Lens-Artists Challenge #189 – Odds and Ends
“I have a mind like a magpie’s, easily distracted by interesting odds and ends.“Elizabeth Peters
I don’t know about you, but there are images in my archives that will never fit into a challenge category. They don’t tie together in any cohesive way, but they keep calling to be included. This week, let’s embrace their differences and focus on our “Odds and Ends”. My opening capture actually includes two such images. On the left – we don’t often see a person with a unicorn head, and on the right, a glass-enclosed mermaid with a kneeling half man-half stag. It doesn’t get much odder than that!
The Federal Department of Odds and Ends: sweepus underum carpetaeShaun Tan
OK, you’re thinking “well, the image above would have worked well for Sofia’s Low Light challenge” and you’d be SO right. But I forgot about it and the chance of another low light challenge happening any time soon is very slim, so I decided to include it as an odds-and-ends image just because!
“We are always curious, always inquisitive, always picking up odds and ends for our patchwork minds, since there is no knowing when and where they may fit into some corner.”Charles Dickens
Truth be told, it was the image above that got me thinking about an odds-and-ends challenge. For some reason I’ve always liked it, but it never seems to fit any of our challenges. So if you want someone or something to blame this week, there you have it!
“In a barrel of odds and ends it is different; things get mixed up, and the juice kind of swaps around, and the things go better.”Mark Twain
So really, who thinks about taking a photograph of a license plate? Well clearly, I do! I’m not sure I’d ever seen an Alaska plate but to find one in South Carolina just seemed to me worthy of note. Plus, the bear, in its own frightening way, seemed kind of cute!
“Brunch Menu. Translation? ‘Old, nasty odds and ends, and 12 dollars for two eggs with a free Bloody Mary.”Anthony Bourdain
Bocce on the beach is quite popular here on Kiawah. In the image above,I liked the way the balls were aligned as well as their pretty leather covers. I suppose I could have used this one for a “round” challenge but there never seemed to be one!
Life turns out to be more like the patchwork cloths-bits and pieces, odds and ends-people, places, things we never expected.”Alan Brennert
If anyone has any idea why a building would have this many stovepipes on its roof, feel free to let me know. We came across it while visiting Scotland and IMHO it just called out to be captured. I cannot imagine a challenge that might call for its inclusion.
“It is curious to look back over life, over all the varying incidents and scenes – such a multitude of odds and ends.”Agatha Christie
So, as Agatha Christie has said, such a multitude of odds and ends indeed – including the fierce dragon above that topped an ancient stone wall in China. We look forward to seeing which odds and ends make their way into your responses this week. Be sure to link them to my original post, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you. Sincere thanks to Karina, last week’s Special Places Guest Host. We very much enjoyed your responses and learned about some new special places – further expanding our travel wish-list 😊. Patti will lead us next week on her Pilotfish blog. In the meanwhile, please stay safe and be kind.
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Such a wonderful collection of beautiful travel photos. Thanks for sharing and have a good day ☺️ Aiva xx
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Brilliant theme!!! Such an imaginative idea. I have a soft spot for forgotten it underdog photos lol 😆
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Superb night light ..🥰🥰
Thanks very much Kartik
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Thanks very much, glad you enjoyed.
Lovely to see this challenge still going! Was inspired to join in this week –
Terrific, thanks so much Katharine
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Beautiful and unique photos. Nice composition.
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You’ve given us some great oddities here, Tina.
I especially like all the chimneys in Edinburgh – probably why the city became known as the Auld Reekie!
I’ve got a few odds and ends here: https://travelwithintent.com/2022/03/12/odds-and-sods/
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Tina, the mermaid and a kneeling half man-half stag image would get my vote for the most unusual!! This is a truely diverse collection of photo odds and ends, I enjoyed seeing your pictures.
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Beautiful take. Some are odds and some are unique. Lovely.
You picked an excellent topic for this week, love it! That Anthony Bourdain quote caught my eye and I adore the Bear on the Alaska license plate. Enter the Dragon is WONDERFUL! All of your images reflect your superb eye for things visual.
Apologies for being tardy in commenting on your great post. Usually I’m more timely! Thank you for hosting.
Here’s my Lens Artists Odds and Ends topic offering.
I’m most drawn to the pipes and I think it is due to the depth created from the sense of layering.
I like how it opens up in the background, and how the sunlight hits the foreground.
Here’s mine for this one:
Thanks very much SH. Glad that one caught your eye.
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I really enjoyed your odds and ends.great photos.
Thanks Zoe – appreciate your visit and comment.
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Here is mine for the week
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Fun assortment of photos!!
Thanks Nora, appreciate your joining us