Lens-Artists Challenge #119 – My Hideaway

river, yellow, flowers, kiawah

RIVERSIDE

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” 

A.A.Milne

This week Ann-Christine has invited us to share our personal hideaway(s). Although In her view a hideaway is indoors (a place like her gorgeous glass house!) during this time of COVID restrictions, Kiawah has gone beyond being my home and has indeed become my hideaway. Here there is fresh air, ocean, river and marsh surrounding us.  Birdlife is abundant as are deer, alligator, and the occasional bobcat. What more could one ask of a hideaway?

lagoon, branch, water, kiawah

LOVELY LAGOON

“A drop of water, if it could write out its own history, would explain the universe to us.”

Lucy Larcom

Kiawah has beautiful walking paths and a myriad of bicycle routes. We are a small island located about 30 miles from downtown Charleston SC. Because my husband and I are avoiding the city during COVID, we are fortunate to have several restaurants on the island – all of them now offering outdoor dining. Except for an occasional cold snap, our weather is quite mild allowing for most any outdoor activity year-round including dining.

shrimp boat, ocean, swimmers

HITCHIN’ A RIDE

“The sea is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.” 

Jacques Yves Cousteau

While we are not quite “all in the same boat” as Mr. Cousteau says, we are all facing a myriad of issues. Some of us are retired while others must work. While that sounds like a benefit, with it comes a higher risk of being in a more virus-vulnerable age group. Some of us can isolate in areas more blessed by nature, but that same isolation makes it more difficult to be with our families and loved ones who live elsewhere. There is no easy answer nor are any of us exempt from all of the issues that COVID presents. Our best chance at surviving our problems is to focus on the positives while managing through the obstacles.

early sweetgrass

EARLY BLOOMERS

“Be tough in the way a blade of grass is: rooted, willing to lean, and at peace with what is around it.” 

Natalie Goldberg

Here on Kiawah, the arrival of sweetgrass as a sure sign of fall. Like the glorious reds and golds of colder climes, our pinks and purples predict the arrival of cooler weather and attest to the ephemeral aspects of nature. All of today’s images were created on a single day last week. The beginning of shrimping season means that huge boats followed by dozens of birds can be seen while enjoying the warmth of our southern beaches. Rivers and lagoons are calm and quiet, bordered by sweetgrass blowing in the breeze. I’ve included several images of these beautiful harbingers of autumn to show not only its delicacy but also its resilience as it continues to bloom year after year.

 

sweetgrass, kiawah, pink, green

SUN-KISSED

“When the wind blows, the grass bends.”  

Confucius

sweetgrass, kiawah

DRIPPING WET

“Get close to grass and you’ll see a star.”

Dejan Stojanovic

sweetgrass, water, trees, kiawah

SPRINKLED BY THE POND

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”

Walt Whitman

Many thanks to those of you who responded to our first-ever horse host, Biasini, and to Ma Leueen who helped him with his typing and responding to their Communication challenge. These days communication becomes ever more important as COVID keeps us from our normal daily interactions with friends and loved ones. We appreciate your sharing your thoughts and images on the subject with us, as always. This week we look forward to seeing your personal hideaways. Please be sure to Tag them Lens-Artists and to link them to Ann-Christine’s original post here. Finally, we hope you’ll stay tuned next week as I’m back at the challenge helm right here on Travels and Trifles. Until then, stay safe and have a great week.

 

 

 

 

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