Lens-Artists Challenge #139 – Special Moments

eagles, eaglets
THREE’S A CROWD

“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. ”

Sarah Breathnach

We’ve all had them…..you know what I mean…those moments that take your breath away. Moments that you want to save forever in your heart of hearts. Aha moments. The birth of a child, taking your wedding vows, your first shooting star, a perfect sunrise….I could go on and on. This week, let’s look beyond the life-changing events and share some everyday special moments and what they mean to us. Hopefully we’ll end each post with a smile for the gifts these moments have brought into our lives.

My opening image was captured here on Kiawah earlier this month. Eagle nests are typically very deep and very high above, making it quite difficult to capture the birds “in residence”. Eaglets are even more difficult to photograph, as typically they are hidden deep in the nest, emerging only to eat until they are large enough to fledge. To have captured an eagle with her two eaglets was as excited as I’ve been about a photograph in a long time. For me it was a very special, unique moment.

elephants, contrast, botswana
CROSSING TO NAMIBIA

“A photograph is an opportunity to keep a moment forever.”

Destin Sparke

A bit farther afield 😊 the image above represents our many amazing travel adventures. Seeing sights like the Great Wall of China, the Great Barrier Reef, Angkor Wat at sunrise, the rose rocks of Petra…..has gifted me with many special moments. I distinctly remember my excitement on our African Safari and the moment I saw my first elephant – from above the Okavango Delta in a small plane. To find myself up close and personal with these gentle giants gave me many moments I’ll always cherish.

Charleston, pineapple fountain
SOUTHERN COMFORT

“The memories of beautiful moments are magical.”

Giovannie de Sadeleer

The image above is an iconic symbol of welcome in nearby downtown Charleston, SC. It represents the moment my husband and I arrived here in the south, having relocated from the cold and crowded northeast. We enjoyed living in town while we built our home on Kiawah. In hindsight it was the perfect time for a move and we’ve never looked back.

snow, golf, sneakers
CLAIMS TO FAME

“Life is short. Don’t count the seconds. Enjoy the moments.”

David Cuschieri

I laughingly call the two moments above my “claims to fame”. On the left, my image of my husband during a rare snowfall on Kiawah. (In 20 years we’ve seen snow here only twice. ) Once home I posted the image on Facebook. An hour later we were watching TV when incredibly my photo appeared, fullscreen! The announcer talked about how rare it is to see snow on the famous Kiawah Island Ocean Course. Our phone started ringing immediately with friends asking about the photo. It was the last time I published an image without my watermark 😊. On its right, an image I submitted to the New York Times for their feature on “Why People Travel”. Not only was my image and story selected but it was published in full color on a quarter page of the Sunday Times and was the featured image on their online site for several weeks. Seriously fun AHA moments!

Redwoods, trees
FOREST PRIMEVAL

“It is up to you and me to create the everlasting from fleeting moments.”

Sanober Khan

I cannot overstate how magical I found the Giant Redwood Forest during a visit to California. In my image, my 6’3″ husband is leaning against the bottom of one of these incredible specimens. It is truly life-changing to stand among them, knowing that they are in fact interconnected beneath the earth, sharing the resources that help them continue to thrive. A truly ethereal moment.

Also magical, we were fortunate to visit Arizona during a superbloom. It was an incredible experience hiking through the amazing explosions of floral color and beauty. Of course it took a great deal longer than normal, as I stopped every few steps for yet another photograph!

SUPERBLOOM, DESERT
DESERT SUPERBLOOM

“Try to hold on to those moments that flicker like candlelight with the people we care about.”

Katherine McIntyre

Of course my special, more personal moments would include things like the moment my husband and I married, the birth of our beautiful granddaughter and that of every one of my 16 nieces and nephews, family reunions, you get the idea. But instead I’d love to turn it over to you! Show us some of your favorite moments and tell us why you chose them. We look forward to seeing your responses. Please remember to use the Lens-Artists Tag and to link to my original post.

In closing, we thank you for your glorious examples of Natural Light in response to Amy’s challenge. The variety was amazing, and proved beyond doubt the importance of light to an image, no matter the subject. Next week we’re excited to announce we’ll welcome Beth of Wandering Dawgs as our Guest Host. Be sure to stop by and check out her always-interesting blog. Until then, as always stay safe and be kind.

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  16. Your opening quote, that’s a truism, moments, good and not so good all strung together. The in-between stuff, the passage of time, that’s the thread. To have your photo and essay selected is a nice feather in your cap. The photo of your husband on the snowy Kiawah golf course, local media are notorious for prowling on social media, FB and IG in particular, for those unique kind of photos. They also like sunrise and sunset a whole lot.

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  21. Oh Tina this is wonderful..that tree!!! Wow, so big! …and that photo of yours of why we travel is quite amazing! So you´ve become a NY Times star photographer…:-)Happy and glorious Moments like the ones you´ve shared are definitely worthy of sharing.

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  26. Thank you for inviting me to shift focus away from anxiety and towards those special moments of joy and awe. I think WP must have had a bit of a hiccup as this challenge did not pop up in my reader until today, Sunday.

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  29. Gosh, Tina, I’m not sure if I have enough time to comment on all your special moments! How thrilling to see your photography in print as you mentioned. The eagle family image is jaw-dropping, as are the elephants. Do you belong to any Facebook (or other) photography clubs? I just joined a FB birding group here in Spokane and the birds are amazing. Lots of eagles, and of course, I’m obsessed. Those redwoods are amazing and humbling as puny humans stand next to these centuries-old beings. these are special moments, indeed and well-captured!

    • Many thanks Terri – glad you enjoyed these. I participate in a large photograph group here (100+ members) and we often share outings and images. I did join the Fuji group on FB but ended up dropping out as it was more about “which lens should I buy” than results. Blogging is my favorite creative outlet!

  30. Wow all these pictures are amazing, I love how you captured all these moments so beautifully. You inspire me to do the same with every special moment in my life

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