Lens-Artists Challenge #218 – Over The Hill

bridge, beach, wood, hill
Over the Hill

“When you help someone up a hill you find yourself closer to the top.”

Brownie Wise

The Lens-Artists team is excited to welcome Donna of Wind Kisses as this week’s Guest Host. Her challenge “Over The Hill” gives me an opportunity to feature one of my favorite things, my neighborhood walk. As a beach community we have very few hills; the image above is the slight hill I use to reach our beach at the point closest to my home. The rest of today’s images were all made during my walks over that hill this week.

Sunrise, Kiawah Island

“Every sunrise is a new chapter in your life waiting to be written.”

Juansen Dizon

As I’ve said more than once, I’m not much for seeing the sunrise. But this week I joined two friends at sunrise to see if we might catch some endangered loggerhead sea turtles hatchlng. We accompanied the leader of the island’s Turtle Patrol and learned quite a bit about what has been an incredibly successful program (for more info about our turtles click here). It was a glorious morning but alas, no turtles this time. The image below includes( from the left) two Turtle Patrol volunteers excavating a nest and removing/counting unhatched eggs, Kiawah’s Turtle Patrol Leader showing an unhatched egg, a hatchling (from a previous outing) on its way from a nest to the sea. The mothers crawl onto the beach overnight and lay up to 5 nests, each with hundreds of eggs. During 2022 Kiawah has had close to 500 nests. Sadly, only 1 in 1,000 hatchlings will live to adulthood.

turtle, nesting, egg
Loggerhead Patrol

“Take a walk with a turtle and behold the world in pause.”

Bruce Feller

I came across a beautiful piece of driftwood buried deep in the sand on my first walk and was amazed at its size – quite unusual for us. By my next walk the driftwood was gone, carried away by the tides. I suspect although fortunately we were not hit by her, the ocean swells were more aggressive due to Hurricane Fiona, which may have contributed both to its arrival and its disappearance.

driftwood, beach, Kiawah
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

โ€œMaybe trees do have souls.”

Michael Christie

Although Kiawah is a haven for birds throughout the year, on one of my walks there were more seagulls than I’ve ever seen. In the image below it appears that both the fisherman and the gulls were hoping for a successful catch ๐Ÿ˜Š. Check out the number of birds further along the beach to the left of the fisherman!

birds, fisherman, ocean, beach
Awaiting Results

โ€œIf I have all of the gear but I canโ€™t bait the hook, the fish have nothing to worry about.โ€

Craig D. Lounsbrough

There is always something worthy of note on my walks to and from the beach. In the image below I came across dozens of butterflies feasting on some of the plants managed by Kiawah’s landscaping team. They do an amazing job keeping the island verdant for our residents, visitors and abundant wildlife.

butterflies, flowers, blue and green
Two on One

โ€œAll truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.โ€

Friedrich Nietzsche

The image below is one of the first I see on my way to the beach, and one of the last as I return home. Although I’m sure Mr. Nietzsche is correct about great thoughts, I’ll admit I’d not consider any of my thoughts “truly great”. That said, IMHO there are few things as rewarding as a simple walk – either alone or with other like-minded companions. My walks bring me peace, an appreciation of nature’s beauty, and time to reflect on life’s blessings and challenges (helping us to climb life’s many hills as it were ๐Ÿ˜Š).

reflection, palmettos, sky, blue and green, lagoon, pond
To and Fro

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.


Sincere thanks (and Happy Birthday wishes) to Donna for joining us this week and for her very interesting challenge. (As an aside Donna, you are definitely NOT over the hill!!) We look forward to seeing your responses. Please be sure to use the Lens-Artists Tag and to link your posts to her beautiful original here. Thanks also to those who joined us last week for our Opposites challenge. The creativity and originality of your responses was terrific! I’ll be leading the challenge again next week with a Treasure Hunt. To give you a head start, here’s the list of any or all of the items you’ll be invited to include:

  • A pet or pets (yours or someone elseโ€™s)
  • The moon or the sun (extra credit for both in one image)
  • Clouds (extra credit if you also include rain or snow)
  • A reflection
  • A child (extra credit if with other family members)
  • An umbrella (extra credit if you include a person using it)
  • A truck (extra credit if you include the driver or what the truck is hauling)
  • Autumn foliage (extra credit if itโ€™s something that only blooms in the fall)
  • Something fun you found on a walk

Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.

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114 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #218 – Over The Hill

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  2. Hey Tina–just checking in to see how you are. The weather people mentioned Ian hitting Pawley Island, but not Kiawah. I’m up in the Panhandle–NW FL–probably the only part of Florida not to be impacted by Ian. What an awful mess Florida is. Anyway–sending up hopeful thoughts that you are OK.

  3. I’d love to walk over that bridge and into your beach world, Tina! I would rise for that sunrise too. I always love your Kiawah world and all its inhabitants…ok, maybe not all then…not the ones with big teeth. Helping turtles survive is a great job, and I do hope it makes a great difference. Thank you for guiding us again!

  4. Your little hill leads you to many great photos, Tina. I especially appreciate the turtle photos. My dad’s hometown is Phang Nga, a city with the biggest number of turtles in Thailand, but that biggest number is in decline, like elsewhere in Thailand. We still try to travel to Phang Nga every year and we have seen ongoing efforts to help the turtles, but it’s still a challenging mission. Turtle hatchlings’ journeys to the sea are surely like hills, and so are poachers.

    • I hadn’t thought of the hills that face the turtles as they climb from the nest, crawl to the sea and work to survive Gift, well said. How interesting that your farther’s home also has these amazing creatures and is working to save them. Sometimes it makes our world seem even smaller

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  6. This is a fantastic blog Tina and I adore those views there, very eye balling and amazing. The quotes too are very inspiring such as every sunrise is a new chapter in your life awaiting to be written!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Thanks Siobhan. I suppose the bad news is that such as small percentage make it to adulthood, but the good news is that thanks to groups like our turtle patrol (which are spread all over the east coast now) we start with a much higher number. Before the patrols about 80% of the nests were destroyed by raccoons.

  7. Tina
    Hi Tina – enjoyed seeing more of the beauty from your area on the East Coast
    The drift wood was huge and crazy how it came and went
    I’d say this was “truly great”

    “there are few things as rewarding as a simple walk โ€“ either alone or with other like-minded companions. My walks bring me peace, an appreciation of natureโ€™s beauty, and time to reflect on lifeโ€™s blessings and challenges (helping us to climb lifeโ€™s many hills as it were ”

    Thanks for the heads up for next week’s theme โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ™

  8. So easy climbing hills with you, Tina (there aren’t any!) but I adored that sunrise and no, I never saw that many gulls on a beach. Must be a shoal out there. Poor turtles! Those are rubbish odds, aren’t they? And the peacefulness of those palms! Have a great week!

  9. Couldn’t agree more Tina…nothing like a nice walk, especially where you are. Although I have to say your getting up at sunrise to check out the turtles…I’m impressed. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoyed the shots and the post…very nice.

    • Hi Andy and thanks! Don’t be TOO impressed – sunrise is on my calendar about once or twice a year, and usually only if someone else has suggested it for a joint outing LOL. Glad you enjoyed it along with me.

    • PS. Know you’re a big baseball fan. Feeling a bit bad for Judd who seems to be feeling the pressure, and also a bit bad for Pujois as his achievement has gotten less attention it seems due to the focus on Judd (whom of course we also love!)

      • Yeah, definitely less national attention for Pujols because of Judge but he’ll get his plenty from that huge St. Louis fan base. As for Judge, he is feeling the pressure a bit down the stretch but should get the record. I pulling for him to get the Triple Crown as well. Unreal that he’s doing this in a contract year…let the bidding begin! Will be interesting to see if he stays in NY. I think he will but I can tell you one thing for sure, he’ll never wear a Pirate uniform…lol.

  10. Opened my WordPress after a long time to dive into your post and I was not disappointed. The photos , the quotes , Kiawah landscaping team. Ok, the last one surprised me. I thought everything was growing wild, or are you talking about public gardens/ park?

    • Hello Sheetal – so nice to see your name pop up again!! The last image is taken from one of our walking paths which at that point for a very short time borders one of our 7 golf courses. So the pond and the trees are natural but the grass is part of the course. Most of the island is indeed growing wild but for example the butterflies cluster on some flowers planted and maintained by the landscaping team that our Community Association dues support. And we strongly discourage homeowners from growing grass because planting native plants instead is much better for our wildlife. It gives them places to hide as well as areas to use for traversing the island. Or is that WAY more than you wanted to know ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

      • Not at all, Tina โ˜บ๏ธ. Thanks for taking the time to reply in detail. I may never visit Kiawah in my lifetime so reading your posts is the nearest thing to it. So no grassy lawns except in the golf course. This is interesting indeed.๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Thank you for this fabulous walk, Tina. Love your take on! Beautiful images as always. The surise scene is breathtaking, so is the reflections of the last one.

  12. Only a little hill but what treasure lie beyond! I always love your island images and these are no exception. Although I’m a city girl I can absolutely see why you love to live there!

    • Thanks Sarah – we’re of opposite minds – I love to visit cities but cannot imagine living there because I so treasure the peace and quiet I can always find here. But I love the energy and excitement of the cities we visit. It’s lovely to have both, isn’t it?!

  13. What a gorgeous gallery, Tina. I love them all! And I couldn’t agree more about your thoughts on walking. It’s the time when the mind and spirit can relax and enjoy life! Have a great week, too. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Your take on “over the hill” and mine are pretty spot-on. The question of what lies ahead on the other side makes every day an adventure. Excellent series of photos, and while back in my hometown, I met a lady who moved to Pendleton from Myrtle Beach and loves Kiawah Beach… it was great to hear her describe much of what I’ve seen in your photos. And of your photos, I genuinely like the driftwood in “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” it reminded me a bit of the Oregon Coast, which I am missing these days. Enjoy your weekend!

    • Thanks Randall – now that you mention it, that driftwood IS very similar to what we saw in Oregon. As I mentioned it’s very rare for something so large to arrive here, but I think is fairly common out there. As for “over the hill”, as the years tick by it gets a bit harder to look forward to what lies ahead but being surrounded by nature’s beauty and good friends makes it much easier! Appreciate your checking in!

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  16. Hello Tina-
    Your images are beautifulโ€ฆ thank you for showing us the magic that happens for you โ€œover the hillโ€ of sand.
    Iโ€™d like to find a little hill right now to do some more reflection on your Confucius quote on Wisdom. Lovely ๐Ÿฅฐ

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    • Thanks Anne, we really love it here. Im sure you’re right about the storm. It was when Fiona was kicking up trouble at sea and one of my earlier commenters mentioned they saw many more gulls than usual at the island next door to us.

  18. Tina, thanks for taking us over with you for your neighborhood walks this week. It’s amazing how each beach walk can be different from the ones before. I love all the images and the Nietzsche quote.

  19. A lovely beach adventure over the hill and along the ocean. Weโ€™ve been lucky to watch volunteers move two turtle nests and later a turtle release. Protecting sea turtles is one activity I could get into. Thanks for serenely lovely photos this week!

  20. We are blessed with such incredible beauty here – thanks for catching such beautiful photos! The one of the driftwood looks like it should be a painting! We, too, were shocked by the huge numbers of sea gulls lately…

  21. I always feel so in touch with your world when you blog, Tina. Today, I loved you how you took us over the boardwalk to the other side. Kiawah is such an oasis for us to see, and to live there..pretty special. “Every sunrise IS a new chapter”. The Turtle Patrol is fun. Pretty sure I would be with them in their efforts to save the loggerheads. Everything. The driftwood that made it’s presence only to be gone with the tide, the appearance of so many seagulls, and the last photo where you gain appreciation of natures beauty and reflection. Funny thing is…I used think I could save the world after all my long walks or runs…in the day. LOL. Thanks for this. Thanks for your inspiration, support and trust. It has been both fun and enlightening. And thanks for the birthday wishes as well.

    • If I could describe in words what I’d hoped to accomplish with that post Donna, I’d take your description in its entirety so let me return a big thanks for that! To it, I’d add a thanks for your beautiful challenge and your enthusiasm for and commitment to guest hosting. It’s been a true pleasure!

      • Thank you, Tina. I do love this opportunity, and I think the Lens-Artists community makes all of us “better”. We see other perspectives, other styles, and most important other personalities. It really has been MY pleasure. Thank you again.

  22. You live in such a beautiful place, Tina. The seagull photo made me laugh! We have the pelicans and the herons keeping the fishermen company, but not that many at one time! What a great catch this was.
    The turtles…we have a beach ordinance about low lights/no lights in order that the turtles can make it safely to the Gulf waters. I cheer for them every season. Hats off to the turtle patrol for the job they do.

    • Thanks Lois – we’re thinking the gulls were clustered en masse because of Hurricane Fiona churning up the ocean waters. A friend the next island over said they had the same thing happen over there. it was fun to see though! We do the same thing with Lights Out here during turtle season. Our island visitors love the turtle patrol and almost always go out at least once. I’m with you on the cheerleading! Before the patrol started and we took measures to protect the nests, raccoons destroyed over 80% of the nests!

  23. What a beautiful photo story, Tina! I absolutely love your morning walk! And I do believe I have had some great thoughts on my walks, it is a great time to just let your mind wonder. My favorite photos above are the sunrise photo and the birds photo!! Thank you for the virtual beach experience ๐Ÿ˜Š

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