Lens-Artists Challenge #27 – My Travels

“The world is full of beautiful places. Let your heart be one of them.”

Jenim Debie



Those who follow me know I love my island home and its beautiful flora and fauna. But my husband and I also share a love of travel and adventure, and we are doing our best to see as much of this beautiful world as possible. Since our first major trip to Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti in 2001 we have made an effort to do one major trip each year, and with a few exceptions have succeeded. With her challenge this week, Amy has given us a perfect opportunity to talk about some of our favorite travel adventures.



“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.”

Kurt Vonnegut

We are often asked which has been our favorite journey. Although I’ve loved them all, for me our South Africa and Botswana safaris have always held the number one place. Seeing magnificent creatures in the wild, in their natural environment, is a life-changing experience. For a photographer, I am convinced there is nothing that compares. 



“Travel teaches toleration.”

Benjamin Disraeli

To travel is to experience the incredible beauty of our world. The natural wonders of places like Patagonia in Chile and Argentina….



“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

Or man-made splendors like China’s Great Wall …



“A wise man travels to discover himself.”

James Russell Lowell

or Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, 



“I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.”

Susan Sontag

leave one in jaw-dropping wonder at the world around us. 



Whenever you visit foreign lands or distant places, remember they are all someone’s home.”

Vera Nazarian

I firmly believe that travel expands the mind and opens the hearts of those who experience other cultures. While our ability to see the world has expanded significantly through online and modern-day media resources, there is nothing quite like viewing it first-hand. Interacting with our world’s other citizens helps us to better understand how very much we have in common.



“Every journey makes its own map across your heart.”

Sharon Sinn

Having visited many of the countries of Africa, North/South American, Australia/Oceania, and Europe, it was time this year to make our first trip to the Middle East.  Since several of my recent posts have included images from our journey to Israel and Jordan (as does today’s header), I’ve closed this week’s post with something a bit different. As fascinating as we may find other parts of the world, we should also remember that our own countries have much to offer as well. As an example, the image above is from an adventure several years ago in Alaska.  Glacier Bay is but one of the many incredible US National Parks. Bryce Canyon in Utah (below) is another. We count them and several others among our favorite trips. As always, there are more to be seen.



“More than the destination, it is the journey that makes a traveller.”

Salma Farook

Long ago I was introduced to the idea that there was an amazing world beyond my own little corner of it. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how much of it I would one day see. Sincere thanks to Amy for her beautiful travel challenge which is posted here. I hope you’ll join me next week for Challenge #28. In the meanwhile I leave you with this thought from Akiane Kramarik:

“If we experienced life through the eyes of a child, everything would be magical and extraordinary. Let our curiosity, adventure and wonder never end.”

May 2019 be a year of adventure and wonder for us all.





165 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #27 – My Travels

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  2. That’s a very handsome leopard in your second photo. Is the Far Arctic North or the Antarctic South must be on your travel short-list?
    Good travels, good photos, good memories for 2019.

    • Many thanks David. Funny, a good friend is in Antarctica right now. I texted her that it was obviously missing from my list. I’m not much for cold weather so am waiting to get her full report before adding to my bucket list 😊. All the best for you and your beautiful family in 2019 as well.


  3. Beautiful memories many of which I was happy to experience with you. Wishing you more fantastic adventures in 2019, Tina. (PS Strange I didn’t get an email for his post.)

    • Thanks Jane-made more memorable for having shared them with you for sure. I still laugh at some of our escapades😊. Not sure about the email. It did show up in Followed reader and email for me and many of my email followers

  4. You are more than wise and with a beautiful heart, Tina. All of your shots are reflected on it. I would love to see the wild in Africa. Must take note of this.

  5. Coming to your blog, Tina, which I’ve missed while not blogging, always brings joy to my heart and humility to whatever pretensions I have as a photographer. While I’ve traveled a lot, I haven’t been to nearly as many places as you and your husband have, so I really enjoying seeing your beautiful shots of those spots. Thanks so much and happy 2019.


  6. These images are stunning. You always show beautiful work, but this post is especilaly exceptional. I really love your opening quote. I can’t wait to share it with others.

  7. Wonderful photos, Tina, the first one feels almost like flying over the waves, and the three monks… extraordinary, the light and color. Wishing you a happy 2019, and.. happy travels! 🙂

  8. Beautiful photos and quotes, as always.
    >>I firmly believe that travel expands the mind and opens the hearts of those who experience other cultures.
    I know there is something special about you…
    Have a great day.

  9. Beautiful choices. I don’t know how you can pick from all your trips, one photo. The ones you chose for this challenge were all fabulous.

  10. Lovely recollection of your travels, Tina. You have indeed traveled the world far and wide, and that’s quite and achievement. Each of your photos are stunning, post-card perfect. Nature or man-made, there is so much to be marvelled at all around us. As Randall said, great work with the camera. You really have an eye for capturing the life and essence of a place, not just the beauty of it but what it means to live the life some live. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead 🙂

  11. Happy New Year Tina, you have started the year with a great post ~ amazing shots and locations. If there was a definition on the proper way/place to travel and capturing ‘the shot’ this is it. Everyone shot here is worthy of praise and print. I always like to read through your posts imagining what it would feel like to be there behind the camera, but with all this incredible places this post it was a bit overwhelming 🙂 You comment about South Africa and Botswana and seeing the animals in the wild, I would have to agree…magical for everyone, especially photographers. Wish you a great 2019 ahead.

    • Randall, always great to see your name pop up! Thank you for the lovely compliment-greatly appreciated from the master of storytelling and photography 😊. All the best to you in 2019 as well.

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  13. Incredible. I have nit traveled much out of the country, so I especially appreciate the chance to see other places through the eyes of sensitive, caring travelers. The quotes capture the wonder and awe that new places and people would hopefully capture for everyone. Thanks.

  14. Thanks for giving me a glimpse of fabulous parts of the world that always intrigue. Africa is on the top of my dream photography travel list; the animals and the wildness of the land are awe-inspiring to my imagination.

    • Thanks Priscilla. I remember the first time I saw an Africa travel brochure. I thought it would be the most awesome but unfathomable trip. Years later I was able to go. Never say never!!

  15. You are very fortunate, Tina, and use your knowledge wisely. Extraordinary beauty and photographic wonders! I agree with Sue´s quote from you – and if you want to understand something of the world and its inhabitants, you have to have it first hand. Once you have started, you cannot stop traveling.

  16. Great images and words, and I’m with you on “I firmly believe that travel expands the mind and opens the hearts of those who experience other cultures. While our ability to see the world has expanded significantly through online and modern-day media resources, there is nothing quite like viewing it first-hand. Interacting with our world’s other citizens helps us to better understand how very much we have in common.”

  17. Stunning images Tina. These are amazing places i will probably never get to so it is a real gift to see your photos.

  18. Your photos are extraordinary and words so meaningful. We are so fortunate to have seen so many wonderous places in this world…and I do hold them in my heart!!

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