Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #180: Favorite Images of 2021

This week, Tina invites us to share our “Favorite Images of 2021″. A perfect theme to welcome 2022. 

The “Traces of Time” theme is one of my favorite themes of 2021, and I have received many encouraging responses. I found some of my favorite rock images in my file describing the evolving millions upon millions of years where flowing water and winds carved this sacred wonder.

I. J. Khanewala’s comment made my Trace of Times post a special one, “Geology, overlaid by ecology. Such wonderful photos. You set me thinking again about deep time.”

For the Nature Light, Laura Bloomsbury replied,”… some sumptuous scenes here Amy and you illustrate the different warm/cold tones at the most magical times of light.” Nature lights create magical moments throughout the day, and almost every day. I enjoy chasing the lights with my lens.

“A Day of My Week” theme was well received by our followers.

Sue (Mac’s Girl) said, “… And it’s always so much more enjoyable when you have the time to fully appreciate them.” Thank you, Sue for reminding us to find time to fully appreciate them. Here I captured the beauty of the tree branch over the pond and colorful leaves on the ground.

For the Special Moments, Suzanne said,”Good advice never hesitate in capturing a moment as it will never be the same second time around.” So true.

The historic winter outbreak occurred in Texas during the week of February, 2021, and Texas was not prepared for it. This was a rare chance for me to capture snowflakes with my micro lens.

Many thanks to our guest hosts, my blogger friends, and followers for spending time to visit, comment, and participate. Each week, I look forward to visiting your inspiring posts. 

These image set is about my photography experience. They are inspired by your thoughtful and encouraging comments.

A few years ago, Ana Linden (AnaLindenblog) comment one of my posts (see below). Years later, her words still stand still:

“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.”

Last but not least, special thanks to Tina, Patti, and Ann-Christine for their delication. They work tirelessly to lead/host, always strive for new ideas, and support our blog community; not to mention each theme and draft are carefully thought, discussed, and reviewed, before we hit the “publish” button. It has been a great pleasure and learning journey for me.

As Patti’s (pilotfishblog) once said, “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.”

Last fall, I started exploring ICM and Multiple Exposure techiques. I was told that there was no right or wrong way to create using these features. So I had fun playing it. 🙂 David M’s Photo Blog has some cool ICM imges (click and search ICM there.)

We look forward to seeing your favorite images of 2021. Remember to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you.

The Lens-Artists team is excited to announce that we’ll be welcoming several new members beginning in 2022. In addition to those of us with whom you are all familiar, we’ll be joined this year by

Sofia Alves of  Photographias 

Anne Sandler of Slow Shutter Speed

John Steiner of Journeys with Johnbo 

Those of you who have followed us for some time will be familiar with all of them as they have all been regular participants and each has Guest-Hosted for us in the past. We know they will bring their marvelous photography, extensive travel experiences and fresh insight into our weekly challenges. We are very much looking forward to having them with us. Please be sure to follow their blogs to be certain you don’t miss any of our upcoming Lens-Artists challenges. 

Happy New Year!

100 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #180: Favorite Images of 2021

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  2. I like your choices for the favorite images – and the variety of seasonal beauty was a nice aspect – from the crystals of ice to the softness int he roses and the colorful sun in the distant sky – well done.
    🙂

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  3. Amy, these are beautiful and the fact that you included a quote from several of your readers made the pictures even more special. I guess that is why we do this, to see how people react to our words or photography. It is the interaction with readers that sets blogging apart from other forms of communication. Thank you so much for all the time you spend getting your posts ready and inspiring us. Thank you also for the huge blocks of time it takes you all to respond to all of our work. I hope that the addition of three more artists will lighten your load some. I hope 2022 brings you the best year ever. 🙂 Lots of love to you and yours.

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Marsh. “Share and connect” is what we all do in the blogosphere. The responses and echoes motivate us to go on, and all have been much rewarding.

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  4. Lovely images, Amy. The snowflakes look like ice flakes or crystal flakes, amazing. I like your multiple exposures. It’s fun doing it but I don’t have the camera to do it though. Happy New Year to you!

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    • Thank you, Miriam. Since we can’t travel far, I thought to learn a few fun photo techniques. Happy 2022. So glad you made a few trips to seevisit your daughter and grandkids. 🙂

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  5. Thank you for your year in images and words, Amy! A beautiful collection as always – and this time I admire that first mountain especially. It looks very spectacular! You are always inspiring and spotting interesting new topics. Full of ideas – and this post is no exception. I love the idea of posting comments from our community with your images. Let’s hope for a new and better year for us all – and for nature.

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  7. What a wonderful post, Amy! I love that you re-posted comments that mean a lot to you. Thanks too for mentioning mine!! You’ve been a wonderful part of the L-A team. I’m delighted we’re continuing to collaborate in 2022. Your friendship and creativity are very important to us.😀❤️

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    • Thank you, Patti. Your stories and insights always touch my heart. Inspiring, indeed.
      You have done wonderful works behind the scene, which have made it easy and enjoyable for us to follow. Can’t thank you enough.

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  9. What a lovely collection and a super way to look back! It’s been an amazing year and your challenges have made me hungrier for more. Thank you, Amy for doing such an amazing job. Happy 2022.

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