Amy is inviting us to share this week Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge: Under the Sun. She is inspired by the book “Under the Tuscan Sun”, the book rose to number one on the New York Times Best Seller list, and stayed on the list for two years.
I took this photo on a cloudy day when there was a breach in the clouds where the sun was shining …
And this one in my garden.
This week the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is organized by a guest-host: Xenia, and she chooses the theme: “Sanctuary”.
I found this explanation in Cambridge Dictionary:
– a place where birds or animals can live and be protected, especially from being hunted or dangerous conditions: a wildlife/bird sanctuary
Ann-Christine is hosting this week Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Winter.
“Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers” (Kahlil Gibran)
This week Cee‘s Black & White Photo Challenge is: Back of things.
Model your life after the sunflower. When times are tough, make sure that you stay focused on the positive things in the same way that the sunflower keeps its face turned towards the sun.(Stephanie Kirby)
This week Cee‘s Black & White Photo Challenge is: Cameras, photographers or equipment.
For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Patti invites us to share the images about Autumn.
Leaf peeping is an informal term in the United States for the activity in which people travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where leaves change colours in autumn.
I was lucky to take this photo in Switzerland that can capture the different colours that leaves get in the fall.
For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Tina choose:” Spring”, she told that Spring is a season from hope and renewal, dramatic skies, time of rebirth, etc…
Welcome to Spring and all the newness this season brings. Its rain, daffodils, sunshine and thunder. Its warmth, colour and a breath of fresh air, little buds and birds chirping. All life crawls out of hibernation and our hearths open.
Amy is inviting us to share this week Lens-Artists Challenge: “Summer“
“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” (Sam Keen)
I was taken this photo on the outskirts of Madrid, on a very hot day.
This week, Patti invites us to capture “A Quiet Moment.”
Learn to love the moments between destinations, the quiet moments with yourself, the slow moment one life seems to be waiting to give you next instructions; trust that you are preparing for the next stages of your life, and be ready when the next door is open, and it’s time to walk inside. (Mark Anthony)
The dog looks mesmerized by the bone and the camera has captured this quiet moment …
This week the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is organized by a guest-host: Cee leads us to explore “One Single flower” and her favourite quotes is “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” Buddha
“Look into a flower and you see the whole cosmos.” Nhat Hanh
For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Tina choose “The Long and Winding Road”
This is yours (Patti, Ann-Christine, Amy and Tina) #100 Challenge, the beginning was on 7th July 2018:
The theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Wonder. We invite you to create a post that captures a moment, a feeling, a place, a person—which filled you with wonder.
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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/
Ann-Christine will post the next challenge on Saturday, July 14.
Congratulations and thanks to the team (Patti, Ann-Christine, Amy and Tina) for this “The Long and Winding Road”.
For this week challenge I choose a picture taken in Switzerland.
“Sometimes in life, we are caught in a zone,
when loved ones feel like strangers and
strangers feel like own; When the road
ahead looks frightening but we have to
walk alone, That’s the right time to collect
ourselves and walk, Because only the tough
get going when the going gets tough…”
Amy is inviting us to share this week Lens-Artists Challenge: Old and New.
“If we don’t care about our past, we can’t hope for the future…”
I take this photo in “The Águas Livres Aqueduct” built in the 1744 with 35 arches cross the valley, and we must see the “Amoreiras’ Tower” one of the high points on the Lisbon skyline built in the 1985.
Ann-Christine is hosting this week’s challenge, and she “thought we would indulge in some Delicate Colours!
“Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them” Chinese Proverb.
In addition to photography, my favourite pastime is gardening and in this lockdown I took the opportunity to plant some horticultural plants such as: onions, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, chilli, assorted cabbages, cucumbers, peppers and some strawberries. Strawberries are a bit of a job, we have to put a layer underneath so that the strawberries do not pick up soil.
For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Tina choose “All Wet”.
After raining the ducks went swimming…
Amy is inviting us to join this week Lens-Artists Challenge: At Home.
From my garden this strelitzia reginae (estrelícia in Portuguese), commonly known as the crane flower or bird of paradise, resembles a bird’s head, and due to its brilliant orange and blue colours and unique form, it resembles not just any bird but a bird-of-paradise, is a species of flowering plant indigenous to South Africa.
After some time without posting, I was supposed to go to Switzerland in March, but due to Covid-19, I couldn’t go, I apologize to my followers for this long rest …
I take this photo in Seixal, it is a place where ships are repaired and I discovered this one, which is green for the challenge.
Amy is inviting us to join this week Lens-Artists Challenge: “Countryside and/or Small Towns”
Switzerland is a green country and I live at Münchenbuchsee where 38.8% is used for agricultural purposes, and 27.2% is forested.
Ann-Christine is hosting this week’s challenge in which she asks: “What is Magical yo you?”
Prominent in many cultures, the peacock has been used in numerous iconic representations, including being designated the national bird of India in 1963. The peacock, known as mayura in Sanskrit, has enjoyed a fabled place in India since and is frequently depicted in temple art, mythology, poetry, folk music and traditions. A Sanskrit derivation of mayura is from the root mi for kill and said to mean “killer of snakes”. Many Hindu deities are associated with the bird, Krishna is often depicted with a feather in his headband, while worshippers of Shiva associate the bird as the steed of the God of war, Kartikeya (also known as Skanda or Murugan). A story in the Uttara Ramayana describes the head of the Devas, Indra, who unable to defeat Ravana, sheltered under the wing of peacock and later blessed it with a “thousand eyes” and fearlessness from serpents. Another story has Indra who after being cursed with a thousand ulcers was transformed into a peacock with a thousand eyes.
In Buddhist philosophy, the peacock represents wisdom. Peacock feathers are used in many rituals and ornamentation. Peacock motifs are widespread in Indian temple architecture, old coinage, textiles and continue to be used in many modern items of art and utility. A folk belief found in many parts of India is that the peacock does not copulate with the peahen but that she is impregnated by other means. The stories vary and include the idea that the peacock looks at its ugly feet and cries whereupon the tears are fed on by the peahen causing it to be orally impregnated while other variants incorporate sperm transfer from beak to beak. Similar ideas have also been ascribed to Indian crow species. In Greek mythology the origin of the peacock’s plumage is explained in the tale of Hera and Argus. The main figure of the Yazidi religion Yezidism, Melek Taus, is most commonly depicted as a peacock. Peacock motifs are widely used even today such as in the logos of the US NBC and the PTV television networks and the Sri Lankan Airlines.
These birds were often kept in menageries and as ornaments in large gardens and estates. In medieval times, knights in Europe took a “Vow of the Peacock” and decorated their helmets with its plumes. In several Robin Hood stories, the titular archer uses arrows fletched with peacock feathers. Feathers were buried with Viking warriors and the flesh of the bird was said to cure snake venom and many other maladies. Numerous uses in Ayurveda have been documented. Peafowl were said to keep an area free of snakes. In 1526, the legal issue as to whether peacocks were wild or domestic fowl was thought sufficiently important for Cardinal Wolsey to summon all the English judges to give their opinion, which was that they are domestic fowl.
In Anglo-Indian usage of the 1850s, to peacock meant making visits to ladies and gentlemen in the morning. In the 1890s, the term “peacocking” in Australia referred to the practice of buying up the best pieces of land (“picking the eyes”) so as to render the surrounding lands valueless. The English word “peacock” has come to be used to describe a man who is very proud or gives a lot of attention to his clothing.
A golden peacock (in Yiddish, Di Goldene Pave) is considered by some as a symbol of Ashkenazi Jewish culture, and is the subject of several folktales and songs in Yiddish. (Wikipedia)
For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Patti invited us to explore “silhouettes”
This photo was taken at “Fonte da Telha” beach in Portugal.
This challenge is from citysonnet, July 6 – Sunny Yellow
Yellow Roses: Yellow roses are an expression of exuberance. Yellow roses evoke sunny feelings of joy, warmth and welcome. They are symbols of friendship and caring. The yellow rose, like the other roses, does not carry an undertone of romance. It indicates purely platonic emotions. (The Flower Expert)
Plant roses in an area where they will receive at least 5 hours of sun a day.
This challenge is from citysonnet, July 5 (With the letter F) – Fuchsia
FUCHSIA, so named by Plumier in honor of the botanist Leonhard Fuchs, a genus of plants of the natural order Onagraceae, characterized by entire, usually opposite leaves, pendent flowers, a funnel-shaped, brightly colored, quadripartite, deciduous calyx, 4 petals, alternating with the calycine segments, 8, rarely 10, exserted stamens, a long filiform style, an inferior ovary, and fruit, a fleshy ovoid many-seeded berry. (The British Fuchsia Society)
This challenge is from citysonnet, July 4 – Lemon Mint
This challenge is from citysonnet, July 3 (start with the letter N)
Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist, ragged lady or devil in the bush) is an annual garden flowering plant, belonging to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. It is native to southern Europe (but adventive in more northern countries of Europe), north Africa and southwest Asia, where it is found on neglected, damp patches of land. (Wikipedia).
This challenge is from citysonnet, July 2 (violet red)
This challenge is from citysonnet, July 1 (Favorite color)
Amy is inviting us to join this week Lens-Artists Challenge #51 “Unique”
Last Sunday I went to a Capoeira Festival in Bern and I really enjoyed it. The capoeira was brought to Brazil by slaves. The capoeira is a blend of dance and martial art. Two opponents face each other within the roda—a circle of capoeiristas (practitioners of capoeira)—emulating in a stylized manner the strikes and parries of combat, in time with the rhythms of a small musical ensemble. The ensemble typically consists of one to three berimbau (struck musical bows), one or two atabaques (single-headed, standing, conical drums), a pandeiro (tambourine), an agogô (double bell), all of which accompany call-and-response songs, usually led by one of the berimbau players. Its characteristic acrobatic moves and whipping leg gestures create a spectacle of excitement and danger. (Britannica)
In 2014 the Capoeira Circle was added to UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the convention recognized that the “capoeira circle is a place where knowledge and skills are learned by observation and imitation” and that it “promotes social integration and the memory of resistance to historical oppression”.(Wikipedia)
For me this dance/art is unique in the world.
This is my submission for Ann-Christine’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50: Trees
I apologize for the delay of the post because I had connection problems (internet).
I am going to put submerged trees due to the construction of one of the biggest dams that even buried a small village (Aldeia da Luz) was completely rebuilt on a new site.
For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Tina choose “Wild”
First I want to apologize to my followers for this long absence. I hope to be more active.
For the challenge I choose a Tiger (the best for me) from Zurich Zoo. It is a beautiful Zoo with gorgeous view of the nature and wildlife. There are a lot of animals, like peacocks, lions, tigers and so on.
Amy is inviting us to join this week Lens-Artists Challenge “Magical Light”