Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything Made from Wood

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Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #108: Sanctuary

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

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #107 – Winter

Ann-Christine is hosting this week Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Winter.

“Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers” (Kahlil Gibran)


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Back of things

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)

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 106: Autumn

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.

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Lens-Artists Challenge #105 – SPRING

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.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #102: A Quiet Moment

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 …

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Lens-Artists Challenge #100 – The Long and Winding Road

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.

Here are the guidelines:

  • Lens-Artist Photo Challenges are published every Saturday at 12 noon EST by one of our moderators. Post your reply any time before the next challenge is announced.
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Week 1 – Patti of

Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of

Week 3 – Amy of

Week 4 – Tina of

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…”

                      – nimisha

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge #64: Countryside and/or Small Towns

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.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63: Magical (Peacock, Peafowl or Peahens)

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)