Lens-Artists Challenge #105 – SPRING
“Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.”
Next up on our seasonal challenges, this week we turn to thoughts of Spring. Noted by poets and lyricists as a season of hope and renewal, spring teaches us that despite (or perhaps because of) the hardships of winter, our world will once again blossom with new life. As we continue to deal with the issues of the day, spring teaches us to remain hopeful despite our challenges. One of the many rituals of the season here in the Charleson area is a visit to beautiful Magnolia Gardens. There we might learn from the cypress trees which draw strength and nourishment from waters that would destroy a less-resilient species.
“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.”
Spring here on Kiawah also delivers some incredibly dramatic skies – yet another example of nature’s lessons. The image above shows a line of beachfront cottages made smaller by the immense, threatening clouds. Yet for the observant among us, there is a small bright spot in the center of the maelstrom. We can learn from Mother Nature that despite the worst moments there is always a spot of hope somewhere even when troubles threaten to engulf us.
“Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”
Robert H. Schuller
Spring is also a time of rebirth – not only of the plants and flowers but also of the creatures with whom we share Mother Earth. Pandemic notwithstanding, birds continue to deliver and nourish their chicks, does give birth to fawns and tiny alligators emit high-pitched, musical melodies as they take joy in swimming through the lagoons. Of course, we are always mindful that mom is surely keeping a watchful eye on them (and more importantly, on us) should her fierce protection be required.
“If we had no winter the spring would not be so pleasant. if we did not taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
There are reasons that platitudes exist. They take note of things that are commonplace and widely acknowledged. If one searches for quotations about spring there are significantly more than on most other subjects. The vast majority speak to hope, renewal, rebirth, determination … you get the idea. There have certainly been days in the recent past when most of us have wondered when we will ever return to life as we knew it. Surely others have felt the same during trying times in the past – the great depression, world wars, earthquakes and other natural disasters – yet somehow time heals, trials end, and we are reborn with a new appreciation of the things we’d long taken for granted.
“That is one good thing about this world–there are always sure to be more springs.”
So let us pause, refresh, and reset our expectations. We have been given the gift of time – to learn more about ourselves and the world around us, and to develop a new or renewed appreciation for living every moment. Personally, I’m working on developing a view of the “new normal” as an opportunity for self-improvement, definitely an uphill battle for me – how about you?
Speaking of opportunity, many of you ran with the opportunity to shine in your responses to last week’s SUMMER challenge. Your posts ranged from poignant to buoyant, were both clever and original and offered some unique perspectives for all to enjoy. We very much appreciate your support of our challenge as we come together creatively to navigate these difficult times.
Have You Seen These?
- Maria of City Sonnet gives us a grid of some of summer’s best offerings
- Slow Shutter Speed’s Anne Sandler shares some beautiful summer macros
- Janet of This, That and The Other Thing includes a horse in a beautiful flower meadow among her summer finds
- We welcome Ulli of Suburban Tracks with his incredible images of bee-eaters in action
Finally, we hope you’ll join us again next week as Patti brings us our Autumn challenge. In the meanwhile and as always, stay safe out there!
The magnolia gardens I’d really love to visit one day. So beautiful.
It’s a beautiful spot Rabirius, thanks
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Hi David, unfortunately I share your pessimism about the virus. Can’t imagine there is still resistance but there surely is. Yes, have experienced a 3-in-1 day in Colorado. Crazy!! Were you anywhere near the fires?
Nowhere close to the fires. If we get any fires, most of the time it is a lightning strike on BLM land. The Norris family said the last time a fire came off BLM land onto their range was maybe 5 years ago. They’ve had fires started by lightning strikes on their land, but they try to be aggressive with them. They employ a lot of tech for fire and weather management.
Spring is the most changeable season, especially in Colorado. We can have three of the four seasons in one day … starts as summer, into winter at midday, ends as spring by the end of the day. I left out fall since that involves color change. Will winter be your next season? (I couldn’t resist, lol.) 🙂 😉
I would ask how are things, but I think I already know the answer. Yesterday was “Day One” of mandatory mask wearing, but I think it comes as “too little, too late.” With your CS background, you can see how things are not improving with the multiple graphs and reading of numbers. I’ve read about the likelihood of a third wave occurring and we’re not even done the the first wave. Oh well …
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Your [hotos are just amazing Tina!
Sorry for my late entry: https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2020/07/18/lens-artists-photo-challenge-104-spring/
Always better late than never Aletta. Thanks for joining us
Thank you Tina!
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Hi Tina, this is my entry:https://balance440.wordpress.com/2020/07/18/lens-artists-challenge-105-spring/
Have a nice weekend!!!
Thanks Paulo, some to you!
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Wow! Beautiful captures and a wonderful post 🙂
Thanks very much Nivin
Tina, this is another great post! Your message about hope is inspirational and very comforting.
Thanks Sylvia. Hope beats despair any day, right?!
You have some amazing captures of spring! The chicks are my favourite… Here’s mine – https://myheart2heart.blog/2020/07/17/is-it-spring/
Thanks very much and appreciate your joining us
My pleasure 😊
I love these shots…their great details..of a new beginning.. ‘under threat’ is quite spectacular…it just looks like something is coming in to cleanse us so that we feel refreshed right after…and your words …as always …are so perfect!!
Thanks April – wouldn’t that be nice!
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Hi Tina I was off wondering in the yonder of non-blogging wildernis for a while. Your under threat image is my favourite. It puts an appreciative spring I(get it) in my winter step
Welcome back from the wilderness Abrie, always nice to see your name pop up!
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Tina, these are fabulous photos. Let’s talk soon. My email is email@example.com.
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Don’t you just love spring, Tina. It’s so magical either it’s new beginning or waking up from hibernation. And the chicks are prime example of new life. This so called ‘new normal’ brings out the best of people.
I do indeed Perpetua. Yes,some people are showing their best. Sadly, others not so much. Love that you focused on the former😊
Goodness prevails, law of nature
Spring came along just in time this year – the season of beginnings and hope as you say. Your images are incredible examples. The Magnolia gardens: wow!
Many thanks OLU. Magnolia Gardens really is a very special place
You’re welcome. It sure looks like it too.
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Hi VJ – your link isn’t working.
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Baby alligators – oh, my! Not quite the same as baby ducks, yet how wonderful that you respect them and stay safe!
Indeed Lindy! Before long they won’t be so cute any more LOL!
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Tina, your quote choices are some of my favorites, and you paired them so well with photos, as per usual. I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say I’m accepting the ‘new normal’ but I’m with you on accepting the ‘me’ I’m hoping to hold onto and morph as we continue getting through this strange time we’re in. It feels a tad bit like how it was when my youngest left home and we started out in our empty nest. I have a hunch that photography is going to help you and you’ll inspire us all to keep on keeping on to find creativity in the world around us. Thanks for hosting this week!
Thanks for the lovely comment Shelley. Photography and blogging are a nice way to distract ourselves as we deal with the “new normal” for sure. The parallel to empty nesting is a very good one. We all need to find ways to adapt to life changes for sure
You’re welcome. P&B is a great way to distract that’s for sure!
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Here’s my attempt on Spring