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 

Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Striped & Checked

Lionfish 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

Photograph taken at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. It’s located in Sarasota, Florida. A fun educational museum featuring exhibits of marine life. There’s a laboratory for the care of injured marine life.

Lionfish have 18 venomous spines: 2 pelvic spines, and 13 dorsal spines.

Lionfish 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

Pterois is a genus of venomous marine fish, commonly known as lion fish, native to the Indo-Pacific. Also called zebra fish, fire fish, turkey fish, tasty fish or butterfly-cod. It’s characterized by conspicuous warning colorization with red, white, creamy, or black bands showy pectoral fins, and venomous spike sin rays.

       Blue Tang    2021©Isadora DeLaVega

Blue Tang is the common name of several species of surgeonfish. Ctenochaetus binotatus, commonly known as the two spot surgeonfish, is a tang fish native to the Indo-Pacific region.

       Corals    2021©Isadora DeLaVega

Corals are marine invertebrates within the class Anthozoa of the phylum Cindaria. They typically live in compact colonies of many identical individual polyps. Coral species include the important reef builders that inhabit tropical oceans and secrete calcium carbonate to form a hard skeleton.

       Corals    2021©Isadora DeLaVega

Hope you enjoyed my miniature tour  for you @ Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.


Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Striped & Checked

Patti has challenged us to post photos displaying emotions.

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Emotions

Jubilation 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

Photograph of a painting onboard a cruise ship.

‘Red Header Day’ 202Isadora DeLaVega

Photograph of a portrait that was created and gifted to me by
artist©Linda Molto.

Medition – Zen Master 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

Bronze Sculpture Sarasota, Florida


Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Emotions

Patti has challenged us to post photos displaying emotions.

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 – It’s a Small World

The Garden of Five Senses is a new park that opened in January 2020.

It’s a peaceful place for walking the garden paths.

On your walk, you’ll see smaller paths leading to water effects with benches for sitting and listening.

Due to the Covid restrictions, the park has been quite isolated.

It’s a quiet place with nature surrounding you in every little nook.

The perfect place to find your Zen.

Title – ‘Brother Reading Book’

Tiny young boy bronze sculpture reads while he guards the many paths surrounding his simple throne.

Pixie Waterfall – Sense of Sound
Tiny water fountains secluded from the path for quiet listening.

Pod Flowers – Sense of Touch

Tiny pods are firm to the touch yet produce these create delicate beautiful fragrant flowers.

Cactus Shrub – Sense of Touch
Tiny park flowers with tinier yellow centers brought a smile                                                                                           to my face as they were part of a cactus shrub.

Purple Colored Flower  – Sense of Sight

Tiny delicate purple flowers danced in the wind on the day I was photographing them.

Rosemary Herb  –   Sense of Taste & Smell

Tiny rosemary spurs send out a fragrant scent for the sense of smell. It’s a member of the mint family. Salvia rosmarinus, commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region.

I hope you enjoyed some of the places I discovered while walking through ‘The Garden of Five Senses’. 2021©Isadora DeLaVega



Lens Artists Photo Challenge – It’s a Small World

Anne Sandler’s challenge LAPC #130–It’s a Small World

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Urban Erosion

‘No Drinking Allowed’ 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

No trough here; simply a water overflow.

‘Don’t Fence Me In’   2021©Isadora DeLaVega

A rusted fence keeps goats and wildlife at bay.

         ‘Red Hydrant’    2021©photography by Isadora DeLaVega

A red hydrant in concrete; a bit low.

    ‘Street Sign’   2021©photography by Isadora DeLaVega

A street sign in concrete; odd placement.

       ‘Watch Your Step’   2021©photography by Isadora DeLaVega

Wonky rusted steps; watch your step.

These photos were taken while walking through the streets of Antigua/Barbuda on our way to their cultural museum. The streets seemed to be a a great deal of dilapidation. Definitely, a watch your step tour.



The challenge this week for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Urban Erosion

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Wordless Wednesday – Christmas Cactus

It doesn’t cost much to be happy if the currency of your heart

is the blowing of a breeze and the swaying of the trees. 

My Christmas cactus is a bit late in blooming this year. I love the little pink flowers.

Cheerful and bright …

Wordless Wednesday – Red Lips

Wordless Wednesday – Hearten Love

Wordless Wednesday – Blissful Isolation

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Flowers: Blue or Purple

Flower 1024 Lavendar signed.webLavender Princess    2020©Isadora DeLaVega

Color is the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light; saturation or chroma; hue.

Orchid double purple signed- Copy copy copyRoyal Queen    2020©photography by Isadora DeLaVega

Color is simply a form of visible light, of electromagnetic energy. All the primary colors reflected in the rainbow carry their own unique healing properties. The sun alone is a wonderful healer! Just imagine what life would be like without sunshine. It has been proven that lack of sunlight contributes to depression for some people.

Flowers 2 Pink Orchids.webPink Passion    2020©photography by Isadora DeLaVega

Seeing color helps balance energy in the areas of our bodies that are lacking vibrance, be it physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental.

Flower Purple Red Orchid S.webPurple Empress    2015©photography by Isadora DeLaVega


The challenge this week for Cee’s Fun Foto is – Flowers Blue or Purple

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