Lens-Artists Challenge #105 – SPRING

MAGNOLIA GARDENS CYPRESS SWAMP

MAGICAL MAGNOLIA GARDENS

“Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.”

Anita Krizzan

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.

DRAMATIC SKY, KIAWAH ISLAND

UNDER THREAT

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.”

Bernard Williams

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.

egret chicks, nest

SWEET CHICKS

“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.

ALLIGATOR HATCHLINGS

TINY GATOR HATCHLINGS

“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.”

Anne Bradstreet

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.

WILDFLOWER

WILDFLOWERS

“That is one good thing about this world–there are always sure to be more springs.”

L.M. Montgomery

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?

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

231 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #105 – SPRING

  1. Fabulous post, Tina. I especially love your shot of the threatening skies and the tiny alligators. (You’re not going to hear me say, “How cute!” they are). A lovely tribute to spring! Beautiful. photography, as always.

  2. I’m have lost the plot again … I thought it was #104 this week … and here landed on 105 – some catching up again. Is there anything more inspiring than Springtime????!!!! Thanks for bringing it back so soon. *smile – love the Sweet chicks.

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  8. Magical magnolias, threatening skies , gator hatchlings, each photo conjures up this emotion of danger wrapped in beauty. The quotes and the write up on the other hand fill you with so much hope. Beautiful post Tina.

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  10. Wonderful as always, Tina. I love the swamp cypress and the moody beach. The chicks and alligators are delightful.
    There’s nothing like time spent in confinement (relatively speaking) to give us cause for reflection and self analysis. Remember to be kind to yourself. 🙂

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  13. I like the seasons theme and this spring theme has already Been a joyful lift like the real spring can be!!
    And Tina – cheers to the ending self-awareness part where you wrote that Travels and trifles wisdom nugget –
    “ pause, refresh, and reset our expectations”
    So well said in many ways but especially that

    • Thanks Dawn. We actually have tons of them around the island. There are two rookeries, one of which is where I took those images. They are a truly beautiful bird and really nurture their young until they become quite large. The chicks are so fun to watch as they stumble around while learning to fly 🙂

  14. Thanks a lot for giving so much attention to my recent post about bee-eaters, there are so many other things which deserve our urgent view and recognition. But now I have to take First care of myself as cluster-headaches have struck me again today. Nothing dangerous, but very absorbing and ugly. Hope to be back in the blogosphere in 4 weeks.

    Bye, bye and all the best for you !

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  18. Especially loved your comments on this post. I have always favored Spring and the hope, birth and beauty it brings.

  19. Spring – my favourite time of year. That sky in your first image certainly looks threatening though. Wonderful quotes this week too Tina – thank you for sharing.

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  22. These spring images are so beautiful, Tina. I love the peacefulness of the first image, and the sweet chicks are very special.
    Thank you for reminding us how time heals and to “pause, refresh, and reset our expectations” during this troubling time. All are well said.

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  24. Spring in 2020 was definitely strange, Tina. Your pics of spring are glorious and the hope that we feel each spring is necessary for our very survival. Seeing the baby birds and alligators really made me smile! I’m sharing my perspective of spring tomorrow on Sunday Stills and am linking back to this post! Thanks for hosting!

    • Thanks Terri, yes an odd spring for sure. Those baby gators were a first for me, really fun to see them, especially with camera in hand! Hopefully we’ll be back to more normal times before the next spring. Looking forward to your post.

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  26. Absolutely beautiful images, as usual. Can’t help but love the crocs. But I would have to wonder if they had babies or friends right behind me!! I also love your sentiments about our current condition. I’m starting to sag as we move higher in numbers of cases because I can’t see an end in sight. One thing is for sure, confirmed in your first quote: things will get hotter!!!! Thx for inspiration!!!

    • Thanks Rusha – yes the high 90s are here to stay for while. Thank goodness for the ocean breeze. I think we’re ALL starting to sag a bit. SC is a hot spot these days so we’re not seeing a light at the end of the tunnel yet. And yes, those little gators were as cute as can be. Before long they won’t be anything to mess with tho !!!

      • We head to Pawleys on July 25. We’ve taken to renting a beach umbrella that this same company installs and takes down each day. We enjoy talking to the owner of the company, and we love the shade. Oh how beach trips have evolved as we have aged!!

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  28. Wow. Great photos, as always! Stunning shot of the cloudy sky. “… tiny alligators… take joy in swimming through the lagoons.” OMGoodness. Who knew!! 🙂 🙂

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