Lens Artists Photo Challenge #233 – One Lens Walk

Anne of Slow Shutter Speed has asked us to choose a lens and go for a walk.

I grabbed my camera and 18-55mm lens and went for for a walk on the nearly deserted beach at the North End of Tybee Island, Georgia. I managed to time my walk between rain showers on a dreary, overcast January Sunday afternoon.

Swim at your own risk!

The jetty is uncovered at low tide.

I spotted these shoes beside the boardwalk to the beach. I hope someone took them off to walk barefoot on the beach and picked them up on their way back.

I kept my shoes on for my walk. It was wonderful to walk on the sand and to hear the ocean waves. Any day at the beach is a good day.

Many thanks to Anne of Slow Shutter Speed for her challenge Lens-Artists Challenge #233 – One Lens Walk

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #231 – Favorite Images of 2022

I am grateful that in 2022 we were able to take not one but two fabulous cruises, enjoy a wonderful weekend with family attending our grandson’s high school graduation, and take a few short road trips. When we weren’t wandering we enjoyed being at home in Coastal Georgia.

January

Barbados

February

Camellia

March

University of Georgia Arch

April

Georgia Salt Marsh

May

Magnolia, Coastal Georgia

June

Sunrise over the St. John’s River, Palatka, Florida

July

Coastal Georgia Summer Storm

August

Humpback Whale – Sitka, Alaska

September

Roseate Spoonbill, Coastal Georgia

October

Great Egret, Coastal Georgia

November

First Camellia of the season, Coastal Georgia

December

December beach walk, Tybee Island, Georgia

Many thanks to John for the first Lens-Artists challenge of 2023. You can see his original post at Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #231 – Favorite Images of 2022.

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #230 – Last Chance 2022

Tina’s challenge is to include some of our favorite images of 2022. We can include images on any and all subjects that are personal favorites – BUT, they must have been created in 2022 AND must not have been previously published in response to a Lens-Artists Challenge!

Going through this years photos brought back many happy memories. The header image is from my favorite event of the year. The weekend of our grandson’s high school graduation in May was a wonderful, emotional, and happy family time. We are proud grandparents!

January started out with a fabulous Caribbean cruise. This photo reminds me of the tropical places we visited.

Beach on St. Kitts

In March we spent a fun weekend in Athens, Georgia for Henry’s college fraternity reunion. Spring flowers were blooming as we walked around old campus. There is a tradition at Georgia to ring the Chapel Bell all night when the Georgia Bulldogs win a football game. The bell has rung 13 times so far this season.

Chapel Bell, University of Georgia

We made several trips to our favorite place in middle Georgia this year. This white tail fawn was one of many young deer we saw.

White tail fawn

For the second year in a row I celebrated my birthday with lunch at Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World.

Giraffes at Animal Kingdom Lodge

In August we cruised through Alaska and the inside passage. Here are two of my favorite wildlife images from the trip.

The waves were huge as we waited and watched to see where Hurricane Ian was going to land.

Angry Sea , Tybee Island Pier

The December sunrises were gorgeous.

December Coastal Georgia Sunrise

Wishing you peace, joy and happiness this holiday season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Many thanks to Tina for her challenge Lens-Artists Challenge #230 – Last Chance

Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 228 – Diagonals

Our latest photo challenges comes from Patti who asks us to “explore diagonals as a way to add visual interest and depth to your photos.”

I chose a few images from around Coastal Georgia.

Talmadge Memorial Bridge, Savannah, Georgia
Walking and Biking trail, Jekyll Island, Georgia
Stairs leading to the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse, Georgia
Fences along the beach, Georgia

Many thanks to Patti for her Lens-Artists Challenge #228 – Diagonals

Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 227 – Home Sweet Home

If I had a visitor from another country who wanted to see my home country in a week or a month, where would I take them? This is the challenge Tina has given us.

I live in the United States. Many visitors from other countries are surprised by how huge it is. It would take more than a lifetime to see it all.

Instead, I will take the time we have to see the many beautiful sites in my home state of Georgia. There are mountains, farmland, friendly small towns, the Okefenokee Swamp, historic cities, barrier islands, salt marsh, beaches, lakes, and the city of Atlanta.

I’m not sure we could even cover the entire state in one month but we could give it a good try. We’ll start our tour in coastal Georgia where I live. We would visit at least one of the three inhabited barrier islands that can be reached by road, go on a dolphin tour to look for Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, walk on an uninhabited island that can only be reached by boat, and take a ferry ride to explore Sapelo Island or Cumberland Island National Seashore. We would catch blue crabs from the local waters and steam them for a delicious meal, snack on boiled peanuts, and feast on low country boil with shrimp fresh from the sea.

We would visit historic Savannah and enjoy a family style lunch at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room.

We could take a ride to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge to see nesting egrets, herons, and woodstorks in the spring. We could continue farther south for a boat ride through the Okefenoke National Wildlife Refuge.

We would take a road trip on back country roads to north Georgia. We would stop to explore Athens, the home of the University of Georgia, go to the top of Brasstown Bald, and look for waterfalls. We would pass by fields of cotton, corn, and pecan orchards along the way.

We would take another road trip to see the western part of the state and stop to explore Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain and President F. D. Roosevelt’s Little White House in Warm Springs. We would drive by peach orchards and watch the sunset at one of the many lakes in Georgia.

There is so much more to see in Georgia. Sadly, I don’t have photos of some them. In Atlanta we could see the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, Stone Mountain, the President Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. We could visit the Providence Canyon, also called the grand canyon of Georgia in Lumpkin and beautiful Rome in northwest Georgia, and too many more places to name.

I can’t end a post about Georgia without including the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team. Go Dawgs!

If you would like to see more about my home state of Georgia please visit visit this post I did a a few years ago Wandering Around America One State at a Time – Georgia.

Many thanks to Tina for her Lens-Artists Challenge #227 – Home Sweet Home