Lens-Artists #81: Find Something Red

For this weeks challenge, Patti has challenged us to find something red. I could go the easy way and show nothing but pictures of Georgia Bulldogs but I will show some of my favorite reds from my archives instead.

Red Door in Dublin, Ireland
Red window frames and shades at McDonagh’s in Galway where we had the best fish and chips of our trip
Red airplane on Glacier in Alaska
Red berries on green holly
Red berries on green holly
I love the red outfit of the Highland Dancer
Male Painted Bunting
Cinco de Mayo Rose at Savannah Botanical Gardens

I had to include some Georgia Bulldog red.

Red tailgating tents and fans dressed in red for the Georgia Bulldogs vs Notre Dame game in Athens, GA

Many thanks to Patti for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Find Something in Red


Lens-Artists #80: Leading Lines

For this weeks challenge, Tina has challenged us to show photos with leading lines. Tina tells us “Leading lines carry our eye through a photograph. They help to tell a story, to place emphasis, and to draw a connection between objects. They create a visual journey from one part of an image to another and can be  helpful for creating depth as well.”

This swinging bridge crosses Tallulah Gorge in north Georgia.
This swinging bridge in O’leno State Park, Florida takes us into the fog
Two kids on a walkway to the beach
This photo is of a walkway over the dunes looking away from the beach
Line of fences protecting the dunes

Many thanks to Tina for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Leading Lines


Lens-Artists #79: Window with a View

For this weeks challenge, Amy has asked us to show windows with a view.

As we traveled around Ireland last spring some of our hotel rooms had great views out the windows.

I loved the view of Eyre Square from the windows of our room in Galway, Ireland. It took some creative maneuvering of the camera to avoid the black window frame (alas, you can still see part of it in the upper right corner).

Eyre Square, Galway

Our first bed and breakfast experience was the Alderhaven Country Home in Killarney, Ireland. The home was in a beautiful setting and our hosts Pat and Norrie O’Neill were wonderful. When we decided to let someone else do the driving and take a tour of the Ring of Kerry, Norrie arranged a tour with a a tour company and guide she knew.

View from our room at the Alderhaven Country Home in Killarney. That’s our blue rental car.
Nothing better than a full Irish breakfast with a view. At the Alderhaven Country Home in Killarney we watched bunnies in the yard every morning.

At the Westwood Country House in Tower, near Blarney, our room overlooked the back yard. Our hosts Fergus and Eucharia welcomed us into their beautiful home and prepared fresh eggs from their back yard hens and smoked salmon for breakfast. Fergus even gave us scones to take along for a snack on our all day bus tour. Seeing the evening sky through our window was a real treat at the end of a long day.

View behind the house from our room at Westwood Country House in Tower, Ireland

Our room several floors up in the Hotel Europa in Belfast, Northern Ireland had great views of the city. The photo at the top of this page was taken looking down at the street.

View from our room on about the 7th floor of the Hotel Europa in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Many thanks to Amy for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Window with a View


Lens-Artists #78: Special Spot Shots

For this weeks challenge, Ann-Christine has asked us to showcase a special spot. My special spot is a sandy beach.

I tried to pick a specific beach but couldn’t narrow it down to just one. Instead, I chose a few shots from some beaches here in my own home state of Georgia.

There are 15 barrier islands off the Georgia coast. Only four can be reached by road – Tybee Island, St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and Jekyll Island. The rest can only be reached by boat. Some of them are undeveloped, some are managed by the state of Georgia, and one is a National Seashore.

Tybee Island North Beach at low tide
Tybee Island Pier on a sunny January day on Tybee Island, Georgia
Looking down on St. Simons beach from the top of the St. Simons Lighthouse
Going for a boat ride to walk on a deserted barrier island beach
This deserted barrier island beach can only be reached by boat

Sapelo Island is one of the barrier islands that is owned and managed by the state of Georgia. The island is accessible by ferry from Darien. You can see more photos from our visit there at Weekend Getaway on the Georgia Coast.

Nanny Goat Beach on Sapelo Island

I can’t mention the Georgia barrier islands without including Cumberland Island, the largest and southernmost barrier island in Georgia.We spent a day there about 40 years ago but unfortunately, I don’t have photos from that visit. Cumberland Island is a National Seashore and can be reached by ferry from St. Marys. We’re hoping to make a return trip to the island this spring.

There is more information about the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website at Georgia’s barrier islands. 

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Special Spot Shots


Lens-Artists #77: Favorite Photos of 2019

For our final challenge of the year, Patti has asked us to show our favorite photos of 2019. Thank you Patti! Going through all my photos reminded me of how much fun we had this year checking off bucket list items, returning to some favorite places, and just enjoying the world around us.


Camellia at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA
Great Egret and White Ibis in the Georgia Salt Marsh


Beach at Anastasia State Park, Florida
Egret with breeding plumage at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery
Ginnie Springs, FL


Miniature azaleas, Georgia


Eastern Redbud at rest area in Western North Carolina


Pair of Irish Sheep
On the road to Inverness, Scotland
Dunnottar Castle on a Foggy Day, Stonehaven, Scotland


High tide in the Georgia Salt Marsh


Waterfront in Darien, Georgia
Nanny Goat Beach on Sapelo Island, Georgia


Summer Sunflower


The new lights at Dooley Field at Sandford Stadium were fun to see at the Georgia Bulldogs home games


Coastal Georgia Sunrise


Driftwood on North Beach, Tybee Island, GA


Christmas lights on display

Wishing you much laughter, happiness and adventure in 2020!

Many thanks to Patti for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Favorite Photos of 2019