Lens-Artists Challenge #100 – The Long and Winding Road

road, hill, keffiyeh


“Feel kinship with fellow travelers on the long and winding road toward unification.”

Brian Greene

As you can imagine, the team at Lens-Artists coordinates challenge subjects throughout the year to avoid duplication or confusion. Little did we know when we chose the theme for this week’s challenge how very timely it would be. The entire world has been trudging wearily along the long and winding road of a pandemic that most of us would not have believed possible even a few short months ago. Added to that, here in the U.S. the past week brought tremendous unrest following a horrific instance of police brutality in Minneapolis, MN.



“The winding road slants downward many a time.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Protests have been taking place in most major cities and many smaller ones, including our own beloved Charleston. Many of the protests are peaceful – seeking justice in the specific case as well as sweeping changes in the policies and programs that foster inequality among our citizens. Sadly, in several cities some of the protests turned violent, smashing windows, looting stores, defacing and burning buildings and police cars, and most importantly in some cases causing loss of life.

autumn foliage, winding road


“Sometimes you have to stop, turn around, and take the longer harder road.”

Ash Sweeney

Most are of the opinion that violence defeats the purpose of the protests and causes harm in many cases to the very people hoping for change. There is speculation that some of the violence is driven by outsiders rather than local citizens. The impacted shops and restaurants had only recently re-opened following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions; sadly many may now close permanently. Jobs will be lost and freedoms will be further restricted. Curfews have been imposed on many of our cities and scientists fear an uptick in virus cases due to the large gatherings.

path, trees, golf course, Kiawah


“Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.”

Amit Ray

It is my firm belief that the vast majority believe in the merit of the protesters’ cause, and that justice will prevail in the specific case in question. Further, I believe we will see fundamental change to many of the laws and policies that foster inequality sooner rather than later due in large part to the peaceful protests taking place throughout our country. It is my fervent desire that those who believe in the cause will help to quell the mayhem that is defeating their purpose. Beyond protesting, write to your senators and congressmen and let them know you are watching. Write to your local and national newspapers. Make your vote count. Be an advocate for change. Let your voice be heard any way you can, but in a way which is not hurtful to others. Remember Nelson Mandela’s words “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Utah, road, rock arch


“Sometimes the only way to find a way is to get lost.”

Talismanist Giebra

Do you find yourself wondering how much worse the problems in the U.S., as well as those in the rest of the world can get? I know I do. My hope is that we will be stronger as people and as nations when we begin to see our problems as part of our past rather than the present. Perhaps Talismanist Giebra is right – we’ve been lost and are looking to find the way out.  Let’s hope we find it soon – the warriors are becoming weary. Hang in there my friends, there is often a rainbow after the storm. 

This week, share your images and thoughts about the long and winding road. Feel free to be literal or metaphorical in your approach. Know how much we appreciate your support and enjoy seeing your responses to our challenges. Be sure to link them to my original post and to include the Lens-Artists Tag.

Speaking of responses, thank you as always for your creative approaches to Amy’s Old and New challenge last week.  Have you seen these?

  • Anne Leueen shares images of medieval armor vs current horse “decor” in her Horse Addict blog
  • Wendy of My Plaid Heart shares an astounding experience as RAF jets fly over ancient Duffus Castle
  • We welcome Meikah of Wordplay at Midlife who bravely shares both old and newer images of herself

Finally, we are excited to announce that next week the Lens-Artists team will be bringing you a very special event. Cee of Ceenphotography has graciously agreed to lead us on our next challenge. All four members of the Lens-Artists team will join Cee next Saturday at noon EST in response to her challenge subject. We look forward to seeing where she leads us, and hope you’ll join the fun as well. 








248 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #100 – The Long and Winding Road

  1. Congratulations to you, Amy, Patti and Ann-Christine reaching this landmark. And to you by choosing this theme with its fitting description of the chances and possibilities we can grab if we acknowledge and take ownership individually and work together.

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    • Thanks Judy – it was an incredible experience, one I won’t soon forget. I was prepared to wait until late afternoon to go shooting when the guide we’d hired (also a photographer) told me the light there was best during mid-day as the shadows would creep in soon afterwards. He was so right and I was so fortunate to have him!

  4. Thank you for this heartfelt post Tina. What is clear is that it is beholding on white people, including myself , to call out racism whenever we see it and be an ally not an enemy.

    I have been fighting injustice of one sort or another, including racism, for over 50 years but I am still utterly dismayed at how many remarks I’ve seen, across social media, which show what little empathy and understanding many white people have about racism. I try not to despair, but for how many more years do black people have to endure being treated differently ?

    • I agree Helen but I honestly believe this time may be different. There have been a few important steps already – like Michigan making choke holds illegal and requiring other officer to stop overly-aggressive policing by their peers. I believe we’ll see more positive steps in the coming days, weeks and months. Long overdue but we can hope.

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  8. Dear Tina, your words come from the heart but also from reasonable thought, they reach me, I understand and share them.

    In these hard days we are going through all over the world, when we should help each other more and more, I see with great sadness how fascism and racism are emerging in a very strong way.

    Buff, I’m really quite pessimistic… I’m going to look for pictures of long and winding roads that lead me to a more optimistic thought.

    Congratulations on challenge 100!!!

    • First, thanks for the congrats – we’re astounded to have reached such a milestone. Who knew?! Second and more importantly, thank you for the comment on my thoughts this week. I share your sadness at the current state of the world but I am also optimistic that in the end goodness and sanity will prevail as it always has. Unfortunately there will always be evil, it’s just the way of the world. But they are offset by the larger majority, who stay silent until things get a bit out of hand but will rise up when needed to reset the balance. I look forward, as always, to your challenge response.

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  11. This is such a wonderful post Tina and such an important contribution to the debate about what the future holds and how we get there. Happily I share your optimism that the storm will pass and a beautiful rainbow awaits. Thanks for uplifting us with your words and always superb photos. Warm wishes…Andrew

  12. Oh my! Such beautiful photos of those winding roads. I share your feelings about life and the world. Yesterday I hit a real low when I saw the news videos of the 75 year old man being pushed by a policeman and falling to the ground. Even on the video I could see the man was unconscious on the ground and there was a pool of blood forming at the back of his head. One police person stopped but was pushed forward by other police. I just cannot believe that people could do this to a human being. I don’t care if he was wrong to have gone up and interfered with the police marching along . They didn’t need to push him to the ground. And then worst of all they left him there, injured and bleeding. He was later taken to hospital with a head injury. He’s 75 For God’s Sake!! I see something like that and I feel despair creeping up and stealing my optimism. Sorry for this rant. Thanks Tina for the nod to my post from last week.

    • Perfectly understandable Anne, I think we all felt the same way on that one – hence the viral video. I think the omnipresence of video on phones will help to change the way people see the world. We can hope it contributes to the many other factors at play can’t we? As for the nod – very well-deserved!

    • Many thanks Janet, glad you enjoyed. It’s quite a time investment to get to the rice fields even after you’re already in China so not many get there. It was definitely worth it!

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  14. The rice fields look so peaceful, in contrast to life just now, Tina. Beautifully expressed! Enough twists and turns, surely…? 🙂 🙂 If we could just send this wave of love around the world.

  15. There is no doubt that we find ourselves on a tough road at present and there in the US you have the added tradegy of what happened to Mr. Flyod. I think you have written eloquently about the situation and I hope as you do that answers will be found and changes made. I agree that the quote – Sometimes the only way to find a way is to get lost- is an apt one in our current situation. Let’s hope we find our way again. Beautiful images as always.

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    • Many thanks ANBA, it’s a truly amazing and inspiring place. I was so glad we made our way there as it’s quite a long journey, but very much worth the effort.

  17. A very beautiful, inspiring post, Tina. Long and winding roads around the world are beautifully captured. Words are powerful, yet comforting.

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  20. Very well photographed. (What a surprise! 😉 😉 ) Very, very well said, per pandemic and protests. I for one agree, one thousand percent.

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  22. Photos were wonderful, as usual! Giant’s Causeway and New York autumn brought back fond memories…loved your comments and hope all of this ends soon.

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  24. The photos are marvelous.
    I believe that nobody knows where the road ends, and whether this is a good or a bad thing. When starting a journey, we sometimes feel confident that we will make it smoothly to the end. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Nobody could have predicted the pandemic, at least to such a massive extent… Thousands of people didn’t make it to the end because of the pandemic, so they left us somewhere in the middle of the journey… RIP.
    Life is a journey and a road is the means that takes us somewhere, hopefully, better.

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  26. Such a fantastic photos. I do believe we all will come out of these troubled and difficult times better and wiser. I’m holding my intentions for it. We are in this together and we shall overcome these times. Thanks Tina for this beautiful post and awe-inspiring photography.

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