Lens-Artists Challenge #196 – Humor
“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.
“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.
“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!
“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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I like the little frog, and agree with the Beer/Bear sign – after all, why risk it?
These are FANTASTIC!! LOL!!
Thanks Pam, glad to have brought you a smile.
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 🙂
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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.
LOL very much so Izzy. He’s surrounded by nesting birds and is a young juvenile gator so maybe he figured he could fly too!!
An amusing set of photos that brought a smile to my face. And I love the quote about not having any wifi!!
Many thanks, glad to have brought you a smile.
So many things to laugh at, but I think the winner has to be the header image of the croc trying to fly 🤣
Thanks Jez – I’d never seen any of our many gators strike that pose and it really made me laugh. The water where the platform is located is surrounded by nesting birds. Clearly he was trying to figure out why his “wings” weren’t working LOL.
What a fun selection! This is such an entertaining challenge and makes me happy. now goat looks happy standing in his basket . LOL
Thanks Anita – this week’s challenge has given us some lovely smiles!
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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 😉 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!
Your photos crack me up! 🤣 I love the crocodile pose, but the cheerleader photo is hilarious. 🤣
Thanks Dawn – the cheerleader makes me laugh every time!
A corn cob phone booth? That is weird. I liked the funny cheerleader photo and the beers or bears sign, Tina. 🍺
Thanks Siobhan. The bear sign cracked me up. It was in Montana where bears are often seen not far from humans.
Haha. I love the shoe tree, and the goat does look like he accomplished the climb. Unique prompt this week by John and do perfect for his lead. . Very nice Tina.
I agree Donna, it was SO very john!! Glad you enjoyed.
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!
Thanks Ann-Christine – yep, I’m always on the lookout for those little frogs. They’re actually quite tiny and can hide inside a leaf
Like our tree frogs?
Great images. Love that frog!
Thanks Anne – he’s really funny isn’t he?!
Yes. I didn’t notice his middle finger until you pointed it out!
Loved chuckling thru these photos! Get varied selection!
Thanks Miss Linda – I was surprised at the number of images I found!
Great capture on that frog (haha).
Thanks Dawn – truth be told I didn’t see the hand sign until I looked at the image and it cracked me up.
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 😂
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!
Some funny and weird collection, Tina!
Thanks Teresa – funny what we find when we peruse the archives!
I know right 👍🏼
Excellent post, Tina! The baby and cheerleader one is a truly inspired moment, absolutely perfect. I love your signs collection too.
Thanks Sofia – a lucky catch on that one!
funny collection, Tina. I love especially the croco and the shoe-pile!. 👍👍👍👍
LOL, thanks Andre – our granddaughter used to call our alligators crockos so your comment gave me a fond memory.
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 😁
Now, now paparazzo. I hope you didn’t get into a nasty scrape with that frog.
I like that 2020 campaign. Much needed
Thanks I.J. – the frog really cracked me up.
The frog, the goat, the baby oh my! What a lot of fun fotos! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Marlene, glad these tickled you funny bone.
The WiFi sign is priceless!!
I agree Nora – it was in a little cafe in a cute small town in New York.
Genuine humor here in these photos.I LOVE the election sign.That made me laugh out loud.
Me to Anne, sadly so true!
Those signs are hilarious. I have seen goats in precarious places too
Thanks Karina – I’ve taken so many photos of signs over the years. Nice to have a chance to use them!
Any functioning adult, that’s a good one … but it may be asking too much, LOL. 🙂
It’s my favorite David – but you’re probably right!
I know, sad but true…
The signs…every one of them is so funny and so spot on! Talk to the person sitting next to you–what a concept!! 😆
I know, I laughed at that one too Lois. People are so clever!
I know, right? 😱😆
Great fun post Tina!
Thanks Aletta, nice to focus on something that makes us smile these days.
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.
Actually Lindy, I did the same thing with that little guy. They’re so small until you look at the photo you have no idea!!
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. 🙂 Great great post Tina. I love ’em all, no wi-fi too. 🙂 🙂
Thanks John, loved your challenge. I thought that little alligator had seen one too many birds and was thinking about trying flight LOL.
😱 I’m always amazed at the fine posts and photos in everyone’s responses. Great group!
Great selection Tina especially the signs
Thanks Indra – a conglomeration from over the years. Glad you enjoyed them
There are so many of these I find funny. I like your last one about the wifi. Your corn and weird structure is great too, 😀 😀
Thanks so much Cee – just goes to show you people everywhere have a sense of humor altho of late it’s a bit harder to find.
Delightful images, Tina! Especially loved the goat in the bucket and the election bumper sticker!
Thanks Laurel – sadly the bumper sticker seems still to be a message of importance!
So funny! Thanks for the laugh. 😂
My pleasure, thanks Pepper
Your photos made me laugh, Tina. Those nets at Uluru were one of our most humorous moments (in hindsight), too!
Thanks Susan – yes funny in hindsight, not so much at the time LOL
Great selectios, Tina! The header is fun. Love the frog image. The baby expression, what a cool shot!
So clever to include these signs. 🙂
Thanks Amy – glad you noticed the header, that was so funny to see! And the baby makes me laugh every time!
Great selection! I like the shoes, and the Pretend it’s 1995 sign in particular.
Many thanks Margaret – I laughed at that sign too!
Thanks Tina for enriching my breakfast with humor. Love the frog and cheerleader.
LOL, happy to have joined you for your morning repast Anne!
Your post brought a smile to my face … challenge met, Tina!
That was the goal Sheetal – many thanks!
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 😂
Thanks Brian, glad to bring you a chuckle. Yes the cheerleader image never ceases to make me smile. As for the black flies, their bite is really nasty!
If they are attracted to you, I am walking along side 😂
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?
Thanks Terri, glad to bring you a smile this morning. As for the netting, we actually needed full body suits that day! Those things are NASTY!
I can see by your example that I am going to enjoy this week’s collection of submissions.
I love those signs, but the baby photo is simply hilarious!
Thanks John – yep, that one gets me every time! I’m sure she had absolutely no idea (or maybe she did?!?!?!).
Tina, your photos made me laugh this morning! The sign collection is hilarious!
Thanks Beth – each of them cracked me up when I saw them. People can be so clever!
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
Thanks Jude – yes I think John’s timing was good with this one. So many things to be sad about, it’s nice to smile for at least a moment.
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
Many thanks PHilo, glad you enjoyed these. That cheerleader image is one of my all-time favorites. Quality isn’t much but content still cracks me up every time I see it.
Welcome Tina Schell.
The kid is cute!!