Lens-Artists Challenge #217 – Opposites

sunrise, sunset, light, dark, water, clouds
Sunrise – Sunset

“Opposites are not contradictory but complementary.”

Niels Bohr

How many times have you heard the phrase “opposites attract”? Having heard it, have you ever really thought about it? Whether yes or no, this is your chance to focus on it by sharing some examples of opposites through your images. Sunrise/sunset as above, or black/white as below are two examples of opposites in nature. Can you think of others?

egret, cormorant, opposites, black and white
White and Black

“God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.”


As the hours of the day tick by, surely night will follow. Days will become weeks, months, seasons and years. Plants and animals understand and adapt naturally, while we humans have for the most part learned to overcome nature’s cycles using artificial lighting and temperature controls.

flying birds, stars, opposites, nature
Day and Night

“Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness.”

Louis Aragon

Kiawah’s birds present many examples of opposites – not only due to their coloring but also in their behavior – for example this little Painted Bunting clearly enjoying a splash in our neighbors’ bird bath 😊.

Dry and Wet

“The interplay of opposite principles constitutes the universe.”


Of course opposites can also be found in mankind’s many creations. For example, there’s more than one way to provide (or deny) entry:

door, staircase, red, lock, chandelier
Open and Shut

“Luxury is the opposite of the naturally necessary.”

Karl Marx

There’s also more than one way to get from here to there:

car, antique, red, sorty
Old and New(er) or Should It Be Slow and Fast ?!

“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.”

Aldous Huxley

And last but not least, how much of anything do we ever REALLY need???

tennis, ball, cans
One vs Many

β€œIn the black, there is some white, in the wrong, there is some right, in the dark, there is some light, in the blind, there is some sight.”


I’ll close with thanks to Sofia for last week’s Urban Environments challenge. It was fun stepping out of my normal environment to put a response together. It was even more fun seeing the many urban examples you all shared! This week we invite you to show us some opposites – big and small, round and square, new and old….when you start to think about it, they’re everywhere! Be sure to link your response to my original, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you. We look forward to seeing what you come up with. Finally, we’re excited to announce that next week’s Guest Host will be Donna of Wind Kisses so be sure to check out her always wonderful site. Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.

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  21. Great selections of opposites, Tina. All different, but all charming. I love your Kiawah bird examples. Apart from the opened and closed doors, I also like that one photo has manmade light and the other has natural sunlight!

  22. An incredible series of photos, Tina; you refine the expression of opposites being complementary beautifully. The sunrise/sunset photos are something I have thought a lot about over the years… how much I love them both (with such lighting, how could you not), and in my eyes, they are such opposites beyond the time of day. The birds in flight versus the night sky is another that is perfect to me ~ both have a dreamy feel, especially with the seagulls above the clouds and then the clouds in the night sky. My favorite, though, is the ‘action – inaction’ photo of the Painted Bunting… this is what I love about life πŸ™‚ The idea of contradictions/opposites is a concept I’ve wanted to write about and had planned to do so with my writing a few days ago, but it took another tangent (which is often the case). Wishing you a beautiful day and week, and it is lovely to read and see you again πŸ™‚

    • Many thanks Randall. Very happy to hear you rethought your latest subject, first because as always I loved your post and second because my post would then have paled in comparison LOL! Appreciate your visit and lovely comment – great to see you as well..

    • Thanks Beth – as a “neighbor” you know how hard it is to catch these little guys. Here’s they’re only around for a month in the spring but I’m always on the lookout for them. My neighbor actually calls me when/if the male stops by for a bath!

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    • Thanks I.J. The night photo was taken during a photography class. My camera has a glitch which isn’t usually an issue but in this case it was a bit annoying. I could only keep the shutter open for 30 seconds. I was on a tripod and shooting in manual. f/4 and iso 1600. Pretty noisy but I ran it through a photoshop filter for noise and I think it did a reasonable job.

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