Lens-Artists #75: Nostalgic

This week, Tina has challenged us focus on something that reminds us fondly of days gone by.

For me, the most nostalgic time of year is the Christmas season. Almost every Christmas decoration and ornament, inside the house and out, has a happy memory associated with it.

When our first grandchild was born 16 years ago right after Thanksgiving, our lives changed forever for the better. I’ll never forget getting our house ready for his first Christmas at our house when he was about three years old. He loved looking out the living room window at the lighted Christmas train we had put up on the arbor in our back yard. Just seeing the photos bring a huge smile on my face as I think of him at that age.

Christmas train

Our Christmas tree is filled with handmade ornaments, ornaments picked up on our travels, and special ornaments from special occasions. I managed to capture three of my favorites in the next photo. The one in the middle belonged to my mother-in-law. I wish I knew how old it was. The paper star Santa in the upper left of the picture was made my one of my children over 40 years ago. The one on the bottom right is a wreath with faces of me, my husband, our son and daughter.

Three of my favorite ornaments

My husband Henry and I celebrated our first Christmas together 49 years ago. We had little money and couldn’t afford to buy many ornaments so I made some. I remember needle pointing three bell shaped ornaments for the tree. I still hang them on the tree today.

I made this ornament 49 years ago for our first Christmas tree

I also hand painted a box of wooden ornaments that first year. Santa Claus is my favorite.This year he is on the tree next to the two Star Santas made by our children.

Two Santa stars made by our children over 40 years ago and a 49 year old hand painted wooden Santa ornament

Yesterday we put up our tree. I had fun all day remembering the story of each ornament.

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


Lens-Artists #72: Waiting

This week, Amy has challenged us to explore waiting. It seems I spend a lot of my life waiting. Even when traveling or doing something fun we can’t get away from having to wait.

Whenever we attend a football game, waiting in line to go through security and have our ticket scanned is a normal thing. The photo above was taken after we got through the line and had entered the stadium for a Georgia/Florida football game in Jacksonville, Florida.

Theme parks such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios have come up with great ways to keep the crowds entertained while they wait.

At Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, we saw a show while waiting for the gates to open
I wish all train stations were as much fun as the one at Universal Studios Orlando where we boarded the Hogwarts Express

When traveling, waiting to get in a major attraction is part of the experience.

Waiting to enter Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

There have been many times in our RV travels where we have waited in line to board a ferry or travel through a tunnel.

Waiting in line to pull our RV onto the ferry to cross the Yukon River in Dawson City, Yukon
Waiting to pull our camper onto the Alaska Ferry in Skagway, Alaska
Waiting our turn to go through the Zion Tunnel in Utah

Many thanks to Amy for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Waiting


Lens-Artists #70: Monochrome

This week, Patti  has challenged us to explore the world of monochrome using black and white, sepia, or different shades of the same color.

For this challenge I went through my archives and chose photos of scenes in Savannah, Georgia. Converting the photos to black and white added a bit of mystery to them. The photo above is of stone steps leading from Bay Street to River Street along the Savannah River.

The Forsyth Park Fountain is one of Savannah’s most well know sights.

Forsyth Park Fountain in Savannah, Georgia

Bonaventure Cemetery is always an interesting place to visit. Seeing it in black and white adds a little more drama.

Military graves at Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery

Perhaps one of the most famous homes in Savannah is the Mercer House made famous by the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good of Evil.”

Mercer House, Savannah, Georgia

Many thanks to Patti for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Monochrome


Lens-Artists #69: Seeing Double

This week, Tina has challenged us to focus on things that come in twos.

I enjoy taking animal and bird photographs. As I searched through my archives I came up with a few of my favorite animal and bird pairs.

Animal pairs are fun to capture. These two Irish sheep looked right at me as if posing for this photo.

Pair of Irish Sheep

A pair of Scottish Highland Cows, Hamish and Heather, came to the fence to beg for some free food.

Pair of Highland Cows in Scotland

These next photos are some of my favorite pairs of birds.  The photo at the top of the page is a pair of Bald Eagles we saw from a wildlife and glacier cruise in Valdez, Alaska.

Pair of Whooping Cranes
Pair of Whooping Cranes on Texas Gulf Coast
Pair of Ospreys on the nature trail
Pair of Ospreys on the nature trail, Gulf Islands National Seashore at Ft. Pickens, Florida
Pair of great egrets at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery

Many thanks to Tina for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Seeing Double


Lens-Artists #68: Layered

This week, Amy has challenged us to feature photos featuring layers. When I read the challenge I immediately thought of colorful layered natural wonders found in Arizona and Utah.

The photo above and the photo below were taken from different overlooks at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

The state of Utah was filled with many different examples of layered natural formations.

Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Watchman in Zion National Park, Utah

Many thanks to Amy for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Layered