Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #102 – A Quiet Moment

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The Lens-Artists Challenge is hosted this week by Patti.

Patti invites us to share A Quiet Moment. ‘…many have rediscovered the value of finding quiet moments on which to reflect and recharge’, to paraphrase.

What was my old dee-oh-gee thinking, paused and posed by Lake Dillon, Colorado, many years ago:

Perhaps she wondered why my photo from another angle was so BLUE! The old Nikon D5200, also gone but not forgotten. Vivid mode, I’m sure. A quiet moment, also to be sure.

A pause for reflection at Neue Wache or New Guardhouse, a memorial to the victims of war and tyranny in Berlin, Germany:

Perhaps we should take a moment to contemplate our history. Do we want to erase it, or learn from it? Mr. Gorbachev, tear down those rocks??

This poor fellow is having a quiet moment, contemplating his existence, or the fact that he missed the Rolling Stones appearing at a nearby hotel, many, many decades before, when they were very young. Scheveningen beachfront, near Den Haag, Netherlands:

One can have quiet moments in Arizona, riding in a hot air balloon, VERY high above another hot air balloon:

Anonymous, the statue, opposite Vajdahunyad Castle, in Budapest, Hungary. Aren’t we all, more or less?

Les Leee-zard is having a quiet moment, no doubt wishing he could play with this dog toy, but knowing he is not a dee-oh-gee:

The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington D.C., is a fairly quiet moment. Lest we forget. Per Wiki: While Arlington National Cemetery is open, during the day in summer months from April 1 to September 30, the guard is changed every half hour. During the winter months, from October 1 to March 31, the guard is changed every hour. After the cemetery closes to the public (7 p.m. to 8 a.m. April through September, and 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. October through March), the guard is changed every 2 hours. The ceremony can be witnessed by the public whenever Arlington National Cemetery is open.[23][24]

My quiet moments still include puzzling, though I didn’t puzzle for several days. Agony. My Lapham’s Quarterly is late and they haven’t said they are pausing, for reflection or otherwise, during Covid. Double agony. I’m re-reading a book about the American Presidents. Informative but not overly captivating. My latest puzzle, 1,000 pieces, enjoyable, despite it being a plethora of yellows and greens and greens and yellows and yellows. And greens.

It’s digitally enhanced in order to reduce light reflection, not really quite that bright. Did you have a box of crayons when you were a kid? An eight-pack, then perhaps a sixteen or thirty-two, then bigger and bigger. Oh yeah.

Enjoy some quiet time, it’s a little noisy ‘out there’.

Stay safe, be well. Be kind to one another.

Kudos to the tireless leaders of the weekly Lens-Artists challenge.

General Weekly Challenge info from Tina:
“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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41 Responses to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #102 – A Quiet Moment

  1. Great captures John and perfect for the challenge!!!

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  2. Love that view of the hot air balloon from above! Nice collection of images meeting the challenge theme… and that puzzle looks like a challenge of its own.

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  3. Tina Schell says:

    A wonderful assortment John – I think your dee-oh-gee was worrying about that bird swooping down and carrying him away! I read there’s now a shortage of puzzles available out there so apparently you’re not the only one enjoying them! Loved that goofy Netherlands statue 😊

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  4. Wind Kisses says:

    This was a lovely collection. Awesome capture of the hot air balloon. Saddened to think Mt Rushmore might be only a photo in years to come. And thank you for including the most important Old Guard at Arlington. Well done!!!

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  5. Rupali says:

    Wonderful captures John.

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  6. Amy says:

    Great choices. Some of these statues tell its history. Wow… quiet moments riding in a hot air balloon, Amazing!

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  7. pattimoed says:

    Wonderful collection, John. I love your balloon ride moment and the monuments. All great ideas for the challenge. 😀 Take care, stay well, and happy puzzling.

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  8. Enjoyed this post John. Really enjoyed your comments (and photos of course)

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  9. Teresa says:

    Wonderful capture of the hot air balloon on the hot air balloon.

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  10. Wonderful collection of images, John. I also love that balloon shot! Mt Rushmore torn down? I dare them!

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  11. Leya says:

    Perfect, John! Loved that goofy guy thinking…and your puzzling still! So am I. Interesting what different puzzles you have over there…

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  12. These are fabulous!

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  13. A great selection of quiet moments, John. I like your perspective of Mt Rushmore and that puzzle looks like quite a challenge. But the prize goes to the first shot of your dear old dee-oh-gee.

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  14. Olga says:

    Wonderful assortment of special, quiet moments. Your dee-oh-gee is very photogenic. Just love that shot. 🙂

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  15. Really like your photo of the hot air balloon- something I have nor done and the second photo of the eagle is also very striking

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  16. My favorite photos are the hot air balloon and the crayons. The latter made me think about how I loved these big boxes of crayons as a child even if I only use eight every time.

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  17. An intriguing selection of photos! I love the vivid blues and yellows and greens. And perspectives from above, nice! You’ve captured some beautiful monument photos you may find them later as a history lesson for youngins to learn from.

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  18. oneletterup says:

    Such a creative collection of quiet moments! The hot air balloon from above – really nice. I do remember those crayons. And they still smell the same too 🙂

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