Lens-Artists Challenge #217 – Opposites
“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?
“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.”Rumi
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.
“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 😊.
“The interplay of opposite principles constitutes the universe.”Confucius
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:
“Luxury is the opposite of the naturally necessary.”Karl Marx
There’s also more than one way to get from here to there:
“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???
“In 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.”Abhinyana
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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I made it for this week with a few hours to spare!
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Tina, here is my post on Opposities – a great subject to work with, thanks!
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Tina, I love seeing your wonderful pictures, they made me feel a little homesick! The beach, our native birds and even the car show. Thank you for such a great topic.😊
Thanks Sylvia – if you’re homesick COME HOME!!! 😊 Look forward to your response.
Love you, Tina!!
Truthfully, we prefer to wait until the Atlantic hurricane season calms down. Threats of evacuation at home with two pets is more challenging than it use to be.
Will be in touch soon. Xoxo 😊
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This was another fun one, Tina! Thanks for all you do to keep the rest of us engaged.
😊Very much my pleasure Lindy, thanks!
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Great topic having endless possibilities. Here is my attempt – https://ramyatantry.wordpress.com/2022/09/22/old-and-new/
Thanks Ramya, appreciate your joining us.
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Thanks for sharing this idea Tina . I love all of these images and these Kiawah’s caught my attention .
Many thanks Anita – appreciate your joining us!
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Here is my entry for the week. Hope you like it Tina 😀
Hi Cee – happy to see you pop up, somehow I missed it. On my way to visit!
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Fun, Fun, Fun topic, Tina and great examples!
Many thanks Sandy, glad you enjoyed this one.
There are some wonderful opposites here, Tina. And a v. interesting theme.
Thanks Tish – loved your response this week!
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Is there anything more important than happiness and sadness
Certainly up there near the top KT
This challenge provided a new twist for looking at my surroundings during a recent day trip to the Coast!!
As always, your post was a very inspiring step into the week’s challenge. Of course I love all your Nature images, but… think the “old” auto is very classy… quite the opposite of most of today’s auto designs ( in my opinion ).
Many thanks Jane – always happy to hear that our challenges give our followers pause. I loved your post in response but somehow you’ve disabled comments. was that on purpose??
Thank you- fixed 🙂
Jane, Loved your entry, especially Farmland/Timberland. But, no possibility to comment?
Love your examples and quotes, Tina. The birds (of course!) and sunrise sunset (gorgeous),plus the Aldous Huxley quote. I’ll be back soon with a response to the challenge!
Many thanks Lindy – both for the lovely comment and for joining us!
Hello Tina, Great topic and your photos are absolutely stunning. My offering? https://lifeinmyyears.com/2022/09/20/lens-artists-challenge-opposites/
Thanks so much Paul – off to see your response!
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These are truly inspirational opposites, Tina. Hard to pick a favorite here as they all are so lovely 🙂
Thanks very much Hammad, glad you enjoyed these.
Wonderful to see such art. Your bird photos are very impressive and I’m envious.
Many thanks Maris. We have such an amazing variety of birds here so I’m very fortunate on that end.
Beautiful images of the opposites! Here are mine:
Thanks Agata, appreciate your joining us.
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I love the concept of this challenge and I am looking forward to finding an appropriate response to have ready for my Thursday post.
Thanks John – I have no doubt you’ll find the perfect subject(s). Hope your travels are going well.
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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!
Hadn’t thought of that Gift, thanks!!
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 🙂 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 🙂
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..
Wonderful images!! Love the bunting!!
Thanks Nora – happy to see your name pop up!
Thanks – we’re pretty settled in our new home and I hope to get back to posting soon!
I realized I hadn’t read your post yet, Tina! I’m glad I didn’t miss these wonderful opposites this week. What fabulous images to depict the theme. I love them all!
Many thanks Terri – appreciate your stopping by!
Opposites is a wonderful topic to ponder. I like your visual approach because they make me think!
Thanks Frank – always a desired result my friend!
Here is my entry for this week –
Tina, what a wonderful collection of opposites! I love the dry and wet painted bunting.
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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A lovely challenge Tina! Your photos are marvelous!
Many thanks Aletta
An interesting challenge indeed! Lots of great examples (what an interesting bunting), but really impressed with that night photo. That’s brilliant. Wish I could see the camera settings on it.
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.
I was surprised by how bright the stars look. But photoshop explains it