Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #131-Emotions

Calm

Is tranquility an emotion or a state of mind? Either way, there is so much peace to be found on a quiet, snowy morning. Not even the birds were at the feeder yet and no squirrels had left footprints in the pure white.

Grief

These flowers were from my father’s funeral, a memorial from my boss and our lab. It was October, and the beautiful fall colors of the arrangement brought to mind the cycle of life that plays out in the seasons. Fall is glorious in its preparation for winter and death, a slow fading and a time of letting go. In the back of our minds we know spring will come again, but it can be hard to remember.

Love

I know dogs have the reputation for loyalty, but cats can also get really attached in their own way. Juhani is a lap cat; if you are sitting, she wants to be on you and purring very loudly. She will headbutt you if you are not petting enough. We recently celebrated her “Gotcha Day” and I hope that she will be sleeping on top of us somewhat inconveniently for many years to come.

Find more emotions at the original Lens-Artists challenge.

Lens-Artists Challenge #130: It’s a Small World

Guest host Anne this week has a great discussion of some of the details and differences of micro/macro/close-up photography. Not having a formal background in photography, these are the kind of details I love learning!

Juhani

Close-ups are the thing I experiment with most, because I’m still learning how to do them well. I use my phone for photos, so no macro lens.

I took like a dozen pictures of this pumpkin stem because it had a neat curlicue. I was trying from different angles with the focus in different place; I liked this shot best. The only way we learn is by practice!

You can find more small worlds at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Challenge #129 – Favorite Images of 2020

Once again, I’d like to say thanks to Patti, Ann-Christine, Amy, and Tina for another great year of challenges.  Lens-Artists is one of the highlights of my blogging activities and right now is one of the things keeping me from dropping this blog entirely haha.

2020 started off so promisingly, with a trip to Disney World with my family at the end of February. In retrospect, we were lucky to have made it there, because only a few weeks after this was taken, everything shut down, including Disney. I shared this photo for last month’s Precious Moments challenge.

During the shutdown, we mostly stayed home for the spring and summer, which meant that I was photographing a lot of the flowers around our house. This hydrangea photo was my most-liked post last year, for the Creativity in the Time of Covid challenge.

The end of 2020 has brought some changes with the arrival of my second kid and a move to a new house. This has actually been the toughest part of the year for me, adjusting to all these changes. And the weather here in Ohio is matching my mood! But it’s good to remind myself that sometimes a new perspective can yield a beautiful view, even in the cold and snow. Here’s the view from under the dogwood tree at my new house in December, a new photo for this post.

It’s definitely been a crazy year full of ups and downs–a memorable year for sure. Here’s to good photos and good memories in 2021!

You can find everyone else’s favorite photos of the year at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Challenge #128 – And Here Comes the Holiday Season…

My kid’s first ornament

It is a strange, surreal holiday season for sure. Things are the same and yet completely different. It’s our first Christmas with two kids, yet also our first not visiting any family. How to cope? To my mind, it’s a matter of holding on to what traditions we can, while keeping an open heart to starting new traditions.

An ornament from my childhood

So here are two ornaments from our Christmas tree this year. The first is an ornament made by my oldest, the first ornament he’s ever made himself. It’s the first year he’s been old enough to make something like this, and I’m looking forward to having it on our tree for years to come. He even helped me decorate the tree this year, too!

The other is one of my favorite ornaments from my childhood, a carousel horse. I always make sure to hang it right by one of the lights so it catches the color. The box of ornaments I happened to open first had many ornaments from my husband’s childhood as well, so opening every ornament was full of special memories for us all.

(The Christmas tree is also new. I normally like having a real tree, but it just seemed like too much work this year, so we ordered this one that has color changing lights! It is great! I had the lights set to twinkling teal when I took the pictures.)

Merry Christmas to you all, and many blessings to you and yours in the new year!

You can find more holidays at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #127: Precious Moments

Enjoying the first big snowfall

When I started to ponder the precious moments in my memories for this challenge, I began to think through all my travels and the amazing things I’ve seen…but my mind kept coming back to memories of time spent with my kids. More and more I’m using my phone’s camera to try to capture these little moments that I want to remember in future years.

A magical day

Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event like a day at Disney World (pre-pandemic), or just exploring some new-fallen snow in our yard this winter, I will treasure these memories of my kids learning, exploring, and growing. And I often learn so much by seeing things from their perspective!

You can find more precious moments at the original Lens-Artist challenge.