Lens-Artists Challenge #91 – Simplicity

willett at ocean


“The greatest step toward a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.”

Steve Maraboli

Patti’s Simplicity challenge this week brought to mind an evening a short time ago when my camera and I were strolling Kiawah’s beach. There was a small flock of willetts foraging along the water’s edge and the little one above seemed to have had a bit of success. For today’s post I’ve chosen to simplify the images by treating them with a soft shade of sepia to reduce distraction.

two willetts, ocean edge, sunset


“Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much.”

Sir Joshua Reynolds

I have to smile at the number of people made miserable by stay-at-home mandates. How many times have we all wished for some peace and quiet? For some time to ourselves? For just one day of rest with no responsibilities?  Well, it seems we’ve gotten our wish and then some! Now of course, we are wishing for less of the same – fickle humans that we are.



“Simplicity embarks not on what is seen by the naked eye, but dwelling on what is in the heart.”


Most of nature’s creatures live very simple lives. They eat a limited diet, live in a specific habitat and in most cases adhere strictly to “follow the leader”. Human nature being what it is, we are a bit less structured. No matter what we have, often times we yearn for something different. If nothing else, perhaps this crisis will teach us to appreciate those things that are most important – our loved ones, friendship, and the rewards of a life of simplicity. 

four willetts


“Simple solutions require the most advanced thinking.”

Richie Norton

Thanks to all of our followers for your continued support, and a special thanks those who responded to last week’s Distance challenge. Our thoughts go out especially to those in the Covid-19 “hot spots” as well as our heroic health care workers. The heart-warming actions of so many during such difficult times restores our faith in humanity and in each other. 

We look forward to seeing your responses this week to Patti’s Simplicity challenge. Be sure to link to her original post here, and to include the Lens-Artists Tag. Next week we’re excited to welcome John Steiner as our Guest Host. Make sure you don’t miss his post by following his always-interesting blog, Journeys With Johnbo.  Until then, stay safe and keep your distance.



126 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #91 – Simplicity

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  2. Just love theses little guys…so happy!! also loving your words…SO TRUE…we do always wish for this ..simplicity… & now here it is????? curious how we shall feel when the hustle n bustle resumes????

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  4. Wonderful, dreamy photos, Tina. I see many similar creatures pecking around in our salt marshes but I can never get as great images. 🙂 🙂 Wishing you a peaceful, happy Easter in your lovely home.

  5. Such mesmerizing images! Wow. It will be interesting to look back some day to see how we all coped with this simpler life. And what worked and what didn’t. For all the focus on technology – and what we miss is not about technology at all. Yes we can be fickle 🙂

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