Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

“There is light in the world, and it is us!”

Eliezer Yudkowsky

( 7 photos)

I must admit that Jen Hooks’ challenge this week, “Twinkle” had me scratching my head a bit. ‘Tis the season for twinkle – holiday lights, the star of Bethlehem, Hanukkah’s 6-pointed star. But because my husband and I travel to visit with our families for the holidays, our “decorations” are a bit on the spare side. That notwithstanding, I thought I’d share a capture from our happy little tree.



This fellow reflects the fact that my husband and I are golfers, so of course our glass snowman ornament is a golfer too 😊.  And, since no holiday home is complete without the light of a few candles, here are some of ours.



β€œHow far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

William Shakespeare

Beyond a look into our holiday home, the things I’d like to share today are the real highlights of Kiawah. Fellow blogger Annette from Beauty Along the Road, who was staying with a friend here on Kiawah, took the time to get in touch with me earlier this month. Together yesterday we visited some of my favorite spots for photography.



β€œYou’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.”

Matthew 5:14

On one of our stops we came upon the two beautiful Ibises above taking in the late afternoon sun. It was one of those moments when everything comes together. The birds, the light, the green of the tree branches…..and a new friend / fellow photographer with whom to share it.



“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”

Theodore Roethke

On another stop, we came upon a group of marsh grasses beautifully back-lit by the sun’s golden light. They reminded me of a challenge from yet another blogging friend, Jane of Just Another Nature Enthusiast. When I commented that I loved her “Gone But Not Forgotten” quote last week, she challenged me to use it in one of my own posts. So Jane, how’d I do?! I couldn’t decide if I preferred the shot above or the one below, so I’ve included both.



β€œLive, love, laugh and let your light shine!”

Rob Liano

Next on the agenda with Annette was a stop to shoot a group of egrets and ibises feasting on the tiny fish that populate the creeks of our beautiful marsh. We were actually driving to another location when I spotted them, so I quickly U-turned to take advantage of yet another Kiawah photographic opportunity.



β€œLight is more important than the lantern.”

Nizar Qabbani

Last but not least, I’d like to share a final “twinkle” from our time together here on a winter’s afternoon.Β  I happily introduced Annette and her lovely friend Asma to one of our favorite residents (in fact several of them), the American Alligator. You can’t tell me that’s not a twinkle in his beady little eye! What do you suppose he was thinking about as we came in close to capture his portrait?



β€œMay it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”

J.R.R Tolkien

Happily Annette’s visit caught one of Kiawah’s truly beautiful days when the late afternoon light warmed both the temperature and nature’s colors. I thank her for taking the time to reach out to me, and for introducing me to her friend, my sometimes-neighbor Asma. As the sunlight was fading and we were about to head back home, Asma asked me “Does it ever get old?”. I answered No, not so far 😍.Β  But sometimes it takes the pleasure of sharing it to remind us how very special it really is.

To share in the twinkles captured by some other bloggers, click here.

107 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

  1. Great post as usual, Tina. The lighting on the grasses especially caught my eye. Shooting in the late afternoon sun, especially this time of year, has its rewards. And one does not have to get up before the sun!

  2. What a lovely post… Actually one of my favorites. ” this little light of mine, let it shine, let it shine.” Thank you letting your light bring to focus so beautifully God’s creation! Linda

  3. Tina, Thank you for taking us out and showing us your favorite spots. It was a real treat. The pictures you have posted are as near as one can be while being there. I loved the light of the evening and how you have captured it. LIGHT makes the difference but only if you are looking for that “twinkle” isn’t it:) Thanks for all the info! best regards!

    • Thanks so much Asma – I truly enjoyed our outing and appreciate you and Annette having been the impetus for getting me out there shooting! It was as lovely an evening as I can remember in quite a while!

  4. Hi Tina – oh, the familiar sights through your eyes! The light was absolutely gorgeous the entire time I was on Kiawah, the glinting of the grasses, the water, bird feathers and alligator skin. I still can’t believe we dared to be as close to the alligators as we did. They look surprisingly docile but I hear they can run really fast when they want to. Thanks again for the wonderful tour and sharing some of your favorite places.

    • Definitely my pleasure Annette! If not for you I’d not have gone out shooting at all and that would have been a real shame. So glad you were here to help me enjoy the beauty around us both!

  5. Well yesterday I first looked at the pics from the phone and I like to scroll and then read – and my favorite take away was the mention of Jane and then hat “lovely in the light” shot –
    however! coming back today to leave a quick note – (i hate writing comments via mobile – so I want) well it felt like a different post. I still liked those shots with the Jane ref, but the larger images showed me things I missed from the phone view.
    For example, the candle shot was a pretty flicker yesterday – but today – I saw the reflective layering more – and the triple layer is curiously inviting. And then the masterpiece in this post (to me that is) well it is “afternoon’s glow” because the birds form a scalene triangle in their placement – (the partial bird to the far left – the one in flight at the top vertice and then the ones on the right –
    but really what I missed was the activity in this shot
    the one in flight- the “m” of the wings – (you know like the ones we all start off drawing) contrasted with the landing one (mid right) and then the others scattered around. To me, this is one of those shots that really does say 1,000 words – well whispering nature words for a twinkle post that is!

    • Thank you for giving so much time and thought to this one Yvette–much appreciated. So glad it spoke to you. We often laugh around here about the number of “bird butt” photos we have but in this case I thought there were enough non-butt shots that including the M-flying bird was OK. Appreciate your noticing the geometry of the whole!

      • that;s hysterical – the bird butts – and I can imagine how many bird butts you get – sure are some gorgeous birds in the southern US – ❀ have a nice week.

    • Sincere apologies for not responding sooner CnC but your comment went to spamπŸ˜’ maybe because of the link?? Anyway, I don’t do awards but very much appreciate the nomination and will link back to you in my next post to say thanks! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  6. I think that is one two faced alligator Tina πŸ˜‰ and I love the snowy white ibis in the tree .
    Looks like you had a great time out sharing photography !

    • I sure did Poppy – always nice to shoot with another photographer. I’m hoping she posts some of her shots and it’s always interesting to see what catches the attention of another shooter!

  7. That golden hour is a photographers dream time Tina and you have made the most of it with some gorgeous images and as for the gator I can almost read his mind as he fixes his twinkling eye on you…

  8. oh wow, that looks very close to the alligator indeed! what a great collection you came up with. i found it a bit of a head-scratcher initially as well until i went through my archives and ended up with a Christmas theme, too.
    but those grasses in the light here – just lovely. and i love that tolkien quote. thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Kris – it was really a beautiful evening; I was glad to have had visitors or I probably wouldn’t have been out with the camera at all. Sometimes spontaneity is the key to success!

  9. Brilliant shots Tina. “…when everything comes together” I love it when that happens – you got your camera ready and the scene happens in slow-mo right in front of you. The ibises look stunning. So soft feather, and they seem to glow. And what meaningful quotes too. With light, comes warmth, hope and life πŸ™‚

  10. Tina, you gave us quite a variety here, both of quotes and photos. I hope the joy of Christmas is twinkling in your heart and life right now and that you enjoy your travel and time with family and friends.


  11. Wonderful definition of twinkle ~ the tree shot is wonderful, makes me look forward to heading home and seeing my Mom’s tree… The shot of the Ibises is wonderful, there is nothing better when things align so well (light, subject and then good company), and this shot shows it. Wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  12. Tina, Double Ibis and the verse from Matthew were beautiful. And I think that alligator was thinking he was ready for his close up.

  13. I loved the little glass snowman, but I think the alligator was the best shot!

    How wonderful that you & Annette connected. If I don’t find a new job for a while, I hope to do some of that.


  14. really GREAT shots….LOVING the double ibis one!! You certainly did a wonderful job of tackling the “twinkle” task. I love your words “it sometimes takes the pleasure of sharing to remind us of how special things are”….SO TRUE!!!

  15. Oh, how lovely, hard to pick a favourite, but since it’s Christmas my choice will be the second one with red candles. And yet, it’s so sober, Iit sells the whole year- I’d frame it. πŸ™‚
    My second choice is the twin Ibis; it would have been my first choice, but as I already said, it’s Christmas …;-)
    Happy Holidays to you and yours and safe travels!
    Dina xo

    • Thank you so much Dina – I had fun with this challenge once I got my mind around it 😍 and sharing my little corner of the world with a blogging friend was a special treat. Happy Holidays to you too!

  16. Beautiful, I love that there is so much connection in your images .. Personal connection I mean. πŸ™‚ a real sense of high spirits and something that we don’t often see , an appreciated of what is around us.

  17. Hands down–the double ibis is beyond beautiful! Spectacular shot, Tina. That last shot–say hello to my little friend?! Oh, yes, the twinkle in his beady little eye…. πŸ™‚

  18. Tina:

    No, it really never gets old. There’s always something fascinating around every bend of the road. Was the one of the egrets taken on the bridge over the marsh on the way to Osprey?

    If you’ve never been to the big pond in The Preserve, do go. I saw a cougar lying on a tree branch over the water one day. It’s always very peaceful and quiet out there.

    All the photos were lovely–nice memories of “home.”


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