Lens Artists Photo Challenge -Going Wide

Photos of the island of Antigua

The ocean has its silent caves,

Deep, quiet and alone;

Though there be fury on the waves,

Beneath them there is none.

The awful spirits of the deep

Hold their communion there;

And there are those for whom we weep,

the young, the bright, the fair.

Beneath their own blue sea.

The ocean solitudes are blest,

For there is purity.

The earth has guilt, the earth has care,

Unquiet are its graves;

But peaceful sleep is ever there,

Beneath the dark blue waves. 

The Ocean©Nathaniel Hawthorne

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In 2014, we took a cruise that stopped at the island of Antigua.

After our day tour, I looked out from my balcony and could not believe my eyes.

The beauty of the blue sky compared to the turquoise blue ocean was mesmerizing.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Going Wide

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Week 4 – Tina 

Lens Artists Photo Challenge -Look Up/Down

Life is full of lots of ups and downs …©KarenKostyla

Flamingo looking down in the waters edge searching for small fish.

One flamingo looking up for birds of prey.  

One flamingo looking up for birds of prey.  

My grandson looking down while feeding a Flamingo from his hand.

My grandson looking up to feed a flamingo from a down low position.

The sign reads:

Please Use Caution 

It’s Flamingo Breeding Season

Flamingoes may be assertive at this time.

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Thanks for letting us know after we’re in the midst of them.

But

The flamingoes were not aggressive in any way. 

The food for them can be purchased at the entrance to the park.

The Flamingo Gardens and Wildlife Sanctuary is in Sarasota, Florida.

It’s a fun place with exhibits of Florida flora and wildlife.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Looking Up/Down

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Challenge from guest host will be Sofia AlvesLooking Up/Down

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge -Keep Walking

Walking is the best medicine©Hippocrates

Grandfather and grandson walk the beach in search of that special shell to take home.

In silent contemplation they walk the beach.

Children walk to the oceans edge in anticipation of the joyful fun ahead.

In search of the perfect shark’s tooth, they walk the waters edge.

A heron walks the waters edge in search of small fish.

A evening walk upon the sand in search of morsels of bread.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Keep Walking

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Next week, the guest host will be Sofia Alves – Looking Up/Down

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge – It’s All About the Light

What is photographic light?

Photographic lighting is the illumination of scenes to be photographed.©wikipedia

A photograph simply records patterns of light, color, and shade;
lighting is all-important in controlling the image.
©wikipedia

Illumination is desired to give an accurate rendition of the scene.©wikipedia

In other cases the direction, brightness, and color of light are manipulated for effect.©wikipedia

An inviting colorful place to dine stimulates inspiration for food and conversation.
Feeding the Falmingos

 Lighting is particularly important for monochrome photography,

where there is no color information, only the interplay of highlights and shadows. 

Lighting and exposure are used to create effects such as low-key and high-key.©wikipedia


Lighting and exposure are used to create effects such as low-key and high-key.©wikipedia

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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Sarasota, Florida

Click here for info

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Your Inspiration

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Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Your Inspiration

What is Inspiration?

It’s the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something creative©dictionary

An inspiration is a majestic blue sunrise arousing enthusiasm for what awaits in the day ahead.
Japanese Sushi is an artistic visual food design creating inspiration for my appetite.
An inviting colorful place to dine stimulates inspiration for food and conversation.
A neatly organized fruit stand is an inspiration for my food choices.
A basket created by an artists hands is an imaginative inspiration for its uses.
People dancing freely at a festival is an inspiration to the joys of movement in dancing.
Performance costumes stimulate my visual inspiration for what the dance recital will be.
Mother Nature’s powerful waves against the terrain bring into being the inspiration of a unique landscape from the strength it has.


A small chapel in Costa Rica brings inspiration for my travels to draw a 
calm breath during a quick visit while on tour.
Inspiration can come from words too. In this video, the poem by 
Desiderata – A Life Changing Poem for Hard Times 
by Max Erhmann an American Writer 1872 – 1945
speaks volumes with his inspirational words.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Your Inspiration

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Post a Week – Horizontal Lines

Gulf Cove, Florida
Venice, Florida
Sarasota, Florida

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A Post a Week – Horizontal Lines

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Testing my Blog – Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Let’s Get Wild

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever and nature is the most obvious thing that gives us joy for ever.©annonymous

Columbia - Iguana.webIggy Iguana  2021©Isadora De La Vega

The word “iguana” is derived from the original Taino name for the species, Iwanana.  Iguanas have keen vision and can see shapes, shadows, colors, and movement at long distances. Their visual acuity enables them to navigate through crowded forests and to locate food. They employ visual signals to communicate with other members of the same species.©wikipedia

Animals Macaws.webColorful Macaws  2021©Isadora De La Vega

Macaws are a group of new world parrots that are long-tailed and often very colorful.They’re popular in aviculture or as a companion parrot, although there are conservation concerns about several species in the wild.©wikipedia

Animals - Ducks.web

 Black Swans   2021©Isadora De La Vega

The black swan (Cygnus atratus) is a large waterbird, a species if swan which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. Within Australia, the black swan is nomadic, with erratic migration patterns dependent upon climatic conditions.  It is a large bird with mostly black plumage and a red bill. It is a monogamous breeder, with both partners sharing incubation and cygnet-rearing duties. ©wikipedia

Koi Fish.webKoi   2021©Isadora De La Vega

Koi are a common carp of a large ornamental variety, originally bred in Japan.  Koi (, English: /ˈkɔɪ/, Japanese: [koi]) or more specifically nishikigoi (錦鯉, Japanese: [ɲiɕi̥kiɡoi], literally “brocaded carp”), are colored varieties of the Amur carp (Cyprinus rubrofuscus) that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens.©wikipedia

Ducky-Koi.webDuck Among Koi    2021©Isadora De La Vega

The Pacific Black Duck (Anas supercilious) commonly known as PBD, is a dabbling duck. This sociable duck is found in a variety of wetland habitats, and its nesting habits are much like those of the mallard.©wikipedia

Waterfall 1A.web Cascading Falls   2021©Isadora De La Vega

Waterfalls are commonly formed in the upper course of a river where lakes flow into valleys of steep mountains. A waterfall is an area where water flows over a vertical drop or a series of steep drops in the course of a stream or river.

Floating B Alligator.webFloating Alligator   2021©Isadora De La Vega

Alligators floating in the murky waters in Everglades, Florida.

The name alligator is probably an anglicized form of el lagarto,

the Spanish term for the lizard, which early Spanish explorers

and settlers in Florida called the alligator.©wikipedia

Alligator Forward view.web

Alligator   2021©Isadora De La Vega

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Guest Host Photographer, Dianne Millard, @Rambling Ranger

has challenged us to ‘Let’s Get Wild’ photography this week.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Let’s Get Wild

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Cool Colors-Blue and Green

A Poem on Color: ‘Splatters of Colors and Hue’ ©Isadora De La Vega 

Painting Peter Max.web

Artist Peter Max    2021©Isadora De La Vega

 Color me a Rainbow,                                                                                                                                                                   Sprinkled with golden dreams
with dashes of wishes
of purple, blues and green.

Matlacha Horizon.web

Peace River – Punta Gorda, Florida   2021©Isadora De La Vega

Color me a Heaven,
With cotton-candy clouds,
amid a sky of azure blue.

Flower Drying:Bathtub man.web

  Fading Rose  2021©Isadora De La Vega

Color me sweet red roses,
kissed by a fresh morning dew.

Nurutre Yourself-Lavender Grasses.web

Flowing Purple Green Grasses    2021©Isadora De La Vega

Color me some raindrops,
with splashes of misty-crystal hue                                                                                                                                                             and wet blades of silky-green grass
to run barefoot through.

Flower Bonsai Tree 2 close-up.webBonsai   2021©Isadora De La Vega

Color me lofty trees,
dressed in autumn’s shades of gold,                                                                                                                                                   Clusters of scarlet and brown leaves
on the ground, as the seasons unfold.

Costa Maya - Beach with shoreline.web

Frothy Waves    2021©Isadora De La Vega

Color me a white winter land,
with whistling winds and whirling sounds.
Snowflakes flying in the crisp-cool air.
Then color me right into a verdant green,
spring where robins sing without a care.

Summer Table Settingweb

 A Summer Setting   2021©Isadora De La Vega

Color me back to summer,
beneath a lemon yellow sun.
Then color me a silver moon,
and a black starlit night
when the day is done.

   2021©Isadora De La Vega

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