Inspiration – Weekly Photo Challenge

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Vicki Corona

(17 photos)



This week Krista has offered us an interesting challenge – to illustrate that which inspires us. It seems to me that inspiration can be found most anywhere if your mind is open to it.  For example, in the peacefulness of the moonlit night shown above as calm settles over a small town…. or below, in the scent of fresh hay, rolled neatly into bales awaiting their use.



“Make hay all the time, not only while the sun shines.”

Constance Chuks Friday

Perhaps in a look at some of nature’s grandest offerings…….



“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.”

John Muir

no more impressive than her simplest.



In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.”

Paulo Cuelho

Inspiring moments can be found while capturing nature’s smallest creatures…..



“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

Gary Snyder

no less magnificent than her largest.




“There are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves,  and until we allow all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.”  

Lawrence Anthony

Is anything more inspiring than the glory of a beautiful sunrise….



“Every day a million miracles begin at sunrise.”

Eric Jerome Dickey

except perhaps a perfect ending to the day?



“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”

Jo Walton

There is so much we can learn from one another, especially if we are open to new experiences and the differences that set us apart even as they also unite us.  Inspiration can be found in rising to the challenge of a difficult task……



“All happiness depends on courage and work.”

Honore de Balzac

or in a moment of rest shared with a friend.



“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”

Helen Keller

Perhaps we are inspired by simply watching the world go by….



“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”

Marilyn Vos Savant

or by the incredibly complex beauty inherent in nature’s design.  The natural curve of a river meandering through fields of green….



“Mountains and rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.”

Brian Andreas

or the colors displayed in her creatures.



“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?”

Pablo Picasso

The graceful curve of a horse’s back – as inspiring as



“Beauty: it curves, curves are beauty.”

James Joyce

the beauty of natural light and its effect on whatever it touches.



“Light is my inspiration, my paint and brush… the energy upon which all life on this planet depends.”

Ruth Bernhard

There is inspiration in the affection of nature’s creatures for one another …



“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

William Shakespeare

and in the innocence of her most vulnerable, the world’s children.



“It’s the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.”

Frank Warren

To me, inspiration can be found at your feet, around the nearest corner, or on the other side of the world. It is found more readily when we make the effort to seek it and when we are open to receiving it. So where do you find your inspiration? A beautiful sunset….the touch of a loved one….the sound of laughter…the fresh start of a new day?  To see how some other bloggers answered, take a moment to click here.

87 thoughts on “Inspiration – Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Amazing photos has always. I like your last quote- ‘To me, inspiration can be found at your feet, around the nearest corner, or on the other side of the world. It is found more readily when we make the effort to seek it and when we are open to receiving it.’

  2. So much inspiration with these shots Tina. A tremendous portfolio of not just your talent to capture such a diverse set of light and scenes, but to lay them out in such an artistic manner. The extremes between the two shots “Last Light” and “Nature’s Grandeur” showoff not just the splendor of nature, but also of what you have captured and experienced. Both worthy of inspiration, and the mountains often provide that for me. But their is nothing quite like water, and when combined with a sunrise or sunset as with your “Dramatic Daybreak” to me nothing can be more inspirational…until your last shot (and quote). Just another day…perfect.

  3. I always enjoy seeing your interpretation of the weekly theme. The turtle made me say awwwww – they were recently in the news up here – apparently there was a hatch at one of the beaches south of us

    • Thanks Nora yes the turtles here are a very big deal. We have about 200 nests each year. This year there in a concern because for the first time coyotes have taken up residence and they eat the eggs. Mother Nature sure has a strange way about her, doesn’t she?!

  4. What a lovely series of images, Tina. There’s everything in here – people, wildlife and landscape. And they all come together so well under the tag ‘inspiration’, highlighting the fact that inspiration can be sought anywhere and everywhere. You are right, the photograph of the sunrise is as beautiful as the moment captured in the open field 🙂

  5. The quotes the photos all are truly inspirational Tina. What a great challenge we had this week and so many people responded with the theme of nature, but it is the well found quotes you team up with the photos that makes your post stand out. I always look forward to seeing your contribution

    • Thanks so much Pomme – I agree this week was really special and I truly enjoyed all of the entries. Love that you commented on the quotes, you know that’s a big task finding just the right thing so I really appreciate your mentioning them.

      • I know how hard it is to find quotes, I occasionally put one or two in a post but it is hard and very time consuming as well. I always marvel at how well you match the quotes to the photos.

  6. This is a visually-inspiring post, Tina. Truly gorgeous work and thoughts. I would love to hear how your work has developed over time. Have you sought out classes with experts? Gone on photo expeditions? Taught yourself? Or a combination of all of these things? I feel that I’ve come a long way since I first started posting, but there’s always so much more to learn. So many people claim that the magic is in the camera, but I think it’s in the eye of the photographer! You are very gifted!

    • Thanks so much Patti – and also for the pingback on your Inspiration post. I’ve done all of the things you’ve mentioned – shooting with pros, classes, photo expeditions, reading and studying. I’m also very active in our local photography club which has been very helpful. The magic is definitely NOT in the camera – great shots can come from any device. And believe me, you never get to the point when you think there’s nothing else to learn! We are all our own toughest critics, and that’s the way it should be. I think the most important thing is to really love it, as I do and I’m sure you do too. Keep up the good work!!

      • Hi Tina. Many thanks for your tips. I’ll check to see if we have a local photography club. I’ve taken the free classes with experts at B & H when we visit NYC. Have you taken any of them? They’re wonderful.

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  8. Every photo truly is an inspiration ~ purely
    proves your first Quote:
    “moments that takes our breath away”
    ~ amazingly beautiful Tina 😊
    Bravo for this entry!

  9. Love the sunrise and sunset photos, and really like the turtle one too. It looks like it’s scuttling and swimming away fast, can’t get away from you fast enough 😀 Love your take on inspiration too. I believe inspiration lies everywhere around us, in every moment when we stop and look and ask “why, how” and be curious about the world in general. With inspiration often comes enlightenment 🙂

    • Well said re inspiration Mabel. We agree on the subject for sure. As for the little turtle, he was actually born with a bad flipper and was really struggling to make it to the water. I’m followed him the whole way, hoping he’d make it and sure enough, he eventually did. He was an amazing little trooper and lucky. O predators came along during his long, slow journey.

      • Certainly a trooper that little turtle. When he grows up, I’m sure he’ll grow far – he’s not letting the bad flipper bother him 🙂

  10. As usual, an impressive gallery of photos and quotes. As I scroll through, I’m try to think which I like best, and with each image or phrase, there’s something else for my mind to think about. But I do love the opening quote about the number of moments in life our breath is taken away. And the elephant hug photo – awww. I wanted to hug them too!

  11. The eyes do have it and your eyes can see what is inspirational. I must admit I cater to the defensless living beings, the children. We were all children once before.

    • Many thanks Lois. I actually did a post on him a while back. He had 1 bad flipper and had to,work SO much harder thank his siblings to get back to the ocean. I followed him all the way and tho he struggled he made it through! Hurrah!!

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