Lens-Artists Challenge #109 – Under the Sun

Ocean, dad, daughter, surf, play, iPhone


“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.”

Henry Ward Beecher

This week Amy’s “Under the Sun” challenge can be interpreted in many different ways –  after all, isn’t EVERYTHING on earth actually under the sun? For those of us living in a beach community however, it most often means enjoying the sand and surf during the intense heat of our summers.  As I  mentioned in my last post, I was recently asked to photograph a friend’s family visit. My opening image as well as the one that follows were both made during that outing as the family’s children enjoyed the sun and surf.


four, children, ocean, blue


“Sunshine is Nature’s hug and spirit breath to the earth.  “

Terri Guillemets

It’s always fun to see children enjoying their first time trip to the ocean. Since one of the families is from the midwest, this was a first for their youngest daughter. The position of our barrier island creates waves that are typically quite gentle – perfect for a little one’s first experience. In light of the pandemic’s travel restrictions, It was a special treat to see the grandparents, parents and children enjoying our beach together. 

shoes on beach


“The sun shines on everybody. You’ve got to keep believing. “

Dontrelle Willis

I captured the image above in an earlier beach outing. I had to laugh at the abandon I imagined the shoes’ owners felt as they dropped their footwear and had a run down to the water. There is nothing quite like the feeling of bare feet in the sand, followed closely by splashing into the refreshing ocean waves.

beach, Kiawah, beachgoers, surf


“Every morning the rising sun invites and inspires us to begin again.”

Debasish Mridha

Finally, I’ve included an image I captured the evening before Hurricane Isaias was scheduled to arrive. The surf was churning a bit more than usual, and the sun was very nearly set. Beachgoers were enjoying the larger-than-usual waves and the lovely pre-storm breezes. Sincere thanks to those who expressed concern for our safety as the storm moved into our area. Fortunately for us it created only a bit of rain and wind. Our neighbors to the north in Pawley’s Island and Myrtle Beach were impacted much more severely as were many in North Carolina and further up the eastern coast. Our thoughts are with them as they recover from nature’s wrath.

Thanks to Amy for the opportunity to highlight some of our beautiful beach time here on Kiawah. We look forward to seeing what YOU find interesting under the sun in your part of the world. Remember to link to Amy’s post here, and to use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you. Hoping to see you here on Travels and Trifles next week as I host challenge #110.






98 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #109 – Under the Sun

  1. lovely photos and memories! i especially love the one of the shoes, it explains how excited people were to have fun in the water! i truly enjoyed this post, thank you for sharing💞

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  3. Tina just LOVE these shots…so refreshing, bright & calming. I am one of those people who is quite affected by a lack of sun….i tend to get very gloomy when it stay dark for days on end….i am always thankful for a bright sunny day that energizes u!!

  4. I love how you’ve captured the essence of kicking off your shoes and tickling your toes in the sand and surf. Excellent series. I adore the 4 kids holding hands and the abandoned shoes. All the photos tell a unique story – I can see why you were asked to capture the photos, nice work!

  5. I immediately zoned in on: 1st time at a beach, watching and listening to the soft crash and gentle roll of the ocean surf, and of course, the three matching dresses.

  6. Tina, I love the shoe image … and all the girls in the same dresses, so cute … proud dad. I bet he is. Such a lovely post, Tina … Brilliant captures, Tina … be proud.

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  8. Such a lovely project capturing these family moments for your friend Tina, I especially love your image of the Fantastic Four! 💛

  9. Tina. oh, how I’d love to walk the early morning surf. The beach is an hour and a half, but the pandemic still affects the beach towns in Delaware. Happy that you avoided severe weather from the hurricane. We also avoided a major hit in my town. Although tornadoes struck a town or two nearby. Stay safe and well.

    • Thanks Sally. It was amazing the way the storm moved so quickly and hit so many places Sally. We were very fortunate as it hit the towns just north of us pretty severely. And of course we are blessed to have free rein on our uncrowded beach. You be safe too.

  10. How fortunate for this family to have you take their pictures. I love family photos on the beach, even when they grace Christmas cards. It’s mainly because I love the beach any time of year. Thanks for the shoe picture, too. What fun to see those shoes all lined up on the sand.

    • With you all the way on this one Perpetua. In fact 99% of the people on our beach are in the shade. It’s only the little ones playing on the water’s edges who can stand the heat!

  11. a delightful post, Tina! what fun taking pictures of the family at the beach. love all the photos but i lingered on the dad taking his daughter’s photograph. so sweet!

    • Thanks very much Wilma. Always challenging doing family shoots, especially on a windy day at the beach! Fortunately we were able to get some good shots despite the wind and sun!

  12. How marvelous that you photographed this family at the beach. Perfect for the challenge. The photos are terrific! I especially love the one with the kids holding hands and the sandals on the sand. I can just imagine them making a mad dash to the water!

  13. I was hoping to see some of the photos took for the family. All are beautifully captured.
    And, it was their first time trip to the ocean, these photos will bring them sweet memories and lots of smiles. Thank you for sharing with us. I also love the last photo. 🙂

  14. Beautiful images Tina. I especially like the photo of the shoes. That tells a story of people hurriedly casting off their shoes to have fun in the water. I also like the picture of the children taken from the back. Now, if they cast off their shoes I wouldn’t expect them to stand and stare!! I think they are more in awe of the ocean. Great post.

    • Thanks very much Anne. The kids were so sweet in their little matching outfits. The littlest one was a bit nervous about the ocean but I got a really sweet shot of the four of them running back out of the waves.

  15. My mom was originally from Hawaii. When she and her friends were teenagers, practically every weekend they would spend the day at the beach. Like all things growing up, they had to be careful which beach to visit and who they talked to. Whenever she and my dad visited there, if the opportunity presented itself during a drive around, she would tell him to stop so she could take a quick walk in the water washing onto the beach. 🙂

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