Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Unique

This week Amy asks us to share something unique. She writes, “We are looking forward to seeing your interpretation of unique, which may be a building, person, color, place, photo…” You can view her entire challenge post of a beautiful Buddhist Temple in Japan here. For my challenge response, I decided to share a collection of unique places and objects rather than focus on one particular subject. Continue reading

Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Trees

This week, Ann-Christine asks us to share our favorite images of trees. Truly I have some favorite shots and a favorite tree (that I will likely never see in real life again.) That’s a story I will share in a bit. Before wintering in Arizona, I’d only known mesquite as a product available in wood chips that are burned in a smoker for a delightfully flavorful cut of meat. This fast growing drought-tolerant species is quite at home in the Sonoran Desert. I love how it’s branches take numerous “jags” as they grow. In the opening photo, an old Chilean Mesquite tree is silhouetted by the setting sun.

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge – My Favorite Things

This week, Patti Moed throws us a softball challenge, share photos about our favorite things. As I love travel and all it’s possibilities of new faces and new places, I will focus my challenge response not on the locations but on the modes of travel. After all, for me, it is as much the journey as the destination. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Five Elements

This week’s challenge focuses on Chinese compositional theory. Amy, in describing the challenge, notes that the theory has influenced Chinese medicine and philosophy for thousands of years.  In her challenge post, she writes, “This week you have an opportunity to interpret metal, wood, water, fire, and/or earth with your favorite photos to express ‘…the only home we’ve ever known’.” You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Delicate

For this week’s photo challenge, Ann Christine asks us to consider the term “delicate” and shares her concept photos with us here. Looking through my gallery of images, I found that most of the photos I would label ‘delicate’ are photos of flowers. I present a couple of them here, but I wanted to include some of the other “delicate” images I’ve captured over the years. In the opening photo, a closeup of soap bubbles released from a few hundred feet above the ground during a hot air balloon ride creates a focal point for the image, a large tree at the corner of an intersection. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Street Art

SPsychedelic rabbit.

Siler City, North Carolina.

This week, Patti Moed challenges us to “highlight Street Art in any form, such as posters, graffiti, prints, stencils, sculptures, or installations.” You can read her entire challenge post here. I don’t have many photos of graffiti, but I immediately thought of buskers performing their specific artistic talents on the streets of our country. Then I remembered Siler City, North Carolina. With the small town’s downtown area suffering the malaise afflicting most cities in this day of Amazon and “free shipping”, a group of concerned citizens put together the Siler City Mural Society. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Harmony

This week, Tina Schell asks us to focus our cameras on an idea. The concept of harmony is wide-ranging from an artistic perspective, personal interaction, an architectural design element, or even a higher plane of coexistence. You can read Tina’s challenge post here. Reviewing my gallery of photographs, I can find a few that demonstrate some basic principles that Tina suggested. Continue reading