Lens-Artists Challenge #122 – The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

SUNRISE, BOTANY BAY SC

SUNRISE, BOTANY BAY SC

“Sunrise, sunset – swiftly fly the years.”

John Williams

This week we are proud to welcome guest host Ana of Anvica Photos, whose beautiful post asks us to focus our responses on the restorative powers of the sun. Historians among us know that our world has gone through many difficult times in the past, eventually proving the resilience and strength of good people everywhere. War, disease, weather disasters and terrorism have been unable to defeat us, nor shall the current pandemic, or here in the U.S. a divisiveness that has threatened our very democracy. This too shall pass – and the sun will indeed come out tomorrow.

SUNRISE, ROCKS, MAINE

SUNRISE ON THE ROCKS, MAINE

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”  

Nelson Mandela

This week has been a momentous one here in the U.S. A record 144 million of our citizens came out, despite the pandemic, to exercise their right to vote. Illustrating what has been a deep divide among us, the nearly-final tally was 74 million for now president-elect Joe Biden vs 70 million for our incumbent president Donald Trump. While I work hard to keep politics out of my posts I will say my sincere hope is that the promise to serve all people equally, and to unite us despite our differences, sounds like the sun may yet shine on a new day for us all.

MIDNIGHT SUN, ALASKA

MIDNIGHT SUN, ALASKA

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I rebuilt my life.”

J.K. Rowling

Whatever our political leaning, as we struggle through the tsunami that is COVID 19, there is much to be said for a leader with decades of experience, well-known for his kind heart. There is also a sense of tremendous accomplishment across many factions in the election of a female vice president – a woman of color and the daughter of immigrants – a long-overdue symbol of the dawning of a new day here in the US.

SUNRISE, OLD SHELDON CHURCH

SUNRISE, OLD SHELDON CHURCH

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Winston Churchill

As we move through the final stages of solidifying the election results, I would encourage any who voted the other way to (as we’ve said in years past) give peace a chance. Allow the new administration time to find their way and trust that they have our best interests at heart. Our issues are many and extraordinarily complex. There are no quick fixes, but things have a way of working out in the long run.

SC LIVE OAKS AT SUNRISE

SC LIVE OAKS AT SUNRISE

“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”

Robert Jordan

In the images above I’ve included some glorious sunrises across various locations in the South Carolina lowcountry, as well as several from our travels. I’ll close with some personal favorites highlighting our very own Kiawah Island, which has some of the most astoundingly beautiful sunrises and sunsets anywhere. 

SUN AND CLOUDS, KIAWAH ISLAND

SUN AND CLOUDS, KIAWAH ISLAND

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”

Steve Maraboli

sunrise, Kiawah island

DAY IS DONE, KIAWAH ISLAND

“It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

SUNRISE, KIAWAH ISLAND

SUNRISE STROLL, KIAWAH ISLAND

“Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow’.” 

Mary Anne Radmacher

Beach, REFLECTING SUN, KIAWAH ISLAND

REFLECTING SUN, KIAWAH ISLAND

“From suffering can come strength – if we have the virtue of resilience.” 

Eric Greitens

In our local Sunday paper this morning, Leonard Pitts had this to say: “The moral of 2020: You only get so many star-filled nights and rainy midsummer days. Only so much baby laughter. Only so much music. So it is always a good idea to take joy urgently.”  Remember, the sun WILL come out, if not today then tomorrow. Let us all take joy whenever and wherever we can.

With apologies to our international followers for a very US-centric post, I’ll offer sincere thanks to Ana for her extraordinary post and her interesting and uplifting challenge. As always we look forward to seeing your ever-creative and thoughtful responses. Be sure to link them to Ana’s post here, and to tag them with our Lens-Artists tag. We hope you’ll join us again next week as Ann-Christine brings us challenge #123. Until then, wising you a week of beautiful sunshine, good health and continued safety.

 

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137 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #122 – The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

  1. Tina, you have something for everything 🙂

    Not just something, a collection of incredible images for any theme !!!

    Hard to pick one image over others, but I just loved the composition of the Oak tree …

    Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    • Many thanks Sreejith, it’s true my archives are very deep 😊 but most of these images are recent reflections of Kiawah life. The oak trees, on the other hand, are a favorite from several years ago taken on a plantation about an hour away.

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  4. These sunlight filled images are full of positive energy and that’s what we all need these days. Stunning examples. I, for one, am looking forward to light at the end of the tunnel come the end of January. The sun IS restorative and I notice it when it takes a day off. That Radmacher quote is one of my favorites. 🙂

  5. Absolutely incredible pictures for this challenge, Tina! That first shot is stunning! And the sentiments expressed are very well put. I agree wholeheartedly. What worries me is the fact that 70 million people supported his point of view.

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