Lens-Artists Challenge #208 – Summer Vibes

kiawah, beach, walk, clouds, ocean
Summer’s Day, Kiawah Island

“I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.”

Susan Branch

Sadly, our guest host this week, Andre of the marvelous Solaner blog, has given us a Summer Vibes challenge. Why, you may ask “sadly”? This week marks our annual “family beach week” which we attend each year in Delaware. It always results in some fun photography, but it will be too late for this challenge. So while I enjoy our little family break, I’ve drawn images from the past few weeks and will save my Delaware beach images for another time.


“Dear sun I agree you are very “HOT”; you don’t have to prove it everyday”

Wrushank Sorte

My opening image which I made earlier this month (along with the images above and below) captures Kiawah IMHO at the best of times. It was a beautiful, breezy day with wonderful puffy clouds creating the perfect opportunity for a beach walk. All three images were made using my ever-handy I-phone 12 Pro Max. And yes, as per the quote above, the sun here is definitely HOT!

beach patrol, sea, Kiawah, ocean
Ever Watchful

“I am happy to experience beauty of each season; spring time, summer, autumn and winter.”

Lailah Gifty Akita

Thanks to our temperate climate Kiawah’s beach is a year-round feature, much to my delight. As such, our beach patrol is on the alert in every season. Even on the coldest of winter days (which are rare indeed) a beach walk in the crisp air is balm for the spirit and a reminder of all that is good about our troubled world.

mountains, North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain, vista
I Can See For Miles And Miles

“When all else fails, take a vacation.”

Betty Williams

After 20+ years, it continues to surprise me that so many people visit our beach in summer. The air is humid, thunderstorms are frequent and our temps border on intolerable. While there is much to be said for cooling ocean breezes and a refreshing dip in the ocean, my husband and I often choose summer for travel to cooler climes. Such was the motivation for our visit to North Carolina this June. Both the panorama above and the two images below are from that visit. Note what to us were the very frightening curves in the mountain road on the left of the image above.

mountains, clouds, pink, Summer Mountain
Pink Skies at Night, Sugar Mountain

“Summer has a flavor like no other.”

Oprah Winfrey

Beyond the change of scenery and climate, coming from the “lowcountry” the incredible vistas of our rental home high in the mountains was a wonderful highlight. One evening there was an amazing pink tint, exactly as shown in my image above. While I very rarely include images of myself, or captures made by others on my blog, I decided to share the image below. It shows proof positive that my husband and I crossed the Mile High Bridge on Grandfather Mountain. And yes, it WAS scary!

Mountain, Mile High Bridge, Grandfather Mountain
Mile High Bridge, Grandfather Mountain

“In summer, the song sings itself.”

William Carlos Williams

Last but not least, I’ve included a capture of a tiny visitor clinging to our front door one evening as a summer storm thundered outside. Summer storms are a welcome respite here on Kiawah as they tend to lower both temps and humidity at least for a short while. This little fellow stayed only a few minutes, just long enough for me to grab my iPhone for a capture.

frog, iPhone 12 pro max
Summer Visitor

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”

Al Bernstein

Many thanks to Andre for guest hosting this week and for giving us the opportunity to share some “summer vibes”. Please be sure to link your response to his original here and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you. Thanks also to Jez for last week’s Seeing Double challenge. Your responses were a terrific array of wonderful moments captured forever. We hope you’ll join us again next week when Tracy challenges us with “Surrealism” on “Reflections of an Untidy Mind”. She’ll be followed by the last of our July Guest Hosts, Sarah of “Travel With Me” who will invite us to share three favorite images. Finally, the Lens-Artists team will return in August, when Anne will lead us with her “What’s Your Photography Vibe” challenge. Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.

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76 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #208 – Summer Vibes

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  2. The Mile High Bridge … I guess that means you won’t be walking across the Royal Gorge Bridge here in Colorado. You do feel the sway in the bridge when you walk. In the old days, they allowed cars to drive across the bridge which probably added to the sway. They don’t allow cars any longer.

    Hope the family beach week is going well.

    • Hah! Actually David we HAVE done the Royal Gorge bridge. Many years ago with good friends who lived not far away. Scared the stuffing out of me but again, I have a photo to prove it. Sadly it was probably 20 years ago so I’m sure the photo is long lost but the memory remains!

      • Good for you. You can actually feel the sway when you walk on it. Probably more when they allowed cars to drive over it.

  3. Stunning selection, with cute ending photos! I like to go somewhere with cooler climate in summer too and the mountains/mountain areas are among them. Love those views.

      • I can relate. Deciding on where to go takes even much more consideration now and I can’t visit some kinds of places as often as before as well. Hopefully it won’t take too many years before we can really travel normally again.

  4. Hi Tina
    Love the photo of you and the hubs – really warmed the post and you are both brave
    To cross that bridge
    Enjoyed the summer vibes and esp the blue skies throughout the post

  5. You live in a beautiful place but I totally understand your desire to escape it for a while in the hottest weather. Your North Carolina trip looks and sounds perfect – the vistas, the pink sunset and the thrill of the Mile High Bridge!

  6. The more you share Kiawah photos the more I wish I’d visit. It looks pretty special. I love your North Carolina landscape photos and kudos for crossing that bridge (the photo is adorable!). I don’t think I’d be able to do it…

  7. Beautiful photos. That “miles and miles” photo was specially lovely (I’ve been spoilt by your many photos of the beach now and before). Interesting surprise visitor too 🙂

  8. Beautiful beach photos Tina. And that little frog….gotta love him. My daughter and her husband and son are all at Hilton Head island. My daughter is there for an AHL conference and they are making it a holiday a well. Today was the first time our Grandson had seen the ocean. He ran right into the water and started swimming. Our daughter had to go in and get him ! He is 7 years old. Fearless! But she was right . The ocean is not like a lake or a pool!

    • Thanks Anne. – Kudos to your grandson for his energy, excitement and courage!!! First time at the ocean is a really special thing. I’m actually out of town at the moment but I think they chose one of our better weather weeks! Hot and humid but not horrifically so. Hopefully anyway!

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  10. Beautiful photo series! Love the image of Kiawah is breathtaking. Love the pink sky and the green foreground. Wonderful to see you and your husband, Tina. 🙂
    This is going to be a long summer here.

    • Oh I know what you mean about the long summer Amy – it seems to get a bit hotter every year doesn’t it? I hope Texas fares a bit better than last summer tho. The storms just wouldn’t quit!

  11. Great photos…as usual! How brave you are to walk on the bridge at Grandfather’s! I can barely take the ride up the mountains!

  12. great collection, as usual, Tina. Although I was on sandy beaches in all seasons, “summer” is the first word coming to my mind, when seeing an image like your first one or the second. Reflecting bodies of water in the surf area and dune grass. 👍Great, the beach patrol takes care of the visitors in all seasons.
    Despite I’m in coasts, I can understand, that others love being in other regions and finding their inner calmness in those places. Great, you can enjoy them all. For now, have a nice family reunion. 👍

  13. Beautiful, beautiful summer vibes Tina! I loved them all. And it was great to see a picture of you and your husband too. Just one thing about that super curvy road in North Carolina, it’s nothing compared to the mountain roads here on the west coast where one side is a mountain and the other a sheer drop off. It’s something you just get used to.

  14. Tina, all these wonderful images say summer to me. I can understand a need to get away to the mountains during the hot summers. We’ve had some really hot days already but recent thunderstorms have cooled things down a little. Like you, I’m amazed at all the visitors that come during the summer.

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