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!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #179: Serene

This week, Patti invites us to show what serene means to us.

“Serenity is not freedom from the storm; but peace amid the storm.”

~ S A Jefferson-Wright

The morining scenes at the ranch and farm look peaceful and serene. It’s always wonderful to see horses enjoying the peacefulness.

Beautiful countryside scenery in Scottland:

It’s a treat to sit on the bench in a quiet place surrounded by trees and plants.

Thank you for joining in Tina’s “You Choose”. It was fun and inspiring. Hope you will share photos of serene. In your post, include a link to Patti’s post and the Lens-Artists tag.

We also have two important LAPC announcements. The Lens Artists team will NOT be posting a new challenge on Saturday, December 25th, but we will return on January 1st, 2022 for our annual Favorite Photos of 2021 challenge. The number of images is up to you.

Until then, have a wonderful week and happy and healthy Holidays to


Lens-Artists Challenge #178 – You Choose

This week, Tina encourages us to use our imagination to take your post anywhere we’d like.

As we are approaching the end of the year, we finally see leaves are changing colors (it’s a little bit late this year) and falling. So my choice is “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”

Though flowers are gone, we are surrounded by colorful leaves and seeds. As we know, leaves manufacture and store food, taken in carbon dioxide, release oxygen, absorb and exude liquids, filter air, and orient themselves to capture sunlight, so to generate energy for plants to produce flowers and make seeds.

Butterflies and bees are gone, too. But birds are here to enjoy berries. 🙂 These photos were taken a week or so ago.

Thank you for joining in our Celebrating theme last week. Your photos of food, laughter, holiday lights, colors, nature… have reminded us that “Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated.”  Many thanks to you for taking time to share your heartwarming stories of family and friends gathering. We hope you will join Tina’s “Your Choice”. Please be sure to link them to Tina’s post, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you in the WP reader. 

Next Week, Patti will host LAPC # 179. Be sure to visit her site.

Happy holidays. Stay safe and stay well.

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