Lens-Artists Challenge #143 – Colorful April

spring, flowers, path, color, Middleton Plantation

“See with a different eye, visualize with a colorful mind, manifest your thoughts with the energy within.”

Michael Bassey Johnson

Well it is’s official, spring has definitely sprung here in the southern U.S. Earlier this week a friend and I drove to nearby Middleton Plantation to see whether the azaleas had begun to bloom. As you can see in the image above, they had more than just begun 😊. It was a glorious, sunny spring day with flowers at every turn. A photographer’s dream, we did our best to take full advantage of it.

Middleton Plantation, bridge, water, landscape

“Did I live the spring I’d sought? It’s true in joy, I walked along, took part in dance, and sang the song.”

Roman Payne

The earth was awash in glorious color from every direction. As Amy so rightly noted, the verdant greens seemed to predominate every scene, but the reds, pinks, whites and yellows found ways to make themselves known just the same. No matter the color, the many ponds throughout the venue reflected them all equally.

Japanese Maple, red, landscape, Middleton Plantation

“Have the Japanese, from generations spent in one-story paper houses, learned an alphabet of beauty in nature, that we, in our houses of brick and stone, have shut out?”

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I chose a quote about Japanese art because the image above, and the view it captured, reminded me of something one might see on a Japanese scroll. I also believe the red tree in the foreground is a Japanese maple. I made a point of keeping the image soft, especially in its background – thinking a Japanese artist might depict it that way.


“If you never go out on that limb, you’re missing a hell of a view.”

Jodi Picoult

The image above features one of many gorgeous live oaks which grace the property. Most are hundreds of years old, and are symbiotically decorated with patches of spanish moss. There are benches throughout the property should one wish to sit and ponder nature’s gifts. For us, knowing there was another beautiful vista around every corner, we chose to keep moving and shooting.


“A flower does not use words to announce its arrival to the world; it just blooms.”

Matshona Dhliwayo

There were so many beautiful blossoms throughout the plantation, it would be impossible to portray them all. I chose instead to include a small sampling. On the left, a pink camellia. These are the first blossoms of spring and are about finished blooming. On the right – a pink azalea just entering its prime. Finally, from the back, a white flower which unfortunately I didn’t recognize – anyone??

spanish moss, spring, Middleton Plantation, spring

“More delicately, more intricately fashioned than any grasses of the field, more subtle in texture than any seaweed of the sea…There is a religious reticence in the nature of moss.”

John Cowper Powys

Middleton is a National Historic Landmark spanning 110 acres along the Ashley River. Like most southern plantations, it prospered from the use of slaves. A 10-year Middleton research project has worked to identify the names and stories of some 2,800 slaves who worked the plantation until 1865. They have created an exhibit, a book and a documentary film to “explore the lives, families and contributions of seven generations of enslaved people.” While we cannot undo the wrongs of the past, at the very least we can learn from them as well as acknowledge and give names to those whose labor created the beauty we enjoy today.

As always, we thank those of you who joined us for last week’s “You Pick It” challenge. What a diverse set of images and subjects you presented! I’ll be back right here on Travels and Trifles to host next week’s challenge. In the meanwhile we look forward to seeing your colorful images of April. Please remember to use our Lens-Artists tag and to link to Amy’s original post here.

135 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #143 – Colorful April

  1. This is a beautiful series of pictures from Middleton Plantation! What a treat for others to see how lovely it is there. I love the contrast of the Red Maple tree beside the Oak tree and all the moss, definitely my favorite! Also, I think “Perfect Place to Ponder” really shows how spectacular the old Oak trees are. And, yes, sitting on the bench would be a perfect place to ponder! 😊

  2. Love the colours in these series of photos, Tina Looks like Spring has indeed sprung in your part of the world. Really like the oak tree image, massive and magnificent. It is lovely to see and hear there are benches around for people to sit and enjoy this beauty all round.

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  4. Gorgeous as always, almost ethereal. You know i adore Spanish moss and cannot get enough of it! This is such a marvelous display of beauty…I’ll have to scroll back through it again. Hope you are having a lovely week.

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  6. Beautiful place. I really liked “Almost Japanese” and “Perfect place to ponder”. In movies one talks of mise-en-scene, there should be a similar word for photos of landscapes that put you in the place and its atmosphere.

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