Lens-Artists Challenge #181 – Double Dipping

flower, impressionist, pink
Pretty in Pink – Cee’s Flower of the Day

“Friendship doubles your joys and divides your sorrows.”


Each Saturday the Lens-Artists team presents an opportunity for our followers and/or visitors to add their images and accompanying thoughts on a subject for all to see. This week we’re suggesting that in addition to our challenge, you explore and link to some of the other creative opportunities our friends and fellow challengers make available in the WP blogosphere (or any other sites where you post images). I’ve opened, for example, with an impressionist flower image I’m linking to Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge

heron, bird, great blue,
Great Blue Heron – Brian’s Last Image on the Card

“I try to put double or multiple meanings into my photographs, which might give rise to a greater variety of interpretations.”

Cindy Sherman

This week my images address the subjects of several other challenges. Each image is titled to show the challenge and my text includes a link as well. Feel free to connect to any or all of them, or to find your own favorite from among the many others available. My great blue heron above is linked to Brian aka Bushboy’s monthly Last Image On The Card. (Cropped and edited, I made the image during a round of golf.)

sunset, sailboat, Kiawah
Sunset Sail – John’s Cellpic Sunday

“A politician is a person who will double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.”

Oscar Levant

Last week’s Lens-Artists challenge welcomed three new members to our team, one of whom is our own John Steiner. John also hosts a weekly challenge, Cellpic Sunday which has only one requirement, the image(s) must have been made with a mobile device such as a cellphone or a drone. I made the image above in November of 2021 using my I-phone 12 Pro Max – which not surprisingly is a definite improvement over my 8+.

lights, tree, holiday
Home for the Holidays – Nadia Merrill’s photo a week challenge – lights

“Let’s not have a double-standard. One standard will do just fine.”

George Carlin

I’ll close with an image I made at the very end of 2021 as my husband and I enjoyed yet another Covid-induced holiday here at home. Each year our local shopping center presents a marvelous display of lights, including lighting a beautiful live oak tree that welcomes both residents and visitors to our little island. I’ve linked this one to Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week challenge – Lights. I’m always a bit sad to see the lights go dark as the holiday season ends so I’ve included this one even though Nancy’s posted a new challenge for this week – animals.

Speaking of ending, it’s time I did so with my challenge this week. Please be sure to include the Lens-Artists tag with your responses, and to link to my original post as well as any other challenges you elected to feature. I’ll close with a sincere thank you to those who shared their wonderful images and stories in last week’s year-end favorites challenge. Despite 2021’s many frustrations, you found ways to share beauty, joy and positivity through your images. Stay tuned for next week’s challenge, hosted by Patti on her Pilotfish blog, and as always, until then please stay safe and be kind.

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  7. Tina, this is such a great idea! I know in reading other challenge responses that I will learn of a challenge or three that I’d never known about. Thanks for submitting to Cellpic Sunday as well!

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  9. I’m with Janet. When out of inspiration, a challenge is a great way to get on track again. So, it’s great to have so many blogs offering challenges to give inspiration. That’s what the initial idea at Automattic was. A daily writing challenge over a couple of weeks, and the weekly photo challenges. Personally, I usually don’t need them as I have enough topics on my own. But it’s a great opportunity for others. So, your challenge this week could create a directory of what is around and maybe someone finds something new to motivate herself to publish.

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  13. A very fun challenge, although I regret not having time to meet many challenges, I will look for inspiration in those that appear for this week’s challenge.

  14. What a great way of appreciating and giving recognition to the hosts of these wonderful challenges!
    Thank you Tina Schell.
    We the people, taking part in those challenges are ever thankful the hosts for keeping us engaged throughout the year via their brilliant and intelligent challenges.
    And the best part is meeting bloggers from various countries and sharing our thoughts and views through our photographs, by taking part in these challenges.
    Love the ‘Sunset’ and the ‘Impressionist’ images.
    Thanks again for all the encouragement.

  15. I love the flower and the heron, Tina. An interesting challenge and one I didn’t really understand from the title, but your post explained it perfectly. I really enjoy challenges, but if I do too many, when do I post things that are just what I feel like posting and not responses to challenges. A conundrum I haven’t solved yet. 🙂


    • Yes, I hear you Janet! Somehow though I always find a forum for the images I most want to post. It’s part of the fun for me but others may approach it differently. Whatever your approach it’s a terrific outlet for all of us.

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  17. Great idea for a theme and I am looking forward to seeing which challenges are inked up with.
    the great blue heron s a top takeaway for me today – nice to have that as a last on card (makes me wonder what other ones were like)

    • LOL, well several were of the same heron from further away. I’d shoot, move closer, shoot, move closer, etc etc etc! Next week I’ll post (if appropriate) an image of the most beautiful sky I’ve seen in a long time, which I also had only my cellphone to capture. Having a reasonable model has made a big difference. Thanks Yvette.

      • the sky photo sounds intriguing – and I am going to join in with the doubling up theme in a little while – hope you have a nice rest of your Saturday

  18. This is a creative and refreshing idea, Tina. Beautiful set of images for these photo challenges you chose.
    The first one is beautifully processed. Love the Great Blue Heron especially. 🙂

  19. The first picture got me thinking about reflections being double dipping – and of you also answering a challenge with that picture was a good way to start your post. So, it took me a while to figure out your meaning of double dipping. Well played, Tina! Hope ll is well.

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    > Tina Schell posted: ” Pretty in Pink – Cee’s Flower of the Day “Friendship > doubles your joys and divides your sorrows.”Euripides Each Saturday the > Lens-Artists team presents an opportunity for our followers and/or visitors > to add their images and accompanying thoughts o” >

  21. Thanks for the mention Tina. I hope there will be a few people who have their Last Photo still in reach. That Heron is a superb looking bird. To have a nature photo for the last photo swells my heart. 🙂 🙂

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  23. I have often double dipped! Though when you host a challenge yourself it can be quite a challenge to keep up with others! Love that peony Tina! We have a while to go before we see any of those here again.

    • Thanks Jude – yes the hosting makes it difficult to participate in other challenges but my plan for this year is to find ways for my posts to work on other challenges as well. We shall see!

  24. A blogger after my own heart, Tina, as you know I LOVE double- (and beyond) dipping into a variety of photo challenges. I’d like to think I’m the queen of it, but Marsha of Always Write might wear that crown, LOL! I’ll link my Sunday Stills post tomorrow morning (theme: future). Great theme in which to share the love that so many bloggers use to create a true community. We really have no other way to share our images and expand our photographic horizons. Social media is hit and miss and most people just want to see people and pets in the pics anyway. Fantastic photos, and great to read you are getting out and about more to capture your world! The Oak “Christmas tree” is so beautiful as are all your images this week.

    • Thanks so much Terri – I wanted to include Sunday Stills on this one but knew you’d have a new post tomorrow. I’ll link to it for sure and appreciate your shared focus on community building. You’re so right about social media being an entirely different animal.

    • Many thanks Sheetal – it’s rather touch-and-go from a timing perspective as challenges fall on different days, but I don’t think their authors mind us being a bit late to the party, do you?! Re the heron, he was a lovely subject and didn’t ever fly away despite how close I was to him. Perhaps he was just proud of how pretty he was and wanted to pose for his portrait!

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  26. Beautiful photos. I think the Blue Heron is my favorite. Can’t believe you snapped it while out playing golf!!! Thanks for bringing such enjoyment to us all year long.

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