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. Amy, I can easily see why you and others thought these were your favorite images of 2021! Truly spectacular and award-worthy. I hope you print some of these for your walls, so you can enjoy your artwork! How cool to include others’ comments about these images.I would be pleased if you would consider sharing this post on Sunday Stills this week! I’m always happy to host a fellow host 🙂 https://secondwindleisure.com/2022/01/02/sunday-stills-2021-in-the-rear-view-mirror-nothing-like-the-present-the-future-is-ours/

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  3. I love all of these, Amy. As I’ve been journeying through a number of favorite choices on various blogs, I vacillate between joy in the beauty and being overwhelmed by how good all the photographs are and wishing mine were better. Perhaps that will push me to work harder at my photography in 2022, at least if I can find the time between taking care of my aging parents and my husband and house. 🙂 A happy, blessed new year to you and yours.

    janet

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    • Thank you, Janet. I have enjoyed your photos for a long while and always admire your observation for photography. Hope you will find time to continue to capture the beauty around you. Wish you the same. 🙂

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  4. Wishing you a happy and creative new year, Amy! The effort you ladies put in is very much appreciated and it has to be a good thing to enlist a little assistance from time to time. Love that close up of the snow!

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  5. Beautiful images Amy and the desert mountain is so special 💛 Thank you so much for the inspiration you bring us when you share your world with us here and we wish you and yours a blessed, safe and healthy 2022 too 💗 xxx

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  6. The four of you have done so well in keeping this weekly photographic challenge going in replacement of the WP one so many of us loved. You have created so many interesting themes and produced so many wonderful images to inspire us, but what I am taking from this post is your reference to those comments that strike a chord with you. Those comments, I find, are the greatest strength in blogging and that quote:

    “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.”

    is so very, very true.
    Thanks for another great year Amy xx

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    • Thank you, Jude for your encoraging comment. Your photo challenge and images have inspired many, many bloggers for a long time. So glad you like the quote by Ana. I look foward to seeing your new ideas for 2022. Ever since the pendamic, I have had limited images to work with for joining in other weekly PC, so disappointing… Hope to get fresh images this year!

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  8. Such a terrific idea to feature those commenters who added insight along with their appreciation throughout the year Amy – I loved that idea which you executed beautifully. I also loved your choices of favorite images, which show your ability to see and capture the magic of light. Here’s to a new year filled with joy and wonder.

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  9. Happy New Year, Amy! That opening image in black-and-white is my favorite. Something about expressing art in tonal ranges can be so much more impactful than color images.
    I am looking forward to participating with this hard-working group on a regular basis, and I appreciate the invitation to join.

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  10. What beautiful photos, and how lovely to look back on the various comments you have received too. I look forward to lots more Lens Artist Challenges in the coming year, and to seeing what the new hosts have in store for us!

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