Lens-Artists Challenge #153 – Wonderful World

mountains, lake, Canada, 10 Peaks
Ten Peaks, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

“Viewed sensitively and with love; the world blossoms in beauty.”

Sir Kristian Goldmund Aumann

This week I’m taking a different approach with my post. I’m responding to Amy’s “Wonderful World” challenge with images from our travels throughout this wonderful world, primarily taken by others. My husband and I have been truly fortunate to have traveled widely, visiting many places we’d previously only dreamed of. Amy’s challenge has given me an opportunity to share some of them with you.

Glacier Climbing, Alaska

“The most beautiful thing about the world is how much is unknown to us… So much awaiting discovery.”

Chelsea Sedoti

There are so many different ways to see the world, including active vacations that feature things like skiing, hiking, golf etc. In hindsight glacier hiking as shown above is probably not the best option ecologically as it means helicoptering on and off. Sadly there was very little discussion of the impact on these declining surfaces as we climbed glaciers in Alaska, Canada and New Zealand back in our earlier travels. That said, I am so glad we were able to experience these massive wonders first-hand.

wind, ocean, Doonbeg
Golf in Ireland’s Weather

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank

Soon after moving south we bid on an Ireland golf vacation in support of a local charity. As a result we were able to visit some of the famous courses that until then we’d only heard about. Our weather wouldn’t have felt like Ireland if we hadn’t had some wind and rain along the way! We’ve since golfed in Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada and of course across much of the US. Oftentimes golf courses present us with some of the most beautiful areas in the visited country, however we learned early to be sure to visit many of the other highlights in each country.

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”


Our safaris in Africa, which I’ve often shared here on Travels and Trifles, were truly life-changing. While in South Africa, we also visited their beautiful wine country in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, took the aerial tram to the top of Table Mountain, visited Robben Island and spent time at the Cape of Good Hope, pictured above.

Lake Pehoe, Torres del Paine, Patagonia

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Mother Teresa

In Patagonia, the mountains and glaciers are spectacular, but as shown above, their lakes are equally beautiful. It’s one of those places that has so much natural beauty it’s sometimes hard to know which way to look.

Angkor, Cambodia, Ta Prohm Temple
Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Cambodia

“This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.”

Henry David Thoreau

Beyond the world’s natural beauty, there is history, art, architecture, culture, religion, food, and oh so much more to explore. Travel allows us not only to see the world, but also to experience and better understand its many people. It helps us to realize that at heart we really are all the same.

Terra cotta warriors, xian, china, photography
Capturing the Terra Cotta Warriors, Xian, China

“The whole world is a family.”

Virchand Raghavji Gandhi

Whatever our primary interests in the world, for most of us it truly is wonderful. We are fortunate to live in a time when world travel is possible, (except of course for the past year – which taught us a great lesson in appreciation). For those who cannot travel, we are fortunate that so much of the world can be seen through the lenses of photographers across the web. Someday I suppose those who come after us may find us primitive as they explore OTHER worlds. For me though, I’m perfectly happy with this one 😊.

My thanks to the photographers who captured these images and shared them with me. My thanks to you, my followers and visitors, for spending time with me, and of course my thanks to Amy for her interesting challenge which allowed me to share some of my favorite places in this wonderful world. We look forward to seeing your perspectives as well – please remember to use the Lens-Artists Tag and to link to Amy’s original here. Finally, we thank you for your participation in Ann-Christine’s Shades and Shadows challenge. As always your responses were creative, interesting and thought-provoking. Until next week when I will be leading the challenge here on Travels and Trifles, please stay safe, be kind, and enjoy this wonderful world.

Lens-Artists Challenge #153 – Wonderful World


115 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #153 – Wonderful World

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  3. What a wonderful post, Tina! Thank you so much for sharing it, I will surely never travel to many of those places, so I am one of those who enjoy other people’s photos.

  4. I love seeing you in all these shots — you seem quite happy in this beautiful world of ours, and that’s due, in part, to the way you see the world. Thanks for posting some glorious photos of special places, always with a smile on your face! Here’s to more wonderful travels ahead.

    • Funny Rusha, the times we seem to remember most clearly are when things didn’t go exactly right and we laugh about it later! In any case, thanks for the lovely comment – we’ve had some wonderful journeys through the years.

  5. So happy to see you two together, Tina! You look happy and content with the traveling life – which I am sure you are. So fortunate! Wonderful world, wonderful places, wonderful life for you two! (I always envy you Patagonia…)

  6. What wonderful adventures, Tina! I enjoyed seeing your portraits (and your different hairstyles!!😀😀). A great response to the challenge. I hope you both continue to share adventures near and far. Have a good week and continued progress on your renovation.

  7. What a great idea as a response to this challenge! Like you I’ve been privileged to travel a lot and I agree that it certainly does give you an appreciation of how wonderful the world can be 🙂

    • Thanks Sarah – yes I’ve seen many of the same places on your blog – and then some! Years ago I’d never have imagined such an opportunity to see so much of this wonderful world.

    • Thanks Philo. Several different people actually. Some friends we traveled with, some guides, some we just asked a stranger walking by. Everyone always cooperated!

      • Glad you could meet many kind and helpful people who are good in photography.
        I have come across people who were helpful but not experienced in photography and the clicks were not sharp and slightly blurred.

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  9. wonderful world indeed – and je that closing shot of you capturing the terra cotta warriors!
    and such a nice thought to end with –
    “I suppose those who come after us may find us primitive as they explore OTHER worlds. For me though, I’m perfectly happy with this one 😊”

    moi aussi

    • 😊. The warriors were so challenging to capture because one cannot get close to them (understandably) and it’s quite dark to avoid exposing them to the elements but they are truly incredible. Their discovery and the information about them is a fantastic example of ancient history

  10. Love your take on this – you have been to some amazing places and so glad you got you enjoy our Irish weather too!

  11. Wow Tina, you really have been able to experience our wonderful world! I do enjoy your photos. And yes, that is MY way of seeing more of this wonderful world! I am grateful for not only my photos so I can relive my experiences over and over again, but also for other’s photos. I experience the world through the photos of others. 😊

  12. Yep, traveling is enjoying the beautiful gems of our home planet. And, yes traveling has an (often negative) impact. So, let’s try to travel as eco-friendly as possible to minimize our footprint to the tiniest possible effect and preserve the environment for our descendants. Well chosen, Tina 👍

    • Many thanks Terri – we have indeed had some amazing travels and know how fortunate we are on that front. Hubby is a great listener and always finds a way to fulfill my fondest wishes!

    • Thanks Donna – I try to stay out of it for the most part but loved this week’s opportunity to share from a personal perspective for a change. Truly a wonderful world indeed.

  13. Beautiful pictures, Tina, of the wonderful world you both have enjoyed exploring. My favorite is the opening silhouette shot as you watch the sunset! Thanks for sharing these great photos.

  14. TBear, These were awesome. Would love to talk to you about that glazier walking thing. Yikes! Hope you are making good progress on your house. See you soon. Let me know if I can do anything. Dar

    Sent from my iPhone

  15. Lovely views of this wonderful world we live in and how nice to see you and the hubby having fun. I noticed you seem to have a favourite pair of trousers in many of your photos – are they the ones that turn into shorts? And matching ones too! 😊

    • LOL I can’t believe you noticed that Jude!!! I bought those pants for our visit to Africa and they are so comfy, instant-drying, zip-off to shorts with a thousand pockets for various miscellaneous photography items!!! I wear them only for our adventures and occasionally for photo shoots nearby. I have 2 identical pair and trade off between them. Hubby has a pair too 😊

  16. Thank you for sharing these journeys into many beautiful corners of the world with us here Tina, Banff and Patagonia look especially glorious!

  17. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of your travels. It’s a wonderful world, indeed. I can see how much you have enjoyed these places. These are special and happy moments.

  18. Tina, thanks for sharing your travels with us. Since I haven’t been to many of those countries and probably won’t be able to, I truly appreciate experiencing them on your blog.

  19. This challenge is a great opportunity to share our own visions of the wonderful world we live in. Yours is a great idea to share images of places you and your husband have visited with you both featured in the photos.

    • Thanks John – for the most part my husband and I stay out of my blog but this was a lovely opportunity to share some of the wonders we’ve been fortunate to experience.

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