Lens-Artists Challenge #207 – Seeing Double

birds, gull, egret, roseate spoonbill
All About the Birds

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”

Robert Lynd

This week our guest host, Jez, has invited us to “see double”. As I reflected on his reflections (😊)my first thought was to feature some of our beautiful birds. Each of those in the image above is frequently sighted here on Kiawah. I especially loved the little roseate spoonbill trying to relate to the much larger egrets. Typically they are closer in size so perhaps this was a youngster trying to find its place in the avian world. We can all relate to that, right?!

bridge, reflection
Bridging the Gap

“Photography is a bridge between science and art.”

Karl Pawek

One of my favorite Kiawah features is the variety and prevalence of natural waters – lakes, lagoons, rivers, ponds, and of course the sea. Happily, when there is a need to create a bridge, great care has been taken to insure that it reflects the natural beauty that surrounds it. I’ve included the image above as an example – along with the reflected palmettos and a number of avian residents enjoying the peaceful waters.

sky, water, reflection, marsh
Reflecting the Sky

“There is something more beautiful than a beautiful thing – a beautiful thing which has a beautiful reflection on the water.”

Mehmet Murat Ildan

In the image above, a day featuring Kiawah’s beautiful skies is perfectly reflected in the marsh below – only the reeds peeking through the waters hint at the nature of the scene. In the distance, another of our naturally-designed bridges spans the horizon.

sunset, reflection, palmettos, kiawah, moon
Palmettos at Sunset

“The water in the stream may have changed many times, but the reflection of the moon and the stars remains the same.”


I’ve featured the image above in previous posts but I couldn’t resist including it again for a “seeing double” challenge. The scene includes double palmettos perfectly reflected, as well as a clear reflection of the evening’s full moon and a gloriously-colored sunset. Sometimes nature offers a gift that simply takes our breath away. For me, this was one of those times.

eaglets, twins

“Fly like the eagle; the eagle flies as if it never remembered it was once an egg!”

Israelmore Ayivor

Although it is clearly not a reflection, in the true spirit of “seeing double” I’ve included an image of two eaglets that I captured this spring. I was quite a distance from their very high perch in a giant oak tree, but I used my longest lens and did my best to save the image in post-processing. Although cropped and edited, I think it shows how nearly identical the two eaglets are, as well as how fierce and powerful they both appear.

Glorious Garden

“A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul.”


Lastly, from nearby Magnolia Gardens, one of my favorite features. The gazebo is placed such that it is reflected in the calm waters below. When viewed from across the water, it’s reflection is an opportunity to appreciate the glory of nature and to marvel at seeing it enhanced and doubled. As an aside, unfortunately I didn’t think to shoot the scene focused only on the reflection. I’ve cropped it below to show what it would have looked like. What do you think – which image do you prefer?

On Second Thought

“You were my everything, which, upon reflection, was probably the problem.”

Joey Comeau

Sincere thanks to Aletta for last week’s Treasures challenge, we enjoyed seeing everyone’s take on the subject which included some terrific variety. We also thank Jez for his challenge this week and look forward to seeing your doubles. Please remember to link your responses to Jez’s original here, and to use the Lens-Artists reader tag to help us find you.

Finally, we especially appreciate your support of our July Guest Hosts. Following Jez, they include:

July 16 – Andre of My Blog–Solaner thinking about Summer Vibes.

July 23 – Tracy, who posts at Reflections of an Untidy Mind, Surrealism.

July 30 – Sarah Wilkie, who hosts Travel with Me, who asks you to share Three Favorite Images.

The Lens-Artists team will be back in August when Anne will host her challenge – “What’s Your Groove”. Until then, as always, please stay safe and be kind.

Interested in joining the Lens-Artists challenge? Click here for more information.

104 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #207 – Seeing Double

  1. Tina, I love your selection of pictures and especially like the subtle golden colors behind the Palmettos at Sunset. You did a wonderful job to showing everyone a few of the beautiful scenery on Kiawah. Think I prefer your first image of the Glorious Garden although the second one holds by attention longer. Both are excellent!

  2. Peace itself, Tina. I love so many of these. That moon reflected in the water really makes your palm photo that more special. The photo of the sky reflected in the marsh is another favourite. The bed of reeds in the centre divide heaven and earth so wonderfully.

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  4. Love the sunset – it’s almost too perfect if there is such a thing. The eyes of those eaglets are certainly penetrating; I would be somewhat nervous if they were looking at me. As for the two photos I liked the cropped one best – it reminds me of the less commercial work of artist Klimt.

    • Many thanks Elizabeth – LOL re too perfect. It was an unedited iPhone image ! Those come along a few times each year here – I just just lucky to be in that spot for this one. Actually heading off the golf course when it happened. And thanks for the input on the cropped image. I must re-shoot it that way next time I’m out there.

  5. Always good to visit you Tina. I subscribed with my email today so I can look forward to seeing your photos each week now instead of trying to catch up. 🙂 Hope you are well and enjoying the summer. Warmest wishes…Andrew

  6. So so beautiful, Tina! Although I love them all – but I must agree with many of the others…the palmettos is an outstandingly beautiful image!

  7. What a wonderful gallery, Tina. So wonderful to be close to the beautiful landscape. The sunset image is my favorite. Thank you for share the beauty of Kiawah. 🙂

  8. The sunset is quite beautiful and it is amazing to me how each have their own beauty. As far as the gazebo goes – I think I prefer the uncropped b/c of the tree reflections that are part of it

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  10. All these reflections (and double) are gorgeous. Love the full moon and its reflection at sunset. I actually think the moon looks no less beautiful at sunset.

  11. Doubly amazing, Tina! The reflections (love the twin palms) are gorgeous, but those twin eaglets? Be still my heart! And I love that quote, wow! As a golfer, isn’t a “double-eagle” a rarity? Hope you’ve had a great weekend.

    • Knew that one would get you Terri – you love them as much as I do! As for golf, actually never heard of a double eagle but even a single eagle is a huge accomplishment!! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. A beautiful selection Tina, each image so gorgeous in its own way and the two eaglets are especially adorable 💜

    • Thanks Margaret, much appreciated. The cropped version does seem to be the favorite. I always find it interesting to hear others’ perspectives on images. Next time I’m out there I may try to shoot it that way and see how it looks when done right!

  13. Great collection of images for this challenge, Tina! I really enjoy the photo titled “Reflecting the Sky” with it’s mirror of those beautiful clouds, but I have to say my favorite is the “Palmettos at Sunset”. It is so peaceful and serene.

    • Many thanks John – that was one unbelievable evening. A great example of how important it is to always have a camera on hand, even if- as in this case – it’s a phone. 😊

  14. I love your bird photos but that Palmettos at Sunset shot is a stunner and so worth sharing more than once! As to the gazebo shot, I much prefer the cropped version – it’s less busy and more restful to look at, which I imagine reflects (pun intended!) the atmosphere of those gardens.

  15. Hi Tina
    Top two today are
    1) Palmettos at Sunset
    It is so beautiful and I can only imagine
    How it took your breath away being there to capture it
    It is worth reposting any time it fits a theme (IMO)
    2) the eaglets
    You can really feel something strong in their posture and
    Seeing them and hearing how you captured this reminded me that
    This is what photographers do – they use their lens to
    Bring parts of the world closer – and in the case / giving us a closer view of
    This special bird that has been protected and revived
    Oh and I also just like the lines from the tree and the foliage –
    There is harmony and balance
    Hope your day is going well

      • Hi Tina
        We’ll because there is “nothing new under the sun”
        I am sure I got it from somewhere else a few times – ha!

        But after enjoying that photo so much it reminded me of O’keeffe and the time she was married to Stieglitz, the photographer
        Because some say the reason she painted those early flowers in NYC – those giant pansies etc – was because Stieglitz’s allowed her to see so much detail in those little beauties and she made them giant to show what many miss (and to combat the concrete)
        And so as I looked at those little eaglets and their details that is what came to mind
        I then thought how happy I am that eagles are less threatened

  16. Great collection, Tina. I love especially the last one from the egret/heron collage, where you left room to breathe. The other one for me is the first one of the garden pavilion: it reminds me of a painting made by Monet. Very well done 👍

    • Thanks so much Andre. I appreciate your take on this one. Interestingly the garden pavilion really does look like a Monet painting in real life. As I looked at that one I thought it really called for an impressionist treatment. Watch for that one done that way in the future 😊

      • You might be right, for the Pavillon itself. But, your composition reminded me to Monet. Are you also in painting? My wife is and in the past, she painted a few of my photos. She either takes chalk or watercolours.

      • No Andre. I tried painting when I was much younger and I had absolutely no talent for it. It’s part of why I turned to photography and why I love using software to create painterly effects.

      • 😊 a friend of mine has a t-shirt with such a statement „I’m photographing because I can’t paint“ . I also don’t have talent to draw or paint. My wife also didn’t know about her‘s. Besides creating colorful silk scarves, she liked knitting and so on. During one of our first vacations, the town offered short-term classes (2 afternoons) for visitors to lern the basics about painting with watercolors. I persuaded her to take that class, I would take care of our 1,5 year old daughter in that time, so that she could try it. All materials were available. She did and was set on fire. Later, further technics, styles, and materials were tried. But, she still does chalks and watercolors, while avoiding acryl and oil colors.

  17. Wow, what a post — so much to enjoy 👏 The cropped shot of the gazebo is great, looks like an inverted oil painting of the scene. The sunset shot is stunning, but the winner for me is the reflected clouds, who doesn’t like seeing the sky twice 😃 Thanks for joining in 😊

    • Who indeed Jez?! thanks for the fun challenge and for taking on the host responsibility. Glad you enjoyed my response. Always interesting to see which of the images gets the most comments.

      • You’re very wecolme, Tina & thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to host; both enjoyable & nerve-wracking at the same time 😊

      • Running my own challenges is no problem at all, but LAPC is so well received & looked upon that it’s a completely different matter 😂 A huge thanks to all of you at LAPC for all the awesome support 😊

  18. Last question first, I think both versions of the Magnolia gazebo have a place. Pushed to choose I’d say the first one that shows the “real” thing and the reflection; that pop of pink across the lawn is a nice addition to the whole scene. You may have noticed that I have a thing for reflections, too 😀.

    Your sunset image is especially nice, and how can you not love “Twins?” A very nice series, Tina.

  19. I really like the sunset and the eaglets, Tina. Of the last two, I much prefer the cropped version for this challenge and maybe just in general. There’s something very attractive about reflections.

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