Lens-Artists Challenge #135 – Glimpse Into My World

Kiawah, creatures
Wildlife of Kiawah

Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.”

Steve Irwin

We are happy to welcome Sheetal as our guest host this week, and especially pleased to be asked for a glimpse into our world(s). As much as I love to travel and experience the world’s many cultures, for me Dorothy said it best – there is indeed “no place like home“. How better to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by sharing some of the many things my husband and I love about our beautiful island.

Kiawah in Bloom

“If you take a flower into your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

This week I’ve been playing a bit with collages, and have found them helpful for today’s response because there is so much we love about the island we call home. My opening image pays homage to a few of the many creatures with whom we share our world. The image just above includes a small subset of our beautiful blooms, while the collage below features a sampling of our many avian neighbors.

birds of kiawah island
Kiawah Winged Residents

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”

J.M. Barrie

Of course, I cannot close without including our signature treasure, Kiawah’s beautiful beach. Beneath ever-changing skies, the importance of our shoreline and its protective dunes cannot be overstated. Because we are a barrier island, our seas are more gentle than most – except of course when a major storm threatens. Our sand is hard-packed, making running, walking and/or bicycling an important element of many residents’ daily agendas. We enjoy seasonal fresh crab and shrimp – and for those less squeamish than yours truly, wonderful oysters.

kiawah, beach
Kiawah’s Beautiful Beach

“In every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”

Rachel Carson

I could have included many more images of these and several other important elements of our world – the amazing marshlands, our beautiful trees (including our iconic live oaks), and our golf courses. I could also have featured nearby downtown Charleston, which offers an easy getaway whenever we need a bit of city life – restaurants, culture, shopping, a major airport, etc. But we do need to save some things for future challenges, don’t you think?!

Sincere thanks to all who responded to last week’s editing challenge, which was enlightening and great fun. Again, thanks to Sheetal for hosting this week and for her interesting and fun theme. Please remember to link your responses to her original post, and to use the Lens-artists tag to help us find you. Until next week when Patti is back at the helm, please stay safe and be kind.

  • Kiawah Critters, clockwise L to R – Bobcat, Fawn, Stranding Dolphin, Newborn Loggerhead Turtle, Eagle, Green Tree Frog, American Alligator
  • Kiawah Birds, clockwise L to R – Hooded Merganser, American Oystercatcher, Black-crowned Night Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Anhinga, Roseate Spoonbill, Black Skimmer, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Great Egret
  • Please Note – while I have not named the collage flowers, Kiawah’s iconic sweetgrass is included in today’s header


142 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #135 – Glimpse Into My World

  1. This is such a creative post from you, Tina. Really enjoyed this collection of collages, each one a different theme. Hope you had a good Valentine’s Day a couple of weeks ago. I really like how there are so many different kinds of birds, wildlife, fauna, colour and waters on your island. It is always a different picture whenever you venture out 🙂

  2. Tina, your colleges are terrific! Great pictures of Kiawah and all the Island has to offer. We are so lucky to live here and be apart of such natural beauty! These colleges would make wonderful pictures in your home, “just saying”.😊

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