Lens-Artists Challenge #98 – Delicate Colors



“When you see how fragile and delicate life can be, all else fades into the background.”

Jenna Morasca

This week Ann-Christine’s challenge threw me for a bit of a loop. Here on Kiawah our summer is well underway and most of our flowers at this point are quite vibrant. I was lamenting to a good friend about my lack of delicately-colored images and she graciously reminded me that there is nothing quite as delicate as our Kiawah sweetgrass. Voila, my post was born ๐Ÿ˜Š.

sweetgrass bordered path


“Life is delicate, it’s fragile, it’s a precious thing.”

Patricia Vanasse

Those who know Kiawah most probably recognized my opening image as an impression of sweetgrass based on its distinct appearance. In the image above I’ve shown the causeway used to approach our island, which also includes a bike path I’ve traveled hundreds of times. In the fall when the sweetgrass blooms it is quite simply glorious. A most delicate bloom, the sweet grasses are a lovely soft green for most of the year, but in early fall their pinks and purples deliver an ephemeral beauty all the more precious for its brevity.

sweetgrass, river, Kiawah


“…The fabric of life – a fabric on the one hand delicate and destructible, on the other miraculously tough and resilient.”

Rachel Carson

Ms. Carson’s quote above about life rings so true, especially these days. Interestingly, it could also describe sweetgrass. Its appearance is quite fragile and delicate, especially when the ocean breezes move it to and fro. Anyone who has touched it knows on the other hand how tough and resilient it truly is.ย 

sweetgrass in bloom, kiawah


“How scarce and delicate life is, how insignificant we are compared with the forces of nature.”

Aron Ralston

Since last week’s post celebrated the joys of golf, I’ll close with an image of sweetgrasses along the edge of one of Kiawah’s many fairways. It can be difficult to concentrate on the game when surrounded by nature’s many gifts – well, that’s my excuse anyway ๐Ÿ˜Š. ย 

Sincere thanks to Ann-Christine for her challenge, and to my good friend Barbara who suggested my response. As always, thanks to our followers for their continued support, and especially to Sue for hosting last week’s challenge. We look forward to seeing your colorful interpretations this week – please remember to link them to Ann-Christine’s post here and to use the Lens-Artists tag. ย Finally, we hope you’ll join us next week as Amy hosts Challenge #99. As always, most importantly, be careful and stay safe.




93 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #98 – Delicate Colors

  1. a beautiful post Tina….along with my favorite plantings on kiawah!!! Their delicate color is so comforting .!!

  2. So good to catch up this morning. As always your images and words inspire. Today of course your quotes are more meaningful than ever. Life is indeed a precious thing and when it is taken so cruelly and without any sign of humanity we are all left broken hearted. My thoughts are with family and dear friends like yourself during these difficult times.

    • Andrew – always happy to see your name pop up. Loving your series of experiments. A difficult week indeed here in the US. Hoping things calm down and more importantly that some much-needed changes finally happen.

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  4. I have never seen sweetgrass in person, but now it feels like I have. These are really amazing images – I see delicate everywhere. It looks like you live in paradise ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I may have mentioned before how much I like your sweetgrass, such a lovely name too for a delicate plant. We have a wild grass here called Yorkshire fog grass which has pretty purple flowers and looks quite nice in clumps, nothing as nice as yours though!

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  7. Sweet grass of Kiawah turned out to be a fascinating subject Tina . The pictures picked out its delicate colours and movement and the words added much charm to its description. It was perfect for the weekly challenge and a lovely read too.

  8. What a beautiful grass. Love it’s colour. We have a purple moor grass here in Ireland which grows on our bogs and it’s structure is similar, though it is more purple as opposed to your beautiful pink.

  9. Your friend’s suggestion was perfect, Tina. What gorgeous images! I’ve never seen sweetgrass in the autumn. It’s spectacular! A fabulous post and images, as always!

  10. Wow! These images took my breath away. What a beautiful road to your island! Sweetgrass grows here also and I love to see it in the fall when it changes to the colors you captured so well in your photos. Thank you for this.

  11. Ah,well done your friend Barbara for prompting you! Apropos Rachel Carson, Iโ€™m sure she would be concerned about what we are doing to our planet..I was about 9 or 10 when we were given a talk about Carsonโ€™s Silent Spring – never forgotten it

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