Lens Artists Challenge #150 Let’s Get Wild

This week Dianne of the blog Rambling Ranger encourages us to share photos of nature untouched by humans or without help from humans. I am sharing 2 photos that are special to me.

First up is a deer from Skyline Drive in Virginia. I could see one every day and never tire of seeing them so they are a real treat when we do get a chance to see one.

The second photo is also from Skyline Drive. My husband and I have been visiting that area every fall for over 40 years and we rarely see bear. This photo is from one of those rare occasions.

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Lens Artists Challenge #143 – Colorful April

Spring has sprung!! Longer days, warmer evenings and growth everywhere. This week we are sharing what April looks like where we live. Here are a few of my photos.

For those that celebrate Easter, dying Easter eggs is a fun activity that brings color and lots of hard boiled eggs to eat.

There are trees that have beautiful blossoms to enjoy.

One of the holly trees in our yard gets little white blossoms that attract all types of pollinators. It’s fun to try and catch them in flight as they move from one area to the next.

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Lens Artists – #140 – Change of Scenery

Whenever I get the opportunity to go to the beach – I’m there – warm weather or cold – it doesn’t matter. If it’s cold – I go long enough to see and hear the waves and smell the salty air. The photo below was from one of those cold days in January. People who live in the Outer Banks are encouraged to bring their trees down to the dunes as a way of helping protect them.

The next photo is more recent and hopefully will put a smile on your face. This Easter Bunny was set up at a local park to see children and give them a little treat.


Lens Artists Challenge #138 – Soft

This week’s topic for the Lens Artists is soft. There are a variety of ways to interpret this. In the first photo – Gidget is interpreting the word for us. I can just hear her say – “this feels so soft and cool”.

In the next photo – I’m sure most everyone would agree that babies exude softness. For this photo – I decreased the clarity and increased the exposure to enhance the softness.

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Lens Artists #136 – Starts with Letter S

This week we are sharing photos of subjects that start with the letter “S”. Here are mine for the week.

The first one is from a recent snowstorm we had in January. We don’t get snow that often and this one was just enough to make everything pretty.

This one is shorebreak surf.

The last one is part real and part fake. It’s a flower at sunset. Photoshop has a sky replacement filter which is pretty cool. I shot the flower on a white background and added the sunset through the magic of Photoshop.

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Lens Artists Challenge #134 From Forgettable to Favorite

This week we are sharing photos that may have been “throw-aways” if not for some editing. When there is something about a photo I like but don’t like it in the current state I usually try monotone edits or something in Topaz like a texture. Here are a few examples of before and after

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Lens Artists Challenge – Stripes and Checks

This week in the Lens Artists Challenge, we are sharing photos with stripes and checks. Here are my choices for the week.

Stripes made from protective fencing on the beach

Striped zebra swallowtail

The next 2 photos are of buildings which have checks of various sizes

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Macro Photography

Lens Artists Challenge – It’s a Small World

This week we are posting close up/macro photos. This is probably my favorite type of photography. I am always amazed by the little surprises in the photos once they are on the computer – things you don’t see when you take the picture. About a year ago, I invested in a “super” macro lens which brings things even closer. The picture below was taken with that lens and is the center of a poinsettia.

Although you get amazing detail – the lens has a huge learning curve.

The next 2 photos were taken with the traditional macro lens. I loves the detail and colors of the caterpillar and you can also see why pinecones hurt when you step on them.

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Lens Artist Challenge – Found in the Neighborhood

I have always been a “backyard” photographer but even more now than ever. These photos were taken at or near my home in 2020.

The first one was taken in March. Our neighbor’s son had a wedding planned in March but it had to be altered. They ended up having a very small ceremony in their yard. We live one door down so we were able to go out on the deck and cheer them on. I also pulled out my long lens and played paparazzi. (I didn’t include pictures of the happy couple because I did not ask permission to post).

On a walk one morning I decided to snap this photo of a rose trying to “escape” it’s back yard.

We are also lucky to have lots of birds, bugs and other critters to keep us entertained.

We are blessed to live in a lovely neighborhood with great neighbors who look after each other. If you would like to tell us about your area – you can find the details here –


Lens Artists #122 – The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

For this week’s challenge, we are invited by Ana – – to share photos depicting this theme. I have to admit that I do not get up often for sunrises. Here are a few of my favorites:

Early morning surf session

Beach walker

Sunrise service on the pier

Cloudy and colorful sunrise

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