Lens Artists Photo Challenge #241 – Spring

Sylvia asks us to show what spring means to us.

To me, spring doesn’t begin on a specific date on the calendar. For me, it is spring in Coastal Georgia when the azaleas and Dogwoods are blooming, when there is new growth in the garden, and when the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations begin in Savannah and Tybee Island.

Spring Azaleas
Spring Dogwood Blooms
Forsyth Park Fountain turned green for St. Patrick’s Day, Savannah

To me, spring also means working in the garden beds and watching birds at the bird feeder.

Male Painted Bunting at the Feeder

Sometimes we like to travel in the spring. The next images show some of my favorite spring blooms from our travels.

Many thanks to for Sylvia for this challenge Lens-Artists Challenge #241 – Spring

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #240 – The road (most often) Taken

Many thanks to John for this challenge and for mentioning my WanderingDawgs blog in his post. He asks: “For this week’s challenge, I want you to think of your favorite type or style of photography as the road you’ve chosen to take most often.”

I enjoy many types of photography but I my favorite is nature photography.

Coastal Brown Bear Cub, Haines, Alaska
Pelicans, Florida
Monarch on Mexican Sunflower
Bee in the Butterfly Garden
Flame Azaleas on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Many thanks to for John for his challenge Lens-Artists Challenge #240 – The Road (most often) Taken

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #238 – Alone Time

Ann-Christine’s challenge is Alone Time. She tells us ”Alone time means time spent by an individual or a couple apart from others. It is often used to ground oneself, or to do something creative.” She asks us to share our thoughts and share what we use our alone time for.

I treasure my alone time. Sometimes I just want a quiet place to sit and do nothing. Other times I like to read or grab my camera to find something to photograph. Working in my garden or working on my blog posts are other ways I spend alone time. When we are at home I often enjoy some alone time in the rope swing shown in the above image.

Traveling to a remote national or state park is a great way to enjoy some time alone. Being far away from civilization allows me to enjoy the nature around me.

Alone at sunrise in Flamingo, Florida, Everglades National Park
Alone in the Okefenokee Swamp, Fargo, Georgia
Alone in the Denali Wilderness, Denali National Park, Alaska

Closer to home, we can take a boat ride to one of Georgia’s deserted barrier islands and be the only people there.

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for her challenge Lens-Artists Challenge #238 – Alone Time

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #237 – Bringing Softness

Bren’s challenge is to show how we bring softness to our photos. She tells us ” You don’t have to stick to flowers, landscapes and architecture are also ideal subjects. By lowering the clarity and creating softness in those areas frames the subject in an image, be it a tree, path, bridge, even a door or house or just a dreamy looking image.”

My first image is a landscape photo from Lake Bistineau in Louisiana. I used my photo editing software to create a radial blur surrounding the tree stump.


Another method I experimented with was creating a vignette effect. It seemed to work well with the pair of pelicans and the bunny in the following images. I used a radial blur for the deer in the woods.


My final two images are flowers softened with a radial blur.

Many thanks to Amy for her challenge Lens-Artists Challenge #237 – Bringing Softness

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #236 – East meets West or North meets South

Amy’s challenge is to explore differences between locations in the East and West or North and South using culture, architecture, plants, or landscape. I’m going to take a look at the differences between North Georgia and South Georgia landscapes. The opening image is springtime in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah.

North Georgia

North Georgia has mountains, waterfalls, Tallulah Gorge, and the highest point in Georgia.

View from top of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia
Black Rock Mountain State Park

South Georgia

South Georgia is flat and has the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, barrier islands, beaches, salt marsh, farmland, pecan groves, and historic Savannah.

Okefenokee Landscape
Okefenokee Landscape
Nanny Goat Beach, Sapelo Island, Georgia
Sunrise at Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, GA
Early Morning Salt Marsh

Many thanks to Amy for her challenge Lens-Artists Challenge #236 – East Meets West or North meets South