Lens Artists – Shade and Shadows

This week Ann-Christine has invited us to share pictures of shade and shadows. I have chosen 3 for the topic.

The first one is a picture of a shell on the windowsill. I think I took this for a Flickr macro group I belong to.

The next photo was taken in Rincon, Puerto Rico several years ago. Some of the beaches have palm trees not too far from the water’s edge. I was able to take this from a little higher vantage point.

The last photo is yours truly 🙂

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Lens Artists Challenge – Spots and Dots

Our house is sold and we are staying with family until we can move into the apartment we are renting while we build. We’ve done a little travelling and enjoying ourselves during this in-between phase. This week Ann Christine has asked us to share photos of our interpretation of spots and dots. Here are a few that I have.

One of the “spots” we went to on our travels was Flora-Bama. It is definitely a t-shirt and shorts type of place. It’s a couple of run down beach buildings with music in 6 different areas. If you go – be prepared for a “dive” like atmosphere with good music.

Also in Florida, I spent some time trying to “spot” lizards that seem to be everywhere. This one blends in nicely with it’s surroundings.

Lastly, today we went for a walk on the beach and saw what was left of this spotted sea animal that had washed up on the shore. I would love to have seen what it looked like alive.

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Lens Artists Challenge #131 – Emotions

I have lots of photos of family and friends showing emotions however I am going with a different take on this week’s theme – happy dogs. I think dogs show a lot of emotion through their tails, eyes and yes even their smiles. Here are a few photos of dogs that are or have been in our family.

This picture goes back in time. Meet Coda – our dog from my childhood. He has that happy doggy smile.

Rosie is up next. She lived with us for almost 16 years – we lost her in 2017. You can just feel her joy as she romps in the snow.

Here is smiling Kiely – my daughter’s dog who recently passed away. Labs seem to have a permanent smile.

This is Bongo – also my daughter’s dog – he lives for his ball!!

Last is our little Gidget. You can see the love and trust in her eyes.

I hope these photos brought some joy to you. If you would like to join in on this week’s challenge, you can find the info here –


Lens Artists Challenge – Favorites of 2020

Prior to “stay at home” orders – we were able to travel to the Outer Banks to see family. Both of our daughters live there. We usually end up at the beach while we are there. These 2 photos are from January and February.

In March, the stay at home orders were started in both Virginia and North Carolina and the bridges to the Outer Banks were closed to anyone who did not live or work there. This lasted for a long 2 1/2 months. During that time, we busied ourselves with home improvement and puzzles. I tried a few new photography techniques such as low and high key photos.

The bridges opened and we were finally allowed to go down again. Even though we live in separate homes, we all decided that the family was our “germ circle” and there would be no other socializing. We were also able to make a short trip to Skyline Drive in the fall through careful planning. We stayed at a friend’s condo and did a complete wipe down of the place on arrival and brought all of our own sheets, towels etc. It was well worth all the effort to stay safe.

Somewhere along this 2020 journey, we decided to try and move closer to our family. If we can make everything work out – we will sell our beloved but too large 32 year old home this spring and find a newer and smaller place less than 30 minutes from them. We will miss this home – lots of memories.

I’ll close with the best thing to come out of 2020 – the birth of our 3rd grandchild in mid-December. I can’t think of a better way to end 2020.


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 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 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

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