Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 226 – Textures

For this challenge our guest host Jude of Cornwall in Colours has asked us to show different textures we find in our world.

Old Brick Chimney covered with lichens, Georgia
Peach Tree Bark, Georgia
North Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Giants Causeway, Northern Island
Sunflower
Resurrection ferns on oak tree with palm fronds in the background, Florida

Many thanks to our guest host Jude of Cornwall in Colours for her Lens-Artists Challenge #226 – Textures

Happy Thanksgiving 2022

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, a national holiday set aside for Americans to give thanks for their blessings. This week I have been reflecting on how thankful I am for the many things that bring me joy.

I am thankful for my husband and soulmate, Henry, for our 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren who are growing up too fast, and all of my family and friends.

I am thankful when I see a smile on a grandchild’s face and hear the sound of  their laughter. I’m thankful to be able to attend their sporting events and school programs. I’m thankful that this year I was able to watch my oldest grandchild graduate from high school.

I am thankful for my health, for the beauty of nature, that I have been able to travel to many wonderful places, for my love of books, and for all of the little things that bring me joy.

I am thankful for the gift of today.

Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 225 – Wildlife Close to Home

In this challenge Anne asks us: ”From squirrels to birds, wildlife is around us. What non-domestic animals live in your neighborhood or nearby?”

The salt marsh, salt water creeks, rivers and the Atlantic Ocean attract an abundance of wildlife close to my home in coastal Georgia. Whether on the beach, in the waterways, in my neighborhood, or in my own back yard I am grateful to be able to see such a variety of wildlife.

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin near Tybee Island, Georgia
Flock of Terns, Tybee Island, Georgia

Wading Birds

Birds of Prey

Backyard Wildlife

Insects in the garden

Many thanks for Sofia’s Lens-Artists Challenge #225 – Wildlife Close to Home

Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 224 – Exposure

In this challenge Sofia asks us to work on exposure. We can use our camera’s shutter speed or play with the aperture settings when we are shooting. Another way to work with exposure is to change the exposure when editing.

This is a great challenge for me because I tend to be on the lazy side and let my camera do the work using the automatic feature. This method is great when I’m shooting wildlife that moves and I don’t have time to change settings quickly. Often, when taking photos of other subjects I’m not happy with the results if I let the camera do the work.

The two images below were taken just minutes apart. I used the camera’s automatic settings for the first image. I used the manual settings to change the shutter speed to 1/20 to achieve the overexposed look for the second image.

In the images below I played with different settings to capture the first camellia of the season. For the first image I set the aperture to a low 4.6. I set the shutter speed to 1/4000 for the second image.

Many thanks for Sofia’s Lens-Artists Challenge #224 – Exposure

Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 222 – Mountains are Calling

Amy has asked us to share our joy of visiting/climbing mountains. I live in coastal Georgia where the nearest mountains are many miles away. Some of our most memorable trips are ones we took to visit mountains.

A few hours north of where I live is Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia at 4784 feet in elevation. I don’t have a picture of the mountain itself but here is a view from the top.

View from the top of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia

If we travel a little farther north into North Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia we can visit the beautiful Great Smokey Mountains National Park or take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Cataloochee Valley Overlook Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

We can keep going farther north in Virginia to take a ride on the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

We’ve made a few RV trips to the western United States to visit the majestic mountain ranges there.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Storm over Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Colorado
Pikes Peak – “America’s Mountain”, Colorado
Sandia Crest, New Mexico
Bighorn mountains in Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

We even traveled to the Canadian Rockies.

Banff National Park, Alberta

Of all the mountains I’ve seen, the ones in Alaska are my favorites. The rest of the images are from our RV trip to Alaska several years ago.

Denali (formerly known as Mt. McKinley), 20,320 feet tall, is the tallest mountain in North America. The last three images were taken from three different locations. No matter where you are when you see it, it is an amazing sight.

Many thanks for Amy’s Lens-Artists Challenge #222 – Mountains are Calling