Lens-Artists Challenge #137 – SOFT

THROUGH THE FOG

“I admire the fog, how it fades into itself.”

Marty Rubin

This week Ann-Christine has asked us to think about things that are soft, and immediately I thought of fog. To me, it softens everything it surrounds, creating a quiet, gentle atmosphere of silence. Often it brings with it a soft, gentle mist that seems to cleanse the world of its blemishes before returning it to the light.

SKY TEARS

Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.”

Vladimir Nabokov

Like fog, a gentle rain too can bring a sense of quiet to the world, cleansing whatever it touches as it softly falls from the clouds. Often it can bring a sense of melancholy along with it, although its ability to refresh and nourish the earth makes it a worthy recipient of our gratitude.

LOVELY LAYERS

“I understood that clouds were not my enemy; that they were beautiful, and that I needed them.”

Limani David

Clouds too can be seen as soft, especially when, as they sink deep into the crevices of a mountain landscape. Were we to be walking among them, the clouds would feel more like fog or light rain. Seen from above their soft beauty cannot be denied.

ABOVE THE CLOUDS

“Sometimes the clouds in the sky are mistaken. They didn’t come to block the sunlight. They came to embrace it.”

Kaylee Stepkoski

Climbing the mountains of Glacier National Park in Montana, the road was as foggy, wet and cloudy as in my first three captures, As we broke through the clouds having reached a higher elevation, we were greeted with the magnificent vista in my image above. To me it feels a bit like our current situation. For a year now we have been surrounded by the clouds and fog of a pandemic. We are hopefully on the cusp of reaching beyond the haze if we can just hang on a little bit longer. Surely there is light ahead for us all.

SWEETGRASS IN MOTION

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

Dejan Stojanovic

Here in South Carolina the soft pinks of our native sweetgrass are a harbinger of autumn’s arrival. Despite their fragile appearance, they move gently with the wind rather than fight its power. So too we have learned the difficult lessons of the pandemic. We’ve worn masks, avoided crowds, and sadly abandoned any travel plans. As our turns have arrived (or soon will), we suffer the insult of being injected with the dreaded disease to avoid succumbing to its wrath. We have learned difficult lessons about what is most important to us, and look forward anxiously to reconnecting with friends and family.

SURVIVAL

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”

Leon C. Megginson

Like the soft-pelted prairie dogs of the U.S. West, we are cautiously peeking our heads out from our protective burrows, sensing the degree of danger and gauging the safety of re-emerging. Our hearts are heavy for those who have lost loved ones along the way, but our spirits lift at the thought of a return to at least some degree of “normal”. How close we will get remains to be seen, but at least we have begun to see the lifting of the darkness before the dawn.

Sincere thanks as always to those who responded to Patti’s Letter S challenge last week. We thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of clever S-themed images and captions. We hope you’ll join us this week for Ann-Christine’s SOFT challenge. Please remember to link to her original post and to use the Lens-Artists TAG. Next week Amy will once again lead our challenge with the subject Natural Light. Until then, please stay safe and be kind.

SPECIAL NOTE: This week I am grateful to Frank of Beach Walk Reflections for featuring my images in his post about the wonders of travel. I’d very much appreciate your visiting and commenting on his site, which is always rich with interesting thoughts about his subjects. He welcomes any who are interested in collaborating to contact him via his site.

152 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #137 – SOFT

  1. Totally wonderful and artistic captures.How do you find the relatable quotes for each…simply genius!
    I love the soft raindrops on the window and the Above the Clouds is like a dream….I wanna be there!

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  3. Lovely series of soft …
    I am fascinated by the surreal 1st image: the trees look so tropical, or perhaps from a desert, so to think of a fog covering it is so unreal.
    My favourite has to be that cutie prairie dog!

    • Thank you Ju-Lyn. That image was just at the end of my street here on Kiawah. The palmetto is our state tree and they’re everywhere here in our southern climate. I loved the way the fog surrounded them that day. As for the prairie dogs, that one was near my brother’s home in Arizona. They’re such funny little creatures!

      • How interesting that the palmetto looks so much like a tropical palm. And that it is South Carolina’s state tree! That explains the presence of the fog!

        Prairie dogs are so cute! My sister lives near Phoenix, but she only sends me pics of her guinea pigs!

  4. So beautiful, Tina. I love that vista at Glacier! How stunning! And you’re right our current state of fog and gloom changing as we emerge from the pandemic. I appreciate your beautiful, uplifting post. Take care and enjoy the week!

  5. Such beautiful photographs, Tina, and I love the quotes you selected to go along with them. I am coming to you through your feature on Beach Walk Reflections. I’ll definitely be back.

    • Thanks so much Christine – enjoyed working with Frank immensely. His thoughtful meanderings are always really interesting and work beautifully with the photographers’ images.

  6. Dear Tina,
    thanks for sharing your great pictures and the really fine quotes that go well with them. We really had to laugh about the Nabokov quote. You express thought through photography very well. We are impressed.
    We especially like the first three pictures.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Well Kalusbernd, I thought I”d responded to you but I don’t see my message so once again – I consider it an honor to have impressed the Fab Four! Many thanks for your visit – glad the Nabokov quote gave you a smile 🙂

      • Honour to whom honour is due!
        We really like Nabokov, dear Tina, but didn’t know that quote. We admire Nabokov for how qick he learned English and was able to write his famous novel “Lolita” in English after being for such a short while in the US.
        Wishing you a wonderful weekend
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Such beautiful softness and appropriate quotes. I, too, love the pinks in nature. And a friend of mine who is a photographer tells me he’s out and about any time there’s early-morning fog — a gift from God, he calls it. Congrats on being selected for inclusion in Beach Walk Reflections. Frank proves he has great taste in photography, selecting yours for inclusion!

    • A gift from God indeed Rusha. Love a foggy day but once I’m done with photography I look forward to the return of the sue! Thanks too for the kudos re Frank, his blog is so thoughtful and his use of others’ images always works so well with his message.

  8. softness of your personality manifests in your captured images…beautiful impressive presentation Tina ji Love the raindrop shot and quote

      • Indeed soft and soothing and comforting to view nature through your vivid closeups I though much wanting to am not upto the mark to join you all in the exciting creative challenges I miss you and feel distanced but not far…your work and responses encourage me, hope to stay in touch Stay safe well and happy.Allah is Most Gracious. Thank you

  9. I liked how you showed the lovely layers in black and white. It accentuates the contrast between soft clouds and hard mountains. Very lovely, Tina.

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  11. Your post almost reads like poetry , Tina . The photos and the quotes are excellent but your words wash over so gently and the message sinks in . I’m in awe. The prairie dog was a revelation. I didn’t know that’s how it looked so my GK too improves with each post . 😀

    • What a lovely compliment Sheetal – very much appreciated. The little prairie dogs are really cute, especially when you watch them pop up and down in and out of their burrows.

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