Wordless Wednesday – Park Pals

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Textures 

Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Colorful Spring

take time to be quiet; it is the opportunity to seek thy soul.©Isadora De La Vega 

Mermaid Sculpture.webSiren Call    2021©Isadora De La Vega

According to Greek mythology, winged creatures or women lured sailors onto rocks with siren calls.                          I photographed this luscious green pond at Selby Orchid Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. 


Spring Bounty  2021©Isadora De La Vega

A sun-shiny day is a perfect way to photograph my bougainvillea bush. It’s a Spring bounty of colorful reddish pinks. In a vase on my table or in my kitchen, they scream rebirth. 

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Fan a Breeze   2021©Isadora De La Vega

While walking through my local park, I came upon this cactus. I was fascinated by the fan shaped leaves. The colorful edges seem to be beckoning the hot weather that can’t be far behind our beautiful Spring.

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Flowing Purple  2021©Isadora De La Vega

Selby Orchid Gardens in Sarasota, Florida has a yearly Mother’s Day luncheon and concert we began attending annually. With children and grandchildren living at a distance, it was a welcomed event to celebrate with other mothers. Last year, it was canceled. I hope they have it this year.

Ochid pink flowers.webRebirth   2021©Isadora De La Vega

The unfolding of new dendrobium orchids is fascinating to watch each day. In the Spring, I have many blossoms blooming. It’s a feast for the eyes. 

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Garden of Orchids    2021©Isadora De La Vega

Several years ago, I was blessed with an explosion of orchid flowers. It was a stunning display. I wish I could have this magical dance of flowers every year. I enjoyed every minute of every flower of every color and shape.  The white orchid with the pink center died shortly after Hurricane Irma went through our town. The powerful winds and overabundance of water were more than they could handle. As in life, death is a part of the rebirth planting season. 

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 Garden Wall   2021©Isadora De La Vega

I photographed this clever idea of a garden wall while vacationing in Cartagena, Columbia. The monks at this church grow their own herbs and flowers. They decorate the church with their floral cutting. They use the herbs in their daily meals.


Spring Dawn

Every flower 

of every tomorrow

is a seed well planted 

On a Winter’s day

Then, earth awakens.

The wonder of another season

bringing colorful flowers

For Spring’s debut.

   2021©Isadora De La Vega


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – 

This week our photo challenge is from Amy: Colorful Spring

to join in click here

For future challenges follow one or all of these four moderators:

Week 1 – Patti 

                   Week 2 – Ann-Christine 

Week 3 – Amy 

Week 4 – Tina 

Lens Artists Photo Challenge – You Pick It

Herons are long-legged, long-necked, freshwater and coastal birds. The herons are medium sized or large birds with long legs. I photographed this heron at the waters edge of a marina.

Great White Heron    2021©Isadora De La Vega

The spring morning mist created a cloudy photograph of dawn

on Manasota Beach in Englewood, Florida.

Dawning   2021©Isadora De La Vega

 A glorious sunny day during a walk through downtown San Juan, Puerto Rico

near the pier. The turquoise blue water was mesmerizing.

Shimmering Water   2021©Isadora De La Vega

A heron wades through the waters in search of small fish

behind my friend’s home in Venice, Florida.

Bright Sunny Days    2021©Isadora De La Vega

A bright morning of sun rays on the turquoise water of St. Thomas V.I.

Contemplate Bright Tomorrows    2021©Isadora De La Vega

    Dwell on Tomorrows Dreams  

Cherish your yesterdays.

Dream your tomorrows,

but live for your todays.

Tomorrow belongs to those

who fully use today.

2021©Isadora De La Vega


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – You Pick It

This week our photo challenge is from Anne-Chritine: You Pick It

to join in click here

For future challenges follow one or all of these four moderators:

Week 1 – Patti 

                   Week 2 – Ann-Christine 

Week 3 – Amy 

Week 4 – Tina 

Lens Artists Photo Challenge – A Change of Scenery

Just a Thought: Often, when we lose hope and think this is the end,

GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, it’s just a bend, not the end!”

Above Ground 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

During a vacation in Honduras several years ago, I went to my favorite places to take photographs.

Cemeteries and churches.

Family Time 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

This plotted area was of an entire family affected by a recent flood.

La Virgen de Salvacion    2021©Isadora DeLaVega

The Virgen of Salvation church in Costa Rica.

A tour stop for the traveler who wants safe travels.

Passage Underground     2021©Isadora DeLaVega 

La Capilla Francisana (The Franciscan Chapel) constructed by the Third Order of St. Francis.

These are underground cemetery tombs in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Lens Artists Photo Challenge – ‘S’ Subjects Smile

Smile and the world smiles with you

Red Header Day 2002©Linda Molto

This portrait of me was created by artist Linda Molto. It was a gift. There were 32 prints made of it. I have #1. She has the original. When we lack spoke, 29 had been sold. If you visit someone with this artwork on their walls, it is me. It was an honor to have had her create it for me.

Sunset Smile from Al DeLa Vega 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

Florida sunsets can be dramatic in mid-summer.

Nicole Corey DeLaVega 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

The smile on my youngest daughter’s face can always make me smile.

Woman Smiles on the Island of Dominica   2021©Isadora DeLaVega

The bright white color in the photograph above showcases the beauty of a gardenia flower.

  Vacation Smile    2021©Isadora DeLaVega

 I was taking a photography class on-board a cruise ship.

This fellow student allowed me to photograph her.

      I loved the way the light from the window highlighted the smile upon her face.


Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Subjects Starting with the Letter S

Patti is our hostess this week.  If you’d like to join in click here

For future challenges, follow one or all of these four moderators:

Week 1 – Patti 

                   Week 2 – Ann-Christine 

Week 3 – Amy 

Week 4 – Tina 

Blown Glass Covid Look Alike Orb

Photographed on the Celebrity Constellation cruise ship.


Debbie Smyth from Travel with Intent

hosts Six Word Saturday to join in click here

B & W Steps or Ladders

Stairways on the Caribbean Princess cruise ship
Cee’s Black & White Challenge … to join in click here

Red, Reed, Read

Clown car from the Ringling Circus Museum Sarasota, Florida
Stalky Reeds on the lake behind my home
Equinox cruise ship library


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Red, Reed, Read to join in click here

Blue Bottles make a Garden Tree

Photographed at the Lovegrove Gallery in Matlacha, Florida.


Debbie Smyth from Travel with Intent hosts Six Word Saturday to join in click here

Lens Artists Photo Challenge – From Forgettable to Favorite

Gardenias are evergreen shrubs or small trees with dark green, leathery leaves and white flowers . Gardenia is a genus of flowering plants in the coffee family.©wikipedia

Original Photo

White Gardenia 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

Photograph taken at my former home. I had a beautiful gardenia bush in my garden. I loved the perfume scent coming through my window in the Spring. It’s the one item I wish I could have taken with me. Sadly, I’ve planted several in my new residence only to have them wilt away. The photo above is the original.

White Gardenia II 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

When I edited this photograph, I noticed the raindrops were much more visible.

  White Gardenia  III   2021©Isadora DeLaVega

The bright white color in the photograph above showcases the beauty of a gardenia flower.

  Sepia White Gardenia IV   2021©Isadora DeLaVega

I don’t use sepia too often. In this photo I played around with the background more.

                                    White Gardenia V   2021©Isadora DeLaVega
Playing with the different effects, I found this opalescent effect.
It shows the veins on the leaves but changes the white I love in the gardenia.         


Lens Artists Photo Challenge – From Forgettable to Favorite 

Tina is our host this week.  If you’d like to join in click here

For future challenges follow one or all of these four moderators:

Week 1 – Patti 

                   Week 2 – Ann-Christine 

Week 3 – Amy 

Week 4 – Tina 

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