Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Curves

Scottsdale, Arizona.

This week, Tina Schell challenges us to “…pay some attention to curves  – in nature, in architecture, on our roads and in our lives … just about everywhere if you think about it.” You can read her entire challenge post here. It’s an opportune topic for me, with Barrett-Jackson’s Auto Auction in full swing this week in Scottsdale to capture some more curves, those curves of the classic automobile like this 1934 Duesenberg in the opening image. From the curvature of the green exhaust manifold to the long sweeping curve that runs from the front fender, along the running board to the rear fender, this classic car uses curves to accent it’s classic architecture. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – My Travels

This week for the photo challenge, Amy asks us to share something about our travels and featured a collection of photos from a trip she made to Peru. You can read her entire challenge post here. Regular readers know that Tuesday of each week I share photo story about a different place or event I’ve visited, the well-known as well as the not-so-well known places are included, but I really enjoy sharing the lesser known places. In response to the challenge, I will share with you just a few selected images from some of those lesser known events and places in the United States. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Photographic Review of 2018

For the last photo challenge of 2018, Anne-Christine asks us to recap 2018 in photographs. You can view her challenge post here. As it turned out, our travels for the summer were cut back some due to health issues, but that didn’t stop us from visiting several new places (to us). The opening image is from a collection of images documenting our first visit (noted here) to the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of a week we spent in North Carolina in October… but I am getting ahead of myself. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Reflections

With the holiday season coming at the end of the year, many people reflect upon the year’s memories with family and friends. In most cases, those reflections are probably pleasant ones. As I reviewed my collection of images for this challenge, though, I came across an image created on a visit to a reflecting pool that caused me to reflect upon a time of tragedy in our country. On April 19, 1995, 168 people lost their lives in the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building. This pool was built upon the site of the Alfred P Murrah Building which was destroyed by the blast on that fateful day. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Seasonal

This week, Tina Schell asks us to share our favorite seasonal images. I believe I am up to that challenge! You can read her entire challenge post here. I’ve got a few of my favorite seasonal images to share. It’s hard to beat Colorado and Utah for scenery when a chill is in the air and snow is on the ground. The opening image is from Rocky Mountain National Park. Though there wasn’t a lot of snow on the late November day when we were there, it was cold enough to put ice on the lake and winter would arrive soon. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Celebrations

This week, Amy challenges us to share our celebration photos. As a traveler, I’ve been to a few places that feature one celebration or another, even if it’s just the local residents celebrating the arrival of the cruise ship. Amy shares some of her travel celebration thoughts here. Be sure to stop by there and check out her photos of beautifully costumed Peruvians. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Happiness Is…

Sonoran Desert, Arizona.

This week, Ann-Christine asks us to use the photographer’s lens to show and share happiness. Less than a decade ago, I’d have had an entirely different response to this challenge. Then, by chance, I found myself considering the purchase of a house in Arizona strictly to get out of those cold North Dakota winters. In December 2011, I said good-bye to my friends and colleagues of over 30 years and in January 2012 my wife and I found ourselves spending the remaining days of that winter in an entirely new environment to us. Continue reading