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. Your world is exquisitely beautiful,majestic in nature
    multi colored with multicolors in stature
    softer petals upon tender silky threads
    embroidered, finely shaped, in royalty grand,
    in panorama classic, with all this beauty,
    my world becomes an amazing wonderland
    when on the screen before my eyes
    Travels and Trifles on Island Kiawah lies.

      • Your world reflections reminded me of the beauty and blessings all around us,which somehow gets covered by the sadness and sorrow of distances and separation…while trying to comfort my soul I felt I was missing you all and so made my journey to your so soothing comforting world. We are doing well but heaviness persists, I think of you….

  2. Wow, what a post, Tina! So many special pictures. I liked the fawn peeking over its shoulder. So cute! Also liked the elegant egrets with reflections and the simple shape of the starfish.

    • Many thanks Siobhan – I had fun putting the collages together which was a first for me. Had to learn how to do them for another project so as always it was Google to the rescue LOL. Glad you chose some favorites!

  3. I truly believe you live in paradise, especially if judged solely on your photos. Seeing the wildlife and the natural habitats brings peace to my soul — and makes me want to jump in the car and travel to Kiawah! That quote by J. M. Barrie is also a great find. I truly believe that to have faith is to have wings. Keep flying high, Tina!

  4. Nice collages. If I had to choose one collage set, it would be your florals. But, if I had to choose just one from the three sets, it would Kiawah Sunrise (bottom collage, top left corner) followed by the bobcat. 🙂

    • Thanks David. A good friend has a large framed canvas print of your favorite hanging in her living room which always makes me smile. And the bobcats are an iconic member of our four-legged residents as well as a way to control our deer population. We truly love them and their kits are the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!

    • LOL, snowfall is one of the many reasons we relocated to the south Terri. I’d love a few days of snow but not the cold that goes with it, and not more than once a year! Thanks for your visit and comment.

  5. You live in a Paradise – and now you have showed us just a tiny bit of it…but what a bit! Amazed and stunned, silent in taking in all this beauty. Mother Nature is thriving in your world! These collages are something to return to for body and soul. ♥

    • Oh Ann-Christine, I think we are all living in paradise these days, and it’s taken a pandemic to prove it to us! While you couldn’t pay me enough money to visit you at -13 degrees, I’d surely love to spend time wandering through your gardens on the best of days, or reading by lamplight in your glass house ❤️. Many thanks my friend.

    • Thanks Wendy – as this week’s responses have shown and John commented, it seems there are many versions of paradise around the world. We are all fortunate to share our little pieces of them!

  6. A beautiful series of collages Tina, you live in such an amazing place! I’m really enjoying seeing more of your natural environment while you’re at home 💜

  7. The collage is indeed a great way to show off your part of the world. After seeing several of this week’s challenge responses so far, and saying basically to everyone, “You live in a beautiful part of the world,” I’ve come to the conclusion that we all live in a beautiful world.

  8. Each and every one of your collages are stunningly displaying the beauty of your island, Tina. What a clever way to present a multitude of images without appearing overloaded. You have inspired me to learn more about creating collages.
    I honestly can’t pick a favourite but I‘m totally with you in the order you present what your surroundings on Kiawah has to offer – a photographer‘s haven with the wildlife, nature and beach. A treat for sore eyes!
    Happy Valentine‘s day from all four of us. Xxxx

    • And a Happy Valentines day to you too Fab Four! Thanks for the lovely comment – we do truly appreciate the beauty around us, even when the days are as dismal and wet as this week has been. I’ll admit I had fun with the collages – once again Google to the rescue for that!

      • Thanks for the tip, Tina!
        We too are grateful for living next to the salt marshes and being so close to nature. And to have each other and having mutual interests. For almost a year now I have only seen my friends in the camera club on Zoom and the ones that are singles do suffer so much more on their own in lockdown.

  9. Love your collages. Beautifully done, Tina. Wonderful to see these beautiful birds, flowers, and creatures on a gray, cold morning. A glimpse of your beautiful world!

  10. Thanks for starting off my day with these gorgeous images! I love the collages. I can feel the love you have for Kiawah in every photo. The dolphin stranding is my favorite. I’ve witnessed it once years ago but the dolphins were too far away for a photo. You and I must have been on the same wavelength because I was thinking about doing a post with scenes of coastal Georgia.

    • Thanks Beth – I’ll look forward to that as our worlds are quite similar I think. Yes, the stranding is really magical. Last year I enjoyed a visit from one of the friends I’ve met through blogging. We did a kayak with our husbands along the Kiawah River and were surrounded by a pod of dolphins who then proceeded to strand right in front of us. It was an amazing moment for all of us.

    • Much appreciated Miss Linda. We are truly surrounded by beauty – even as the rain pours down I’m enjoying laugh at the expense of the golfers outside my window and the pelican surveying its chance at snagging breakfast in our lagoon.

  11. There was so much packed into those collages and much to gaze and admire. You painted a very pretty picture of your world, Tina. You are indeed blessed to live in a place surrounded by so much beauty and life. Fantastic post, Tina !

  12. So many wonderful opportunities and interesting vistas on Kiawah. No other place like it and you are it’s finest ambassador!

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    • LOL thanks Brian – indeed the gators do get more than their share of attention 🙂. We have had a few incidents but 100% of the time if you leave them alone, they’re not interested in you in the least. However, if we have one sign about leaving them alone, we probably have 100! Tourists love to get photos of them – not smart when you’re using a cellphone!

  14. This is a wonderful tribute to your home, Tina. You’ve embraced its beauty, its nature, its charms! Lovely images as always and heartfelt thoughts to accompany them. Happy weekend and happy Valentine’s Day!

    • LOL, I spoke with one of my friends this afternoon about how we are whining about our 50 degrees and rain. compared to many other parts of the country this week, we’re in heaven! Thanks Mei-Mei

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