Lens-Artists Challenge #81 – Seeing Red

“Beauty without color seems to belong to another world.”

Murasaki Shikibu

dog, sleeping, white, red


As I put together my response to Patti’s “Find Something Red” challenge, I was amazed at the number of images I found among my archives. Β Of course the trick then is narrowing down the choices and selecting which to feature. The image above is a favorite because of the sweet pup enjoying his cozy spot on the red rug.

RED UMBRELLA, rice fields, china


“Never invest in any idea you can’t illustrate with a crayon.”

Peter Lynch

The image above is from the beautiful rice terraces of Longsheng, China. The terraces are glorious (see more of my imagesΒ here) and I was like the proverbial kid in a candy shop capturing every vista imaginable. The shot is among my favorites because of the striking contrast between the red umbrella and the fields of green. Clearly, red can have impact even when it is not the predominant color.

chickens in a basket


“Color affects us. Everyone should have a paintbox and a box of crayons.”

Dr. Sunwolf

Likewise in the image above the chickens’ red combs are not the primary color but somehow they bring extra life to the capture. One wonders why they’re in the basket and how long it will be before they figure out it’s one easy hop and they’re free πŸ˜‰

red leaves


“Coloring outside the lines is a fine art.”

Kim Nance

Here on Kiawah, autumn colors are typically quite subtle. I captured the image above in my own front yard one afternoon as the sunlight hit the bright red of our very young maple tree. Planted by our home’s previous owners, I doubt it will last very long in our climate but we can hope!



“Color is a creative element, not a trimming.”

Piet Zwart

Much more typical of Kiawah, the image above. I found this tree fairly deep in an oak forest and was amazed by how prolific the beautiful red vine had become as the tree reached high into the sky. I found myself wondering if it was a symbiotic relationship or if the vine was actually choking the tree. Β Hopefully it’s the former rather than the latter.

RED TRUCK, lobster cages


“Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”

Claude Monet

The “little red truck” above caught my eye during a visit to Maine – where lobster pounds are everywhere. You can see the empty lobster cages behind the truck in the image. I have no idea if it is actually used for deliveries or merely a nod to days gone by. Whichever the case, I thought it was really fun.



“Our attitudes are the crayons that color our world.”

Allen Klein

I’ll close with yet another image from China, a row of red lanterns offering a leading line to the pagoda beyond. Speaking of which, many thanks to those of you who participated in my Leading Lines challenge last week. Patti, Ann-Christine, Amy and I very much enjoyed your responses and look forward to seeing your thoughts on RED this week. For more views, remember to use the Lens-Artists TAG, and to link to Patti’s original post here.

All of us at Lens-Artists are delighted to announce that next week’s challenge (#82) will be hosted by our special guest host, Viveka of My Guilty Pleasures. Β  Please be sure to visit Viveka’s site on Saturday, February 1st to view her challenge.Β  For the rest of February, we’ll return to our usual weekly schedule. Β Wishing everyone a lovely week ahead.






129 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #81 – Seeing Red

  1. Pingback: Great Blue Heron On Litter Patrol (Not Art Nbr 24) | Babsje Heron

  2. Red is a good luck color across Asia, especially at New Year’s (Chinese and otherwise).

    Prior to the new year, a red fish is prepared on NYE for dinner. My mom would bake a red snapper for the occasion. On New Year’s, red envelopes are often given, sometimes with a token amount of money, and/or most times a message extending best wishes and much luck in the coming year. Also, the firecrackers that are set off are wrapped with red paper.

    And, when a couple are married, a red money envelop is given to both the bride and the groom but mostly to the bride.

  3. Senorita Red Hot Chilly Pepper -Could be a Killing Attraction -wonderful variety of red..love the red wagon Cheers Tina Ji

  4. Ooh … what a great variety Tina ! You must have a very good *tagging system with your photographs is all I can say or a very good memory πŸ˜‰
    Love them all .. particularly love the perspective of *Looking up … never easy to take these… always a wobble moment with me Lol
    As many others have mentioned red umbrella is fabulous … a beautiful contrast against all those patterned greens … you must have been happy dancing to see this composition πŸ™‚ Just wonderful x

  5. The red umbrella is a wonderful image, what a moment! But my favourite is “REACHING UP, KIAWAH” for the colours and the perspective. Red is a favourite colour of mine (after blue) and not one I see much of here in Cornwall other than flowers so I might have to go looking in the archives for this one.

  6. I love the truck and lanterns as my top two photos from this post – even though I missed the pagoda completely until I read your note…. I think the crispness of the second and third lantern paused me there – and then the eye went to the rail right and then back to the line of red lanterns. So I did get “more” from that shot when I went back in to explore the cool hues in the background with that pagoda.

  7. Ah – so many wonderful images! But this time it is easier for me to pick a special favorite among all favorites – because red is not a favorite color with me. It is the touch, the hint, the spot that catches the eye that I love! The red umbrella amongst the lush green terraces, the hot chicken and the beautiful vine. Now I just have to look at them all again – a feast to the eye, Tina!

  8. Hard to not smile at that little red truck….a little bit of red goes a long way usually for me….. loved these images … how in the world do you navigate through your thousands of photos and find these treasures so specifically?

  9. Tina, what a fun gallery – fantastic images … my pick has to be the dog and the lanterns …. red is my favorite color, but I don’t wear it very often. Yes, next week it’s all up to me.

  10. Girlfriend, My personal favorite on this go around. Brilliant. Loved them all. Of course that puppy on red carpet…..really special. Love ya Dar

    Sent from my iPad


  11. Tina, I am always so impressed and inspired by your photography! Your talent as a photographer, artist, and master of design elements are remarkable. Sleeping Dog, Red Umbrella, and Reaching Up are my favorites this week.

  12. I love your photos. The red crown on the chicks is my favorite. It won’t be long and they will be out of the basket.

  13. Wonderful! I have never taken part in any of the challenges , having just got back to serious blogging again after some time away from it.
    Better pull my socks up! I’ll see what I can do πŸ™‚

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