Lens-Artists #114: Negative Space

This week’s photo challenge from Amy asks us to show negative space. The negative space in a photo is the space surrounding the main subject in an image. This negative space can add a sense of emptiness, calm, peacefulness, or isolation.

In the photo above, the little dachshund is the main subject of this image. Our eye is drawn beyond the dog where we see he is running towards a flock of brown pelicans on a deserted beach.

In the next two photos, I felt the isolation of some very remote areas in the United States.

Driving through the Big Sky country of Montana toward the Bighorn Mountains
On this remote section of the Alaska Highway we were the only vehicle for miles

I like to use negative space to surround the main subject when taking closeup photos in the garden.

Monarch butterfly on milkweed

Thanks to Amy for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #114 – Negative Space.

Lens-Artists #113: Labor of Love

This week’s photo challenge comes from guest host Rusha Sams of Oh, The Places we See… We are asked to show images that represent a Labor of Love.

Planting my butterfly garden and maintaining it is a labor of love for me. By planting seeds and plants that attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees I am providing a place for them to feast on the nectar. At the same time I have a space in my backyard to relax and enjoy nature.

Here’s a few of the late summer critters that visited the garden recently. You can click on a picture to enlarge it.

Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, and Skipper butterflies have been all over the zinnias and Mexican Sunflower drinking up the nectar. Wasps, bees, and even a tiny grasshopper enjoyed the flowers, too.

It’s been a long, hot, dry summer and hopefully the flowers will continue to attract the butterflies and other critters for a little while longer.

I smile whenever I see these beautiful visitors to the garden. What made you smile this week?

Thanks to guest host Rusha Sams for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #113 – A Labor of Love.

Also shared with Trent’s Weekly Smile.

Lens-Artists #112: Pick a Word

This week, Ann-Christine has challenged us to pick a word and illustrate it with a photo. We can choose one or more words from the following choices: Comfortable, Growing, Tangled, Crowded, Exuberant.

The photo at the top is at a sold out and crowded University of Georgia football game from last year.

Comfortable:

Highland Cow at Fernie Castle, Scotland

Growing:

Illinois Corn

Tangled:

Painted bunting on tangled vines

Crowded:

Crowd before the start of the 2018 Daytona 500

Exuberant and crowded:

Tailgating crowd before the 2019 Georgia Bulldogs vs Notre Dame game in Athens, GA

Ann-Christine, thank you for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Pick a Word

Lens-Artists #110: Creativity in the time of Covid-19

This week, Tina has asked us to show creativity in the time of Covid-19.

I’ve tried my best to stay creative with my photography during this time. I’ve been experimenting with different photo techniques and some different editing effects.

One day in early spring I went out after a rain shower to take some photos. I wasn’t happy with them until I started playing around with different editing effects. This Mexican Sunflower photo was boring until I added a water color effect.

Watercolor Mexican Sunflower

I am usually on the ground looking up when I take pictures of hummingbirds. One day I sat on our deck looking down at the flowers and captured this Ruby Throated Hummingbird going from flower to flower. By shooting from above I was able to get the shots I wanted.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

I’d like to thank the amazing Lens-Artists team of Tina, Amy, Anne-Christine, and Patti for giving me inspiration and keeping me motivated during this time.

Tina, thank you for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Creativity in the Time of Covid-19

Lens-Artists #109: Under the Sun

This week, Amy has chosen Under the Sun as our challenge.

When we were younger, my husband and I used to spend most of the summer out in the sun and heat of coastal Georgia. These days, we have to protect our skin and we can’t take the heat like we once could. Now when we want to get out and enjoy a beautiful sunny day we go for a boat ride. There’s a top for shade and we make our own breeze as we ride through the coastal waters.

This Sunday was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for a boat ride.

Boaters under the sun on a sand bar only accessible by boat
We cruised by one of Georgia’s many uninhabited barrier islands.

Amy, thank you for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Under the Sun