Lens-Artists Challenge #89: RIVER

fishermen, river


“I wish I had a river I could float away on.”

Joni Mitchell

The quote I’ve included with my opening image seems particularly apropos for these troubled times. It’s from the song “River” which has always been among my favorites. Right now I think many of us wish we could just float away from today’s issues. Alas there’s not much chance of that, but at least we can do it mentally, right?  The image shows my husband and brother happily casting away on a river near my brother’s home in Colorado. Little did we know on that peaceful afternoon the chaos that would follow a few short months later.

mountain stream, rocks


“Love is a river. Drink from it.”


In Colorado there are many streams such as the one above, where the crystal-clear water flows between rocky shores before feeding into larger rivers. One of the things I love about visiting the area is that it is so totally different from anything we see here in our low-lying oceanside community.

Victoria Falls, Africa


“There’s hope at the bottom of the biggest waterfall.”

Patrick Ness

At the other end of the world, glorious Victoria Falls follows the meandering Zambezi River in southern Africa. It is considered the world’s largest waterfall at 5,604 feet (1,708 meters) wide. The falls were very impressive when we reached them from a short hike, covering us in mist and making their presence known with a might roar.  They were even more incredible from the air where we were fortunate to have also seen them from a helicopter. 



“If the earth is a mother then rivers are her veins.”

Amit Kalantri

Here on the Kiawah River, we are always on the lookout for our beautiful river dolphins. In the image above they are in the process of stranding – pushing baitfish to the shore and then swimming onto the shore themselves to chase the fish. It’s a very rare behavior seen only in the rivers of coastal South Carolina and Georgia. Below, they entertain one of our many visitors with their “spy-hopping”, peeking out from below the water to see what’s happening above.



“The care of rivers is not a question of rivers but of the human heart.”

Shozo Tanaka

We’ve done many kayak and motorboat forays on the Kiawah River and it is actually rare that we don’t see at least a few dolphins along the way. They are curious creatures and seem to “enjoy” the company of their human counterparts.  It’s a bit more rare to see their stranding behavior but we have been fortunate to have seen it many times as well. 

Thanks to Amy for this week’s challenge. Click here to see and link to her original post, and as always please remember to use the Lens-Artists tag.  We appreciate all of our followers’  creative and interesting responses to last week’s CHAOS challenge. We sincerely hope everyone is practicing Social Distancing to protect themselves and others from the continuing spread of COVID-19. Stay safe out there and we hope to see you right here next week for Challenge #90.





112 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #89: RIVER

  1. Wow, the Victoria Falls picture is amazing. It belongs in a travel magazine, it would lure anybody there. How lucky you are to have the dolphins on your doorstep, Tina. Such entertaining creatures.

  2. Oh I could cast away my troubles fishing with the boys or float along with the dolphins. But I would not drift along the veins of the river that feeds Victoria falls. Tina, thank you for making us think of something else other that the c word.

  3. Beautiful images Tina and Colorado looks amazing. It would have been hard to imagine when these photos were taken how quickly things can change. Hope you and your family are safe and well 💜 xxx

  4. Thank you again for allowing me to include one of your fabulous photos in my latest post on Jordan: https://ohtheplaceswesee.com/2020/03/25/virtual-vacation-to-jordan-is-this-the-new-normal/
    I do hope to get there someday to see this beautiful country for myself. But until then, I’m loving sifting through photos in your Gallery!

    Stay safe and healthy. I wish I could be sitting under an umbrella on the beach at Kiawah right now!

    Rusha Sams

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  6. Did your husband and brother catch anything while fishing? If they didn’t, I guess that meant supermarket trout for dinner. 😉

    When you come to Colorado, the next time in summer, you might want to visit Eleven Mile Canyon. You’ll love the views and the roar of the South Platte River through the canyon. Your husband and brother can fish if they don’t mind scrambling down to the river side. The road bed was used for train tracks in the olden days. The length of the canyon is eleven miles. It dead ends with a dam wall. On the other side of the dam is Eleven Mile Reservoir.

    Stay well.

  7. Without rivers, what would we be? Gorgeous images as usual, and I do love the river dolphins. I am not at all envious of that helicopter ride over the Victoria falls….must have been wonderful!

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  9. Tina, one word- wow! The Victoria Falls look every inch majestic and the story of hiking up to it and feeling its crushing power, just amazing. This is the closest I’ve been to it so you can imagine my excitement. As for the dolphins, never been close to one either so it’s always a pleasure to see them via your lens.

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  11. Lovely post, Tina. The info about the river dolphins was especially interesting, and I love those Colorado rivers. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks very much Terri – I have many other images of them stranding but you’d be amazed how fast they rush the shore, grab a fish and slither back into the water. Quite something to see!

  12. Those two opening photos prove that fishing can be a great way to practice social distancing. Those are my favorite photos in your post, so idyllic and serene. I am looking forward to sharing some of my river photos later this week. Stay safe, my friend.

  13. Beautiful river shots, Tina! I especially like the second image of the river in Colorado. I feel like I could almost step into the picture and be right there. Thanks for sharing and stay safe.

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  15. A lovely calming post, Tina…thank you! And I’ve never seen a dolphin close, so I enjoyed my virtual views. Take care in this most troubled time

  16. River Power is an awesome shot, Tina, but even better I love that close up of the dolphins. How amazing is that? Enough to take all our minds off our troubles. 🙂 🙂

  17. Loved “There’s hope at the bottom of the biggest waterfall”. Very appropriate for our current situation! Stay safe!

  18. That is a beautiful, beautiful post for this theme Tina! I love these photos and enjoy reading the stories of the river runs through it from one place to another.
    Wow, what a fantastic view of the Victoria Falls from a helicopter. I so envy you. 🙂
    Can’t imagine being so close to these lovely creatures.

  19. Your dolphin photos made me happy! I never tire of seeing them in the waters here. I’ve actually witnessed dolphins doing the stranding in a Georgia creek. I feel really fortunate to have seen such a rare sight. Alas, they were too far away to get a photo.

  20. I saw a TV show about dolphins stranding….which was totally new to me. They are thinking about making Florida a stay-at-home state. Spring breakers are finally leaving–after their dismay that we closed bars and beaches. Whoever thought it would get so crazy? Stay safe, Tina.

    • Hi Lois – if it was Nat Geo it was probably ours dolphins. They were here filming. Apparently it’s an example of mammals teaching behaviors to their offspring. Many around us are closing their beaches as well. Such a sad and scary time.

  21. River Dolphins – how cool. I have never seen one! We hope to be at Victoria Falls this summer assuming things go as planned! And of course, anything with Colorado in it I tend to love :-).

    • Thanks Pam, we truly love them here on Kiawah. Nat Geo came to film them as they were strand feeding and featured them on their series proving that mammals other than humans teach their children.

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  23. Hi, Tina. A beautiful, reflective post on the power of rivers to calm us and restore us. Your dolphin shots are terrific. I’ve heard of stranding, but never saw it. That must be quite a sight. They are such clever creatures. Take care and I hope you both stay well.

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