Lens-Artists Challenge #196 – Humor

shoes, corn on the cob
Just Plain Weird

“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”

William Arthur Ward

This week our Guest Host, John Holmes aka JohnRH of John’s Space has offered us an opportunity to leave our worries behind and share images designed to make us smile. I’m the first to admit I don’t often make funny images but far be it from me to miss such an opportunity! My opening set includes a tree made entirely of shoes, and a phone booth (remember those?!) within a giant corn cob. Really?!?!? As an aside, those who know me may remember that my image of the shoe tree was published in the venerable New York Times in a special segment on “Why People Travel”, quite an exciting moment for yours truly.

frog, goat, humor
Nature’s Sense of Humor

“Humor is just another defense against the universe.” 

Mel Brooks

Mother Nature also seems to have a sense of humor. The little frog on the left seemed less than happy to have his picture taken and it appears, at least to me, that he’s using his middle finger in a rather rude indication of it. The little goat on the right obviously wished there were some mountains for him to climb but had to settle for a small barrel instead. He seems to have accomplished his “king of the hill” goal.

humor, people, cheerleader
Humorous Humans

“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.”

Langston Hughes

People can be funny too – often times by accident 😊. In the image on the left, my husband and I were protecting ourselves from an onslaught of biting black flies in the Australian outback. On the right, clearly the baby in the background was beyond shocked when the cheerleader in front of him established her position. I’ve often wished I’d known her name as I’d love to have shared this one!

signs, humor
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

“If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.”

Jennifer Jones

Finally, a number of signs I’ve captured along my travels which have given me a smile, and hopefully will do the same for you. By way of explanation, the little dog is reminding other dogs to keep the lawn clean, and the red, white and blue sign was a bumper sticker I saw before our last presidential election. Hopefully the owner still has it for next time.

Thanks to Anne and to all of those who responded to last week’s Colorful Expressions challenge. What an amazing variety of hues you shared – and all so beautiful. Thanks also to John for giving us a chance this week to be light-hearted despite the sadness of our daily news. We look forward to seeing your responses. Please remember to link them to his original post here, and to use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you. Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.

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103 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #196 – Humor

  1. Quite a few humorous and oddly weird captures, Tina. That was interesting to see you and your husband protecting yourself from biting flies in the Australian outback. That’s actually quite appropriate head gear. Things sure do bite in the outback here. Hope you are well πŸ™‚

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  4. Humorous selections, Tina. The alligator looks strange. Is he alive?
    I’ve seen lots of alligators but none with that posture. Great capture.
    We all need a laugh or smile from time to time. John filled that gap this week.
    Isadora 😎

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  6. Ah it’s Monday and dull here so these have brightened the morning Tina . You must have had a few chuckles along the way finding these pictures and putting your post together ! Love the tiny frog with attitude πŸ˜‰ great timing with the baby Lol and the signs you’ve gathered . Mobile phones* hmm useful but can be terribly distracting Lol

    • Hi Poppy – glad to have brought you a smile this morning. I honestly cannot remember if I planned that baby photo or just got lucky. Also wonder if THEY planned it LOL. In either case it always makes me laugh!

  7. Great fun, Tina! Love that shoe tree – I remember it. The signs too – always love signs. I totally fell in love with the pondering frog though – such a sweet guy!

  8. What a fun selection! I love the alligator at the top (it helps that alligators always look as if they are smiling!) and the cheerleader shot is wonderful! Your signs are great too, especially the beer/bears one πŸ˜‚

    • Thanks Sarah, glad you enjoyed these. The alligator was so funny. I swear he’s spent too much time around the birds and can’t figure out why lifting his arms doesn’t help him to fly!

      • Krokodil, translated to crocodile, is not only the name of a species here, but also the general term for the whole group of alligator, crocodile, caiman, and so on. And I was too lazy to type the Whole name on my iPad this morning, so I made an abbreviation. But, glad to bring up a lovely memory in your mind 😁

  9. Once again your selections give me inspiration and hope that I will find funnies in my snaps! Love the frog which looked so sweet until I read your commentary and took a second look! Thanks, Tina.

  10. WOW. Was that alligator really doing that?! What, no deodorant? And so many shoes in the desert? Not a good place to be shoeless. Seattle is better. πŸ™‚ Great great post Tina. I love ’em all, no wi-fi too. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  11. Great selectios, Tina! The header is fun. Love the frog image. The baby expression, what a cool shot!
    So clever to include these signs. πŸ™‚

  12. A good fun mix Tina. The baby and cheerleader made me chuckle. Great photos. Your face coverings was a wise thing to do. I think I have swallowed, had flies up my nose than I care to think about πŸ˜‚

  13. Oh, your humor knows no bounds, Tina! That froggy finger is hilarious! I always enjoy seeing local signs, but especially the ones where there is a typo! Fun stuff. I especially love your mosquito netting, a new look for you?

  14. Those nets were seriously uncool! But I am guessing they did the trick, maybe worth considering against the onslaught of Scottish midges! Many a smile here Tina at a time when there isn’t much to smile about. Thanks xx

  15. Hilarious indeed!
    Love the frog 🐸 you did a fantastic job by clicking at the right moment.
    And the baby?
    What a decisive moment from your camera!
    Love the baby’s expression regarding the cheerleader’s body position
    Great collection!
    Thank you.

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