Lens Artists Challenge 119 – Hideaway

This year more than ever our home has become our sanctuary. There is a mixed blessing in this because we have made the decision to downsize and move closer to our girls and their families. The place we have chosen to live will have many of the characteristics of our current neighborhood with the plus of being closer to our family and the Outer Banks. This year I have truly enjoyed the variety of birds we have seen in our yard. Here are a few photos I’d like to share.



Juvenile Green Heron

Male and Female Finches

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Lens Artists Challenge 117 – A Photo Walk

This week Amy has asked us to share photos from a photo walk. These pictures are from today’s walk in our neighborhood with my husband and dog. Our neighborhood has a golf course and several man made lakes which makes for some nice views. Pampas grass is planted near the entrance and sometimes the light on it is pretty.

The golf course winds in and around the houses.

Several of the homes are decorated for Halloween.

There are quite a few houses including ours that live on one of the lakes.

Even though it is fall, there are still a few flowers in bloom.

And as we returned home, we saw Teddy Bear, our neighbor’s dog enjoying the beautiful day.

I hope you enjoyed walking with me though pictures. If you would like to join in on this week’s topic, you can go here


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Topic – Doors and Windows

This week we are sharing photos of doors and windows. If you would like to play along with this, you can go here for more information –

Here are my selections for this week’s topic

Beach Cottage Windows

Beautiful stained glass window

Dollhouse doors and windows made by Santa Grandpa


Lens Artists Challenge 116 – Symmetry

This week Patti invites us to share photos of vertical, horizontal and radial symmetry. Here are a few examples I have chosen.

The first is a photo of Bodie Lighthouse on the Outer Banks dividing the image in two vertically. There may be a little horizontal symmetry going on with the stripes.

Next is an example of horizontal symmetry.

The final two are examples of radial symmetry but may also have horizontal symmetry as well.

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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 –