Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Taking Flight

Thank you, Tina Schell, for selecting a topic that is near and dear to this old man’s heart. There are thousands of varieties of natural aviators in the world, all beautiful and graceful in flight. In the opening photo, for example, a Harris Hawk is on the hunt for a suitable meal to share with the pack. This raptor is one of the few birds of prey that hunts in a group. When prey is spotted, the group surrounds the target, and a single hawk swoops in for the kill. The meal is then shared with the group. My challenge-response this week, however, focuses on the human aviator. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Colorful April

Buckeye, Arizona.

This week, Amy asks us to show off our April colors in a challenge she calls, “Colorful April.” She writes, “We invite you to join us and share your photos of colorful April in your local park, garden, neighborhood, or your own backyard.” You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – You Pick It!

These beautiful United States.

This week it’s Ann-Christine’s turn to challenge us, and she has given us unusual leeway in the topic “You Pick It!” That’s a pretty broad topic stated simply, “So, this week it’s all up to you – choose your subject and share whatever it is about it that you find interesting.” You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Geometry

This week, Patti Moed asks us to think geometrically. She writes, “The world is full of shapes. Circles, squares, ovals, triangles, and even some of your favorites from geometry class like parallelograms. For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, we are focusing on geometry—shapes that are visually interesting and form a pattern or rhythm.” You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – A Change of Scenery

This week, the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge features a guest host. Beth, of Wandering Dawgs Blog, asks us to share images that fit the theme “Change of Scenery.”  She writes about getting out and finding a change of scenery, and goes on to note, “If you are unable to get out right now, we’d love for you to browse through your archives to feature images from places you have visited in the past when you needed a change of scenery.” You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Special Moments

On the Panama Canal.

This week, Tina Schell asks us to consider sharing “…Moments that you want to save forever in your heart of hearts.” She goes on to note examples such as the birth of a child, wedding vows, and less personal ones like that perfect sunrise. You can read her entire challenge post here. One of my dreams for many years included a cruise through the Panama Canal. Regular readers know I am a fan of cruising, and in the wake of the pandemic, I’ve had to cancel two cruises that would have brought me and my wife many special moments on our first trips on the European continent. For this challenge-response, I will share some of my special moments captured on that cruise through the Panama Canal. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Natural Light

This week our theme host asks us to feature images using Natural Light. Amy uses the following quote from the well-known photographer, Annie Leibovitz, to introduce the challenge theme. “Natural light photography uses the sun as a light source. The available light from the sun varies with the time of day. A sunny day provides full illumination, while an overcast day may afford texture and nuance to a photographer.”  You can read Amy’s entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Soft

This week it’s Ann-Christine’s turn to issue the challenge. Her challenge of “Soft” reminded me of Teddy Roosevelt’s quote, “Speak softly and carry a big stick…” that summed up his philosophy in dealing with foreign interests. Since I don’t have any posts that speak to politics, I’ll take a different tack to my response. In any case, you can read Ann-Christine’s challenge post here.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Subjects Starting with the Letter-S

Patti Moed is this week’s host for the photo challenge, and she is asking us to focus on subjects beginning with the letter S. She writes, “You can also include signs and graffiti with the letter S. For an added challenge, capture an image that illustrates a concept with the letter S, such as serene, sharp, spooky, or silent.” You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading