Lens-Artists Challenge #103 – SURPRISE

girl, seascape, ocean


“The best part of the journey is the surprise and wonder along the way.”

Ken Poirot

This week Ann-Christine challenges us to share images of things that surprise us. I must admit it occurred to me that if something really surprises us, we’re unlikely to have camera in hand to capture the moment. That said, I set out this week to find at least a few examples. In my opening image, while beach walking with a good friend (camera in hand) I was surprised to see this adorable little one all by herself apparently pondering the majesty of Kiawah’s beautiful seascape.  Now THAT is my idea of a perfect pandemic moment.

“The most pleasant surprise is to get lost in the beauty of life.”

Debasihs Mridha

Yet another moment of true surprise occurred as I was playing golf with some friends on one of our local Kiawah courses. As we were walking between two marsh-front holes I happened to notice two young guys on paddle boards going by in the creek. In this case I did NOT have my camera but I did have my trusty iphone (as always, the best camera is the one you have with you!) and I captured them as they paddled by. It’s certainly not something one would expect to see on the golf course.

pink wildflowers


“The more you try to control the world, the less magic you get. It’s really about being open and surprised.”

Larry Sultan

Yet another golfing surprise came in the form of the lovely pink wildflowers shown in the image above. It’s often said that the best golfers are able to notice the beauty around them, enjoying the day as well as the game. This is definitely NOT my usual strength! Again it was iPhone to the rescue as I walked by this lovely natural landscape in the marsh beyond the course. Candidly, I was surprised not only by the beauty of the day, but also by how much I enjoyed combining the game with paying greater attention to the abundance of nature’s gifts.


“The photographer reminds us that the actual world is full of surprise, which is precisely what most people tend to forget.”

John Rosenthal

My final image represents several surprises. First, it is a reminder of last week’s unexpected and surprisingly violent storm. Second it shows us one of nature’s most lovely gifts, the surprise of a rainbow after the storm. Third, and to me most surprising, I am NOT the photographer who captured the truly lovely image. A good friend with whom I golfed several times this week made the image from her back yard with her iPhone. She and I had laughed several times at my frustration with trying to find surprising captures. When she told me she’d taken the rainbow image the evening before our game I jumped on the opportunity to share her result. The surprise is that I have never before included anyone’s images other than my own, but as they say, there’s a first time for everything! So thanks Dar, for helping me with this week’s post. 😀

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Finally, the Lens-Artists team has a special “Surprise” for July. We will be hosting the theme “Seasons” for the entire month and are announcing the sequence in advance. The schedule will be:

  • July 4    Amy brings us Summer;
  • July 11  Spring will be hosted here on Travels and Trifles
  • July 18  Patti will host Autumn/Fall
  • July 25  Ann-Christine will close out the event with Winter

We hope you’ll join us with your own surprises this week – remember to link to Ann-Christine’s original post here. As always, our thanks for your continued support. Stay safe out there!







105 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #103 – SURPRISE

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  2. Hi Tina. Your lead photo of the little one on the beach is so evocative it took me back to the beach in New Jersey and memories of the surprise and shock of the first big wave rolling in and over my head as I sat unsuspectingly too close to the water. Who hasn’t been overtaken by a big wave as a child too close to the water’s edge? And your lovely rainbow brought a smile.

    Here’s my submission for this week: Unsurprisingly, another Great Blue Heron

    I’m so happy you and the other Lens Artists continue to encourage us all. 103 installments is quite a feat.
    Best, Babsje.

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  4. At least you weren’t surprised by an alligator, Tina. Speaking of which, are they known to hang out on the beaches? As for those young men on the paddle boards, were they perhaps tempting fate? It is a good thing that you had your phone to take a photo, or to make that emergency phone call. 😎

  5. I like YOUR quote the most: “the best camera is the one you have with you.” Absolutely! I enjoyed your images – finding surprises amongst the familiar. The girl sitting on the beach – so sweet. Your friend’s rainbow is extraordinary – it’s difficult to get a shot like that.

  6. Tina, I love the girl and the ocean … and John Rosenthal’s quote. I see here that I’m one week behind you, girls … have to catch up no.e

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  8. Dar’s rainbow is indeed a lovely surprise — so clear, too! But I love your walk with the camera — there are lots of surprises in store if only we look for them. I’m most smitten by the picture of the child in the surf. We’ve been taking our granddaughter ever since she was born to Pawleys each summer. She has a love for the ocean, sand, and people being happy — just the way we had hoped! No surprise there, I suppose, but a bonding with nature that only a beach can bring. Thanks for lovely images, Dar’s included!

    • Thanks Rusha. I agree! Each summer we make a trek to Delaware to spend a week at their beach with my 25 family members. I love watching the young ones as they learn about and love the beach. Very special.

  9. I think you always have your eye peeled for the little surprises in and around us…. I found that little girl resting solo in the water particularly refreshing and surprising….

  10. A rainbow is always a wonderful surprise and I love the little girl on the beach. We were surprised to see motorised paddle boards on the coast here last week but I didn’t take the shot. Too busy saying ‘what a cheat’ 🤣💕

  11. Surprises come to you when you least know it! Lovely selection – and new things coming – you had a nice friend giving you an image for the challenge. I have only posted from my son’s selections, but I feel very good about sharing too. My favorite this week is the little girl – an absolutely wonderful moment caught.

  12. Excellent, Tina. I love the child contemplating her existence. Perhaps a reincarnated yogi. Your friend caught a spot-on color spectrum in that rainbow. Well done.

  13. beautiful surprises, Tina. i love the magic of rainbow but i’m more drawn to the lovely girl by the ocean! thank you, as always, for these beautiful images! 🙂

  14. Of course all lovely shots, but it’s no surprise to me that a) you take beautiful shots or b) that an iPhone can take some amazing photos. I take quite a few of the ones on my blog with an iPhone and not an even new one. 🙂


  15. My husband golfs twice weekly now that he’s retired. It would be my hope that when I retire I would be able to golf from time to time. Being outdoors brings such refreshment! And you are correct, finding folks paddle boarding while out golfing would be a surprise! …although I have to admit, my favorite would be the top beach photo! 😊🌴

    • Thanks Lisa, mine too. As for golf, it’s especially fun when you’re first starting out and have no expectations🙂. It’s all about nature and camaraderie for me!

  16. Surprises are hard to capture, let alone having camera in hand. And, in my case, it’ll take me a couple more minutes to be ready to shoot. Would you believe it’s almost the 4th of July? Time is zipping by much too fast.

    The girls are riding well. It’ll be our last week in NY before it is home and reclaim our two lost hours.

    Stay well, stay safe.

  17. That first shot of the little girl is marvelous! It’s my favorite this week. The paddle boarders is a great catch, too. How wonderful that your friend gave you the rainbow shot. I hope all’s well with you.

  18. Hi T-Bear, Needless to say, I loved this week’s blog. I guess mostly because I was with you for most of them. Thank you for including me. I’m honored. Your special. Love ya, girlfriend 😘😘 Dar

    Sent from my iPhone

      • You’re welcome. You’re right about the sand now that you mention it. I don’t live close to a beach I’d go to often, so my camera only sees a beach once every 4-5 years – I risk it then too for surprises and photo ops. You found a great surprise the day you captured that shot!

  19. Gorgeous images of the surprises in life, Tina! No matter how often we see rainbows, the oooh moment never fails! I’ve been keeping my inflatable SUP in my car just in case I find a body of water to explore. Seeing that on the golf course must have really made you smile! Thanks for posting the next themes in advance!

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