Lens Artist Challenge 114 – Negative Space

I have been enjoying everyone’s photos while recovering from back surgery related to stenosis. For the first few days after surgery – I questioned having it done but I believe I am moving beyond that now. I still have some pain and limitations but hopefully both will be gone over the next 12 weeks. This week – Amy has encouraged us to share photos that depict negative space.

Here is the link if you want to join in –

My first photo shows a pier with nothing around but water and the dramatic sky. I love seeing weather form on beaches.

The next photo is a dreamy capture of my granddaughter cresting a sand dune on one of the beaches in Hatteras, NC.

Next are flowers from our yard against a white background. The vase holding the flowers is near 100 years old and designed specifically for gladiola.

Last is a cormorant sitting on a post. This was taken on a previous trip to Florida. I’m pretty pleased with it since it was taken from a moving boat.

I hope everyone has a great week!!


Lens Artists Challenge – Creativity During COVID

This week we have been asked to share photos that express creativity during COVID. Photography has been a great outlet for me during this time since I had to give up piano lessons which also serve as a creative outlet.

I belong to a couple of online photography groups and they have weekly topic based challenges. Often there are topics that are out of my comfort zone so they provide an opportunity to try something different. These are 2 examples:


Bokeh Shapes

I do a lot of macro photography but have only used the focus stacking technique/editing process a couple of times. If done correctly – this technique can bring out a lot of detail.

One of the hardest things for us was not being able to see family. Even though we live only 90 minutes away – a state line separated us as well as a bridge which was closed to visitors. Both of our daughters live in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. So during our Google Duo calls – I “creatively” took family snapshots to display on the refrigerator.

I hope you have been able to find something that allows for creativity in your life. If you would like to join in on this challenge – you can go here –


Lens Artist Challenge #109 – Under the Sun

The sun can produce many types of different looking photos from harsh to beautiful throughout the day. Here are a few examples:

The afternoon sun on this day provided glorious light on my daughter’s dog Bongo playing with his ball.

This was taken at midday which usually produces harsh light but also provided a nice reflection of this beach umbrella.

Late morning sun gave the ocean waves a beautiful green color.

Although we live in a fairly temperate climate, January – March can be very cold and we do get the occasional snow storm. In 2018 – we had a significant snow storm for this area with drifts up to 6 feet. This was taken midday as well. I like how the snow almost glistens in the bright sun. Gidget was not very fond of going out in this stuff since some areas covered her legs making walks difficult. She would definitely not fare well in colder climates 🙂

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Lens Artists Challenge 108 – Sanctuary

Most of you who follow me know that one of my favorite places is the beach which is always a sanctuary for me. With this post I decided to share another sanctuary – our backyard. We are fortunate to live on a neighborhood lake which allows us to see plenty of waterfowl. Plus I make sure that there are feeders and birdbaths in the yard. Here are a few of the birds we have enjoyed this year

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Lens Artists Challenge – Autumn

I am definitely a warm weather gal – but I do enjoy the colors and traditions of the fall and winter. In our area, autumn colors don’t show up until November so we take an annual trip to Skyline Drive in October. This past October was special because we had both grandchildren there and our grandson had started walking. Here is one of my favorite photos from the trip.

The next two photos were taken in our area in November. This past fall was especially colorful here

If you would like to share your autumn photos with us – please go here for the information