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!

Bird Weekly Challenge – Birds That Eat Fish

There are many more birds that eat fish as their primary diet. I’ve chosen these images of birds with the freshly captured fish.

American White Pelican with a mouth full of fish
Anhinga with a big catch in the Everglades

Many thanks to Lisa for this week’s Bird Weekly Challenge Birds that Eat Fish as their primary diet

Bird Weekly Challenge – Birds that begin with the Letter E

I can think of many birds that begin with the letter E but for this challenge I will feature two kinds of Egrets – Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets.

We visited St. Augustine Alligator Farm in February one year in hopes of seeing the Great Egrets in their beautiful breeding plumage. They put on quite a show.

Snowy Egrets are smaller than the Great Egrets and have yellow feet.

Thank you Lisa for this week’s Bird Weekly Challenge Birds that begin with the Letter E

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Soft

This week Ann-Christine has asked us to show our interpretation of soft. The first thing that came to my mind was the soft pink petals on one of my Camellia bushes shown in the image above.

A dandelion, milkweed, and a foggy morning are other soft things I found.

Dandelion in a field from last fall
Silky soft Milkweed from last summer’s garden
Soft foggy morning this week

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for this week’s Lens Artists photo challenge #137: Soft

Birds with White Feathers

There are so many beautiful birds with white feathers I had a hard time choosing just a few. In recent bird challenges I have already featured White Pelicans (my favorite), Bald Eagles, and Whooping Cranes so I browsed through my archives to find a few images I haven’t yet used in the challenge. I captured this ring-billed gull on the beach this past weekend.

Ring Billed Gull, Georgia
NeNe, State Bird of Hawaii
White Ibis, Georgia
Loon, Jasper National Park, Allberta

I love it when two photo challenge have a similar theme. Lisa’s Bird Weekly Challenge this week is Birds with White Feathers and Terri’s Sunday Stills Challenge is A White-Washed World.