Cee’s FFC: Close up of Flowers

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #54: Detail

For the week of #53, Patti asks us to look into detail.

The Nikko Toshogu Shrine with two other shrines are the Shrines and Temples of Nikko UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lavishly decorated shrine complex actually consists of more than a dozen other shrines.

Here you can get a close look of the details of wood carvings:

Details matter. They create depth, and depth creates authenticity.

~ Neil Blumenthal

This colorful and beautiful embroidered Kimono was displayed at a store in Kyoto. Notice each flower and leaf were stitched with various color shades. Amazing details.

I have never seen people paying this much attentions to details in preparing lunch boxes like Japanese do. This food store at the train station, for example, has many different kinds of lunch boxes for customer to choose. Food is careful packed in the box and pleasantly presented:

Ginza is the busiest shopping districts in Tokyo. A cleaning man was patiently mopping the side walk after washing it in the early morning on Saturday.

Small towns are just as clean as Ginza:

Shinkansen Express Rail travels at up to 320 kilometers per hour. As soon as passengers disembark, a rapid-action cleaning crew gets the train ready for its next run with military precision, completing the task in a few minutes.

Our express train (to Kyoto) took off precisely at 10:58 am at the Tokyo Train Station, as it was scheduled. Shinkansen is extremely efficient, the average delay is only 36 seconds! This tells us how much Japanese pay attention to details.

We took train to places in Japan and the experience is always pleasant. The local train (on the left) is just as detail clean and punctual as the express train (on the right):

“Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.”

~ Steve Jobs

Every single branch of this pine tree has been carefully trimmed, supported, and maintained over three hundreds years. Details matter.

We are grateful for your support and for all the kind wishes, and thoughtful comments and participates, that made our Lens Artists anniversary #53 a very special event.

This week, Patti is leading us into year 2 with the detail theme, click to see her Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo mosaic artistry. Join us and share you photos and stories. 

Stay tuned for our next challenge at Ann-Christine’s Leya blog.

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #53 (2): Friendship, Imagination, Country, and Connected

Tina’s (travelsandtrifles) Friendship:

“While we were all initially saddened by the discontinuation of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, for us it became an opportunity to expand our blogging horizons and to create some amazing new friendships.”

As friends, we support one another and accept differences. We also have extended friendship to our LAPC community.

Patti’s (pilotfishblog) Imagination:

Imagination–the creative impetus that has inspired all the artists whose works are displayed here. Imagination is also the key component that drives all of us in the blogging community to create and share our work.”

One of the fun things about hosting the weekly theme is that we get to visit your creative photos works and beautiful writings responding to L-A themes. It has been a wonderful learning journey for me. Maybe, someday I’ll be as creative as you are; I’m imagining.

Ann-Christine’s (lagottocattleyaA country that’s special to you”:

 “It is also the country in which JRR Tolkien’s characters so naturally belong. New Zealand opened its arms to me – and I immediately felt at home there.” 

It hard for me to name a country, but I love being in a country that people have choices of visiting landscape and wildlife, in nature preserve local parks and national parks. Often, I let our blog friends take me to places to enjoy the beauty of nature, get to know a different culture, wander in a city/town, or take an effortless hiking trips a couple of thousands miles away. These virtual experiences are exciting, educational, and inspiring.

Amy’s (shareandconnect) Connected:

“At a time when the virtual world is so aggressive and overly critical (and we spend more and more time in this world), having a comfortable, safe, understanding and supportive space to share our creative attempts is more important than we often realize.”

~ Ana Linden (AnaLindenblog)

Ana also said, “We connect not only with our subjects, but with the new places we discover, with their inhabitants, culture and history, not to mention with everybody with whom we share our images.”  I agree wholeheartedly.

This post is inspired by followers and blog friends who have joined “Your Choice”. Thank you so much for your support and for all the kind wishes and thoughtful comments. Thank you for being part of LAPC community.

Looking forward to seeing your choice” if you haven’t made a choice. Send a link to the site above and tag Lens Artists, so followers and readers can find and enjoy your post.

Where to tag? Look the side bar on your right hand side where you make your post, then scroll down until you see the “Categories”, the tag box is below it.

Notes: The World Wide Web is 30 years old. Berners-Lee wrote a proposal on March 12, 1989 for “a large hypertext database with typed links”. He considered several names, … but settled on World Wide Web. More in Wikipedia. However, Internet was born in Nov. 1969.

Lens-Artists Challenge #53 – Your Choice

“There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.”

Jim Henson

Today is a very special day for us here at Lens-Artists – the one year anniversary of our Challenge. While we were all initially saddened by the discontinuation of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, for us it became an opportunity to expand our blogging horizons and to create some amazing new friendships.

“I am glad you are here with me.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

Torii, Japan

On our end, we have transitioned from four independent photography bloggers to a tightly-knit team that supports, encourages and helps each other as we develop and create our weekly challenges. We’ve also been fortunate to have expanded our follower base thanks to bloggers like you who support and inspire us.

The Shinkyo Bridg, Nikko, Japan

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

As a result, our challenge has become near and dear to each of our hearts. We’ve gone well beyond being individual members of a team and become four good friends.  We are tremendously thankful to you for your appreciation of our efforts; and for making us smile or feel touched by your responses.  As our thank you for your support and encouragement, we’re suggesting that you respond to today’s challenge with any subject that’s near and dear to YOUR hearts, as we’ve done with our images today. If you’d prefer some guidance, choose any of the four subjects we’ve selected this week (Friendship, A country that’s special to you, Imagination, and Connection).

Capilano Suspension Bridge, Canada

“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.”

Maya Angelou

Each of us has included several captures that are special to us in some way. Mine are bridges from different part of the world. Through the bridge, Len Artists connects people in the blogosphere sharing photos, stories, and travels, anytime, anywhere. Through your lens we have learned about different cultures, places, and people a little better. Thus my theme for this special week is connection. I feel privileged to be part of the Lens Artist team. Thank you, Tina, Patti, and Ann-Christine, your friendship and support; it means a lot to me.

Dordordogne, France

“By chance we met, by choice we become friends”


Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for making this such a terrific experience. If you have a subject that you feel might inspire us, please feel free to suggest it – we’d love to hear from you.  Should you be new to our challenge and interested in joining us, please click here and be sure to include the Lens-Artists TAG so we can all find you. Happy Blogging to all of our loyal followers and friends, and Happy Anniversary to us! 


Each week on Lens-Artists, we highlight several responses from among our followers. This special week we’d like to thank ALL of our followers for their thoughtful, funny, often-feisty and always wonderful posts. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do, and will continue to join us as we move into year two of the Lens-Artists Challenge.

See you next week when Patti resumes our normal schedule at her Pilotfish blog.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lines and Angles (7/2/2019)

torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred.  –Wekipedia


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #52: Serenity (6/30/2019)

Nature in her green, tranquil woods heals and soothes all afflictions.

~ John Muir

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work,

It means to be in the midst those things and still be calm in your heart.”

~ Unknown

“Nature is the best medicine for Serenity. Peace. Calmness. Stillness.”

~ Karen L Madewell

Tina hosts this weeks’s Serenity theme. Tina gives us an opportunity to express “what is it that helps you to find serenity in the face of growing chaos?” We look forward to your responses, remember to make a link to Tina’s post and include the Lens-Artists tag. Click here if you are new to Lens Artists Photo Challenge. Before you go, please click to visit Tina’ beautiful serenity post.

PLEASE NOTE: We are hosting a special Lens-Artists post at noon EST next Saturday, July 6th, to celebrate the One Year Anniversary of our Lens-Artists challenge.  Please be sure to check on posts from PattiAnn-ChristineTina and me as we publish special posts to mark the occasion. We look forward to seeing you then.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Three Items

Cee’s FF Challenge for this week is three items or the number three. So the story continues from my previous CFF Challenge – “Two Items”.

Heron Jr. was being nosy there. These two were not make any movement just staring each other.

“Are you guys talking about me?” Heron Jr. asked.

“Guys, I’m talking to you!” These two didn’t hear a word and didn’t respond, but slowly got a little closer to each other. 🙂

For Cee’s FF Challenge: Three Items

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