of Autumn. Hubby and I took a trip to the mountains of North Carolina in October 2020 and we caught the leaves at the perfect time. They were absolutely gorgeous! You can check out this link for my post of November 2020 for a look at those pictures.

The weather here at the beach gets a little cooler each day along with a decrease in the humidity so it’s a perfect time to head out of the house. But the cooler weather also has me thinking of making some of my favorite soup recipes. Soups are usually way too hot for us to make during the summer.

Spicy Black Bean Soup – https://momaskedmeforarecipe.com/2017/11/04/spicy-black-bean-soup/

I started a food blog in 2016 and it is the reason I got interested in photography. Your food has to look good and my photos were awful. I took some photography classes and soon started this blog. I kept up with the food blog until the end of 2017 although I still keep it active. It was taking time away from my photography plus – have you ever tried to take photos of food when hubby is ready to eat?

Chicken Noodle Soup – https://momaskedmeforarecipe.com/2016/12/31/chicken-noodle-soup/

Chicken Chili – https://momaskedmeforarecipe.com/2015/10/06/chicken-chili/

Ham and Potato Soup – https://momaskedmeforarecipe.com/2015/08/08/potato-soup/

These photos may not be of changing leaves but my soups do have the colors of autumn.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2021/09/25/78866/

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Artificial Light

Our challenge this week is to share photos of artificial light. Ann-Christine’s choice of a prompt was chosen as she realized that we in the Northern Hemisphere are moving away from the sun and would need more artificial light soon. I went searching in my files and found several ideas but settled on photos of the artificial lights at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Broadway at the Beach. And then I decided to present them in black and white.

The board walk is at the heart of the downtown area and is lit up most of the year. The sky wheel is a big attraction at the boardwalk. After 10 years of service, it was dismantled in January and sent for renovations and upgrades. It should be ready for the 2022 tourist season. It’s over 200 feet high and enclosed with glass which makes it a great spot for photography.

The three photos above and the one below were taken at Broadway at the Beach. It was December, wet and chilly. I only saw a few people out but the ferris wheel was still running.

In the photo below, you can see what the locals call “the upside down house”. Rumor has it that this building was once a top-secret laboratory located in the Bermuda Triangle. An experiment didn’t go as planned, lifted the building and carried it to Myrtle Beach where it landed upside down. I’ve also heard that it was a hurricane that brought it here. It’s a science/entertainment site and the little ones will enjoy it. We took our oldest grandson there years ago and the other three will be old enough and tall enough soon for a visit there.

You can see responses from other bloggers here : https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2021/09/18/lens-artists-challenge-166-artificial-light/

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: It’s All About the Light

Lighting is probably the most important element of a good photograph. As photographers, we learn the best time of day for the best lighting and we also learn to manipulate it. Our manipulations can be dramatic or subtle. Today I’ve chosen subtle.

What can be better than a walk through Brookgreen Gardens at the height of Spring? Our grandson was visiting over his spring break from school and a walk through their zoo was a perfect excuse to enjoy the weather.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2021/08/21/lens-artists-challenge-162-its-all-about-the-light/

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: On/In The Water

John is our guest host this week and he has given us the prompt of “On/In The Water”. Living on the beach provides me with all sorts of water pictures so it was a little hard to decide. Until I came across these photos – and well, they made me smile.

I had stopped by Huntington Beach State Park on my way home from work – just to see if there were any birds coming in for the night. I was driving across the causeway when I saw a huge white bird in the water up ahead. It was too far to tell what it was and I was keeping my fingers crossed that it would still be there after I parked.

I was so surprised to find this swam taking his evening bath. It was the first (and still the only) swan I’ve seen at Huntington and even though it was chilly out, I stayed there for quite a while snapping away.

A little scrub here…don’t forget behind the ears….

One last scratch and then a huge stretch….Time for bed.

You can find responses from other bloggers here: https://photobyjohnbo.wordpress.com/2021/07/03/lapc-on-the-water/

Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Shade and Shadows

Our challenge this week is to share photos with shade and shadows. Normally shade and shadows are a photographer’s worse nightmare but you can get some nice captures with the right timing and positioning.

To make the challenge a little harder I decided to use photos of wood storks only. For those that don’t know, the wood stork is partial to our marshlands and can be found there most of the year. They are very graceful in flight but they have got to be the ugliest bird on this planet.

I‘m not being mean. I’ve heard other photographers say the same thing. From the neck down, they are beautiful but from the neck up, they look like buzzards.

Wood storks are very social birds and often roost together each night. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all get along like the wood storks?

But the more I watch them, the better looking they get. Strange, isn’t it?

The photo below is one of my favorites. It was taken at sunset and the water was a beautiful gold color.

You can find responses from other bloggers here: https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2021/06/12/lens-artists-challenge-152-shades-and-shadows/

My newest book Caroline Has a Mole is out, It’s about a little girl with a mole and how she deals with a bully in school. It was written specifically for a friend but could apply to any child being bullied. Here’s a link:

https://www.amazon.com/Caroline-Has-Mole-Gina-Lambert/dp/1733420681/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=caroline+has+a+mole+book+Gina+Lambert&qid=1623853112&sr=8-1

Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Color and Size

This week our challenge is a little different than normal. We are to pick a color and then pick photos from our archives containing that color and present them from the photo with largest amount of that color to the smallest amount. I chose the color purple.

My first photo is a beautiful coral display in the aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. My aunt lives there and mom and I spent a couple of weeks with her a couple of years ago. We explored a lot of the sites I remembered from visits there while a child as well as new sites like the aquarium. It is one of the best aquariums I’ve seen and recommend you visit if in Chattanooga.

Nothing makes me happier than a good bee capture. The original photo is full of purple flowers but I cropped it for a closer look at the bee.

This photo was taken at Huntington Beach State Park. Most days are great for bird watching – you’ll find herons, egrets, anhingas and more. This heron was the last to leave for the night and I was getting some last minute shots. The sun was just about to set and the heron seemed as interested in the sunset as I was in getting a picture of him looking at the sunset! I wish I could say that I set this shot up but I can’t. I was dialing all sorts of combinations into my camera and got lucky.

This photo was taken at the end of a long beach day. We’d been there since early morning with our umbrella and cooler. The weather was great – no humidity and a cool breeze – you couldn’t ask for any better. Days like this will cure whatever ails you.

This is one of my favorite beach shots – four friends enjoying the day with their toes in the water. A little Photoshop magic and I have a image for my next project.

For my smallest and last purple picture is one purple jelly bean in a bowl of jelly beans. It was taken for a photography class a couple of years ago.

So that’s my purple submission for this week’s challenge. You can find responses from other bloggers here: https://pilotfishblog.com/2021/06/05/lens-artists-photo-challenge-151-from-large-to-small/