Lens-Artists Challenge #179 – Serene
“Nature is the best medicine for serenity. Peace, calmness, stillness. It’s good for the heart.”Karen Madewell
Well if ever there is a time to work toward serenity, in the western world at least, this is it. We’re a week away from Christmas, and in light of shipping issues, any gifts that need to be mailed had best be on their way! Last minute plans, travel logistics, food shopping and prep, gift wrapping and a thousand other things are consuming many of us. What better time to focus on that which brings us Serenity – as suggested in Patti’s challenge this week.
“Everything passes, nothing remains. Understand this, loosen your grip and find serenity.”Surya Das
Here in coastal South Carolina, with a few exceptions, we are blessed with the ability to seek peace in communion with nature. I captured my opening image earlier this month about 15 minutes from my home. I was doing an annual photo shoot for a good friend and her family. We’ve done it most every year for 15 years now – what a fun experience to look back over those images and see the changes – yes, time DOES fly!
“Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.”Thomas Szasz
On the same day while scouting backgrounds for the family portraits, we came upon the colorful landscape shown in the image above. I’ve always tried to include our beautiful, ephemeral sweetgrass during my fall posts, but this year it arrived very late and was not nearly as vibrant as is its norm. Just as I’d about given up we came upon this scene, positively aglow in the fading sunlight. I cannot tell you how happy I was to finally get my sweetgrass fix for the year, and I’m happy Patti’s given me an opportunity to share it.
“Joy is everywhere; it is in the earth’s green covering of grass; in the blue serenity of the sky.”Rabindranath Tagore
Nothing brings me peace as quickly as a bit of time surrounded by nature, and if I have a camera in hand, so much the better. My images this week offer a view of the natural beauty we are fortunate to have within reach in the Charleston area. Here’s hoping you too are able to find a bit of serenity wherever this week finds you. Please be sure to link your posts to Patti’s original post here.
We thank you for your responses last week which were especially fun for us, not knowing what subjects to expect! We’ve greatly appreciated your creativity and commitment throughout the past year and have enjoyed getting to know each of you a little bit better.
The Lens-Artists Team will be taking a short holiday next week but will return on January 1 with our annual “Favorite Images of the Year” challenge for 2021. Until then as always, please stay safe, be kind and for those who celebrate it, a Very Merry Christmas. Here’s to an amazing 2022 for us all!