Lens-Artists Challenge #117 – A Photo Walk

moth, flower

HANGING IN THERE

“Enjoyable walks await the nature photographer; the priceless satisfaction whatever may be the outcomes of his photography, of a day well spent.”

Camillo Semenzato

This week Amy has encouraged us to take a photo walk – an opportunity to see and capture elements of interest. I took to the bike path here on Kiawah and am happy to share some of the gifts nature presented along the way. My opening image is a common moth – quite beautiful when seen in its natural environment. Having studied the many moths on the internet, I’m guessing this creature is a “white-striped, longtail Chioides”, aka a Chiodes albofasciatus. Who knew?!

GREEN, FERNS

FAIRYTALE FERNS

“A photographer must do a lot of walking with a purpose, so the most important piece of equipment after the camera is a good pair of shoes.”

David Hurd

In addition to the interesting creatures I came upon, I was quite taken by the lovely light. As it kissed the ferns along the path, I worked hard to portray the ethereal feeling. The image above was my favorite of those captures.

FRITTILARY, red flower

NATURE’S COLORS

“We walk by wonders every day and don’t see them. We only stop at what shouts the loudest.”

Barbara Bordnick

I can relate to the quote above by photographer Barbara Bordnick. I take Kiawah’s 10-mile bike path several days each week, either on foot or on my bike. Since I am typically focused on an aerobic workout I seldom stop to observe the wonders around me. This week, many thanks to Amy, I purposely set out to see nature’s offerings. I was fortunate that they were so plentiful (of course they are probably always there and I’ve just passed them by without noticing). I believe the butterfly above is a “clouded sulphur” (aka a collies philodice) posing on what might be a cardinal flower. Perhaps the gardeners among you might help on this one?

mushroom, tree

SYMBIOTIC

“I just walk around, observing the subject from various angles until the picture elements arrange themselves into a composition that pleases my eye.”

Andre Kertesz

We often see mushrooms growing at the base of trees or tree stumps here on Kiawah – and presumably they’re in forests the world over. There are, however, two unusual elements in the image above. First the rich color of the fungi, and second, that it was growing at least 20 feet (6 meters) above ground near the top of a large oak tree. Had I not been looking for subjects I would surely have missed this.

SPIDER, WEB

NOT SO INKY DINKY

“Just walking. Painting pictures in my mind. Shades of light. Shapes and textures. The eye is drawn. The camera drawn.”

Steve Coleman

Autumn on Kiawah means the arrival of the Golden Silk Orb Weaver, often incorrectly referred to by residents as a banana spider. They can grow quite large and their webs are intricate and deadly (to small insects only, thank goodness). I’ve combined two images, the left showing the amazing web and the right focused in on the creature itself. I will admit I am not a fan but one has to admire the handiwork! ย What do you suppose happens to them as winter approaches and they completely disappear?

yellow flower

SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL

“Photography can be a mirror and reflect life as it is, but I also think it is possible to walk, like Alice, through a looking glass and find another kind of world with the camera.”

Tony Ray-Jones

There is so much beauty in the world, no matter how small the area we survey – it is incumbent on us to stop and notice it now and then. My thanks to Amy for pushing me out the door and forcing me to smell the roses (or the small yellow flowers as the case may be ๐Ÿ˜Š). I very much enjoyed the exercise and plan to make it a more regular part of my week.

MOON, MOONLIGHT, MARSH, POND, KIAWAH

DAY IS DONE

“Daylight is too easy, What I want is difficult – the atmosphere of lamps and moonlight.”
Edgar Degas

 

I’m closing with a final image which is a bit of a cheat. I captured this one later in the evening as my husband and I spent some time at the opposite end of Kiawah’s beach. By pure luck the evening was one of the most beautiful I’ve seen on Kiawah. I’d tossed my camera in the car as an afterthought, was nearly out of storage on my memory cards and was literally seconds away from zero battery when the nearly-full moon crept out from behind the clouds as the sun set behind us. The reflection of the pink sky on the waters left by high tide was glorious. The basking birds added the final element to a perfect scene. Ah to have had a tripod and a bit more time!

As always, our thanks to all of you for your creative responses to last week’s Symmetry challenge. We enjoyed your interesting and thoughtful images that beautifully represented the concept. We look forward to seeing your results from this week’s Photo Walk. Please remember to link them to Amy’s original post here, and to Tag them Lens-Artists to be included in our reader section. Last but not least, we hope you’ll join us next week when our special guest host Biasini, Anne Leueen’s clever horse, hosts our next challenge on her always-interesting blog Horse Addict.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

121 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #117 – A Photo Walk

    • Thanks Andy – I got lucky with the day I chose. I went again a few days later and it didnโ€™t compare. Timing, as always, is everything. Also true on my luck with the moonrise/sunset image.

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  1. On this Friday evening here, your last photo is the perfect mood to have at the end of the day (and week). There is something special these days when getting out and taking a walk, be it the woods or the city, with more quiet surroundings the small, extraordinary things that often go unnoticed are made a bit more clear and easier to see. Your photos do this well ~ enjoy the weekend ahead, Tina. Take care.

    • Thank you, as always Randall, for your much-appreciated comment. It is so true that we often overlook the little things which can truly uplift our spirits and remind us of the beauty around us. Wishing you a lovely weekend as well.

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  2. What an amazing walk. Those macro shots are beautiful – those can easily escape us if we don’t stop and look. Something I have learned as I’ve gotten older. That last capture in the nick of time and well worth it ๐Ÿ™‚ Great quotes too (esp the Tony Ray-Jones one).

  3. That colorful spider has such an intricate web! Nice shots. I think your first picture may be a long-tailed skipper butterfly, but I’m no expert. Moths have feathery, fern-like antennae.

    Have you tried Google Lens? It tells you what’s in the picture for plants, animals, and all kinds of other things. It’s not always right, but it narrows it down. I use it mostly for plants, but I’ve also used it for identifying antiques. ๐Ÿ˜

  4. How I loved this walk with you, Tina. Just what I needed. I loved all your exquisite images, but maybe the flower most…and the sunset. Spiders are not my cup of tea – but I admit they are impressive and your images…almost…make me like them…

  5. A wonderful walk and all that lovely wildlife Tina. I also liked your words ” There is so much beauty in the world, no matter how small the area we survey โ€“ it is incumbent on us to stop and notice it now and then.”

    • Thank you Karina – it was indeed a wonderful walk. I’m usually just zipping by all of the natural wonder. Or at least I used to be ๐Ÿ˜Š. Now I’ve learned there’s good reason to slow down!

  6. You had a nice nature walk. About passing things by, that is so true. Spiders and their webs, it seems they have been very abundant here. You clear them out one day, they’re back the next. Two days later, it’s like you didn’t do anything. We have everything, from daddy-long legs (which really aren’t spiders) to brown spiders (they can bite hard, ask Ginny) to other kind of brown-colored spiders to black widows. With a working barn, you have to stay ahead of them. I do envy your beach. Once the sun goes down, it turns chilly fast. A jacket or hoodie is required.

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    • I did indeed, thanks David. It’s the same here, the spiders seem omnipresent but only for about 6 weeks and then they completely disappear. It’s weird! As for the beach, yes, it’s amazing all year long. Any time I’m feeling blue it’s a total pick-me-up. It never disappoints.

  7. What a glorious walk Tina with so much to take in and treasure and I’m glad you included the final image too ๐Ÿงก

  8. You have such a beautiful area for a photo walk, Tina. I’ve mostly exhausted the local neighborhood sights in my area, but I’m looking forward to exploring my new neighborhood in a few weeks! Beautiful shots of your walk but the sunset steals the show!

    • Many thanks Terri. I felt a bit the same way until Amy pushed me out to take a photo walk. I discovered I’d forgotten how beautiful things are when you look for them! Good luck with your move – looking forward to hearing all about it!

    • Thanks very much Ana – it’s funny we hate to see moths in general as they really are pests anywhere around the home but in their own environment they really are beautiful

    • Well now, “bracket fungi” is a new one on me I.J. Looked it up after your note and voila, there it was! So thanks for that ๐Ÿ˜Š As for the spider, the only things I know (or need to know) about them is that they’re beautiful and I don’t want to get too close to them!

  9. Ah so glad you got to smell the little yellow flowers and enjoy the mushrooms on high and the beauty – leading to the sunset and smiled to
    Imagine the low battery and almost full card.

    • ๐Ÿ˜Šthanks Yvette. I was very happy when I got home and saw I’d gotten at least a reasonable facsimile of what I’d hoped for! Until then I’d been beating myself up for coming out unprepared. Even if I hadn’t though I truly enjoyed the lovely photo walk

  10. Gorgeous images and wonderful observations on nature, Tina.๐Ÿ˜€. I love your macro shots, but the one that is lingering in my mind is your closing image. Wow. I hope you enjoy the weekend and have time for more walks and/or golf.

    • Thanks very much Beth – the ferns were a real challenge. The light was simply perfect but catching it with the camera was another story entirely! The moon was really a stroke of luck for which I was totally unprepared!

  11. What an incredible set of images through your enjoyable bike path. The beauty of nature with various colors, lights, and textures images are all beautifully captured. The header of the bird photo is very lovely. A10-mile bike path several days each week, that is really impressive. You are self-motivated, Tina. Watching this evening scene where you are, ah… I envy you. Breathtaking, indeed.

    • Thanks so much Amy, glad you enjoyed these. It really was a particularly beautiful evening. And as for the walk, I didn’t mean to imply that I do the entire 10 miles!!! The path is 10 miles, I typically go 2 or 3 miles out and then back. It’s a really nice opportunity for exercise, especially during the pandemic.

    • Many thanks Rabirius – we’re (thankfully) a month or two away from cold, dark and rainy here in the southern U.S. However we are still in the middle of hurricane season so fingers crossed on that!

  12. You donโ€™t have to go far or try very hard to see some beautiful or interesting thing on Kiawah! Good finds.

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