The theme for the Lens-Artists’ Photo Challenge is Favorite Images of 2021 – and #SundayStills also has this theme running from 1-2 to 1-8 (here).
Starting with a photo I took in the summer while in Cocoa Beach, FL. There is a certain area where they have peacocks roaming freely. I was grabbing some photos and one peacock fluttered up and then posed in this tree.
These colorful flowers (taken on a walk somewhere) along the painted brick spoke to me. First of all, the hearty petunias stood out – humble and low maintenance beauty that keeps on giving – and then the “not so exotic” painted brick reminded me of more humbleness with beauty that is subtle (not flashy, not glittery).
I also liked the softness of the flowers, dangling along the hard bricks. It reminded that life is often this way. We have softeness and beauty amidst the hardness in life. And I do not only mean “tough hard” – I am referring to the natural toughness with structure or just the kind of “hard” that comes with life’s elements – and how all of this can be softened (and colored) by nature (and love). Flowers and foliage offer so much to the world.
This next photo has the same idea with softness amidst the hard. However, it also whispers of triumph.
Peppermint is so easy to grow and in 2021, I FINALLY made my own peppermint tea. It came out “just okay” – but it was fun to try. I also thought of Su Leslie with this five-minute photo shoot – and sending Get Well wishes her way. 🧡: 🧡:🧡:
For us at the Priorhouse, I would say that 2021 was a “mediocre” year. In some ways “blah” but then in other ways, it had some very nice aspects. (Three stars or a B minus – ha)
I know many folks have said that 2021 was a terrible year. I have read numerous posts about the strain and drain. I have also heard many local folks share some of their trials and so this next photo depicts that 2021 vibe:
The good news is that 2022 is here – offering us fresh days and a chance to enjoy new experiences.
Happy New Year!
Thanks for checking out this post and if you want to join in with your favorite images from 2021, create a post and use the tag #Lens-Artists – (or check out Tina’s post for the new theme this week, which is “double dipping”).
Thanks (again) to our hosts: Tina, Amy, Ann-Christine, and Patti – as well as the new hosts joining in for 2022: Sofia Alves of Photographias, Anne Sandler of Slow Shutter Speed, and John Steiner of Journeys with Johnbo