Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #179 – Serene

I always find peace and quiet in an early morning walk on an uncrowded beach or observing a brilliant sunrise.

Coastal Georgia Sunrise

The remoteness of Everglades National Park, Denali National Park, and the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge bring me a sense of peace and calm like nowhere else.

Sunrise in Everglades National Park, Florida
Deep in the wilderness of Denali National Park in Alaska
White Tailed Deer in the Okefenokee National Wildlife refuge.

Patti, thank you for this Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #179: Serene

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #178 – Your Choice

For this challenge Tina asked us to choose our own topic. December has been super busy with holiday events but I made sure I took the time to get out to take a few photos. For Tina’s challenge I chose a few images from the first two weeks of December here in coastal Georgia.

The weather has been beautiful with gorgeous evening and morning skies. The image above is from my favorite place to watch the sunset. The below image is a recent coastal sunrise.

There are some wonderful Christmas light displays this year.

The Christmas baking has begun.

I hope you are enjoying your December wherever you are!

Many thanks to Tina for letting me choose my own theme for her Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #178: You Choose

Happy Thanksgiving 2021

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, and our 51 years together. I am thankful for our two grown children and our four awesome grandchildren. I am thankful both my children and our two oldest grandchildren are with us this Thanksgiving.

I am thankful to live in a community with wonderful friends and neighbors and surrounded by amazing natural beauty.

I am thankful for the little things that bring me joy – spending time with family, laughing with friends, a butterfly on a flower, a hummingbird on the feeder, watching the birds in my backyard, or a beautiful sunrise.

I am thankful that I have been given the gift of another day above ground. I am thankful that I am healthy enough to do all of the ordinary every day things I enjoy.

This post is inspired by Lindy Low LeCoq’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #175; Follow your Bliss

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #162 – It’s all about the Light

For this challenge our host Tina has asked us to explore the magic of light.

To help celebrate this week’s anniversary of America’s National Parks I am focusing on images from three of the National Parks we have visited.

Sunrise in the Everglades is always a special event. The following images were captured at sunrise from the Flamingo Campground in Everglades National Park. The sky put on a beautiful light show as the sun rose over Florida Bay.

The next two images were taken two years apart at Many Curves Overlook in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. The sun was shining in the spring of 2011 when I captured the image on the left. We returned in the summer of 2013 when I captured the image on the right.

Next we go to Zion National Park in Utah. I captured the following two images of the Watchman peak while waiting for sunset. As the sun was setting a full moon was rising.

Many thanks to Tina for challenging us with Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #162 – It’s all about the Light

I’m taking a short, much needed blogging break. I’ll be back in about two weeks.