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 – Less is More

This week Amy has asked us to share what “less means more” means to us.

Here’s proof that you don’t need a big set or lots of props to have a great photo shoot.

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I’ve Got a New Toy

Several months ago I took an online Adobe Illustrator course and I’m totally hooked.

I’ve never been able to draw unless you count stick figures so it’s amazing to me what Illustrator can do.

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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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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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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists – Path

This week Tina has chosen “path” as our prompt for the challenge.  

I have several paths that I take on a regular basis.  One, of course, is to work and back.  I live about two miles from work but despite that short commute, I no longer seem able to get there by 8 each morning.  

My other regular paths are longer – a 1 1/2 hour trip to Charleston each month for a doctor’s appointment and to visit family, a 2 hour trip to Summerville each month to visit family and a 4 hour trip each month to North Augusta to visit more family.

The trips can be quite monotonous even with my Ipod shuffling through my playlist but since I’ve taken up photography, everything – and I mean everything – that I see from my window seems so much more interesting than it did before.  I keep my camera next to me and will stop at a moment’s notice to take a photo of something that caught my attention.  It could be a church, an abandoned building or just the way the sun comes through the trees.  

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I’ve driven this road for many years and always thought the incline and curve of this stretch of road was interesting and graceful.  And with this beautiful sky on this trip, I decided to turn off of it onto the frontage road for a better look.

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I wonder who is Bobby and Jamie and why are their names written on the support beams on a stretch of highway out in the middle of no where.  Or is it possible that Bobby and Jamie also had a love for angles and curves like me?  Do their parents know where they’ve been?  Do they have a curfew?  Am I being silly or crazy and putting too much thought into this?

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And why is this frontage road even here when there is nothing at the end of the road?  It did give me something to think about for the last hour of the trip though.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists – Colorful

Tina of Travels and Trifles is hosting the challenge this week and she has asked us to show color – to recognize and appreciate the joy that color brings to each of us.

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In February 2017 I was diagnosed with Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) with second stage liver damage.  It’s unknown what causes the disease and there is no cure.  It’s devastating news and you might wonder how this applies to joyful color.

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In search of answers, I found and was accepted in a 72 week drug study being done at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).  The study involves taking twice daily medication (drug or placebo) and traveling to MUSC on a regular basis for bloodwork and scans.  I’m nearing the end of the study and while the study probably won’t help my situation, I feel better knowing that I’m doing something about my disease and will probably participate in other planned studies.

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I can’t say enough about MUSC and the fantastic staff.  And MUSC is doing more than just treating patients.  They have taken one block in their campus and are turning it into a green space.  I’ve been taking photos at each visit and plan to put them together in a book when finished.  It’s only in phase 1 now but it’s already a beautiful space with lots of color.

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At one visit I found the planters along the edges of the space full of colorful pinwheels.  You can see them more clearly in the photo above with the two women enjoying the space and the sun.

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So thank you MUSC and staff for bringing color and joy into each patient that walks through your doors.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Everyday Moments

This week our challenge is to share photos of those everyday moments in our life.  

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Morning Commute…

The TV was on as I was reading Amy’s challenge and a Planet Earth episode was on.  I’m always fascinated by any nature show and it’s interesting how much animals are just like us so today I’m sharing some of their everyday moments.

Kids Off to School

Getting the Kids Off to School….

Bath Time

Bath Time…

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Lunch time…

Babysitting

Babysitting…

Wood Stork Congregation

Bed time…

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Lens-Artists Challenge – Patterns

This week Ann-Christine has given us the prompt of patterns.  My choices this week all come courtesy of Mother Nature.

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The tide was going out as we got to the beach and we set up shop directly behind a small tide pool.  The tide pool was a favorite gathering place as small children played in it, the balls from a bocche game ended up in it and the birds came to check it out also.  

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I had watched this seagull for quite some time as he tried and failed to catch dinner.  So I was just as excited to see him catch his meal as I was to capture the shot.

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This gull was afraid to get his wings wet.  He would venture out into the surf but immediately turn around as the next wave came in so I’m not quite sure how he expected to eat that night.  But the pattern and colors under his wings are beautiful.

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