Lens Artists Photo Challenge #64: Countryside and/or Small Towns

This week the photo challenge is about the countryside and/or small towns.

“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere;

and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself”   –author unknown

“The simplicity of life, in the countryside, gives solace to me.” — Diwa

While going through my photo files, somehow I thought about the movie “Funny Farm”. The movie was a 1988 American comedy film starring Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith. Chase played a New York sportswriter who moved to the country for a simpler, happier way of living.

Dutch village

Chevy thought they found a place where he could “have fun with nature, where people took pride in their work, all the food tasted like mom’s cooking, all the neighbors treated you like family…” He soon found out that things didn‘t work out that way.

(The next three images were captured in Croatia.)

The movie might be exaggerating a little since it was a comedy film. The story was telling us that we had to make the effort to adjust to and accept what the place offers and things might not meet our expectations.

“I say half your life is spent trying to get out of a small town and the other half trying to get back to one”  –unknown

Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Province” told a story of how he moved into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron. He wittily described how people in the small town lived at a tempo by seasons not by day, etc. If I remember correctly, some of his stories in the book offended the local residents, so he had to give up his dream of living in Provence.

Watching little kids holding hands and walking to school in a small town in Italy, I couldn’t help fantasize about the small town life. And, I thought Frances Mayes’ “Under the Tuscan Sun” stole my dream. 🙂 

This week is my turn to host the Lens Artists Photo Challenge. Tina, Patti, Ann-Christine, and I are looking forward to seeing your photos and reading stories of countryside and/or a small town.

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Croatia coastal line

Many thanks to Ann-Christine’s magical theme. Her photos are breathtaking and quotes inspiring. Your beautiful responses to this special challenge theme have taught us that magical can mean many different things. Have you seen these?

Margaret’s Magical Meditative Moments: “Come with me into the walled garden…”

Sandy’s (Out of My write Mind) Bewitching: “The sky in all its glory, Each day pens a new story….”

Olga’s (Stuff and What If…) Magical Light:  “Two different perspectives at the same scene.”

John (photobyjohnbo) shares his love of aviation: “My log book shows that I have some 65 glider flights…”

If you’re new to the challenges, click here to learn how to join us.

Stay tuned for Tina’s (Travels and Trifles) Photo Challenge on September 28th. 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63– Magical

Ann-Christine hosts this week’s photo challenge– magical.

Here is my take on. The magical moment means when you watch a foal taking his first step.

The little guy managed to walk with his two front feet. You can do it!

“But,… what do I do with my back feet?”

The magical moment also means watching the Great Blue Heron dancing above the lake in the early morning.

Thanks to Ann-Christine for the magical theme. Though we had the “magical light” before, this time Ann-Christine wants us to look into the magical moment of people, places, adventures, experiences… that magical means to us. Click here to visit Ann-Christine’s magical.

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I’m traveling this week, will reply your comment and visit you when wifi is available.

Next week, it’s my turn to host Challenge #64. Stay tuned.

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