Lens-Artists Challenge 103: Surprise

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.    Ashley Montagu As we moved through the dark streets of Hanoi on a tour of street food with a chef for a guide, everything was surprising: the crowds at the Night Market, women […]

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A Quiet Moment: Lens-Artists Challenge 102

I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. Chaim Potok On a recent journey through the Great Smoky Mountains, we understood Patty’s Lens-Artists Challenge for this week: “A Quiet Moment” since, we, too, were searching for the hushed beauty […]

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One Single Flower: Lens-Artists Challenge 101

The world needs who you were made to be. Anonymous Southern magnolias have been a part of me all my life. From the time I was born in Louisiana and then moved to Arkansas and Tennessee, I’ve never been without these gracious gems of trees, towering over lawns and stately homes (humble ones as well) […]

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Old and New: Lens-Artists Challenge #99

Nothing attracts attention like a red dress. Laura Bush With a challenge from Amy (The World Is a Book) to post juxtapositions of old and new, we were reminded of our day touring Angkor Wat near Siem Reap, Cambodia. Unexpectedly to us, a number of visitors had arrived onsite with the express purpose of having […]

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Lens-Artists Challenge #97: Pastimes

Do what you love, and love what you do.  Israelmore Ayivor Guest host Sue (Mac’s Girl) who writes The Nature of Things threw down the challenge of pastimes — what we spend our time doing outside of our work lives for this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge. Since we’re at the beach for a week at Pawleys […]

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Lens-Artists Challenge #95: All Wet

This week’s Lens-Artists Challenge features the theme of All Wet, and from our home in Knoxville (where we are still sheltering in place), a spring rain brought just what we needed for the challenge: gentle drops on tender new blossoms — all in our neighborhood. “Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon […]

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Lens-Artists Challenge #91: Simplicity

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. Henry David Thoreau When life was at its most complicated (What, was that only a month ago perhaps?), we found that time spent in Cades Cove in the Great […]

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