Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #140 – A Change of Scenery

I have the honor of hosting this week’s Lens-Artists photo challenge. If you are able to do so, we are challenging you to get out and look for a change of scenery. You don’t have to go far from home. It can be in your neighborhood, town, or even a car ride away. Maybe there is a nearby park you haven’t been to in a while, or maybe you’ve been wanting to try a different route on your walk, run, or bike ride. 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.

It’s been a long time since we have gone anywhere so my husband and I took off last week for a short road trip. Three nights in a small town on the Gulf Coast of Florida was just what we needed to recharge our batteries. Morning walks, nature trails, lots of birds, watching the sunset, and fresh delicious seafood were just what the doctor ordered.

Restaurants and shops on the Cedar Key Waterfront
Early morning view just a few steps from our room
Nature trail Boardwalk at Cemetery Point Park
Clam fisherman out for a day of work. This unique boat design isn’t seen in the waters where I live.
These stone crab traps are different from the blue crap traps we see in coastal Georgia.
Brown Pelican waiting for a handout on the fishing pier in Cedar Key. The ones at home aren’t this bold.
Gulf Coast Sunset, Cedar Key, Florida

In your post, please include a link to my original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so everyone can find your post in the WordPress reader. I’m looking forward to seeing your responses!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Tina’s Special Moments challenge last week. It was a joy to see so many special moments and read the incredible stories that went along with the images.

Many thanks to Tina, Ann-Christine, Patti and Amy for inviting me be be your host this week. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your responses!

153 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #140 – A Change of Scenery

  1. Some great shots in a different location for you — how refreshing! We all need a getaway after this past year, and you’ve shown how the ordinary can be extraordinary either because we haven’t seen it in a while or it’s different from we’re accustomed to. You’ve got me thinking how I can share some shots as well.

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  2. Enjoyed the tour of this lovely town on the Gulf Coast of Florida. These are beautiful photos via your lens. Love the trail, the unique boat, sunset, and the brown pelican capture. Thank you, Beth for hosting this week’s photo challenge. πŸ™‚

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  3. Glad to hear you were able to get away and enjoy a change of scenery. Looks like the perfect location. I’m looking forward to hitting the road in May. I’m more than ready for the change.

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    1. Ingrid, we were really antsy to go somewhere. It had been almost two years since we had left the state. Cedar Key is one of my favorite places to see birds and I was on the lookout for White Pelicans. There were flocks of them there but they were always too far away to get a good close up shot. The brown pelicans were everywhere and very cooperative when I wanted to take their picture! Enjoy your road trip in May. It’s amazing how good it felt to get out of town for just a few days.

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  4. Being someplace new is automatically changing scenery. It’s interesting to watch plants change depending on little things that change in their environment. My college campus was very flat with clay soil. Water would stand after heavy rains. But beside campus was a very small high … a slight rise in elevation. Terms out that was a glacial sand dune … and yep … the plants on there were different. Well done, Beth.

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  5. Great challenge topic! A restful getaway after the last year is on top of my mind as well. I love the sights, sounds, and smells of the sea. It’s been more than a decade since we’ve visited Florida to spend more than a day while getting ready to embark or arriving from the cruise ships at Miami or Port Canaveral. I need to think of a change of scenery to the eastern coast again!

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  6. Love your photos, especially the pelican, and I envy you your coastal escape! It’s a great idea for a theme but as we’re still in strict lockdown in the UK I’ve decided to share a place that was a valued ‘change of scenery’ for us as last year’s lockdown started to ease a bit: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/king-john-was-not-a-good-man-runnymede/ Hopefully we’ll be out exploring our immediate area again very soon, and looking forward to a couple of ‘staycations’ like yours later in the year when they should be permitted πŸ™‚

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  7. I love seeing these beautiful images of the Florida coast as I watch dark clouds brood overhead today. Congrats on hosting Lens-Artists this week. A great group of photographers there! Your pelican image is wonderful! Hopefully, we can all get a change of scenery very soon!

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  8. Hi, Beth. I’m “running” late this week after major crashes of my computer and camera! Yikes! I just want to tell you again how delighted we are that you’re leading the challenge this week and have chosen a theme that is perfect for those of us who have spent months close to home. I especially love your shots of the pelican and the Cedar Key pier which remind me so much of your part of the country. Here’s a link to my post of a quick trip to Maine. https://pilotfishblog.com/. Have a great week, too.

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    1. Patti, it was my pleasure to host this week. I’m enjoying seeing so many ways people have interpreted the them. I enjoyed seeing your post of coastal Maine. We were there many years ago in March to visit family. Do they still call it “Mud Season”?

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  9. Lovely theme and lovely getaway, Beth! I so enjoyed your calm images and subtle colours. All of them. Of course I must have the pelican as a favourite! Thank you for hosting this week – β™₯

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  10. We haven’t left our county in over two years and barely gone 20 miles from home during this last year so we are totally ready for a break, somewhere, anywhere, but not just yet. In the meantime we have taken advantage of the opening of some local gardens when the weather was good at the end of February. Others are opening soon a little further afield and we will definitely be booking a slot! Love your pelican shot Beth. They are magnificent birds. I enjoyed seeing them in California. My post will be up tomorrow, though I am not sure you are allowing pingbacks on yours as I haven’t seen any in the comment section.

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    1. Thank you for your comments. I’m looking forward to you post. I don’t know what is happening with the pingbacks. A few people have included them in their comments so please try. One person didn’t get it to work the first time but it worked when she tried again. So glad you liked the pelican. They are fun to see. I’m looking forward to your post.

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      1. Computers (and WordPress), gotta’ love ’em. I will attempt to give specific instructions.
        1. Click on My Sites at upper left of your WP page.
        2. Click on Settings, in main left column, or click WP Admin at bottom and then click Settings.
        3. Under Settings, click Discussion.
        4. At the top, under Default Article Settings, or Default Post Settings, Turn ON “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new posts
        You can also turn on/off pingbacks in an individual post.
        1. In BLOCK editor look in the right column, click Post, click Discussion, then turn On/Off the settings as you want them.
        2. In CLASSIC editor, scroll to the bottom of your post editing and look for Discussion. Turn On/Off settings as desired.
        You may still have to look in COMMENTS to approve pingbacks.
        I don’t know if all the old pingbacks will reappear or if it will only apply to new pingbacks.
        ENJOY!

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  11. Many, many thanks to everyone’s comments and to everyone who participated in the challenge. Several people have commented on having trouble with ping backs. I apologize for any frustration you have had about that. I have tried to correct the problem so hopefully there won’t be any more issues.

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