Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Spots & Dots #148

The purpose of the artist is to leave the world a little more beautiful than when he found it.

The incredible Watts Towers above and below. The minute I heard “spots & dots,” I thought of Watts!

Photographed last January, I never got around to posting this lovely orchid until now. It’s loaded with lots of spots and dots.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #147 : Gardens

I’ve always loved gardens. I like gardens that have little statues in them besides just flowers. Here are my contributions to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #147: Gardens.

It’s a bit blurry, but I think the boy in the center, leaning against the log, is holding a squirrel.
A nice variety of begonias

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

There’s an older version of this nursery rhyme where the last line reads, “Sing cuckolds all in a row.”

Lens-Artists Challenge #144 – Taking Flight

Here are my contribution to Lens-Artists photo challenge #144 – Taking Flight.

This bee is actually zooming in for a landing.
This was a difficult capture but I think it looks pretty cool.
This honeybee is just getting ready to take off.
This dragonfly looks like it has a big smile on its face.

Lens-Artists Colorful April Challenge #143

Here is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Challenge #143 – Colorful April. This is something of a part 2.

Silver dollars have a simple but colorful blossom.
The wisteria is beginning to bloom. When they reach full bloom, they are quite stunning.
No mention of April is complete without a look at some tulips!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #143 – Colorful April

The tulips have been riotous this Spring!
As the daffodils die back, the silver dollars run rampant.
The azaleas are gearing up for a major explosion.

The croci are always the first to show themselves at the end of Winter. I find them a welcome sight every late Winter, early Spring day.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #141: Geometry

Here is my contribution to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Geometry.

The Maryland Statehouse is a stunning masterpiece of interior and…

…architectural design.

There’s an overload of geometrical shapes in the images above- lots of rectangles with a few perfect squares thrown in, and some lovely straight, A to B lines. In fact, if you look closely at near center, you will see a jet engine trail, again A to B!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #139 – Special Moments

I took this photograph on June 20, 2002 in Maui. I was driving the Road to Hana and pulled over. Walking into the forest I came across this waterfall where people were jumping into the reservoir below. Luckily I had a waterproof disposable camera, so I was able to join in the fun. The very next day, I turned 40 years of age. A special moment indeed.

I took this photo on September 16 of last year. I was having a difficult time making any sort of a decent capture with my camera. The strap got a bit tangled around my wrist, and while trying to untangle it, I inadvertently snapped this shot. Another special moment.

Baltimore is one of those cities with a lot of one way thoroughfares. If you make a wrong turn, unless you’re very familiar with the city, you will get lost in a heartbeat. That’s what happened to me. The day was winding down and I was beginning to panic because rush hour was on the verge of beginning. I saw this view in my rearview mirror and decided to take advantage. I stopped my car, hopped out and took this shot. The people behind me in traffic were less than pleased, but I saw many cars taking my same route.

Lens-Artists Challenge #137: Soft

I agree with the host of this challenge that bumblebees are soft. I’m submitting this butterfly with the same sentiment. 😄

Here we have two examples of soft on soft. Maxwell and GarGar both have soft fur. Max is on a soft pillow and GarGar is on a soft chair.

For the cause of equity, I submit these dogs who have very soft fur as well.