Lens-Artists Challenge #108 – SANCTUARY
“Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.”
This week the Lens-Artists team is excited to welcome Guest Host Xenia Tran of Tranature and Whippet Wisdom. Her challenge, Sanctuary, is most appropriate for these troubled times. As I searched for appropriate quotes on the subject many alternatives were covered – things like home, books, religion and art for example. For me, although I appreciate and relate to all of those suggestions and more, I find my explorations of nature, often combined with photography, to be a favorite sources of solace.
“In every heart there is a room, a sanctuary safe and strong.”
This week I was asked by a friend to photograph her family as they were visiting from the midwest (lucky her, lucky them!). While I was awaiting their arrival I was struck by the beauty of the afternoon and the peace and quiet that nature affords us as we deal with life’s challenges. All of this week’s images are from that afternoon on Kiawah’s beach, and are a reminder of the incredibly restorative power of nature.
“The sanctuary of peace dwells within. Seek it out and all things will be added to you.”
A place of sanctuary has never been more important than it has become these past months. As we struggle with uncertainty, fear, and isolation it becomes ever more critical to find temporary escape – a retreat for moments of peace and calm. Spending time among nature’s offerings – the warmth of the sun, an ocean breeze, the shade of a forest canopy – nourishes my soul and brings me a sense of contentment. I realize how fortunate I am that all of these things are readily available via a short walk or bike ride. Sharing them with my husband or a good friend makes them even more therapeutic.
“There is sanctuary in being alone with nature.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
My quotes this week refer primarily to our individual power to find a place of sanctuary within ourselves. However difficult things may be, we can surely find reasons for gratitude and opportunities for growth. It’s not always easy, but here’s to finding our way no matter the challenges we face.
Sincere thanks to the community of creative and talented bloggers who continue to honor us with participation in our challenge. Thanks also to Xenia for her interesting and beautifully presented theme this week. Please be sure to link your response to her original post here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us all find you. Next week we’re back to our regular schedule with Amy leading our challenge. Until then, be careful out there and stay safe!