Lens-Artists Challenge #52 – Serenity

[Categories: Photography, Photography 101 Forever
[Photos this week are hosted right here on WordPress.  Somewhere…  serene.]

[All photos might be right-clicked to open in a new tab or window.  These are recent pictures I’ve taken.]

The challenge this week is led by Tina.  The real challenge will be how to not post 300 photos and still barely scratch the surface.

I find serenity when looking at nature.  I am forever like an awe-struck child staring, numb-founded (yes, numbfounded), at clouds, trees, water, sunsets.

Clouds may be my most favorite, because my head is always in them.

Big sky panorama at a recent community concert.

Trees, the silent sentinels, observing but never saying anything.

Century old cottonwoods in a Panonia neighborhood. How deep must their thirsty roots be to have lived so long, or is the neighborhood about to collapse into an underground lake?!

Water, water, sometimes everywhere:

One of my all-time favorite songs, along with Amie by Pure Prairie League, and a few hundred others, is:

Ripplin’ Waters, lyrics by Jimmy Ibbotson of the… Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

“I’ve got ripplin’ water to wake me
To the mornin’, my woman, and love.
Tall pine trees are pointin’ us easily to heaven above…”

“…And oh, like a bubble on a windy day
I start to flutter when I hear you say
That you feel to good to go away.
And you make me feel fine.
And you make my world a warmer place
By the sparklin’ of your diamond face.
On a frayed spot put a little lace.
And you make me feel fine.
Warm as the mountain sunshine
On the edge of the snow line
In a meadow of columbine.”

Find it and give a listen.

Water and clouds, looking center at 11,396′ Mt. Lamborn from Azura Winery, Paonia.  10,806′ Landsend Peak is to the far right.  No, I have not hiked either one.

Finally, who does not stare wistfully into a sunset, fortunate perhaps to have the luxury of the time, or contented that one made it through to see another one at all.

Mountain sunset, western slope (of the Continental Divide) Colorado.

Sub-urban, south Denver.

Serenity.  Love it or leave it.


Weekly Challenge info from Tina’s blog:
“Each Saturday at noon EST we will publish a photo challenge similar in form to the now-defunct WPC. If you choose to participate, please make sure to tag your post with the name of our group LENS-ARTISTS so that all of the responses can be found together in the WP Reader. Please also include a link to the challenge moderator’s post. One of our 4 moderators will host the challenge each week.”
Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/
Check them out.  Also search for Lens-Artists to find posts.

About JohnRH

Retired, avid winter skier, avid reader, traveler (avidly). :)
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19 Responses to Lens-Artists Challenge #52 – Serenity

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely John, and far fewer than 300😊. I’m with you on the clouds and seeing another day!

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  2. cindy knoke says:

    The pairings of the prose and images are truly lovely John.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. It’s amazing how beautiful nature is isn’t it John. Great photos.

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  4. pattimoed says:

    Beautiful and inspiring, John. A wonderful, thoughtful post. Wishing you a day filled with serenity. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    A beautiful sequence John, those clouds are amazing! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Suzanne says:

    These are all lovely photos. I really like the one of water over rocks. Those trees are magnificent too.

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  7. Amy says:

    Serenity, indeed. Beautifully captured, John. Love the sunset of Denver especially. 🙂

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  8. Leya says:

    A truly serene gallery – love especially Denver clouds and sunset.

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  9. Excellent choices for the challenge, John. I especially like the 5th picture with the mountains in the background.

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  10. Water and mountains viewed from a winery, that’s all the ✅ right there!

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  11. I really like that panorama. I also enjoy a nice cloudy sky 🙂

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