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

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    • Thanks so much for the lovely comment Cee. The rice fields were indeed spectacular. We were fortunate that our timing put us in their most lush, pre-harvest phase. But I’ve seen images of them in snow and also after harvest. Turns out they are ALWAYS spectacular!

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  12. Thank you so much for the warm welcome! Too bad, I was not able to join this #100 challenge. Love your shots! I particularly love crossroads and forked roads. LOL

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  18. Such lovely photos Tina. I may have actually driven through that arch in Utah! But my favourite has to be the trees in your own backyard. I’m worried about the effect these marches may have on our fragile recovery from the Covid-19 virus, I think many people are joining theses marches because they are suffering from cabin fever and I hate all the violence which is resulting from this.

    • Thanks Jude. I too am worried, along with the scientists, on the effects from the marches. Hopefully their being outside is helpful. I also agree having been cooped up for a long time is also impacting people. But if it were just that they’d have quit by now. Hopefully they quiet down soon. And also hopefully they’ve had a major impact. Change is much needed.

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  20. Beautifully stated and so appropriate for such a tumultuous week. I follow your optimism and believe also that most people understand the reasons for the protests even if they are angered and saddened by the violence. As always, I love your photos, especially the tree at Kiawah and look forward tour posts each week. Nice leadership on this one!

  21. I don’t even remember if I have commented – read the post so many times! I don’t want to repeat myself – but this is a such a perfect and summed up post. Gorgeous. So well done.

    • Hi there A-C. No you hadn’t commented but I love that you revisited the post more than once. Your insight and perspective are very important to me – hopefully you already know that my friend

      • Thank you kindly, Tina – I feel the same for your knowledge and insight. It is a good thing, to give and take, to connect and share. To have you as a friend.

  22. Tina, we now have several pandemics intersecting: economic, health and social inequality and injustice. It’s probably the lowest point of our nation’s story. I hope that the non-violent protests continue until major reforms are realized. Enough is enough is enough. With a coward and liar for a president our hope is the election. I am putting energy into campaigning for voting by mail, and whatever I can do to make sure that we can give our country back to each and every American. Heartfelt post, thanks. We indeed are on a long and winding road.

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  24. You’re a little more optimistic about the outcome of the protests than I am.

    The long-winding road: drive I-80, here in the west, and be the only vehicle for a few hundred miles, pulling a loaded horse trailer with $200,000 worth of show horses. There’s no radio (regular and Sirius XM), no cell service, and a long drive to the next gas station. Oh yeah, your car better be in very good shape. If you breakdown, there’s a good chance you’ll be on your own for a few hours or longer. 🙂


    • We drove over the continental divide once and I was really and truly frightened by the narrow, curving road, especially when the big house trailers were coming the other way! Good for you for making it a family adventure! Hope the girls did/do well in the event

      • Loveland Pass is one of those white knuckle drives, especially since there are no guardrails. Before Colorado allowed truck traffic through the tunnel, they had to continue using the pass. Whenever there was an accident in the tunnel, then everybody had to use the pass.

        The NorCal trip, I did that when I was less smart. I’m older now, and we would move the horses professionally. The girls did okay on that trip, winning a few ribbons. Tara won $250 and a pair of riding gloves for the best dressed. Deborah and Elizabeth said it was Tara’s strawberry blonde hair color that won her the best dressed prize (LOL).

  25. You’ve combined your wise words and beautiful images into a wonderful post, Tina. I am also hopeful that the demonstrations this week will bring about true change, at long last. As I worked on my post, I kept thinking about the song “The Long and Winding Road,” which reflects what I’ve been feeling this week. Once again, a great theme choice, Tina! https://pilotfishblog.com/2020/06/07/lens-artists-photo-challenge-100-the-long-and-winding-road/

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  29. There is no wonder why people are praising your photo of the rice fields, it’s absolutely beautiful.
    Regarding the photo of the arch tunnel, as it turns out, I will be submitting a view of that tunnel from the other side in my challenge response. It is actually in the Dixie National Forest near Bryce Canyon.

    • Thanks John, it’s an incredible spot. As for the arch tunnel – it’s so beautiful out there isn’t it? I knew where I’d shot it but didn’t realize it was called the Dixie National Forest. Learn something new every day as they say!

  30. Tina, thank you for this post and this challenge. As always I really enjoyed your lovely images. I took some time off from blogging this week and hope to get back to it with some long and winding roads from my travels.

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