There is real purity in New Zealand…It’s actually not an easy thing to find in our world anymore – Elijah Wood
Today is a very special day for us here at Lens-Artists – the one year anniversary of our Challenge. While we were all initially saddened by the discontinuation of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, for us it became an opportunity to expand our blogging horizons and to create some amazing new friendships.
I feel that New Zealand is my second home. – Luke Evans
On our end, we have transitioned from four independent photography bloggers to a tightly-knit team that supports, encourages and helps each other as we develop and create our weekly challenges. We’ve also been fortunate to have expanded our follower base thanks to bloggers like you who support and inspire us.
Toitū te whenua (Leave the land undisturbed).
As a result, our challenge has become near and dear to each of our hearts. We’ve gone well beyond being individual members of a team and have become four good friends. We are tremendously thankful to you for your appreciation of our efforts; and for making us smile or feel touched by your responses. As our thank you for your support and encouragement, we’re suggesting that you respond to today’s challenge with any subject that’s near and dear to YOUR hearts, as we’ve done with our images today. If you’d prefer some guidance, choose any of the four subjects we’ve selected this week (Friendship, A country that’s special to you, Imagination and Connected).
We are a proud nation of more than 200 ethnicities, 160 languages, and amongst that diversity we share common values. – Jacinda Ardern
Each of us has included several captures that are special to us in some way.
Mine are from a country and people that occupies a special place in my heart – New Zealand. Aotearoa is the Māori name – and the most popular meaning usually given is the ”land of the long white cloud”. A strikingly diverse Nature, warm-hearted People with strong Environmental care and – an insane sense of humour! It is also the country in which JRR Tolkien’s characters so naturally belong. New Zealand opened its arms to me – and I immediately felt at home there. I would never have guessed that our blogging community could feel like ”home” too – but it does. It is a privilege to host this challenge once a month.
I’ve learned that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for making this such a terrific experience. If you have a subject that you feel might inspire us, please feel free to suggest it – we’d love to hear from you. Should you be new to our challenge and interested in joining us, please click here and be sure to include the Lens-Artists TAG so we can all find you. Happy Blogging to all of our loyal followers and friends, and Happy Anniversary to us!
Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua
(As man disappears from sight, the land remains) This demonstrates the holistic values of the Maori, and the utmost respect of Papatuanuku, Mother Earth.
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Each week on Lens-Artists, we highlight several responses from among our followers. This special week we’d like to thank ALL of our followers for their thoughtful, funny, often-feisty and always wonderful posts. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do, and will continue to join us as we move into year two of the Lens-Artists Challenge.
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It is really wonderful how generous bloggers are with their time, energy, enthusiasm, and support.
We are, aren’t we! I am very grateful to belong to this blogosphere – even if I would have liked to read more and participate more! Hosting brought some more work – but is very rewarding as well I think. Sorry I haven’t been with you now – I will manage more after summer vacations I hope!
No worries at all, Ann-C. We all do what we can, and I know that even if you don’t visit much, you will always do what you can. And I hope you understand it is the same for me. I have time to read other blogs in quieter bursts, then in other weeks, no time at all. I will always be glad I have that kind of blogging community.
We are lucky!
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Truly a magical place! A bit late but Happy First Anniversary to all of you 🙂 I really appreciate your effort in bringing us bloggers together.
Thank you for the congrats, Len, and so glad to have you with us!
Your photos and words are so heart-warming. The way you welcome and encourage others is a gift. Thank you for all you do to keep the challenges going!
A most wonderful comment, Shelley! And I do feel you are a warm hearted lady as well!
Aw, you’re welcome 🙂 xx
Happy anniversary! Such a wonderful post .. I just loved it! But then I’m biased aren’t I 😄 Glorious images .. 👏
Well, Julie, thank you very much! I hoped you would like it ;-D – even if you were not biased!
I’m really looking forward to getting to New Zealand one day, so I really enjoyed your post. This week mine is about a day trip in England, a Country that is important to me:https://wp.me/p2owKx-1d7
You will for sure like it there, Amy. And good old England is a favorite of mine as well!
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Love it – but will have to comment more when I am back in Sweden! Thank you!
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Happy Anniversary, Ann-Christine! Thank you for helping host the Lens-Artists Challenge and for sharing all those beautiful photos from your travels, as well as closer to home. What the four of you have created here is wonderful!
Now your words really touch my heart, Ana! Thank you, and you know this would never have worked without the support from you and other bloggers!
It is such a warm, supportive community. 🙂
Yes, it is – it is a joy to be part of it!
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Many congratulations on you, Patti, Tina and Amy on Lens-Artists’s first anniversary. The very collaboration of yours certainly have opened new doors for WordPress community to not only share part of the world we live in, but also what we dream and cherish about.
Which is a big feat, I say 🙂
Hammad, thank you for lovely words and joining us with lovely work from your part of the world! So glad to contribute to our WP community!
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Thank you for taking us to this beautiful city! I will have to comment more when I am home in Sweden again!
Here is my appreciation post for what you do. ❤ I was a little consufed as to which one of you is hosting but I think all four are! 🙂 I leave my comment here with you but I link to all of you, just to be sure. My 20 selected Lens-Artists posts and photos for the first year are as follows:
Thank you, dear Manja for always being there and supporting! Love your beautiful and creative gallery❤. When I get to my computer again I will come back to you!
Thank you so much, Leya! And I love coming up with posts for your challenge! Carry on!
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A happy birthday to this effort that all of you put together, and thanks for keeping the community growing.
New Zealand is a place that I keep thinking of going to.
Thank you for joining us and your contributions are inspiring!
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So glad to hear of your getting better! A wonderful blue heron image. Thank you for letting us know and see!
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Thank you , Henry! I understand your fascination! When I have my computer again I will be back commenting!
I love everything that I hear and see about this country. And I love your presentation.
Congratulations to all four of you for the first birthday of your splendid challenge. It has given me pleasure to participate (almost) every week. Much love and to many more years!
Kisses, Manja! And thank you for lovely support with lots of happy thoughts and pictures!
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Thank you ann-christine for the great and wonderful year and I’m looking forward to the next, here is my post for this week, https://wp.me/p2AvI7-389.
Always welcome, Robert! Thank you for your faithful support and inspiration!
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Thank you for a great gallery! I will comment more when I am back in Sweden. It does not work so well without my computer.
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A wonderful choice, Robert! I will visit and comment more when I am back in Sweden again!
Great post, love New Zealand!!!
Thank you, dear Ana! Then there are at least two of us!
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A truly beautiful post – thank you! When I am back in Sweden I will comment on your blog too!
Beautiful NZ post Leya.. thank you!
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Thank you, Ana, for this beautiful gallery – I will have to come back to you when I am back in Sweden again! Commenting does not really work from here😐
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Thank you for a wonderful and inspiring post! I will comment more when I am back in Sweden at my computer!
Your photos warm my heart. And I am so pleased that your Lens-Artists challenge has brought so much joy and friendship.
Dear Mandy, blogging has brought much joy and many new friends. This challenge brought new experiences as well. But a great deal more computer time…
I know New Zealand is beautiful and it will be one of the two places (the other one is Norway) we are going next. Thank you for the beautiful share, Ann-Christine. Happy anniversary to you and your team. 🙂
Miriam, those two countries are the most beautiful countries I know in the world. Enjoy! Looking forward to hearing from your travels!
Thank thou, Ann-Christine, I look forward to it.
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Thank you for a great post! I will comment more when I am back in Sweden with my computer!
Your first and last images are my favourites. They bring back memories of our time at the Hobbit Movie set and also at Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Maori Village last October.. I have visited NZ three times now, although must confess visit number two was a weekend engagement party also last year. After our October visit and road trip around part of the North Island the rest of New Zealand is on our radar. 🙂
I know you love it too! Looking forward to more after your trip then!
Happy anniversary 🥳
Beautiful. The last is my favorite.
Looks great, John! I will have to come back to you when I get home next week!
Thank you, John!
Beautiful images Ann-Christine and happy anniversary! 🤗💜🎉 Thank you for hosting these lovely challenges and here’s to many more happy anniversaries to come 🙂💖 xxx
Thank You, Xenia for lovely posts and support!
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We hope to see some of these some day, but until then, thanks for sharing them and congratulations on a year.
Thank you, Janet – and I hope you will go there ! You will not regret it.
Kia ora, Ann-Christine: I absolutely love and adore Aotearoa 🇳🇿. Thanks for allowing me to participate in the LAPC, and I hope all of your efforts continue and be met with great success. 👍🏽
Kia ora, Henry, and thank you for great support!
Happy Anniversary – thank you for keeping the weekly challenge going!!
Thank you for participating – that is what makes it going!
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Thank you – I will come back to comment when I get home to Sweden again!
How could I not love these beautiful images from my home. Happy anniversary Ann-Christine, Tina, Patti and Amy — and thank you for creating and sustaining this challenge.
Thank you, Su! And thank you for participating! It is a pleasure to us all – and your country will always occupy that special place in my heart.
I, too, think your post is beautifully connected with our anniversary theme, AC! I always admire your creative thinking, writing, and photography. It’s wonderful to travel with you and get to know places and things you’ve enjoyed. Thank you for your support and friendship!
Amy, you are a very inspirational and lovely woman – but I don’t know how you find the time to work so much and so hard! I admire you!
Thank you for your praise, AC! I think you have put a lot of effort to get LA going. I know I’ll continue to learn from you. 🙂
And I from you! 😊
Congratulations to you Ann-Christine, Tina, Patti and Amy for the first Anniversary and thanks for for Lens- Artists’ Challenge, wonderful pics from NZ!!!
Thank you, Paulo- and so glad you love the NZ pics!
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A wonderful collection – I will come back and comment when I am back in Sweden with my computer!
Since I’ve never been to NZ, your selections adds to my desire to want to experience all that it has to offer.
I am happy to have inspired you! If you go, you will never regret it!
A-C, love the subject for this week … and thank you for keeping this ”game” alive and on track. Looking forward to the second year. *smile
I wish I had a chance to see more of New Zealand. I loved everything about what I was able to see and meet. There is something very special … about New Zealand and it’s people.
Thank you so much , Viceka , and N Z really is special. ..
I am someone who enjoys the opportunity to show everyone my little part of this wonderful world. I am glad we now have a new Fab Four to inspire, test our imagination and provide an outlet for what we love to do – take photographs.
I do so love all of your photos as usual
I hope you, Amy, Tina and Patti have the strength to continue. Your efforts are much appreciated
A new Fab Four? Well, some blushing here …thank you, dear Brian, and we do love your part of the world!
Excellent A-C I love seeing yours as well 🙂
A-C, my husband and I have seen much of the world and had many wonderful journeys but both agree NZ is an all-time favorite. It’s gorgeous, the people are warm and friendly and it offers as many natural wonders as countries of much larger size. We thought it must be what the US was like 50 years ago. I love the way you connected the subject to our challenge and of course your terrific images. Happy anniversary to us! It’s been a joy to partner with you.
It has been a joy and a great honour for me, Tina. Something I never would have dreamed of! And so glad NZ is a favorite of yours as well!
It definitely would not be the same without you A-C! 4 critical spikes of the same wheel 😊
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Underbart, Viveka! Jag återkommer när jag har min dator!
Vi hörs … vet inte vad som har hänt – här med min länk. Vi tar om det från början. https://wp.me/p293Pw-hK0
Problemet är att jag har svårt att kommentera utan min dator! Återkommer!
Inga problem … ingen brådska.
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Looks wonderful! I will have to come back to you when I am back in Sweden!
Happy first anniversary to all the lens-artist team. It has been great following and contributing to your challenges over the last year (where has the time gone?!). Thank you so much for hosting and being so inspirational. New Zealand is somewhere that has always intrigued me – maybe one day I will get to visit.
Yes, where has the time gone? But we/I am so glad you contribute every week – to the joy of us all! Love Ireland too😊
Happy Anniversary 🙂 Lovely photos, NZ is definitely on my list of places to visit!
Thanks – and you will not regret it!
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Love them, Brian! Thank you – and I will have to come back commenting when I get to my computer in Sweden!
Congrats on the one year and this challenge was needed – 😉
And love he landscapes here – and the leave the land undisturbed – nice message
Thank you so much, Prior, love to be needed 😉 and glad you enjoyed the NZ post!
The beauty of your photos often leaves me speechless, Ann-Christine, but it’s the warm humanity behind them that speaks to me loudest. Thank you so much for the time and energy you bring to this challenge. It’s very special. 🙂 🙂
Sweet Jo, you are a dear, always! My heart warms whenever I think of you!
Hi, A-C. Beautiful images from a beautiful person. It’s been so much fun collaborating with you!
The same to you, Patti! Thank you for an inspirational year with lots of new things learned!
Thanks to all for these challenges. Here is my contribution for this week: https://chava61.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/lens-artist-photo-challenge-53-your-choice/
Thank you for joining in and being with us every week! I will comment next week when I am back home at the computer!
Happy Anniversary to you, Tina, Amy and Patti! Love your choice this week, and mine will come as no surprise!
Thank you for always being positive, Sue!
But of course, Ann Christine!