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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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Small

Amy has chosen “Small is beautiful” as our prompt for this week’s challenge.

First, we did evacuate to our daughter’s due to Hurricane Florence.  Hubby went back today and says we did not have any damage and didn’t even lose power.  Lucky for us, Flo made a turn back to the north and we were spared the brunt of it.  However, there has been severe flooding and more is expected throughout the week as the never ending rain from Florence will cause the area rivers to overflow.

I did remember to bring my flash drives and memory cards with me along with all of my lens, filters, etc (fearing the worst) and I’ve gone through them while my grandson was napping and went looking for “small” subjects.  

I love capturing these small treasures although it can be quite frustrating so nothing makes me happier when I realize I’ve gotten focused shots.

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This last photo was an assignment for the Photoshop class I just finished.  We were instructed to composite an impossible scene.  I had just taken the photo of the dragonfly and added my grandson to it.  I liked it so much I promptly added him to some other scenes and may post them one day.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Fences

This week we are asked to share our favorite fences.

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These first photos were taken at Mt Mitchell in the Great Smokey Mountains, the highest point east of the Mississippi.  

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At a height of 6,684 at the summit, it did feel like we were literally in the clouds.

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These Belted Galloway cows are residents of a plantation outside Charleston.  We were invited to an “Eclipse” viewing party next door.  They were in a field further down from the party so I’m not sure how or if the eclipse actually affected them. 

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Oaks line the entrance at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant.  

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While technically not a fence, I had to include this shot of the pink sky taken at North Litchfield Beach a year or so ago.  

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Also in the technically not a fence but I’m including it anyway category is this picture of the marshwalk in Murrells Inlet.  The marshwalk runs behind several restaurants and most have bands during the summer.  You can enjoy the view and the music while having a great meal and then stroll down the pier for a better view of the inlet.

You’re actually looking over “Goat Island” where there are a few goats and some peacocks too.  If you look closely, you can see them in the distance.  When bad weather is coming, they are moved inland for safety.  

Hurricane Florence is knocking on our door and all coastal counties are under mandatory evacuation orders.  I’m leaving in the morning and I’m sure the goats will follow.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Action

So this week we are asked to share some “action” photos – anything on the move.  

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Saturday was a beach day for us.  We packed a small cooler, grabbed the towels, chairs and umbrella and headed out to a relatively quiet stretch of beach.  That’s where my “action” ended for the day – well, at least the next few hours.  

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Occasionally, I would lift my head up to check out the clouds and the kids playing around us. 

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And  I managed a few shots of this osprey in action…

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but unfortunately, both the osprey and I missed the perfect capture.

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And the last shot of the day….

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Lens-Artist Challenge – Blue

For this week’s challenge, Patti has asked us to share out interpretation of blue – whether it’s the time of day, the color or the mood.

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The beach is different every day.  The sky can be any color imaginable.  The surf can quietly lay down or thunder as the waves hit the beach.  Sometimes the air is so still and oppressive that it’s unbearable without the shade of an umbrella and sometimes the wind blows so hard that the grains of sand pellet you mercilessly.   So there’s always a sense of anticipation as you walk through the access to see the mood of the beach that day. 

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The most vivid colors of the sky are at sunrise and sunset.  I’m not a morning person at all so sunrise photos are a rarity for me.  This photo was taken at Huntington Beach State Park.  I had gone there to get photos of the birds coming home to roost and stayed to watch the last traces of the sun. 

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This last photo is my latest Photoshop effort.  I would play with it 24/7 if I could.  It’s definitely blue!

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge – Cooling

Our prompt this week from Ann-Christine is “cooling”.  And since it was a beautiful beach weekend all we needed to keep cool was an umbrella and a chair.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge – Wonder

I’ve been participating in the WordPress Photo Challenges for over two years and was very disappointed to hear that WordPress was no longer going to host the weekly challenge.  The challenges provided an opportunity for bloggers and photographers to discover each other and share our work.  And I’ve picked up lots of tips and ideas for new projects.     

Luckily, four wonderful bloggers – photographer/artists – have taken up the “challenge” so to speak and will take turns hosting the challenge each week.  They are –

Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/

This week, Patti has given us the prompt “wonder”.  We’ve been asked to create a post that captures a moment, a feeling, a place, a person—that fills us with wonder.

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The beach is that place for me.  I visit at least three or four days a week.  Sometimes hubby and I spend the day under the umbrella with sandwiches and watermelon for lunch and sometimes I walk alone.  Sometimes, it’s the clouds and the sky that capture my attention.  Sometimes it’s the birds and some days it’s the children playing in the sand and surf.  

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Regardless of the circumstances, each visit I leave calm, relaxed and uplifted, filled with wonder at the day spent at the beach.

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