Lens-Artists Challenge #85 – Treasure Hunt

This week Tina invited us on a Treasure Hunt! The challenge is to search for specific items – either from our archives or newly captured – from the list below.

  • Challenge Items: Sunrise and/or sunset, Something cold and/or hot, a bird, a dog, a funny sign, a bicycle, a seascape and/or mountain landscape, a rainbow, a church, a musical instrument, a boat, a plane, a waterfall
  • Extra Credit Items: An expressive portrait of one or more people, a very unusual place, knitting or sewing, a fish, an animal you don’t normally see, a bucket, a hammer, a street performer, a double rainbow, multiple challenge items in a single image. Her opening image, for example, includes a sunrise, a seascape and birds in a single shot.

I found several treasures from my archives:

1.Sunset at cruise

The first day of our cruise to Enchilada, Mexico, the weather was right at sunset. I captured this photo with drifting clouds and a seagull flying by.

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We took this helicopter ride to the top of the mountain with Glacier landing at  Anchorage, Alaska. Lynton flies helicopter and had an enjoyable conversation with the pilot.

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A mother-in-law-to-be and a friends were overcome with joy at this bridal shower for the bride-to-be. A treasure moment shared among family and friends.

4.Koala bear in Australia

At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane Australia, we observed the koalas and had photos taken by holding one such as this.

Koi fish at huntingyon labrary

Koi fish are plentiful in the pond of the Chinese Garden at The Huntington Library, Art  Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Los Angeles.

6.IMG_6129 Canada Goose

The goslings tried to cuddle under this Canada Goose at the Rhododendron Garden in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

 

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  • Wonderful treasures you have shared, Miriam. That sunset is stunning! ❤

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  • Hi Miriam, long time no see and hope you are well. Beautiful photos. I used to take part regularly in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and miss it. Maybe I’ll have a go at this! Now that I am in the submission stage of my memoir, having finally finished my proposal which took an arduous age, I am trying to blog a little more regularly. And would still like to feature you at some point, I haven’t forgotten. Family commitments behind the scenes take me away more than I can control sometimes…but I will be in touch, promise. Anyway, lovely to see you again after too long. I have been to the Huntington Library in Los Angeles – a very long time ago, but I do remember it 🙂 ❤

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    • Great to hear from you, Sherri!! I’ll be the guest host for this photo challenge. Come join in for fun.
      It’s wonderful news that you’re in the submission stage of your memoir. It’ll be a relief when it’s published. You can take a break for a while. I hope the publisher will do a good job promoting your book.
      Family is always first. At least that’s my priority. They need me and I need them. My daughter is having her second baby a month from today. I’m here in Portland, Oregon with them for the weekend. I’ll comne back when it’s close to her due date.
      I still have WIP writing projects, something I want to do to pass on to them.
      Do keep me posted about the publishing date of your book.
      Take care.<3 ❤

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      • Thank you so much, Miriam. I will be so relieved to get my memoir published at last, as you say. Just waiting now to hear with several submissions in the pipeline and who knows how long, but I am so glad to be at this stage. I can’t think about another book at the moment as like you, I have involved family commitments, my youngest is having surgery in a week’s time and I need to get my head straight for that. I’ll be back to check out your photo challenge as soon as I can after that and really look forward to it. How exciting, another grandbaby on the way! It’s wonderful you are there with your daughter and family and I wish you all the very best in everything. And I will definitely keep you posted and see you soon! Take care too… ❤

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        • Hi Sherri, I’m not brave enough to submit my book to the publishers. I think I’ll still do self-publishing in the future.

          Sorry to hear that your son is going to have a surgery. I hope it’s not serious. Do let me know what happens and the outcome of the surgery. ❤

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          • Hi again Miriam, it’s been a whirlwind here, not only with my son’s surgery (he did great, thanks so much for your concern, we got home with him yesterday, so trying to adjust to it all now) but also with the coronovirus effect. There is talk of everyone over 70 self-isolating if we are to contain it here in the UK. Like Italy, France and Spain, we are heading to lockdown. My elderly mother (84) lives with us in her own annexe, so I am carer for my son but also for my mother. I just pray I and my husband stay well. I feel the weight of responsibility, truth be told.
            As for seeking agents, it is nerve wracking and not easy. I will see how it goes, then to indie publishers. I don’t think I can cope with the pressure of self publishing, but never say never, right? Take care my friend, keep safe and well and I will be in touch as I try to adjust to all this… ❤

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            • Oh, Sherri. I feel for you of the responsibility to care both your son and your mother. Yes, you must stay healthy and care for yourself first.
              It’s getting a little crazy here as people are panic and stock up. Many food items are out of stock. Some items are limited to one per customer.
              More and more school closing. I pray that people stay calm for the next couple months to get over with this. ❤

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              • It is the panic buying and general panic that can make this so much worse. Same here…the government is trying to urge people not to panic buy, but they still do. Now some stores are putting restrictions in place. They should have done this before. Schools won’t be open too much longer here, we’re heading for total lockdown. Take care, Miriam, and keep safe and well and I will do the same… ❤

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                • Considering the Coronavirus is so contagious and fast spreading, I don’t mind the lockdown. The news mentioned about the Spanish virus in 1918 killed 2 million people.
                  I kind of do self isolation just to be safe. Take care, Sherri! ❤

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                  • Same here, Miriam. The entire UK is now on lockdown and a good job too, although there are still those who insist on getting together – but now it’s enforced by the police to break them up. I only leave the house to get food and supplies for my family once a week and that for as short as I can make it. The rest I’m at home with everyone else. Hubby now working from home for the most part, so we can now alternate shopping hopefully. Best to go early in the morning. I don’t like going out at all , but we have no choice as we can’t get online or home delivery as it’s in chaos from all the people using it. We can go out once a day for exercise for an hour, so I am doing that. Self distancing too, of course. We all need to keep as safe as possible. Thanks, Mirium, keep safe too and I’ll do the same! and congrats again on your beuatiful new granddaughter! ❤

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                    • I don’t need anything for a couple weeks. Hubby goes to stores every few days. He set up his home gym in the backyard. I have treadmill and dumbbells.

                      My granddaughter is so cute. I hope to see her for the Mothers day week. 🤗💖

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                    • ❤ Miriam…God bless ❤

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                    • Stay safe, Sherri. 💖💓

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                    • Thank you, Miriam…you too ❤

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                    • You’re welcome, Sherri. Stay in touch.💖

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                    • Bless you, Miriam, I will! I still haven’t been able to head over for your challenge with the present situation, adjusting to our new way of life, keeping safe, but I will be over as soon as I can as I am so much looking forward to it! Keep well and safe, my friend, you and your family 🙂 ❤ xoxo

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                    • No worries, Sherri. I haven’t Made too many posts because I try to get some writing done. This is the best time for me to do it without other schedules to interrupt. Hope things are going well with you and your family. ❤ 🙂

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                    • Yes, same here, Miriam. I am managing just about to keep a few posts going at the Summerhouse while trying to concentrate on my writing offline, but though I am used to working from home, my routine has changed greatly since we’ve all been on lockdown and I am carer for both my youngest son and mother who is self isolating for 12 weeks due to her being 84 and vulnerable. My husband is also now working from home. We’re all adjusting best we can and doing as well as we can thanks and hope you all are too, but very stressful times here in the UK for us all with our Prime Minister in intensive care with COVID-19 since Sunday night. After all the upheaval and instability with Brexit for some years, then two General Elections and now coronovirus which he was leading us through, this is terrible news for him, his family and pregnant fiance. Not to mention our country. Please pray for him and us, Miriam. I hold you and yours and my beloved America in my heart and prayers too. These are untold times in our lifetimes. I’ll be in touch and look forward to joining in when things are more settled… Take care ❤

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                    • I can visualize how busy you are, Sherri, taking care of the daily routine plus extra effort to take care of your mother and your youngest son. I have friends with dependent adult children so I understand the work goes into it to take care of them. Staying home is the least we can do to protect ourselves and others. It’s inconvenient and stressful.

                      Do you have other family members around your area? If not, do you stay contact with them? I hope all of your family is okay.

                      We watched the news about your Prime Minster in intensive care. I hope the hospital will have an aggressive treatment for him. We need our leaders to be well to lead the countries especially in times like this.

                      I will certainly pray for your Prime Minister, you, and your family. Yes, please keep in touch and pray for each other! ❤

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                    • Bless you, dear Miriam, and thank you so much for your prayers. Yes, we do indeed need to keep praying for all our leaders at such perilous times especiallly. I expect you have seen in the news that our Prime Minister is now out of intensive care which is great news, though still in hospital recovering. He had it bad and will need to rest for a while and hope he doesn’t rush back to work, though it is very important. But better news than a few days ago when it looked bad.
                      Thank you for understanding the stresses and toll is takes in such a situation at home. I do find it takes a lot out of me and have to take time to replenish. I’ll be signing off WP until next week after Easter as I need to spend some downtime recharging and with hubby who is now not having to work until Tuesday. I am burnt out but we have our supplies and can relax, do a few household chores like painting the porch and unwind a little in the lovely spring weather (soooo greateful for our space and garden). I do have two adult sons who live 4 hours away, and haven’t been able to see them since all this started. We’ve had to cancel a lot of family ‘stuff’ but will make up for it when we are able. Meanwhile, we keep in regular touch via what’s app and video calls so I am greatly comforted by that. My brother lives over an hour away but of course is on lockdown like us all so won’t see him for a while either. But again, we are all in touch. So important at such times, isn’t it? Well, my lovely friend, I will bid you a very Happy Easter and all prayers for your safety and protection and will be in touch next week. Take care and keep well! 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  • Every one of those is precious, Miriam. I’m partial to animals so that Koala and the goslings–keepers.

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  • Beautiful sunset picture. I love all the animal pictures too. Overall, great photos and great job with the prompt! ❤ xo

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  • Stunning photos, Miriam! I think my favorites are the two older women filled with joy and the goslings hiding under momma 🙂

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  • D.L. Finn, Author

    I love all the animals and the sunset. I bet that was a spectacular helicopter ride, Miriam:)

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  • Fabulous photos and experiences

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  • Beautiful photos for this week. 😀

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  • Treasures, indeed, Miriam! The sunset scene is stunning. Love the koala and gosling especially. 🙂

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  • I can see your treasured treasures clearly, Miriam! And Your ladies made me smile!

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  • You certainly have a treasure trove of beautiful photographs Miriam, each with precious memories.

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  • A beautiful response to the challenge Miriam, I love them all but the koala and gosling both stole my heart. Blessings indeed.

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  • Miriam, these are all wonderful photos and they create a wonderful array of emotions within me! The sunset photo is perfect tranquillity and the koala bear is even more poignant following the horrific fires in Australia. My favourite has to be the two women full of joy, their laughter radiating love and excitement! Beautifully captured moment! 😀

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  • petespringerauthor

    I enjoyed your photos, Miriam. My wife and were in Anchorage last year (My final state!) It was weird pulling into town at 10:00 p.m. with the son still up high in the sky. We thought about doing the helicopter ride but opted for the train instead.

    I also was interested in the Canada Goose photo. My dad was on the recovery team for the Aleutian Canada Goose (a subspecies of the Canada Goose) when they were endangered. (That’s how we ended up in California.) They migrate from the Aleutian Islands to California and pass through our area on their way south to the Central Valley. They have made an excellent recovery and are no longer on the endangered/threatened list.

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  • Wonderful pictures, Miriam. You have had some lovely experiences.

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  • Great selections, Miriam. I’m looking forward to your challenge.

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  • That koala is so cute. 🙂 Treasures indeed.

    janet

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  • Lots of gorgeous treasures in these pics Miriam. Beautiful

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