Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88 – Chaos

Through the Chaos theme, Ann-Christine sends “heartfelt wishes to blogger friends all over the world.”

When I first saw Ann-Christine’s Theme, I found it was difficult to think creatively. And, none of my photos that I chose initially could present the current situation. After a long debate with myself, I thought of merging some of my images to express the chaos.

I remember that the last time I used merging option was to show the coming of the terrifying Hurricane Harvey in 2017 (total damage at $125 billion, with a 90% confidence interval of $90–160 billion.) The image below was processed with photos of birds, mountains, and sea. I hope to present the turbulence that we are facing.

Do you see the light of hope showing behind the trees?

The result of the image below was a surprise. Frist, I merged two of my panning shots, it was not successful. I then added a filter which made it worst. When I was about to give it up, I clicked a filter and I liked the result.

I think the final image addresses the global chaos. And I was able to use lights to symbolize our hope around the world for an end to the spreading of the COVID-19.

The anxiety of the COVID-19 has been overwhelming to all of us. Soon, I know I need to bring my focus back. I continue my routine walking and yoga, also start a couple of small house projects and learn some new recipes, except I have had trouble sitting still to read. At the same time, I notice hubby burying himself with his own learning, perhaps re-learning of some of complicated physics theories. Last week, hubby volunteered to stock up some food in our pantry, just in case. By the way, we haven’t seen any shortage in any store and shoppers have been very calm. But, the news can add some confusion… Anyway, he drove to the grocery shop at around 7 am, I thought it was so unlike him. 45 minutes later, he came back with three small bags of frozen veggies, four Campbell soup, two bags of pasta, two breads, one chicken, and one 6-pack of paper towel, oh a bag of oranges. I was sure more in the trunk, so I asked, “Is that all?” “These ought to last for a month.” he said. Really?

And, our neighbors have spent hours every day to take care of their yards. Two of them voluntarily take turns to mow our front yard and clean our walkway/driveway. When we thank them, they graciously said something about staying busy. I was happy to share our favorite desserts from our kitchen. Many of us try very hard to steady ourselves around worries in different ways. How do you cope with your stress?

Special thanks to Tina for giving me the direction and encouragement. Her vision gives me a new perspective and positive energy enabling me to put photos and thoughts together. This may be the fifth version, and I like it better than the previous ones. Many thanks to Ann-Christine and Patti for your never-ending support. It means so much me.

Ann-Christine’s Chaos is inspiring. She reminds us, “Let us focus on the possibilities, staying on the right track. Maybe nothing will be quite the same again – but let’s hope this chaos is the beginning of something new and positive.” We are looking forward to seeing your response. Be sure to link them to Ann-Christine’s original post here, and to add the Lens-Artists TAG so that we can more easily find you.

79 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88 – Chaos

  1. I love the vulnerability of this post, Amy! It expresses so well what many of us are feeling. Thank you for this, and I especially love the blue and silver image of our chaotic world. 🙂 🙂 Hugs, darlin! Stay safe, and busy!


  2. Most excellent valiant effort on expressing the present day chaos, Amy. What drew me the most were the images in which you emphasized light. THANK YOU. I too believe many blessings will come out of this horror story. Everything here (NY) is closed [bars, restaurants, theaters, gyms, churches … to name a few] and people are acting crazed leaving our grocery store shelves bare. There is enough food for everyone but the herd mentality is roaring about and hoarding has become voracious. I just came back from a long refreshing walk trying to get myself to calm again.Today was very stressful …. it is unimaginable here. I feel as though I fell into a war zone. Your images THANK YOU brought a calm to my spirit. Bless you! I so so enjoyed your post!

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    • Thank you for taking time to comment, AmyRose! It’s unbearably stressful for us and young kids. I went to grocery store this morning, the meat department was half empty. Everybody is talking about over-reacting, but people can’t help it. There is only one local case here, a few other cases were the ones transported from cruise to the airforce hospital. I can’t imagine being where you are and NYC. Stay safe!

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    • Thank you for liking these images. Merging photos can also create some calm images.
      My husband totally under estimated how much he consumes daily. 🙂 🙂


    • Thank you, Indah! I’m so happy to see you here.
      There are so many intelligent and hard-working people are helping people fight this virus… we all keep our hope up.


  3. What fabulous photos. The two of the light coming down onto the grass really captivated me.
    I am glad that digitally combined photos are ok for this challenge because that was how I thought to respond too.

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  4. These are wonderful images and beautiful thoughts, Amy! So glad you found your own special approach on this chaotic challenge. The first image, especially, is extraordinary beautiful and had me looking again and again. Was the merging done in Photoshop? So beautifully executed. All of them show “Chaos”. Now, stay well and safe – both you and your husband!

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  5. Your post is inspiring, too, Amy! I absolutely love your blended images. They are wonderful and beautifully express the chaos we’re feeling. I had to smile at your grocery story. My husband and I went shopping very early this morning because our stores are getting bombarded with customers. I think we have enough food for quite a while now! And thanks too for your kind mention. You inspire me, too!

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    • Hi Patti, I enjoyed the “conversation” we had yesterday. It gave me positive energy. As for the grocery shopping, hubby really thought he was very helpful. But, he also said that I always have more than enough food in the pantry, I don’t normally stock up food though. 🙂
      Thank you so much for taking time to comment.


  6. Your merged photo of the birds,sea and mountains is spectacular. It truly captures the theme. Its very hard to not feel panicky when every bit of news and current affairs is about covid19. I think the best advice is to stop reading & listening to those articles, keep busy doing something you enjoy, and be assured that this will pass.

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  7. As I expected Amy, your post is inspirational and your images are outstanding. I love the results of the merged photos and think they express chaos beautifully. I especially loved the opening image and the rays of sunlight on the grasses (weeds???). We are all in this together, which gives us strength and hope. One word of caution. It seems hubby expects a serious diet in the coming days!!! If it were my hubby the supplies would include much more ice cream and cookies LOL!

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    • Thank you, Tina! I appreciate your advice and guidance. I was up early to finish the story and adding three other photos. You’re right, the photos do have to Show chaos but needs to be tied with text ans stories. Excellent suggestion! Hubby is not on series diet, I wish though. He doesn’t seem to have problem to calculate complicated physics, but do have problem calculating our monthly food consumption. 😀

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