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Lens-Artists Challenge #52 – Serenity

The theme from Tina for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is: Serenity.

These are a few of my favorite places of calmness, peacefulness and serenity.

 

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Chinese Garden, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Los Angeles, California, USA

Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform. – Pythagoras

 

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Moulton Falls Regional Park, Washington, USA

The waters are in motion, but the moon retains its serenity. – D.T. Suzuki

 

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Maui, Hawaii, USA

Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace,  joy and serenity. – Nhat Hanh

 

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Newport Beach, California, USA

Peace is the simplicity of heart, serenity of mind, tranquility of soul, the bond of love. – Pio of Pietrelcina

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #52 – Serenity

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #10: Fences

The theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week is Fences. There are fences near and far, close to home and around the globe. Some fences are made with rod iron, wood, stones, cement, plants, flowers, lava rocks or a combination of the above. The functions of the fences are to be for prohibition, protection, security, divider, or beauty. In this post, I have included some examples of the forms and functions of the fences.

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Cherry blossoms between the stone and wooden fences in Japan.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #9: Action

Action in the air, on the ridge of the high mountains, and in the depth of the ocean – a conservative description of my husband.

My husband is adventurous. He is a helicopter pilot. He keeps his pilot license active but doesn’t fly anymore because the air traffic in southern California is too busy. When he flew, he had a close call experience with a police helicopter. Helicopters are not within the control of Air Traffic Control and pilots must use their judgments.

My hubby rode dirt bikes, but he quit before he got married because I worried to death about his safety. He broke his wrist and ankle three weeks before our wedding. Walking down the aisle with a crutch was the decision, that’s part of life.

He is a diver. Diving was something he continued to do until the Key West trip in 2011. He dived in Aruba, Australia, Maui in Hawaii several times, North Carolina, southern California, and Key West in Florida.

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge: Time To Relax

My favorite time to relax is at the beach or the lake. Laguna Lake is within walking distance of our home, but we have to walk up the hill. We usually drive, even though it’s only a three minutes’ drive. On this relaxing walk, I love to take photos of the ducks and geese.

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There are several beaches not too far away. On weekends without work traffic, it takes about thirty-five minutes to get there. Sometimes my husband and I go. Other times, I joined a women’s group to go for the walk and breakfast. I especially love to watch the tidal waves filing in. I include the photos of the walk on Newport Beach.

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A little further away, my husband and I like to go to Maui, Hawaii. We go there basically to relax. We have been there four times. It feels good when walking on the beach as the waves coming in and wet our feet. Our evening walk would go until sunset. Watching the sun goes down and the sky changes the colors is an amazing experience.

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge: Time To Relax

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Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Scale

Haleakalā or the East Maui Volcano, is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of Maui. The western 25% of the island is formed by another volcano, Mauna Kahalawai, also referred to as the Western Maui Mountain. The tallest peak of Haleakalā (“house of the sun”), at 10,023 feet (3,055 m), is Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill). From the summit one looks down into a massive depression some 11.25 km (7 mi) across, 3.2 km (2 mi) wide, and nearly 800 m (2,600 ft) deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haleakal

We drove to the summit of Haleakalā. The drive was pleasant on this cloudy day. The heavy clouds drifted over the island casting shadow in the ocean and on the beaches. We visited the crater and the volcanic area. There was a “hill” made of lava rocks, and a path was made for people like me who walked to the top and say “hi” to you! I’m now looking at the scale of the hill and me.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sand

The most impressive sand was what I found on Bondi Beach, Australia. The sand was as fine as flour. The color was beige. The amazing thing was the cleanliness of the beach. On the same trip to Australia, we went to Port Douglas which is north of Caine where Great Barrier Reef is located. We walked on the sand, then took a path to a higher spot overlooking the long stretch of the beach for photos.

As far as sand, I include a photo of the sand beach at Makena, Maui, Hawaii where we got married. We went to spend our anniversary there.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sand

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Sky

Cee’s challenge this week is one of my favorite categories of photos. I am fascinated by the sky – the dramatic changes of light or dark cloud formations, color reflections of sunlight. or a completely clear blue sky. Sometimes I point my camera toward the sky finding focus while walking or turning directions. Fortunately when I do that, I walk on a safe ground!

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Sky

WPC – The Road Taken

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The challenge this week reminds me of one of the multiple trips we took to Maui. We always rent a Jeep to drive around. My husband loves to go on the Road to Hana. The previously drives were enjoyable. He doesn’t mind driving through the narrow unpaved part of the Road with the cliff on one side. Somehow during this one trip, the drive turned out to be different.

We started out in a sunny afternoon, enjoyed the ocean and the cliff scene. When the road turned narrower with thick trees, it started pouring rain. The rain was so heavy that the windshield wiper didn’t go fast enough to show a view of the road. We knew that we had not yet passed the point with single lane and no visibility of the oncoming cars. Drivers use honking, and caution driving to get through. Sometimes one car has to find a tiny shoulder to stop and let the other car go by. We worried about the safety to go through that part of the road in the rain. I looked at the map and tried to estimate the distance behind us and how much further we would have to go. It looked like we were in the middle. Turning around was as hard as going forward. We knew that the hardest part of driving was coming up; there should be a town after that. My husband decided to keep going. I was sitting tight, praying for safety. Fortunately, we passed the “no visibility” point before dark. Then we drove in the dark until we got back to the condo.

As soon as we saw the smoke from the sugar cane factory, we knew our condo was very near (the sugar cane factory photo was taken during the day).

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken

Weekly Photo Challenge – Repurpose

We frequently take our vacation in Maui, Hawaii. Maui is not a big island. We could casually go around the island in a few days, and still have plenty of time to walk on the beach and watch the sunset everyday. We got married on Makena Beach, so we visit that beach on every trip. Makena is not a sand beach, it has a lot of lava rocks instead. From Makena, we like to get on the Road to Hana. As soon as we get on the road, we could see the lava rocks on both side of the road. The local people were creative, they repurpose the lava rocks into walls for construction, protection, or decoration.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose

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