Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Catching People Unaware

These boys were expecting some waves as Hurricane Dorian passed us by September 2019.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: And Here Comes the Holiday Season

One of the special things we do for the holidays is a trip to Brookgreen Gardens for the Night of a Thousand Candles. Brookgreen Gardens is a beautiful sculpture garden and I visit there often. There’s always something in bloom and I always have my camera with me.

The gardens are transformed each December for Night of a Thousand Candles. Lights are placed throughout the gardens and it is transformed into a magical place. It started a week early this year so some of our family visiting for Thanksgiving were still here and able to see it for the first time, Three of our four grandchildren were with us and it was very special to me to see it through their eyes.

My father passed away on Christmas day 2014 so the holiday season has been tough since then. We now have grandchildren though and we make the rounds to visit them so Christmas is magical for me again.

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Cee’s Fun Foto – Leaves/Trees

These are some of my favorite pictures from our trip to the North Carolina mountains last year. We timed it right and were there for the peak in the colors. Each bend in the road was so beautiful that it took your breath away.

Another bonus was that I got to try my new wide lens. I love it!

And last is a picture from the top of Grandfather Mountain.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Precious Memories

This week Amy has challenged us with the prompt “precious memories”.

My youngest grandchild lives four hours away and I try to visit at least once a month. We have so much fun together building towers with his legos, playing with his cars, trucks and trains and having marathon reading sessions.

We always take silly selfies too. We stick our tongues out, scrunch up our faces and tickle each other to get the silliest picture possible. It’s tough getting good pictures when you’re being silly and squirming and tickling and smooching so it requires lots of reshoots. Life can be tough.

Several times a week (at least) I take time to scroll through the photos on my phone and I always laugh when seeing these. They bring back the precious memories of that day and this special little boy.

This last photo includes my grandson’s favorite stuffed animal named Moosie. Including him in our selfies caused some issues getting all of us in the shot but was definitely worth it.

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Cee’s Black and White – Any Kind of Seating

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – White or Cream Colors

Spiral Dwarf Magnolia

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Found in the Neighborhood

Since most of us are under mandates to stay at home, Ann-Christine has given us the prompt of “found in the neighborhood” for this week’s challenge.

This past May, my four-year-old grandson came for a visit and we took him to the zoo at Brookgreen Gardens. I’ve visited the zoo numerous times but have only been able to spot the otters once or twice. And I’ve never been able to get good photos.

From the water viewing window, we watched about a dozen or so otters chasing each other around – in and out of the water, up and down a swing and around the rocks stopping occasionally for a brief pause in the action.

Until one would take a nip at the others and the game would start all over again.

We walked over to the outside viewing area and there were dozens of otters chasing each other there also. My grandson loved watching the otters and I was extremely happy that I got some good photos.

So lesson learned. Otters have their babies in late winter or early spring. They are helpless for the first month or so and begin swimming around two months. By four months, they are able to swim and dive to catch their own food.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow

Our prompt this week is “the sun will come up tomorrow”.

And it’s a good thing that the sun does show up every morning too. We get many benefits from sunshine. The sun improves your sleep, reduces stress and helps maintain your bones. It also helps to control depression and can even help you maintain your weight Unfortunately that only works if you get your sunshine in the early morning. I’m not a morning person so I can’t vouch for that statement.

These ladies at Brookgreen Gardens know the benefits of sunlight and they don’t need to worry about sunscreen either.

The piece above is one of my favorites at Brookgreen Gardens. It’s a sculpture of Mikhail Baryshnikov by Greg Wyatt. It’s magical – his leap and his arms outstretched to touch the sun. He looks suspended in midair.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Spring

Our prompt this week is “spring”.

Spring is meant for a walk in the garden. The photo above is one of my favorites. I sat in the middle of the grasses taking photos as the light wind blew the grasses around me.

Yellow flowers always brighten my mood.

The purple and pink flowers were gorgeous also.

Don’t these lilies look like they’re reaching out for a hug?

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Pearls Creative Designs is my newest project. I’ve been playing with Photoshop and Illustrator making patterns and graphic art elements and have them put together in collections. I’d love it if you’d take a look!

Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Summer

This week Amy has given us the prompt of summer.

The Fourth of July is a big beach day. The beach is packed. Even “our” spot which usually isn’t crowded was full although everyone was maintaining social distancing as evidenced by the line of umbrellas. I had my camera with me but never took it out.

We decided to try the south end of the island the next day. Parking here is extremely limited so you have to get there very early for a spot. We got there around 8:30 with lunch, plenty of water and a watermelon – not much else is needed.

The day started off hazy but soon burned off. While a perfect beach day for us is spent under the umbrella, others were a little more active than we were.

After one of my many naps, I noticed a ghost crab had taken up residence at the edge of our tent. He spent a majority of the day clearing sand out of his burrow and didn’t seem worried about us at all.

Towards the end of the day, a large pod of dolphins passed us by headed north. A few breached the water a couple of times but one dolphin was in a playful mood. He jumped several times and I managed to catch one shot so it ended up being a pretty good day.

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