Lens-Artists Challenge #219 – Treasure Hunt

child, colorful, beach, bucket
Searching for Treasure

“Riches you hold in your hands are inferior to treasures you store in your heart.”

Matshona Dhliwayo

As we announced last week, this week’s challenge is a Treasure Hunt (see the end of this post for a list of the treasure items). I’ve opened with my CHILD image – which also looks a bit like a hunt for treasures on a somewhat smaller scale 😊.

umbrellas, art
Marching Umbrellas

“The mind is like an umbrella. Its most useful when open.”

Walter Gropius

The image above is my UMBRELLA image, although it’s a bit of a “double-dip” because it was a FUN FIND on the side of a building during a walk we took while visiting Tel Aviv. I loved the sign, especially the colored raindrops on the marching men.

pagoda, reflection, musicians
Evening Reflection with Music

“Time and reflection change the sight little by little ’til we come to understand.”

Paul Cezanne

I love a beautiful REFLECTION and have captured many through the years, but I think the image I’ve chosen above is my favorite. It was a beautiful evening as my husband and I strolled by, totally unplanned, to see and hear a choir performing at twilight on a lake near our hotel in Shangri-La. Sometimes the best memories are created from totally unplanned events.

moon, moonlight, ocean
Full Moon, Kiawah Island

“We all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun.”

John Lennon

Not unlike reflections and probably like most photographers, I have many images of THE MOON and THE SUN. I’ve included one of each above and below. Sadly I couldn’t find any with both in one image. The moonlight in the image above is shining on the distant light of a shrimpboat. The sun in the image below was captured during a sunrise shoot on the water. It was a glorious morning and an amazing day so a very fond memory.

sunrise, birds, marsh, low country
Here Comes the Sun

“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”

Roman Payne

Next, two images featuring CLOUDS – one on a lovely day with beautiful sunlight highlighting the landscape, the second on a stormy day with a double-dip that includes UMBRELLAS. As an aside, my header this week includes clouds with visible rain – extra credit 😊.

clouds, sunlight, landscape

“I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now.”

Joni Mitchell
clouds, umbrellas, storm

“Clouds add character to the heavens.”

Dahi Tamara Koch,

Below, a rather unique TRUCK, carrying delicious libations from a California vineyard (yep, extra credit again 😊).

truck, old, wine barrels, vineyard
Not Quite Retired

“They can put people on the moon but they can’t make a quiet truck!”


Next, a good friend’s beautiful, beloved PET who recently passed over the rainbow bridge.

dog, pet, animal

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

Martin Buber

Here in the Southeastern US we’re headed into AUTUMN. Unlike our northern neighbors we do not lose most of our plants and leaves, nor do we get the brilliant colors of their fall season. But we have our beautiful purple sweetgrass and the changing colors of our marsh grasses to usher us into our temperate winters.

autumn, golden, grasses, marsh, Kiawah
Autumn Grasses, Kiawah Island

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

L.M. Montgomery

Finally, some FUN FINDS from my many walks both near and far.

Teddy bears, suitcase
Triple Teddies
flowers, water droplets
In The Pink And A Drink, Last Week’s Walk
multi-color, singers, statues
Quiet Choir

“The bottom line is to have fun and enjoy life.”


Thanks so much for hanging in there with me! As the challenge host I wanted to include images for all of the treasure objects. Rest assured you can do one, many or all of the objects in the treasure hunt, which are listed below. Please remember to link to my original post and to use the Lens-Artists Tag.

Sincere thanks to Donna of Wind Kisses for guest hosting last week. Her beautiful post was inspiring for all of us, and your responses were truly wonderful. We hope you enjoy this week’s Treasure Hunt. Once again here is the list of items:

  • A pet or pets (yours or someone else’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 it’s something that only blooms in the fall)
  • Something fun you found on a walk

We look forward to seeing your treasures. Until then, please stay safe and be kind.

Interested in joining the Lens-Artists challenge? Click here for more information.


176 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #219 – Treasure Hunt

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      • They are indeed. and this wedding was a celebration of utter joy and laughter. Who knew, some years ago, that my daughter, then a young widow bringing up twins, would find happiness again? Thanks so much for watching – and enjoying – the video.

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      • LOL, lots of work, and even harder to limit it to one item per challenge. You really nailed it with the first picture setting the stage for looking for treasures. 🙂 I wonder what was in the bucket?

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  6. What a fun challenge, Tina! I’m already gathering images to try to complete the entire list. We’ll see how I do.
    I really like the reflection on the water you discovered on your walk in Shangri-La and the image with the umbrellas. Great find!

    • Many thanks Kellye – fortunately this week we got both the light and the storm but it could have been much worse as it was for our neighbors to the north and of course for Florida. Nature giveth and taketh away for sure.

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  8. I enjoyed all your finds. The light before the storm photo was especially interesting and captivating. The way not only the grass was swaying, seemingly distorted; the clouds also seemed distorted. I had never seen something like this. And the atmosphere in your reflection photo, I can see why you like it. The scenery already seemed magical and the fact that it was unplanned made it even more so.

  9. What a fun idea for a challenge – I hope you’ll consider making it a regular feature? I love your images, especially the landscapes such as Autumn Grasses and the Light before the Storm. In The Pink And A Drink is also fabulous!

    My contribution was put together in a bit of a rush as I’m only just back from a short trip and madly photo editing, so I don’t think I’ve earned many extra credits 😆 But I had lots of fun with it nevertheless: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-hunting-for-photographic-treasure/

    • So glad you enjoyed this one Sarah – should we repeat it I’m thinking the list will be a bit shorter LOL. Special thanks for the pink and a drink image mention – one of my favorite finds this week. As for “blooming”, I was thinking of our sweetgrass which actually “blooms” when it turns pink during our autumns. Fortunately although I was worried about it during our recent storm, it’s survived the wind and rain in fine form 😊

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  12. Fun challenge this week Tina. Beautiful reflection shot and the full moon as well. Love that umbrella sign…very cool. Also glad to hear you guys didn’t get the full brunt of the hurricane down there and are doing well 🙂

    • Thanks Andy – we had some very frightening hours on this one but fortunately escaped with minimal impact unlike so many others. Glad you enjoyed this one – may have to shorten the list next time LOL.

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  16. Too many choices in your gallery this week, Tina, to keep track of which ones I wanted to comment on but of course they’re all lovely. That first one is really cute and reminds us that treasure is in the eye of the beholder (or the bucket.) I love the light before the storm and my reaction to “Evening Reflections with Music” was “Really? Shangri-La? You couldn’t make that up!” 🙂 Your photos are always treasures and this week is no expection.

    • LOL Janet – so true re Shangri-La!! A magical evening. Did you know Shangri-La wasn’t the original name of that area and it was adapted from something else, maybe a movie? I must google that as I’ve long forgotten. Anyway, glad you enjoyed. As always, appreciate your visit and comment.

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    • Thanks very much Dawn. We have some pretty dramatic skies around here but after this week’s hurricane I’m thinking flat blue, cloudless and sunny is my new favorite photography notwithstanding 😊.

  19. A bumper collection, Tina, and I was so pleased to read that you’d been spared the worst of the storms, but I love that shot of the storm laden skies. The mirror perfect reflection is another favourite, and those wonderful grasses. Hoping for a peaceful week of weather.

    • Thanks so much Jo – yes it was a close one for us. We tend to forget (memory is kind) how treacherous these storms are. This one caught us all by surprise as it took such a bizarre turn after ravaging Florida. I love the clouds too, but yesterday reminded us they are not always great to have around! A peaceful week sounds perfect! Wishing you the same.

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    • 😊Thanks Anne, I loved them too! As I recall you winter in Florida. Hope your place is OK and any of your friends/neighbors there came through well. We had a mighty scare and lots of rain and wind but no major damage here. Not so our neighbors about 30 minutes north where the storm surge hit them hard. Mother Nature can really be cruel

      • We just rent a place we don’t own anything in Florida. From what I have heard Wellington , which is where we go , being on the Eastern side did not get any damage. So that is fortunate as that is where the stables and show stadiums are. But…the huricane season is not over yet. I am so glad to hear your beautiful part of the world was not damaged.

    • thankfully yes, although it was a mighty close call this time around Lindy. Lots of rain and fierce wind but no major damage here. 30 minutes north of us the beach towns were completely devastated. We were very very lucky on this one. Glad you enjoyed the post, hope you’ll join us!

  22. Glad to see you here today, Tina. I wasn’t sure if Ian made it your way or not. I don’t think an umbrella would have helped–credit for me, too! 😆⛈☂

    • LOL Lois – I wasn’t so sure either so I did schedule ahead. We were hit with a terrible storm, lots of rain and wind but fortunately it happened after high tide so the damages were minimal. Lots of debris that needed clean-up but otherwise nothing major thank goodness. Several of the towns not too far north of us had terrible flooding and damages so we were very, very lucky. Thanks for thinking of us!

  23. Stunning images, Tina, and what a great idea for a theme to include a list of treasures for inspiration. As always, your images are incredible, as well as fun this week! Your opening shot of the child looking into the pail is beyond precious!

    • Many thanks terri! The child is my great-niece and she is truly adorable. I don’t like to include children’s faces but that one made itself the perfect choice! Looks like our responders are having fun with the challenge as well which is always what we most hope for!

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  25. Beautiful set of images for the treasure hunting, Tina! The Evening Reflection is breathtaking, and it’s my favorite! Mozart reminds me of our sweet Mackenzie. Clouds are fascinating. So wonderful to see fall colors of Kiawah. Thank you for providing the list. 🙂

    • My pleasure Amy, many thanks! The reflection is a really special memory for us. One of the things I love most about photography is the way it preserves our memories. Mozart was the most precious, amazing dog. His owner is a good friend and I do their Christmas cards for them every year. This year will be a tough one for her.

    • LOL re Kansas John! If I could have I would have. thankfully we came through well although several nearby beach towns had horrific damage from storm surge. We got very lucky as ours came after the tide was going out. Mother Nature can be wicked when she wants to. thanks for the GREAT comment my friend!

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  27. Tina, thanks for offering the treasure hunt list as it offer time to ponder and explore. The Quiet Choir and Searching for Treasure…gift of a smile. Autumn grass and Light before the Storm…the colors and energy…calming autumn and energizing storm.

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