Lens-Artists Challenge #21 – SPLASH

“May there be no end to the sea, to the sand, the splash of water, the glow of the sky, the prayer of man.”

Hannah Senesh



Patti’s “SPLASH” challenge made me think of our recent visit to ancient Caesarea in Israel. The ruins there date back to the time of King Herod, who in 25 BC built a mighty port city – eventually brought to ruin by the Crusaders in the 7th Century. On the day of our visit the sea was incredibly (and unusually) rough – entertaining tourists by splashing mightily against the buildings (above) and the rocks (below). My lens, which happily had a UV filter attached, was fine after a few wipes with a handy lens cloth ๐Ÿ˜Š.ย 



“Unless you paddle for the wave, you’ll never know if you can catch it.”

Abigail Spencer

The sea was much quieter during our visit to Jaffa, another of the world’s oldest port cities. ย Itย is mentioned several times in the Old Testament, including its location as the port from which Jonah sailed before meeting the whale. Archaeologists have discovered evidence that the city was inhabited as early as 7500 BC.ย 



“The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.”

Vladimir Nabokov

Although rough seas and big waves can be fun, even thrilling, the peace and calm of a quiet sea at sunset is food for the soul. The scene below followed an incredibly busy day of touring. ย Our guide drove like a crazy person to get us back in time to see the golden orb sink below the hills surrounding our hotel. ย His effort was greatly appreciated as we enjoyed the serenity of the evening on the beautiful shores of Galilee.



“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Finally, I’ll close with a bit of fun. Full disclosure – I did NOT take the photo that follows. In fact, that’s me in the black hat splashing sand into the air at the request of our guide at Wadi Rum in Jordan. Apparently he felt the need to have us remove our shoes, get on our knees, and splash sand in the air while he captured the moment. I must admit it felt really good, but then I was on the left and the wind was blowing to the right! ๐Ÿ˜€



“โ€œAre we etched in stone or just scratched in the sand waiting for the waves to come and reclaim the land?”

Matt Squire

Like many others, this week I spent the Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by family. ย In my case this meant braving the “friendly skies”, and dealing with much colder weather, but as always well worth the effort. I have much for which I am thankful, and hope all of you can say the same. Wishing you all the best of the holiday season.


For further information about our challenges, click here. To see Patti’s original post click here


All images created with Fuji x-t2


76 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #21 – SPLASH

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  2. You have a fantastic eye Tina. Congratulations and many thanks for sharing with us. There are many, many photo blogs, but yours really stands out.
    I will be back. keep shooting. (With a camera!) ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Take care

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  5. I love seeing places I’ve read about in the Bible for my entire life. Thanks for being a part of that, Tina, and sharing them so beautifully. I hope your holiday season is filled with joy and blessings. It’s a bit too early for me to say “Merry Christmas”, so I’ll leave it at that for now. ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Amazing variety of splashes Tina. What a fun time you were having with the sand and that sunset on the shores of Galilee is sublime. It is so hard to get my mind around the antiquity of these places, just incredible

  7. I smiled all while reading this post, Tina. Looks like you had a great time in Israel. Casarea does look every bit the ancient city, and the waves might have been mighty to greet you and your troop. Your tour guide sounded like a good man and what a stunning sunset. A moment and gesture worth more than gold. Whoever took the sand splashing shot did an excellent job ๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. Thanks Tina. Happy you enjoyed your holiday. Keep in touch. Toni

    On Sun, Nov 25, 2018 at 10:04 AM Travels and Trifles wrote:

    > Tina Schell posted: “”May there be no end to the sea, to the sand, the > splash of water, the glow of the sky, the prayer of man.” Hannah Senesh > Patti’s “SPLASH” challenge made me think of our recent visit to ancient > Caesarea in Israel. The ruins there date back to th” >

  9. Welcome home, Tina, and happy thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is everyday/moment anyway. That desert sand wave is so playfully done and may there will be no end to your gift of photography. Always love what you share, Perpetua

  10. Love all the splashy shots, Tina! Glad to see that fun side of you splashing in the sand! Your images and artistry have been so inspiring to me. Saw this and thought it would be perfect to add my Sunday Stills link to Patti’s post “splash” today!

  11. Beautiful images Tina and I love the sand-splash, it almost looks like there are fish leaping from the sands :o) xxx

  12. Your trip is a constant provider of wonderful memories to share with us in your fantastic photos! And, you look like you really enjoyed splashing the sand!

  13. Thanks for the good wishes, Tina. Beautiful shots and quotes! I’ve just spent the weekend with my son and we are packed and off to our new home today. New but old. Wishing you much joy ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿธ

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