Photo Challenge – Lens:Artists – Emotions

This week Patti has given us the prompt of “emotions” for our challenge.

I don’t take a lot of photos of people – except my grandson who has the most expressive face but I’ve featured him a little too much lately – so I went through my files and actually found a few photos that apply.

Brookgreen Gardens hosts a summer musical series – cancelled this year due to Covid – where local bands come and play for a couple of hours. It’s a nice relaxing way to end the day – sitting under the oaks, sipping a beverage and tapping your toes. The photo above is father and son.

The son and the singer really got into the music but you might not realize it if you didn’t know better. They do look a little like they are in pain. Check out the man on the drums grinning away.

Music stirs our hearts and engages our souls in ways we can’t describe. Hildegard of Bingen.

So whether it’s tapping your toes to country music, head banging to heavy metal, shagging to beach music or conducting along with classical music, music has the ability to draw emotion from us.

You can find responses from other bloggers here: https://pilotfishblog.com/2021/01/16/lens-artists-photo-challenge-131-emotions/

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: It’s a Small World

This week, guest host Anne has invited us to take out our macro lens and get busy. I have to admit though that I’ve not taken out my macro in a long time – much too long so I’ve pulled out some photos from my files.

Most of my macro shots are flowers in bloom so it was hard to pick just a few.

Can you smell them? I can.

And here is a begonia closeup edited to be a Valentine Day’s card.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://annegeephoto.com/2021/01/09/lens-artists-its-a-small-world/

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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.

You can find responses from other bloggers here: https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2020/12/12/76171/

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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.

You can find responses from other bloggers here: https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2020/11/14/lens-artists-challenge-123-found-in-the-neighborhood/

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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.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://anvicaphotos.wordpress.com/2020/11/07/lens-artists-photo-challenge-122-the-sun-will-come-out-tomorrow/

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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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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: One Single Flower

Cee is guest hosting this week and she has challenged us to show one single flower.  So I went looking through my files trying to narrow my choices down.

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I decided to share photos with either a bee or butterfly on the flower.  I love good flower photos but there is something especially fascinating to me about capturing a bee or butterfly during their “pollen” rounds.  

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Unfortunately, my winged friends move so quickly so it’s not always easy to get a clear photo.  But I persist.  Once I followed a bee around and around a camellia shrub 3 or 4 times until I got a photo I was happy with. 

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Butterflies are harder to track through.  Bees are methodical going from one flower to the next one over so you can anticipate their path.  Butterflies flit from one flower to the other randomly – it’s more hit and miss.   

But I keep trying – once I even got a dragonfly!

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists- Delicate Colors

This week our theme is “delicate colors”.  

Because of the Coronavirus, the daycare for my four year old grandson is closed so Granddaddy and I have been playing Bingo, Candyland and Chutes and Ladders.  We’ve been to the beach, ridden bikes, gone for walks and read what seems like countless books during afternoon rest time and at bedtime. (Wouldn’t change it for anything!)

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Yesterday we went to Ripley’s Aquarium.  We got there early to avoid any crowd and to  maintain social distancing .  Luckily, there were only about 20 other people there – a nice change from our visit last year when a school field trip was in process.

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The colors may not look delicate but the colors are due to the lighting in the tank.  The jellyfish are actually virtually transparent and invisible to the eye. 

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They are also deadly.  A sting can cause mild to severe pain and sometimes death.  So as mesmerizing as I find these creatures, I do not want to meet them in the ocean.  A glass partition is fine with me.

Hubby likes this last photo so much that he wants to hang it over the fireplace.  I haven’t made up my mind yet.  What do you think?DSC_4640

You can see responses from other bloggers here  https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2020/05/23/lens-artists-photo-challenge98-delicate-colours/

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists – Simplicity

This week Patti has asked us to share our photos representing “simplicity”.

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For some health reasons, this is my first post of 2020.  I’m unable to drive so I’ve not been able to get out with my camera.  You don’t realize how much you rely on a vehicle until that privilege is gone.  

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But my grandson is with us this week so I have lots of opportunities to use my camera.  He’s four years old now and so inquisitive.  Granddaddy has been working in the yard and Carter has been helping all week.  He even gave Carter a mound of dirt to play in.

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Funny thing though – Carter didn’t understand the concept of playing in the dirt.  He was hesitant to sit in it and kept brushing the dirt off each time he stood up.  It took a little explaining that it was ok to get dirty.

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So that brings my story back to simplicity.  This generation doesn’t come outside to play.  They have cell phones, computers, gaming equipment and large TVs they watch inside.  They’ve never felt grass on their bare feet or squished mud between their toes – they have fancy and expensive tennis shows now that they can’t get dirty (unless it’s organized sports).

 

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We didn’t have any of these things.  We had nothing more complicated than Barbie, bicycles and board games.  While I don’t remember playing in the dirt – I did and still have an aversion to getting dirty – I do remember congregating at the playground with all the neighborhood kids.  

But we didn’t have two parents working outside the home either.  Drugs, mass shootings, terrorism or coronavirus were unheard of when I was young.  Life is much different now.

So as I’m sitting on the steps watching my grandson, I’m so happy he’s here and that we could give him this simpler day.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://pilotfishblog.com/2020/04/04/lens-artists-photo-challenge-91-simplicity/

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