Lens-Artists #70: Monochrome

This week, Patti  has challenged us to explore the world of monochrome using black and white, sepia, or different shades of the same color.

For this challenge I went through my archives and chose photos of scenes in Savannah, Georgia. Converting the photos to black and white added a bit of mystery to them. The photo above is of stone steps leading from Bay Street to River Street along the Savannah River.

The Forsyth Park Fountain is one of Savannah’s most well know sights.

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Forsyth Park Fountain in Savannah, Georgia

Bonaventure Cemetery is always an interesting place to visit. Seeing it in black and white adds a little more drama.

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Military graves at Bonaventure Cemetery
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Bonaventure Cemetery
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Bonaventure Cemetery

Perhaps one of the most famous homes in Savannah is the Mercer House made famous by the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good of Evil.”

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Mercer House, Savannah, Georgia

Many thanks to Patti for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Monochrome

 

Lens-Artists #69: Seeing Double

This week, Tina has challenged us to focus on things that come in twos.

I enjoy taking animal and bird photographs. As I searched through my archives I came up with a few of my favorite animal and bird pairs.

Animal pairs are fun to capture. These two Irish sheep looked right at me as if posing for this photo.

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Pair of Irish Sheep

A pair of Scottish Highland Cows, Hamish and Heather, came to the fence to beg for some free food.

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Pair of Highland Cows in Scotland

These next photos are some of my favorite pairs of birds.  The photo at the top of the page is a pair of Bald Eagles we saw from a wildlife and glacier cruise in Valdez, Alaska.

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Pair of Whooping Cranes on Texas Gulf Coast
Pair of Ospreys on the nature trail
Pair of Ospreys on the nature trail, Gulf Islands National Seashore at Ft. Pickens, Florida
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Pair of great egrets at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery

Many thanks to Tina for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Seeing Double

 

Lens-Artists #68: Layered

This week, Amy has challenged us to feature photos featuring layers. When I read the challenge I immediately thought of colorful layered natural wonders found in Arizona and Utah.

The photo above and the photo below were taken from different overlooks at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

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North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

The state of Utah was filled with many different examples of layered natural formations.

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Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
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Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah
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Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
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Watchman in Zion National Park, Utah

Many thanks to Amy for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Layered

 

Lens-Artists #67: Candid

This week, Ann-Christine has challenged us to capture candid shots of people and/or animals.

This challenge was a difficult one for me because it’s hard for me to get good photos of people. Usually my candid shots are epic fails, either blurred or someone has a funny look on their face. As I searched through my photos I found some candid shots from our trip to Ireland and Scotland earlier this year.

On that trip we visited more than a few pubs. I couldn’t help but capture a few candid shots as we enjoyed a pint and dinner after a busy day of taking in the sights.

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Bartender pouring our first Guinness pint at the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Brewery
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Bartender at the beautiful Crown in Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Decisions, Decisions… in Edinburgh, Scotland

I loved hearing the music in the pubs and seeing the street performers.

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Musicians in Dublin
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Musicians at a pub in Dingle, Ireland
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In the shopping district in Galway
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Bagpiper in Edinburgh, Scotland

I managed to capture a few people doing everyday things.

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Waterville, Ireland
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Dingle Boat Harbor, Ireland
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Surfers at Inch Beach, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

I can’t end this post without including some candid animal shots.

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A shepherd tending to his flock during a sheep dog demonstration in Ir
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Highland Cow at Fernie Castle, Scotland

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

 

Lens-Artists #66: Filling the Frame

This week, Patti has challenged us to bring attention to the subject in our photo by filling the frame with that subject. I chose a selection of photos from this year’s butterfly garden.

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Bee in the Butterfly Garden
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Gulf Fritillary on Zinnia

Although several varieties of butterflies visited the garden this summer, the Monarchs have been few and far between until today. Early this morning, there were about eight different Monarchs feasting on the flowers.

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Monarch Butterfly
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Monarch on milkweed in early October
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Monarch on Mexican Sunflower in early October

Many thanks to Patti for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Filling the Frame