Lens-Artists Challenge #157 – Getting Away

Getty Museum, stairs, windows, white
The Climb

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”

Maya Angelou

This week our Guest Host, Rusha Sams invites us to get away from it all, and for me it couldn’t have come at a better time. My husband and I arrived home from a short getaway very late last night. Ms. Angelou’s quote describes exactly what we needed, and with the help of some very good friends we were able for the most part to leave our worries behind. My opening image, captured at the beautiful Getty Center in Los Angeles, symbolizes the long climb with which we’ve been faced, but like the figure in the image we’re hopefully past half-way and headed for the summit.

Welcome to Denver

“Be kind to yourself give yourself a break.”

Bernardo Moya

Speaking of summits, the first stop on our journey was Colorado, which invites you into its mountains with an airport vista (shown above as captured from my airplane window) meant to resemble them. The weather was quite warm and hazy (although of course more comfortable than our South Carolina summer heat), which for the most part hid the actual mountains from view. That notwithstanding, we very much enjoyed our visit with family and the break from SC’s humidity.

Balboa park, San Diego
Balboa Park, San Diego

“Everyone needs a break to refuel, recharge, and jump back in full throttle.””

Helen Edwards

Our next stop was Carlsbad, California – just north of San Diego. There we visited with good friends who some 20+ years ago were our northern next-door neighbors. Since we are on different coasts we don’t see them often but it’s always as if we’d only seen them yesterday each time we are together. While there we did a day trip to Balboa Park, which we’d not seen before. In addition to the famous San Diego Zoo, the park is home to several wonderful museums (including a terrific photography exhibit), beautiful gardens, and some glorious turn-of-the-century buildings that seemed more old-world European than American.

flowers, white
White on White, The Getty Center

“Taking a break can lead to breakthroughs.”

Russell Eric Dobda

During our getaway, which we ended with wonderful friends in Santa Monica, we enjoyed incredible floral displays in Balboa Park, at the Getty in LA, and at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena. I hope to share more of those images in the coming weeks. At the end of the day, we were reminded that friends are truly the flowers in the life’s garden. Yes, there are weeds, but sometimes we need to take a break from pulling them in order to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of the flowers that are blooming.

Sincere thanks to Anne for last week’s wonderful B&W challenge – we enjoyed seeing the results of your image edits. Thanks also to Rusha for her well-timed (at least for me 😊) challenge. We look forward to seeing your responses. Be sure to link them to her original post here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag. Finally, be sure to join us next week when Beth of Wandering Dawgs brings us her Back Country Roads challenge. Until then, please stay safe and be kind.

105 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #157 – Getting Away

  1. Fantastic shots Tina!!! WOW loving the summits in colorado..crazy!! glad u 2 r enjoying. Look forward to catching up in fall!!

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  3. What a treat to sit down and enjoy all your wonderful photos and quotes that I have missed over the past rew weeks Tina. As always I feel refreshed and inspired and love them all. Hope you are keeping well. Sending you my warmest good wishes as always. 💕

  4. Great captures from everywhere, but I do love a wander in Balboa Park too. The photo that speaks to me the most is the Denver Airport. A few years back it was a symbol. Symbolic of family, as my grandkids were there. Funny how things can do that to us. When I was reading your post it took me right back to a special place in my heart. (they are now in AZ nearby)

    Whatever your battle is…you are on my mind as well. Donna

  5. It has a whirlwind for the past two years to get away from the situation. Love the White on white. I think I am a weed, Tina. I noticed they have beautiful flowers, as well.

    • LOL Perpetua. I’m not sure who designated weeds as terrible things, they can be quite beautiful. A whirlwind indeed – hope you’re managing to weather the storm.

  6. Great challenge response, Tina. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Balboa Park and even longer since I visited the zoo there. Your post makes me want to visit again.
    It was good timing for this week’s challenge as I think the whole country is in an airplane or on the road. 🙂

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  8. You are an excellent photographer and your photos are always a treat, Tina . 😊
    Then there are quotes you select for your posts, I love them all. I say a winning combination of images and words all the way.

  9. Lovely story and pictures, Tina. I’m glad you had a nice break from your routines. I’ve never seen the picture of Denver from the air. We used to live in Colorado Springs, so never flew into it only picked up people who did. Dad lived in San Diego, so that is always a joy. Your photo of Balboa Park is beautiful. It’s a wonderful place to spend days taking photos. To join all that beauty with the joy of seeing friends again must have been exhilarating. I’m glad for you.

  10. Excellent. I recognize those white tents (snow peaks? 😂). We returned to DEN late Wednesday after their power outage. The terminals were PACKED with people. I love Balboa Park and The Getty. Great places. Stay safe, be well.

  11. Have you recovered or are you still recovering?

    While the daughters are competing closer to home, in the Denver Metro Area, we are technically still on the road. I did take a break for a few hours to grab something at home for Elizabeth. When this part of the season is done, it is back to the reality of the everyday. I’ll send you an email in a day or two.

    And, welcome home. 🙂 😎😎 🙂

    • Hi David, and thanks! Looks like the girls have excelled all the way through – congrats to them and to you. We’re off to Saratoga next month which should be great fun. We’ve not seen our granddaughter compete in a serious event before.

  12. Tina, sounds like you enjoyed your getaway. And your images are beautiful. Yes, our friendships result in flower blossoms in our lives. We need to recognize that and cherish it.

  13. Beautiful. Tina! What a lovely trip! After having lived in San Diego area for a few years, your post made me miss the amazing places to experience there. So glad you had a wonderful time!

    • Thanks Lisa – yes we’ve been out to see our former neighbors there several times. I am SO envious of the weather out there, especially when the summer heat is upon us. On the other hand, I could do without the traffic – YIKES!

      • Oh yes, I do not miss the traffic. And the cloudy gloomy days. But the beach, that I miss with all my heart. However, life has been good here in the sunny desert! (and more affordable!)

  14. As expected, these images are quite unique. Rather than focusing on famous landmarks and landscapes, you’ve isolated some interesting shapes and included some most appropriate, well-chosen quotes. That first one does ring true — we do need to “withdraw from cares” every now and then. But your statement is equally poignant: “friends are truly the flowers in life’s garden.” Thanks for sharing images and thoughts that continue to make us think long beyond the looking.

  15. Looks like you had a marvelous getaway covering several states and multiple visits with good friends. I haven’t been to the Denver airport in several years so I found that shot interesting. Hope all is progressing on the home front. Take care.

    • Thanks very much Judy – it was a fun visit with good friends and some family as well. The Denver airport scene is really interesting – kind of weird but interesting!!

  16. Beautiful views of your get-away, Tina. Love the Denver airport image, I must have missed that sight years ago on my only trip there so far. But you were in my old neighborhood of Balboa Park! Isn’t it amazing? Mom told me I was born across the street from the park in their 6th Ave apartment. During my childhood, I took countless trips to Balboa Park and the SD Zoo. Thanks for the tour. Glad you got some drier weather for your get-away and welcome home!

    • Hi Terri – I think the “mountains” were included in the original build but you need to be looking when they appear as they don’t stay in view very long. Candidly they rather reminded me of a group of burka-robed women rather than mountains! Balboa is indeed amazing. I had no idea!

  17. Wonderful post! Reading the inspiring, truthful quotes and seeing the fantastic images were also a well-received reprieve. Truly, a break such as this is what we all need. It restores our spirit and optimism.

  18. How lovely to get away and meet friends and family. The Denver photo is very interesting and unusual. Not a place I have visited, but I have been to Balboa Park. There is so much to see and do there. I tried to persuade the OH to request a year or two in San Diego (he worked for a company based there so we visited a few time), but he didn’t it up. We are ‘opening up’ here tomorrow despite enormous surges of infections! I find it quite irresponsible of the government to do this before all over 18s have had their double doses. As usual during the school holidays we will be staying close to home, even more so this year.

    • It was indeed wonderful to get away Jude. Unfortunately “life” awaits us when we return but at least we have a renewed spirit! Agree w you re the resurgence of infections. In fact, the day we were leaving California’s governor announced a new regulation requiring masks when indoors once again. I think it is absolutely appropriate since nothing seems to persuade those who refuse the vaccine to act responsibly. Don’t get me started on that!

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  20. Sounds like this was just the break you needed to recharge the batteries! I’m glad you were able to leave your worries behind, although sorry that you’re having a rough time at present.

    Isn’t the design of that Denver Airport building clever? I love your top shot too – that looks like a very interesting building 🙂

    • Thanks Sarah – that’s the Getty from a different angle. The architecture of the site is as beautiful as the amazing gardens and the galleries in the museum itself. I was enthralled.

  21. Your quotes are excellent reminders to all of us and the photos paired perfectly. I adore the white on white flowers. Sorry your challenge has been difficult but happy you are nearing the end!

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