Lens-Artists Challenge #85 – Treasure Hunt
“Treasure hunts make much better stories when there’s treasure at the end.”
This week we’re going on a Treasure Hunt! The challenge is to search for specific items – either from your archives or newly captured – from the list below. Extra credit items are a bit more challenging. Focus on quality over quantity and hit us with your best shot(s)!
- Challenge Items: Sunrise and/or sunset, Something cold and/or hot, a bird, a dog, a funny sign, a bicycle, a seascape and/or mountain landscape, a rainbow, a church, a musical instrument, a boat, a plane, a waterfall
- Extra Credit Items: An expressive portrait of one or more people, a very unusual place, knitting or sewing, a fish, an animal you don’t normally see, a bucket, a hammer, a street performer, a double rainbow, multiple challenge items in a single image. My opening image, for example, includes a sunrise, a seascape and birds in a single shot. See how easy it is?! 😀
“Music is the road to the soul”
I had tons of fun traveling down memory lane as I searched for images that fit the challenge. The street performer above playing his musical instrument is from a visit to Provence, France several years ago.
“Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”
Our journey across China provided me with some of my favorite images. The capture above features a traditional fishing method, where trained birds dive for fish, which they deposit into the woven bowl. They are rewarded for their efforts so they also benefit. They and the fisherman balance on a traditionally built raft (boat).
“The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day.”
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
The image above shows a sheepdog watching over a flock of sheep, animals I rarely see. Notice the one in the middle of the flock keeping track of the dog. Perhaps he’s thinking about making a run for it – or is he assigned to track the dog so that the rest of the flock needn’t worry about him? 😀
“Your life is a sculpture, every day chip away.”
I always enjoy making images of people at work. I would really have loved to see the finished product of this sculptor’s efforts with his hammer and chisel.
“The century of airplanes has a right to its own music.”
Each day during our adventure in an Alaskan fishing camp we would board a floatplane and fly to where the salmon were running. It was during this trip that we encountered the salmon-fishing bears shown in last week’s post. A floatplane could be considered both a plane and a boat, and the snow on the mountains beyond represents something cold.
“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life.”
We saw the double rainbow above during a visit to Prince Edward Island off the eastern coast of Canada. I’m not sure what I found most exciting – the double rainbow, the red sand seascape, or the sea glass that washed up on the shore each day.
“Mothers of daughters are daughters of mothers and have remained so, in circles joined to circles, since time began.”
I don’t often do portraits but I was enchanted by this mother-daughter embrace, my attempt at an expressive portrait. I converted the image to B&W to eliminate the distraction of their colorful outfits.
I got a bit carried away by the number of images I found during my hunt (as well as my header which includes a number of funny signs). I sincerely hope you enjoy the quest as much as I did. As always, Amy, Ann-Christine, Patti and I look forward to seeing your responses.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Lens-Artists team is delighted to announce that our March 7th challenge (#87) will be hosted by special guest host Miriam Hurdle of The Showers of Blessings. For the rest of February and March we’ll follow our usual weekly schedule, beginning next week as Patti brings us Challenge # 86. In the meanwhile, many thanks to Amy for last week’s Narrow challenge.
Have you seen these?
- Suzy of Suzy Blue gives us a terrific description of Narrow Depth of Field along with some wonderful examples.
- Andy of AEKShots uses creativity and humor to draw us into the tiger’s den
- Ana of Anvica Photos creatively crops to show us what narrow REALLY looks like.
- Rambling Ranger Dianne demonstrates her sense of adventure with some incredibly narrow roads.
Finally, it’s been suggested that we post a Treasure Hunt challenge each quarter with a new set of items. Let us know your thoughts on that, and if you agree, feel free to suggest any items you’d like to see included.
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your story is awesome but do u like to know the new true story based in the treasure hunt… check anbulladairy(dot)wordpress(dot)com
im gautham n im a treasure hunter.
just beautiful….your shots & words!!!! the rainbow is just SO special….a picture i shall keep in my mind…and mother & daughter SO touching as i journey through my moms lonliness with her…THANK U!!
Glad this one touched your heart April. I’m sure your mom is struggling right now.
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All of the photos are fabulous. The rainbow one is always going to be my favorite. The two women together is great. A lot said in that photo. Xox
Thought of you when I posted it 🙂
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Lovely gallery and post … as always! Love the mother and daughter image, so lovely.
Greetings Viveka, and thanks very much. Glad that one spoke to you
Hi there, Tina … your entries always talk to me … you’re very poetic in both word and image.
well now you have definitely made my day Viveka!
Late to the party, Tina, but hopefully I’ve just ducked in in time. What an amazing response this week! You obviously hit the target with this theme, so a monthly Treasure Hunt seems like a great plan. Thanks so much for your time and trouble. Have a great weekend! 🙂 🙂
Thanks Jo, always happy to have you join us! Yes everyone seemed have some fun with this one. Hard to beat a stroll down memory lane 😊
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Dear Tina Ji my contribution for the Treasure Hunt Hope you like it
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This was great fun, Tina. I really had to be disciplined to limit my choices. Cheers!
Glad you enjoyed Lindy – thanks for joining the hunt.
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Love it, love li, Tina, That dog is priceless. How I wish I could be that dog for a day. And the header hilarious! Yes, let’s have a quarterly hunt.
Happy these caught your eye Perpetua. I had fun with the header 😀
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Tina, enjoyed your topic this week and would like to have another treasure hunt again. It was fun reviewing archived images looking for the right ones that had the most suggested topics! (Not as easy as it seems.) Hard to pick a favorite picture although I got a chuckle out of your humorous signs! Here is my post this week: https://mycolorfulexpressions.com/lens-artist-photo-challenge-83-photo-hunt/
Thanks Sylvia, glad you enjoyed this one
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This was fun Tina!
Thanks Aletta glad you enjoyed the challenge
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Hello Tina, I keep on finding treasures and had to link this one too: https://tranature.com/2020/02/27/haibun-treasures-in-a-bucket/
Thanks for the special post Xenia
You’re very welcome dear Tina 💗 xxx
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What a fun and flexible challenge for this week Tina! I like your “Floating Flyer” image a lot. I managed to find several items on the list in this photo I took last week in Budapest: https://wp.me/p2owKx-1wb
Thanks Amy, a truly memorable experience
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Here are my “treasures”
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Oh, Tina, I love your human photos especially. I was impressed with your list but also a bit lost because I would have needed more time than I had to go properly through my archives and find the most fitting images. Here are just some that were handy.
Thanks so much Manja! Never thought anyone would find them all but a few actually did! Thanks for playing along
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I especially like the striking sunrise photo. It lookss like a blazing sunset to me.
Thanks Jane, actually one of few times I’ve actually been on the water BEFORE sunrise! We were on our way to Deveaux Island for a photo shoot
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So many fabulous vistas here, Tina. But final portrait is a special stand-out image.
Thanks Tish, it seems to be this week’s favorite. Appreciate your joining us.
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