Lens-Artists Challenge #69 – Seeing Double

“There are two who are never satisfied – the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.”

Rumi Jalalud-Din

Double trouble, double-time, two’s company, take two ….  the world is filled with references to twosomes. This week, let’s double our pleasure and focus on things that come in twos.



In the image above, two shrimp boats head out to sea as the morning sun lights their nets. Birds soar overhead hoping to cash in on whatever is cast aside. Both the shrimpers and the birds have a hard day ahead but the rewards of a good catch and the feeling of a job well done will help to make up for the early start and long hours.

couple, beach, ocean, stroll


“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”


Above, a couple takes a leisurely stroll along Kiawah’s beach at sunset – over their shoulders the moon continues its rise. There aren’t many things more beautiful than an early fall evening as daylight fades, evening begins and a friend or loved one is at your side.

two calves, flowers


“As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

Audrey Hepburn

I spotted the sweet little calves above while hiking with friends in the mountains of North Carolina. I was drawn to them not only because they were adorable, but also because of the beautiful field of yellow flowers in which they were playing. They seemed just as interested in me as I was in them 😊.



“We all have two lives. The second starts when we realize we only have one.”

Tom Hiddleston

A bit farther from home, I was fascinated by the exotic (at least to me) camels we saw during our recent visit to Jordan. How nice that they were dressed so colorfully for inclusion in my post 😊.

“Every blessing, just like a coin, has two sides.”

Sunday Adelaja

Birds are among my favorite subjects back home in the lowcountry  No matter the species, they are truly beautiful creatures. Their abilities, including soaring above the earth with seeming joy, or snaring fish from the murkiest of waters, are amazing. The juvenile herons above show no sign yet of the gorgeous blue-grey specimens they will one day become.

two juvenile alligators


“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”

Albert Einstein

Finally, I’ve shared a favorite from among my many alligator images. The two juveniles shown above were hanging out as they watched the golfers passing by. Until they reach about 6 feet in size, alligators will share territory. After that they become aggressive toward any other gator venturing into their space – brother, mother or other, it makes no difference.  Here on Kiawah we are cautious about them whatever their size. Knowledgeable locals know that where there are juveniles there is likely a very protective mama gator keeping close watch nearby.

Sincere thanks to Amy and to all who responded to last week’s Layered challenge. You came through with examples of beauty, originality and creativity – all very much appreciated.


Sue (Mac’s Girl) from The Nature of Things gave us a fun seasonal approach with layers and layers of Jack-O’-Lanterns

Nurul Fitri Lubis from Stories of a Wanderer gave us an amazing tour of the layers of Lake Victoria

We welcome Maria of Sagittarius Viking who joined us for the first time with a beautiful visit to Kelso Dunes in California

Olga from Stuff and What If shows us the many layers of Autumn along with her lovely lyrical verse.


Patti, Amy, Ann-Christine and I look forward to seeing your terrific twosomes. Remember to TAG them with the Lens-Artists Tag, and to link them to my original post here. Please be sure to stay tuned next week as Patti brings you Challenge #70.  If you’re new to Lens-Artists and would like more information about how to join our challenge, click here.







249 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #69 – Seeing Double

  1. Loved these, T-Bear. Especially the messages that went along with them. Dar

    P.s. is it alright that I forward your T&Ts on to mojo Morton? I was telling her about them and she asked that I forward to her. Just occurred to me that maybe that is not appropriate.

    Sent from my iPad

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  19. Great shot of the two boats. All are beautifully captured. The little one on top of mama gator is my favorite. 🙂 I should have my entry ready tomorrow.

      • Thank you so much Tina Ji its such a pleasure to receive and accept your challenge, at the moment I am thinking of just two….lens artists…Insha allah soon ….hope I am able to come up to your expectations

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    • Thanks Beth – that morning we sailed before dawn and the boat was an hour’s ride from my home. You don’t know me but if you did you’d know I am NOT a morning person so I was really happy the boats came by to make the early rising so worthwhile 🙂

  22. What wonderful 2 x 2 pairs, Tina. I keep thinking of those adorable calves in the field of flowers and the not-so-adorable crocs lounging in the sun. This theme is a lot of fun. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration. :).

  23. Beautiful photos, Tina. And opening with a boat named for you….! 🙂 I do like that camel looking directly into the camera. What a pose. Alligators fascinate me. You do get some amazing shots. Thank you for keeping your distance!

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