Lens-Artists Challenge #99 – Old and New

Gold, dragon, hong kong


“You haven’t been bit ’til a dragon does it.”

Tamora Pierce

Well, Ms. Pierce seems to have seen the future with her quote – who knew how good life was before COVID-19 bit us?! Haven’t we all learned to better appreciate the little things we now miss? A walk in the sunshine without worrying about masks and social distancing…a friend’s hug or kiss…spending time with grandparents or grandchildren….fully-stocked grocery shelves…a movie or a concert…the list goes on. 



“Are you in a desert? Then be a camel! Be compatible with the reality!”

Mehmet Murat Ildan

Then again, Mr Ildan encourages us to find the best ways to live within the confines of our current situation. Most all of us have learned to Zoom or House Party with friends and family. Our local photography club has found that many very well-known photographers are available to give zoom presentations and classes since they are no longer leading tours. My friends and I have found an online Mah Jongg application which we play together, communicating online via House Party at the same time. Fortunately our spring weather has been beautiful and our golf courses and running/bike paths are open which means fresh air, socializing (6′ apart of course) and exercise. 

ancient junk, sailboarding, Hong Kong


“In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”

Leo Tolstoy

One side benefit of the pandemic fulfills Mr. Tolstoy’s command – I suspect many have learned to appreciate the simple things which may have been missed by focus on work. Staying home with family, taking time to appreciate the small things could be a benefit for those who may have lost sight of them. The importance of our loved ones becomes much more obvious to us when we are threatened with losing them. We have learned to recognize that every day is a gift not a given.

vietnamese worker, baskets, motorcycle


“One day at a time. Just keep trying. Keep believing.”

Akiroq Brost

Sadly, nothing quite takes the place of traveling and exploring the world. Many of us have had adventures cancelled or at least postponed. Nostalgic visits to journeys past, such as those in this week’s post, are but a reminder of the joys of experiencing other places and cultures. They are also a reminder to appreciate the travels we’ve had thus far. Unfortunately, seeing the world may be an entirely different thing for the foreseeable future. 


“The greatest skill is the ability to persevere.”

Avine Celeste

So let us take a moment to savor life in whatever form and remember, this too shall pass. As Amy’s challenge reminds us, there is a charm and beauty to things from days gone by, but life goes on and the new world soon becomes the norm. Hopefully we shall all be the better for having lived (and learned) in challenging times.

I enjoyed perusing my archives for mixed old/new images and send thanks to Amy for her creative challenge. To our followers, our thanks for last week’s beautifully delicate colors. We look forward to seeing how you approach Amy’s Old and New challenge. Be sure to use the Lens-Artists Tag and to link your response to her original post here. We hope to see you again next week as our 100th challenge (YIKES) posts right here on Travels and Trifles. Until then, be well and stay safe.



100 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #99 – Old and New

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  2. what a beautiful post Tina!! I love all of these detailed shots of a normal everyday world as we used to know it….and your words priceless!!

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  4. Such lovely images and sentiment. I especially like the archway shot at the end. Yes, so much is new and so much of the old is missed. As always, I really enjoy your quotes.

  5. Excellent as usual, Tina. Love all your choices, and my favorite is Vietnam – and Wadi Rum of course. Thoughtful text and quotes – we really can learn much from the situation we are in – and hopefully, when we get out of it, we will be more aware of life and its glory. More grateful, more considerate, more kind. Stay safe and well – difficult times ahead.

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  7. Excellent, as always. I love how you used the juxtapositions of old and new from your travels. It does make us do a double take when we see the two together in an old part of an ancient city or place where new has just plopped itself in and among the old. Great quotes, as always. And you are so right: Seeing the world may be an entirely different thing in the foreseeable future.

    • Many thank Rusha – yes, sad about travel. I suppose at the moment we just have to get through the virus and then the unrest around the US. So far 2020 hasn’t been my favorite year!

      • I, too, am sad about travel, but grateful for what I have seen and experienced. It feels funny to be a travel blogger, one who encourages others to see the sites abroad. I’m trying to shift into writing about the US, but I have loved my trips to other countries as well. What a dilemma! But also what a blessing travel has been.

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  9. Loved these, T-Bird. But particularly loved the commentary. So we’ll stated. Also found The Imposters. Loving !!!! Have to stop myself from gorging. Ha. Dar

    Sent from my iPad

  10. This week’s challenge will certainly be a challenge for me, but you sure came through with great examples. I can’t say which I like better, the camels and the trucks or the skyscraper through the archway.

  11. “A walk in the sunshine without worrying about masks and social distancing…” I dream about it!!!

    I take note of your wise words:
    “Let us take a moment to savor life in whatever form and remember, this too shall pass”

    Thank you, Tina, I need to remember it. 🙂

  12. Thank you…I think we were all lucky to have travelled as much as we did. When I see your Israel pictures it makes me sad we did not get there, but here’s hoping..and great pictures are a nice substitute. L

  13. A wonderful gallery of “old” and “new,” Tina. I love that opening shot with the dragon and the person selling produce in Vietnam. I am hoping we get to see that part of the world–as you did. It’s a sobering time, but there are glimmers of hope and goodness and joy, too. You’re right. We are reminded to savor life. Take care and be well, my friend.

    • Thanks patti, I know you’ll get there to make your own wonderful memories my friend. Stay safe till then and enjoy the beauty of springtime New England for now!

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  14. Oh my goodness Tina, what a beautiful post, words and photographs both. You’ve captured the old and new so well in all of them but the Jordan image is my favourite, or is it the Tel Aviv one hehe.

  15. “We do not recognize how rich our lives have been until we lose it. And, we didn’t know how rich we were until you told us.” I consider these as truisms in the greater scheme of things. While rules bring order, they also make us forget the simpler things of life. We can slow down and relish what we sense. I can tell things to my cats, my dogs, and the daughters’ horses I won’t tell my wife (Laurie) and ex-wife (Andrea), let alone anyone else. Would we know the difference when things settle? I’d like to think we would better appreciate the little things of life. In reality, I think we would slip back into the old ways because that’s where we were most comfortable.

    Be careful when you play Mah Jong. It can be very addictive. 🙂

    • LOL for the MJ comment David, been addicted for years :-). Hoping you’re wrong about our slipping into the old way but you’re probably more right than wrong.

  16. Quite erudite in the philosophical sense Tina – now where have I heard that word recently…
    Work and play is my favourite as I enjoy work and play – especially the play part. This is quite a creative challenge by Amy. Problem is I cannot currently recall of such photos I have (and the google photo app doesn’t understand my Greek). I could always take a selfie with my camera and me – the camera representing the new..

  17. Perfect selections for this one. Really cool, Tina! Each photo tells a story and story of your travels.
    “…there is a charm and beauty to things from days gone by…” wise words. I also found these words are comforting. Thank you so much, my friend!

    • Thanks Chava. It’s in Abrasha Park in Jaffa, the old city. It is called the Arch of Faith and has a carving of Jacob’s dream on one side and Isaac’s on the other.

  18. I love them all! What better way to get away from my chair in my Senior Living apartment than to see your beautiful travel pictures! Stay
    well so you all can travel some more!

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