Lens-Artists Challenge #207 – Seeing Double
“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?!
“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.
“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.
“The water in the stream may have changed many times, but the reflection of the moon and the stars remains the same.”Rumi
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.
“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.
“A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul.”Saadi
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?
“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.
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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!
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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GREAT selections Tina. Fine art, as always. Sooo many faves. Superb.
Many thanks John, glad you enjoyed.
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.
These are all amazing images but those Eagles are great posers.
Thanks for sharing these . Anita
Thanks Anita – they really were. I made quite a few attempts at a good image and they never moved the whole time. I think they were just hanging out as they were on a branch right next to their next. Maybe waiting for mom or dad to bring them lunch LOL.
You are the best photographer ever Tina. ❤️
Well you surely made my day Anita!
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
Thanks very much Andrew – especially for the “follow”! Hot but happy so far this summer. You?
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!
Thanks Ann-Christine, it was truly an amazing evening.
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. 🙂
Many thanks Amy – our is a beautiful world and Kiawah is a beautiful part of it. Nice to think of it that way as so many troubles swirl around us.
Wonderful post, Tina.
Beautiful photos–all of them! I really love the palmetto reflections. You live in such a gorgeous area.
Thanks Dawn – you’ll get no argument from me on that!
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
Thanks Nora – both for the comment and the opinion. Much appreciated.
Must say the clouds are my favorite, Tina.
Thanks sandy – it was a beautiful day
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Tina, all of your reflections are fantastic. I especially love your bird reflections and the palmettos at sunset.
Many thanks Beth, I worked hard to cut down on the number of images this week and the birds in a single image was one way to do it 😊
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.
Thanks very much Gift, appreciate your visit and comment
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!
Oh these are such wonderful photos for this week. A pure delight to view 😀 😀
Thanks so much Cee, glad you enjoyed
A beautiful selection Tina, each image so gorgeous in its own way and the two eaglets are especially adorable 💜
Thanks Xenia – they’re amazingly huge and powerful looking as I’m guessing they’re probably only about 3 months old.
Your photos are so beautiful Tina! Just love them all!
Thank you so much for your kind words!
I really enjoyed the challenge!
Thanks Aletta, hard to beat a good reflection isn’t it?! All of this week’s responses are really lovely
That’s true Tina!
Glorious shots. As to your ‘compare and contrast’ – yes, I think the cropped version is the more dynamic image. But these are all such evocative shots.
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!
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. 😊
it is always such a pleasure to view your photographs, Tina. Thank you for sharing with us.
Very much my pleasure – thanks for your visit and comment.
Beautiful gallery! The Palmettos at Sunset is stunning.
Thanks very much Susan – it was an incredible evening. One of the things I love about photography is that it serves as a reminder for those special moments.
It’s amazing how not only can the photos remind you of the time, but of the emotions and what you experienced via the senses, too.
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.
Many thanks Sarah. Loved your take on the gazebo, makes total sense to me. Next time I’m out there I will reshoot that one for sure.
How you photograph, then file, find and retrieve for such interesting posts is beyond me!
LOL, the wonders of technology on both ends Miss Linda, combined with time, effort and maybe a bit of creativity. Thank you my friend.
Hi T – Love em all as always ! Glorious Garden is double the pleasure viewed in its entirety imo. 🦋
D-Supp, great to see your name pop up! Glad you enjoyed and hope all’s well on your end.
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
Thanks so much Yvette. Loved your thoughts on “what photographers do”. Beautifully said – in fact, wish I’d thought of it!
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
Love your bird shots especially, Tina 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Thanks so much Teresa – we surely have many to choose from around here!
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.
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 😊
LOL for nerve-wracking Jez! very much enjoying the responses so kudos for a job well done.
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 😊
So beautiful, Tina! All of them!
I think I prefer the cropped version, although they are both incredible.
Thanks Sofia – I’m still not sure on that one and comments are mixed. I may have to go back and shoot it the other way LOL
Reflecting the sky is my favourite, Tina, but those evening colours are amazing. Hot here! Hope you’re having a pleasant weekend.
LOL, hot here too Jo. Thanks for stopping by, always appreciated.
Beautiful! I especially like “Reflecting the Sky”!
Thanks Florin, sometimes the reflections just scream out to be photographed 😊
I enjoyed all your reflections Tina. Your island is certainly beautiful and your images and narrative reflect your love for your home. Great images!
Thanks very much Anne – we are surely surrounded by nature’s bounty here. I suppose I sometimes take it for granted I must admit.
Many thanks Indra
Love these double images!
Thanks as always Laurel, glad you enjoyed
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.
Thanks Ellen – I especially appreciate your comment re the gazebo image. I feel a bit the same and value your eye on that one. Thanks as always for stopping by
You are welcome, on both counts.
Tina–my heart just melted for the little spoonbill. Soon, little buddy. Real soon! Such a sweet photo.
LOL, mine too Lois. While it isn’t ALWAYS true, in this case the picture DOES tell a story 😊
I love your pictures with reflection. But I also like your twin birds very much. Great series.
Thanks very much Rabirius, glad you enjoyed these.
These are so good Tina. No favourites, love ’em all 🙂
Thanks Brian, much appreciated!
Great theme , which is much more clever than reflection. 🙂 The 2 moons is awesome – my favorite – but the 4 birds (or were there 8) caused a chuckle. Well done, Tina.
Thanks Frank, happy to have brought you a smile today.
Gorgeous images. Thanks for sharing
Very much my pleasure VJ, thanks so much.
Lovely reflections Tina!
Many thanks Anne, glad you enjoyed these.
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.
Thanks Janet – thanks for the input. I think I prefer just the reflection too. Felt like a dope for not shooting it that way in the first place. Ah well, live and learn.
Where would we be without cropping?
Those are really excellent examples..love them all.
Thanks Sharon – I’ll admit I’m a sucker for a nice reflection!