Lens-Artists Challenge #214 – Favorite Finds
“There’s different shopping in Paris than there is at a bazaar in Istanbul, but they’re all wonderful.”Iris Apfel
This week Ann-Christine challenges us to share some favorite finds of all kinds. Throughout our travels we’ve visited many local markets (including those in my opener) but for me they are more about people watching than purchasing 😊. As “things” are rarely our focus these days, I’ve taken A-C at her word and chosen some other kinds of favorite finds. First, some recent finds in nature, starting with a little skink, a fairly common critter here on Kiawah. He looked so comfortable sitting on the gnarled old oak I simply had to capture his moment in the sun.
“Every being, created by God and unspoiled by man, is perfect.”Danail Hristov
During a morning walk through the New York countryside last week, I noticed a lovely flower along the side of the road. It was only as I bent down to photograph it that I notice the little bug on its surface. Both this image and my previous capture were made with my iPhone – always on hand for those unforeseen finds with which we’re sometimes gifted.
“The smaller the creature, the bolder its spirit.”Suzy Kassem
The images combined below are a bit older but are among my favorite nature finds. I captured both while visiting the beautiful fields of The Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, NC
“When all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.”Ruskin Bond
Beyond the many markets, several of my other favorite finds come from our travels, including the colorful umbrellas featured in my header this week. I’ve included some other favorites below. The first is a steaming brass cauldron we came across while visiting Southeast Asia.
“Enthusiasm is the steam that drives the engine.”Napoleon Hill
Next, from Provence in Southern France, I was photographing this lovely scene in a private garden when I spotted the black cat jumping onto the roof. He was quick but I was quicker!
“Never try to outstubborn a cat.”Robert A. Heinlein
My husband is a huge Boston Red Sox fan. We were stunned to find a young man with a Sox hat weaving a rug during our visit to Sfat in Israel. Who knew?!
“Every man is the craftsman of his future, whether he hone it himself or allow fate do it.”Ogwo David Emenike
Last but not least, some favorite finds that have earned a place in our home. First, actually my husband’s find, is my piano. He found it through a newspaper ad and it’s been in each of our homes for some 30 years now. To the right of the piano, another favorite find – two paintings done by his cousin, one of my favorite people and a very talented artist.
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”Victor Hugo
Another of our favorite finds is a small but very heavy sculpture we found during a visit to France. The artist named the work Desolee and we both loved how incredibly expressive it is despite its lack of detail.
“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.”Paul Cezanne
Finally, the best find of all, this beautiful island that we call home.
“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard.”Noel Langley
Thank you Ann-Christine for giving us a fun opportunity to share some of our favorite finds. I’m looking forward to seeing what others choose for this one! Please be sure to link your responses to Ann-Christine’s beautiful post here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you. Thanks also to Amy for last week’s Here Comes the Sun challenge. We enjoyed your beautiful assortment of images featuring the star of our solar system and its effect on the world around us. Finally, be sure to join us next week when John will lead us on his Journeys with Johnbo site. Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.
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