Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #169 – The Ordinary

Our challenge from guest host I.J. Khanewala of Don’t Hold your Breath is to show ordinary objects. I chose a few images from my back yard that show ordinary sights around my October garden.

In the image above, the pink plumes of the Muhly Grass is an ordinary sign of fall where I live.

Every October, when most of the flowers in my butterfly garden are gone, the bright orange Mexican Sunflowers are still attracting butterflies. Gulf Fritillaries, Skippers, and Monarch butterflies are ordinary visitors feasting on the last of the nectar.

Gulf Fritillary on Mexican Sunflower
Monarch on Mexican Sunflower
Skipper on Mexican Sunflower

Many thanks to our guest host I.J. Khanewala for challenging us with Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary

Thanks also to Terri’s Sunday Stills Challenge: Burnt or Blood Orange

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #168 – Seen Better Days

Tina has asked us to explore places and things that have seen better days.

In the image above, we discovered this abandoned boat on the beach in Washington State. Did it wash ashore after it sank or did someone just abandon it there?

In the next photo we know what happened to the red sailboat. A strong hurricane washed it into the marsh in coastal Georgia. We don’t know where it came from but someone eventually was able to tow it away.

Alaska and Colorado still have some buildings and rusty equipment that are leftover from the gold mining days.

Remains of an old mining camp in Colorado
Gold Mining Equipment in Chicken, Alaska

The Honeymoon Cottage in Cedar Key, Florida was once a destination cottage that stood on stilts over the water. Over the years, storms took their toll on the building until now the only thing left is a place for the birds to perch.

What’s left of Honeymoon Cottage in Cedar Key, Florida

Many thanks to Tina for challenging us with Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #168: Seen Better Days

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #167 – Autumn Colors

For this challenge our host Amy has asked us to share images of Autumn Colors. Where I live in Coastal Georgia, the calendar says autumn but the temperature is still warm. Even when the weather cools off, we don’t get the orange, red, and yellow colors we think of when we think of autumn. When we want to see the brilliant colors we travel to higher elevations in October or November.

The images at the top of the page and these next two images were taken on a lake in West Georgia one November.

The following images were taken one October as we took a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

I hope you are enjoying your autumn where ever you are.

Many thanks to Amy for challenging us with Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #167: Autumn Colors

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #166 – Artificial Light

For this challenge our host Ann-Christine has asked us to share images of artificial light.

One of my favorite things at Disney World is the night time parades. The images above and below are of two of the floats from a parade in the Magic Kingdom several years ago.

During the holiday season the light displays bring out the holiday spirit in me.

I couldn’t end this post without including the red lights of The University of Georgia’s football stadium during a night game. The white lights in the stands are the fans holding up their cell phones with the flashlight turned on.

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for challenging us with Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #166: Artificial Lights

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #165 – Going Wide

For this challenge our host Patti has asked us to Go Wide for some wide angle shots. This challenge got me thinking about some of the huge magnificent natural wonders I have photographed in my travels. I don’t have a wide angle lens so for most of these images I had to move around until I could find the right spot to capture as much as I could of the subject.

It’s hard to imagine the size of Niagara Falls until you’ve seen it in person. In the image above I tried to capture all of the Niagara Falls Canada. It’s so wide I had to try several different view points before I could fit it all in the camera frame. The image below shows the American Falls on the left and the Canadian Falls on the right. I wasn’t able to get all of the American Falls in the shot.

These next few images are from various trips we have made. Trying to get these huge formations into the frame was quite a challenge! In some cases I backed up as far as I could go to get the picture I wanted.

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Arches National Park, Utah – The people standing near the bottom of the photo give you an idea of the size of the arches
Isle of Skye, Scotland – the cars on the road give you an idea of how big the area is
Monument Valley, Utah and Arizona
Grand Canyon North Rim, Arizona

Many thanks to Patti for challenging us with Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #165: Going Wide