Lens-Artists #83: Future

For this week’s challenge Ann-Christine has asked us to illustrate the Future.

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow ~ Audrey Hepburn

A flower bud’s future is to become a flower.

Bud on newly planted Bobbie Fain Variegated Camellia
First bloom on newly planting Camellia

The future of a caterpillar is to become a butterfly.

Monarch Caterpillar munching on milkweed leaf
Monarch on milkweed

While I don’t know what my future will bring, I can enjoy watching my garden grow. The seeds I plant in March become summer flowers.

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Future


Lens-Artists #82: Capital

For this weeks challenge, guest challenger Viveka of My Guilty Pleasures has chosen capital as our challenge. When I saw the challenge I immediately thought of my Dad and his quest to take photos of all 50 United States Capitals. I’m taking the challenge literally and have chosen a few shots of state capital buildings I’ve taken through the years.

I inherited many of my traits from my father including his love of travel and his love of photography. I have so many memories from my child hood of him taking photos with his Minolta 35mm camera. He would send the rolls of film off in the mail to be processed into slides. When he got them back our family would gather around to see his slide show. Through the years he accumulated thousands of slides.

After Dad retired, he and Mom continued to make road trips all around the United States. His goal was to photograph every state capital. And he did!

I never had that goal when we traveled around the United States but whenever I had a chance I would snap a shot of a state capital. I only have a few and some where taken through the window of the truck as we drove by.

This post is in memory of my Dad and his slides of all 50 U.S. Capitals.

Columbia, South Carolina
Capitol of West Virginia in Charleston
Charleston, West Virginia
State Capital in Madison, Wisconsin
Capital Building in Juneau, Alaska
Capital Building in Juneau, Alaska

Many thanks to guest challenger Viveka for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Capital


Lens-Artists #81: Find Something Red

For this weeks challenge, Patti has challenged us to find something red. I could go the easy way and show nothing but pictures of Georgia Bulldogs but I will show some of my favorite reds from my archives instead.

Red Door in Dublin, Ireland
Red window frames and shades at McDonagh’s in Galway where we had the best fish and chips of our trip
Red airplane on Glacier in Alaska
Red berries on green holly
Red berries on green holly
I love the red outfit of the Highland Dancer
Male Painted Bunting
Cinco de Mayo Rose at Savannah Botanical Gardens

I had to include some Georgia Bulldog red.

Red tailgating tents and fans dressed in red for the Georgia Bulldogs vs Notre Dame game in Athens, GA

Many thanks to Patti for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Find Something in Red


Lens-Artists #80: Leading Lines

For this weeks challenge, Tina has challenged us to show photos with leading lines. Tina tells us “Leading lines carry our eye through a photograph. They help to tell a story, to place emphasis, and to draw a connection between objects. They create a visual journey from one part of an image to another and can be  helpful for creating depth as well.”

This swinging bridge crosses Tallulah Gorge in north Georgia.
This swinging bridge in O’leno State Park, Florida takes us into the fog
Two kids on a walkway to the beach
This photo is of a walkway over the dunes looking away from the beach
Line of fences protecting the dunes

Many thanks to Tina for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Leading Lines


Lens-Artists #79: Window with a View

For this weeks challenge, Amy has asked us to show windows with a view.

As we traveled around Ireland last spring some of our hotel rooms had great views out the windows.

I loved the view of Eyre Square from the windows of our room in Galway, Ireland. It took some creative maneuvering of the camera to avoid the black window frame (alas, you can still see part of it in the upper right corner).

Eyre Square, Galway

Our first bed and breakfast experience was the Alderhaven Country Home in Killarney, Ireland. The home was in a beautiful setting and our hosts Pat and Norrie O’Neill were wonderful. When we decided to let someone else do the driving and take a tour of the Ring of Kerry, Norrie arranged a tour with a a tour company and guide she knew.

View from our room at the Alderhaven Country Home in Killarney. That’s our blue rental car.
Nothing better than a full Irish breakfast with a view. At the Alderhaven Country Home in Killarney we watched bunnies in the yard every morning.

At the Westwood Country House in Tower, near Blarney, our room overlooked the back yard. Our hosts Fergus and Eucharia welcomed us into their beautiful home and prepared fresh eggs from their back yard hens and smoked salmon for breakfast. Fergus even gave us scones to take along for a snack on our all day bus tour. Seeing the evening sky through our window was a real treat at the end of a long day.

View behind the house from our room at Westwood Country House in Tower, Ireland

Our room several floors up in the Hotel Europa in Belfast, Northern Ireland had great views of the city. The photo at the top of this page was taken looking down at the street.

View from our room on about the 7th floor of the Hotel Europa in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Many thanks to Amy for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Window with a View