Sunrise with surfer -- Pawleys Island SC

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 108: Sanctuary

Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except yourself. Gautama Buddha Although a sanctuary can be a place of permanence, it may also be a temporary respite, a place for contemplation and solace. A refresher, if you will. And for the past 35 years or so — maybe even longer — our sanctuary has […]

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 107: Winter

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. Anton Chekhov Since we’re not accustomed to dealing with harsh winters — after all, we live in the South — we find cold weather (especially if snow is involved) to be novel enough to make us happy. Our contributions to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge […]

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A Pinterest favorite is this home surrounded by trees of autumn splendor standing in the square of Castine.

Lens-Artists Challenge 106: Autumn

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. Henry David Thoreau Autumn truly is my favorite time of year — cooler temperature, luscious colors, and activities related to going back to school, hiking, and taking long drives in the country. Life truly does begin again in the fall. I would rather […]

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Painted dogwood in UT Gardens

Lens-Artists Challenge 105: Spring

Knoxville is the ugliest city I ever saw in America, with the possible exception of some mill towns in New England. John Gunther, 1947 With that caustic statement (actually a blessing in disguise), Knoxville took note. We Knoxvillians had a pretty city then, but we have an even prettier city now. And to top it […]

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 104: Summer

Just the smell of summer can make me fall in love. Anonymous Perhaps it’s that old song that begins “Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime . . . ” or the smell of lake water, inner tubes, and homemade ice cream — summer makes most people fall in love. And this summer, even in the midst […]

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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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