Lens-Artists Challenge #144 – Taking Flight

This week, Tina leads LAPC – Taking Flight. She encourages us to share images of birds butterflies, bees, insects, airplanes, balloons, bubbles, kites….

I select a few images of butterfly, dragonfly, bee, and birds.

These hummingbird in flight images below were captured a few days ago. They are my first bird in flight captures since 2019. While clicking, I could feel their joyfulness.

I set the shutter speed high and use the continuous mode, hoping to capture their wings and motions. I’m happy with these two images:

 “Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.” – Victor Hugo

Your colorful photos and beautiful stories brought me smiles, most of all hope. This image was captured at our local park. I love how the Egret stretches his/her wings. It’s one of my favorite birds in flight photos.

Thank you for joining in last week’s “Colorful April”. We have enjoyed so many beautiful colors, from flowers, sky, and to sunlight and from your yard, garden, mountains, and national parks around the world.  Through your lens, I’ve learned about many plants and various spring flowers. Your colorful photos and beautiful stories brought me smiles, most of all hope.

Tina’s Taking Flight images are beautiful, click here to enjoy. We look forward to seeing your interpretation. please remember to link to her original post and to include the Lens-Artists Tag. Last but not least, we hope you’ll join us next week when we welcome our Guest Host, Priscilla of Scillagrace . Be sure to check out her ever-thoughtful and interesting blog.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #143 – Colorful April

When winter melts away, spring brings a new beginning; colors begin to awaken under the warm sunlight, April showers, and gentle wind. So our theme for this week is “Colorful April”.

Let’s start with green. Many agree green is the “First Color of Spring” color. As we walked in our local park, we were surrounded by 50 shades of green. Amazing!

“Colors are the smiles of nature.” Leigh Hunt

March and April is the time of the year to enjoy wildflowers in Texas. These wildflowers provide critical habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects, also help water conservation and improve soil health.

“The Earth laughs in flowers. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Texas designated the bluebonnet as the official state flower in 1901. Bluebonnet flowers were named for their blue color and sunbonnet-shaped petals.

“Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.”

John Harrigan

We owe special thanks to Lady Bird Johnson for her vision of develping and researching wildflowers. Her initial efforts enable us to enjoy coloful wildflowers while driving through the countryside and highways for hours in many parts of Texas, especially in the central part of Texas.

Today, Texas Department of Transportation sows about 30,000 pounds of wildflower seeds each year. TXDOT rules delayed all mowing, unless essential for safety, until spring and early summer wildflower seasons were over.

Many people take these acres and acres of wildflowers for granted. They might think because they are wildflowers that they grow on their own, including my husband. I’ve had to explain to hubby a few times how much effort Mrs. Johnson put into beautifying our environment. Ladybird and President Johnson worked together to beautify the U.S. Highway system beginning in the 1960s. The Highway Beautification Act was signed into law in 1965, establishing among other things an Austin, Texas wildflower research center.

“My heart found its home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order and disorder of the flowering earth. I wanted future generations to be able to savor what I had all my life.”

~ Lady Bird Johnson (1912 – 2007)

Happy to see this colorful Green Heron at the park. 🙂

We invite you to join us and share your photos of colorful April in your local park, garden, neighborhood, or your own backyard. Please use the lens-artists tag and include a link to my original post.

Thank you for being part of LAPC community sharing your creative photos and beautiful stories with us.

Next week, Tina will lead LAPC #143, be sure to visit her site next Saturday at noon.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #142: Traces of Time

“Traces of Time” is my pick for Ann-Christine’s “You Pick It”.

Glen Canyon Rainbow Bridge. 234 feet (71 m) and the top is 42 feet (13 m) thick and 33 feet (10 m) wide, is made from sandstone originally deposited by wind as sand dunes, during the end of the Triassic  and the Jurassic periods.

The vertical, matte black streaks are formed by water and organic material flowing over the sandstone during times of rain. A black horizontal line bisecting the Glen Canyon wall represents a freshwater stream.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona. An evolving millions upon millions of years where flowing water and winds carved this sacred wonder.

The rock formations of the Tent Rocks, New Mexico are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and over time, left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick, then weathering and erosion of these layers has created canyons and tent rocks.

Natural world has stories to tell; they are written on the ground, mountains, rocks, trees, and rivers. Miracles.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos of geometry. I certainly have learned to view various forms and shapes of geometry.

Ann-Christine invites us to join the “You Pick it” theme allowing us to choose our own topic. She shows us different faces of Anemone Hepatic, amazing photos of this special flower. We are looking forward to seeing your photos and stories. Please use the tag and link to Ann-Christine’s original post.

Happy Easter!

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