Lens-Artists Challenge #53 – Your Choice
“There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.”
Today is a very special day for us here at Lens-Artists – the one year anniversary of our Challenge. While we were all initially saddened by the discontinuation of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, for us it became an opportunity to expand our blogging horizons and to create some amazing new friendships.
“I am glad you are here with me.”
On our end, we have transitioned from four independent photography bloggers to a tightly-knit team that supports, encourages and helps each other as we develop and create our weekly challenges. We’ve also been fortunate to have expanded our follower base thanks to bloggers like you who support and inspire us.
“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”
As a result, our challenge has become near and dear to each of our hearts. We’ve gone well beyond being individual members of a team and have become four good friends. We are tremendously thankful to you for your appreciation of our efforts; and for making us smile or feel touched by your responses. As our thank you for your support and encouragement, we’re suggesting that you respond to today’s challenge with any subject that’s near and dear to YOUR hearts, as we’ve done with our images today. If you’d prefer some guidance, choose any of the four subjects we’ve selected this week (Friendship, Imagination, Connected or A Country that’s special to you).
“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.”
Each of us has included several captures that are special to us in some way. Mine are from some of my favorite places (Africa, China, Israel and Jordan) as well as my home in Lowcountry South Carolina. They recognize the value and importance of friendship – which for me has been the biggest surprise and the most important byproduct of hosting the Lens-Artist challenge.
“By chance we met, by choice we become friends”
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for making this such a terrific experience. If you have a subject that you feel might inspire us, please feel free to suggest it – we’d love to hear from you. Should you be new to our challenge and interested in joining us, please click here and be sure to include the Lens-Artists TAG so we can all find you. Happy Blogging to all of our loyal followers and friends, and Happy Anniversary to us!
“There is no gift like friendship.”
HAVE YOU SEEN THESE?
Each week on Lens-Artists, we highlight several responses from among our followers. This special week we’d like to thank ALL of our followers for their thoughtful, funny, often-feisty and always wonderful posts. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do, and will continue to join us as we move into year two of the Lens-Artists Challenge.
See you next week when Patti resumes our normal schedule at her Pilotfish blog.
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Beautiful and touching photos! I especially love the Elephant Friendship. A bit late but Happy First Anniversary! 😉
Thanks Len, a personal favorite as well. They are such amazing creatures
Cheers to the completion of a whole year! You four are an incredible inspiration.
Many thanks lindy. We appreciate your participation and support!
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Tina, love seeing your wonderful images!! Must admit though the first one of the elephants tugs at my heart strings…..an awesome picture! And always enjoy seeing the others, especially Guns and Guy Pals!
Decided to take a different road and made the choice to do black and white; here is the link https://mycolorfulexpressions.com/lens-artists-photo-challenge-53-choices-black-and-white/
Thanks Sylvia-always good to have you with us!
Hard to believe that a year has gone by Tina. It seem like only yesterday you all began. Congratulations for inspiring us with all your lovely photos and happy anniversary. Here’s to the next year 🙂
It does indeed Andrew! Thanks very much – stop in and join us now and then when your artistic muse moves you!
I may surprise you one of these days. Life is all about the new baby at the moment 😊
Of course it is Andrew! Are they close by??
Fortunately yes. 7 mins away 😊
Oh my, lucky you two!
Family connections came to mind with this week’s challenge. Happy Anniversary! Love your wonderful photos and expressive subjects 🙂
Many thanks, both for your comment and your participation. It’s been a great week for all of us here at Lens-Artists
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Tina I and your legion of followers are well aware of your talents for beautiful photography, brilliant writing and the ability to knot it all together with meaningful quotes. However what i admire most is your DEDICATION to this project, endless hours, angst when things are not perfect, joy when they are and the tenacity to save the challenge. HAVE ANOTHER GREAT YEAR. Proud to be your partner.
Although you are clearly prejudiced, I still appreciate your beautiful message, and even more your patience with my level of commitment. It wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without your support 😍😍
Oh what fabulous photos you have Tina.
Here is my entry for the week. 😀
Thanks Cee, so glad to have your participation and support!
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I love “Little Bird Buddies” but what a lovely collection of images. I chose the idea of a Country that is special to you and wrote about a recent day trip:https://wp.me/p2owKx-1d7
Thanks Amy! Appreciate your joining us-today and throughout the year.
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Fantastic pictures, Tina! Every one of them! Thanks for giving us this opportunity to share some of our favorites.
Our pleasure Sue, thanks for your continued support of our challenge!
In Response to Amy’s Connection
Congratulations on one year of your wonderful challenge! It’s been a pleasure taking part. To many more years!
Here is my choice: the selection of 20 images from 20 of my many Lens-Artists posts:
We so appreciate your support and participation MMM – looking forward to seeing more of you in year two!
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Here’s my choice for the challenge:
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Happy Anniversary, Tina! Thank you for being part of the Lens-Artists challenge, for being here with us and for us every week, thus helping preserve those budding virtual friendships from the days of the WP Challenge!
Thanks very much Ana, for your much-appreciated comment and for your participation and support
It was my pleasure, Tina.
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Many congratulations on you, Patti, Ann-Christine and Amy on Lens-Artists’s first anniversary. The very collaboration of yours certainly have opened new doors for WordPress community to not only share part of the world we live in, but also what we dream and cherish about.
Which is a big feat, I say 🙂
Thank you for the lovely comment Hammad, and for your support and participation
Hi Tina, I’ve just found your blog and read that wp don’t run the photo challenge any more. I got started in blogging through that challenge, putting my father’s war photos up each week. A while ago I changed to .org which is separate yet still with a thread connecting the 2 wp blog types, which is how I found you. I’m keen to join your challenge.
So glad you found us. We look forward to having you join us!
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Congratulations on your anniversary and your achievements, Tina.
Great post, Tina. Really interesting shots
Thanks Jane, glad you enjoyed
Congratulations on the first anniversary.
How did your grand-daughter do at the show in Vermont? My guess is she did well. 🙂
Thanks David! She did well but it was really a test run for her. Much bigger environment and a newer horse for her. She placed mid-pack in several of her rides which she was happy with. She’s used to first or second in smaller shows so this was a learning experience for her. Thanks for asking!
Nice your grand-daughter did well at the larger show, and with a newer horse. Finishing farther back on the leaderboard keeps the expectations and pressure in check, giving more time to work on things. 🙂
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WOW what a fabulous post Tina!!! I so enjoyed each & every shot along with each n every word which u so brilliantly write😜 I also enjoyed sitting here thinking about your challenge👍 first thing that comes to my mind is PEACE…I think that we can all benefit by having more peace in our lives & in our world…which certainly incorporates friendships..Thank U Tina for this very thoughtful post👍
Peace is a great suggestion April, thanks. And thanks as always for your continued support
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May I join you, Tina? I can’t match your photography, but probably your passion. 🙂 🙂 https://restlessjo.me/2019/07/08/jos-monday-walk-cosmopolitan-horta/
Always Jo! Proud to be part of your beautiful post – thanks so much!
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A very happy birthday. Thanks also for taking over a network and nurturing it.
our pleasure IJ- thanks very much for your support and participation
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Well done Tina…can’t believe it’s been a year already. Glad to see you guys are keeping it going 🙂
Many thanks Andy! Happy to see your name pop up 😊. Hope alls well on your end
Been meaning to jump back in Tina…still taking shots but just can’t seem to find the time to get back into that weekly posting routine.
No worries Andy—jump in any time. Would love to have you join us whenever you can!