Lens-Artists Challenge #53 – Your Choice

“There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.”

Jim Henson

Elephants holding trunks


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.

Heron Chicks


“I am glad you are here with me.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

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.

3 young children


“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

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).

Two older chinese women


“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.”

Maya Angelou

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. 

3 Jordanians in keffiyehs


“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! 

Three Israeli soldier at gelato bar


“There is no gift like friendship.”

Rudyard Kipling


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.


166 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #53 – Your Choice

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  5. Happy Anniversary dear Tina, Amy, Ann-Christine and Patti! Thank you for hosting these lovely challenges, amazing how it’s already been a year since you first started Lens-Artists. I especially love your ‘elephant friendship’ and ‘little bird buddies’ images and our contribution for this week is here: https://tranature.com/2019/07/07/silent-sunday-choices/

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  9. I can’t believe a whole year has flown by since you started this challenge Tina. Though I don’t blog much at the moment I still drop in, occasionally, to check the inspirational blogs that rise to this challenge. Maybe in the heat of summer when I am cloistered under the aircon trying to keep cool I will spend more time blogging. At the moment most of my time is spent in the garden. Best wishes for the coming year.

    • Thanks so much Pauline, as I watch your efforts with your gardens I’m not the least surprised that you’ve not much time for blogging! It’s wonderful to see the fruits of your labors as they evolve—keep up the good work and drop by whenever you can…we’ll be here!😊

  10. These are all very special photos, Tina. I still have yet to learn to take photos of people’s faces. May the four of you continue to remain friends as you are to all. Thank you.

    • Thank you Perpetua, for your comment and for your much-appreciated support of our efforts. I always enjoy your creative responses and our peeks into your world.

  11. Dear Tina Heartiest Congratulations on the First Anniversary of Lens-Artist Challenge. May you achieve continuous success make joyful friendships spread the love of nature and the good for humanity. amen May Allah bless you All at Lens – Artist..Striking friendship images -the sense of companionship peace and love is profoundly manifest. Best regards.

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  13. It’s a bit odd reading all four of these almost in a row, but congratulations to all of you and thanks for keeping the challenge alive. I love, love, love your choices, Tina.


    • Many thanks Janet! We spent many hours trying to figure out the best way for all of us to host at once in celebration of the anniversary. Hopefully altho a bit odd for sure, everyone appreciated the effort 😊. Love having you join us each week and looking forward to more in year 2!

  14. Hi, Tina. I really like your photo of soldiers queueing up for ice cream: guns, guy pals, *and* gelato! Thanks for allowing me to participate in the LAPC, and I hope your efforts with LAPC continue with great success. 👍🏽🎉

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  17. Beautiful as always – thank you so much for keeping the weekly themes going. Even though I haven’t always participated – I have enjoyed viewing everyone’s photos!!

  18. Beautiful photos as always, Tina! It has been great to see more photo challenges pop up, congrats to you all on a year already! I’ve not participated as much as I would like since running Sunday Stills and I prefer a little bit of planning to post. You gals always choose great themes, and maybe one will line up someday 🙂

  19. I have to say a huge thank you to the four of you for taking up the weekly photo challenge. It was a sad day when WP withdrew from their relationship with their members, but you and Amy, Ann-Christine and Patti have kept the challenge and the friendship between us alive. I don’t always manage to join in, but I always like to see what you come up with and appreciate the work that goes into hosting a challenge. Many thanks and I hope this will continue for a long, long time.
    Jude xx

  20. Hi Tina, There is no better to celebrate our LAPC anniversary with the friendship theme. Thank you for your ideas, plan, direction… and to take LA to where we are. Your beautiful writing, quotes, and photos take PC to new heights.
    Thank you for your support and encouragement. I, too, am grateful our friendship. 🙂 It has been a learning journey for me, and I’m humbled to be part of the team.

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  23. Tina, thank you for the challenge and for keeping it alive. Fantastic job, girls. Friendship … something so delicate, but so essential for us all. I can lose everything I own, but not my friends. “Long time friends” and “Friends & Fun” … are my favourites.
    “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
    Walter Winchell

  24. I am someone who enjoys the opportunity to show everyone my little part of this wonderful world. I am glad we now have a new Fab Four to inspire, test our imagination and provide an outlet for what we love to do – take photographs.
    I do so love all of your photos Tina but especially the elephants.
    I hope you, Amy, Ann-Christine and Patti have the strength to continue. Your efforts are much appreciated
    Much love
    Brian xxxx

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  26. Happy first anniversary to all the lens-artist team. It has been great following and contributing to your challenges over the last year (where has the time gone?!). Thank you so much for hosting and being so inspirational. Beautiful images as always Tina.

  27. Congrats to the hosts and participants of this much needed challenge 😊💙🌅
    And your photos here are culture rich and my fav is the guns and pals – the way they are looking and leaning – it was also a bit serious and had a strong impact with the guns and knowing they are working – but as you noted – pals, comrades – and unified for a cause

    • Thanks Yvette, appreciate your continued support. Yes the soldiers just seemed so incongruous to me – seriously considering their flavor choices while those guns hung off their backs! Rest assured no one was going to be hassling them to hurry up LOL.

  28. Seeing the smiling faces in these photos makes me happy..like fun friends do. Have to say the photo of the elephants is my favorite.

  29. Our collaboration has been wonderful, inspiring, and satisfying, Tina. Your theme this week is perfect! I’m also grateful for our friendship. 🙂 🙂

  30. Wonderful stuff, Tina. Each:) 🙂 of your photos speaks loud and clear of love and friendship. They are all beautiful in their own way. Many thanks to you and your lovely team for keeping us so royally entertained this past year.

  31. Happy Anniversary! I’m so happy I found these challenges on your blog. I had been missing the Weekly Photo Challenge, and it’s so nice to see everyone’s photos every week. Thank you Tina!

  32. Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Have loved all of your posts – they took me to places I have never seen and many I have visited. Since you asked for suggestions, I would love to see how you would express “unity” in photos – with our country so divided, I think it might be lovely!

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