Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Spots and Dots

This week, Ann-Christine provides the topic for the challenge, and she titled it Spots and Dots. She writes, “My intention with this challenge, Spots and Dots, is … that you should have fun with it! But, also recognize and enjoy the different interpretations, meanings and importance of these two little words. Spots and Dots. Because even if they are small…they can make a big difference…”

For my opening image, I feature a photo from the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When it’s time for the fiesta, hundreds of hot air balloons arrive to enjoy this unique variety of aviation. Of course, these balloons are very large and stand 60-80 feet (200-250 m) tall typically. Large balloons can handle a dozen passengers and a pilot. No matter how big they are on the ground, once they are airborne, they first become spots, then as they move away from the fiesta grounds, they become tiny dots in the sky.

Orange and other citrus trees are common in Arizona. this image features small green and yellow dots, each one could become a fully grown orange, but a high percentage of them fall off ensuring that the tree will only support the number of oranges that it can handle.

Butterflies are interesting in the many different colors they come in. This one, however, survives in black with a row of white dots on the tail.

While walking in the Hassayampa River Preserve one day, I discovered an unusual pattern on the leaves of one of the plants. I have no clue what this plant is called, but the combination of yellow spots on a green background drew my attention.

I conclude this week’s challenge post with one of my favorite night images. In Whites City, New Mexico, an abandoned motel sits on a site near U.S. Route 66. of course, in a clear night sky, there are stars without number. This photo was taken several years ago, so I don’t know the current status of the motel, but an Internet search came up with a Pueblo Motel that is described on their site as Whites City’s newest motel.

In any case, the focus for this challenge is on the many dots in the sky. To get a closer look at the stars in this image, and more details in the rest of the images, if you select the image, it will enlarge for a better view.

Thanks to Ann-Christine for another interesting challenge topic.

John Steiner



  1. Hey John – great take on the theme – and LOVE the motel sign and closed down structure –
    Really reminds us of the past and maybe even the now as some things have a life span

  2. John, these are such fabulous pictures. I love them all. My favorite might be the last one, but it’s a hard competition. 🙂 I’m linking this post to Story Chat. 🙂

    • Thank you! It has been a busy week for me, away from home until this last weekend. I am looking forward to catching up on the blog posts I follow in the next few days.

      • I’m so far behind. At least when I’m doing Story Chat I’m visiting all the people who commented on that post.

  3. Oops, I almost missed this one, I apologize. The night image of the stars is breathtaking. Can’t imagine being there.
    Thank you, John for the Balloon Fiesta capture!

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