Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #83 – Future

The future is the period of time that will come after the present, or the things that will happen then. Maybe a second away, a week, a year, a decade…When I was young, I read somewhere in a book – its title since long forgotten – that you should try to do something today that your future self will thank you for. I keep trying.

The future remains uncertain and so it should, for it is the canvas upon which we paint our desires. Thus always the human condition faces a beautifully empty canvas.

― Frank Herbert


This week the challenge is FutureShow us what you will paint on Your canvas!


Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
Mother Theresa

If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.

Roy T. Bennett

The arrival of the future is considered inevitable due to the existence of time and the laws of physics.

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Gautama Buddha

A path, which, unfortunately, is not always strewn with roses…

The future depends on what you do today.
Mahatma Gandhi

Everything that currently exists and will exist can be categorized as either permanent, meaning that it will exist for the whole of the future, or temporary, meaning that it won’t and thus will come to an end.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

For my students, I used to draw a time capsule on the board, and ask them to fill it with what they wanted future generations – or ”aliens” landing 200 years on – to know about our life/time on Earth. Then imagine burying the capsule in the ground. When someone in the future found this capsule, they would learn what defined us, mankind, in the 21st century. An intriguing thought…What would You fill it with?

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.


As I am not a teacher anymore, I only plant seeds, trees and flowers. Next week, it is that time of the year again – to give my pot plants new energy and new life. This is my future dream for the coming week, for the arrival of Spring, for the returning of the light.

As you can see, I have played with double exposure in these images. All from my home.

Now we’re looking forward to seeing Your images of the Future – near or far!

Last week we were happy to have Viveka of My Guilty Pleasures as our guest host – and she chose Capital for us – to interpret our own special way. And the response was fantastic – very innovative and clever! In short – Capital!

Have you seen these?

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As always, we are all looking forward to seeing your creative responses to the challenge –  and thank you for your support!

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    • Already been peeking…glorious! I hope you two will go on with your exploring adventures – and that you will post on them of course! Glad you liked my doubles, Manja – I had fun.

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  19. Such evanescent images, Ann-Christine, shifting through time and space, yet captured in a moment, or at least captured in two moments. And a very thoughtfrul and thought-provoking challenge – to do something today that will enhance one’s future in some way.

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  24. These are all so beautiful, Ann-Christine! You have inspired me to learn to use the double exposure on my camera. The first photo is especially ethereal. It is a lovely reminder that what we do today will affect not only our future but other’s future as well. Thank you so much for this post – for both the photos and the quotes.

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  34. I love your images Ann-Christine 🙂 At Primary School, we did a time-capsule and it was buried in the garden. The time-capsule was going to be dug up for the schools Centenary celebrations.Trouble was that no one could remember where it was buried. The Principal and teachers from those days have since gone. Maybe one day it will be found.
    Here is my future contribution

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  40. Thank you, Leya, for this challenge and these wondrous, ethereal images of nature. How did you do that? My post is much more feet on the ground at https://wp.me/p47y3C-2b4. Meg who can’t read this language but will have a look for that button on my camera. Best Regards Meg

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    • So glad you enjoyed them, Amy – and I clearly see that you are right – about the future we know very little, and hope is all we can do.
      You know, when in Egypt I did not have a camera – so your photos are precious gifts for me to see! And, it must have been good for the pharaohs to believe there was a future after death. It would be much easier to die then.

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  51. WOW – so beautiful. I love the mix of colors and how creative the double exposures look! Thank you for the fun prompt and for the opportunity to play along. I hope your spring arrives soon – our part of the world has a month or three to go before I’ll see green and flowers :-).

    • Thank you, Shelley – so glad you loved the colours too! They are much needed here as well – we too have a month or two left. The problem over here is the mild winter…it tricks the plants to thrive and the flowers to come out. Then the frost will kill them. Last year my magnolia lasted for one day only. Black the next. Climate change. We have to wait! At least the light is returning now!

      • You’re welcome! Our late winter (March/April/May and sometimes June) can do that to our early plants too. It’s sad. Most of the plants do know to wait. Like our Catalpa trees. I watch them to know when to plant or not. They won’t let their leaves burst until the last bad frost has gone by.
        Yes, the light is helping and bundling up in warm clothes and walking outside helps too!
        Spring is in our hearts, thank you so much for sharing some bright colors to help! xxxxx

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    • I think you just made my day. It makes me happy you loved the post, and thinking of the idea of many possible futures springing from those seeds makes me feel humble. ♥

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    • Thank you so much, Ana! But Oh, I hope not too difficult a theme! I was thinking everyone knows what to do the next hour or day, or maybe their dreams for next month – the future starts now! I am doing my re-potting, so it was easy for me to know my nearest future.
      I’d love to see some of yours!

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  56. Beautiful multi-exposure images…a photo challenge indeed! The colors are food for my eyes as my world is somewhat white, yellow, dove gray, and at times…baby blue. Thank you

  57. Love the topic! and the photos! My question is, how long have you been doing WordPress? It seems to take a long time to get followers on my blog and traffic to my website. I understand it it good content and great imagery, like yours. Maybe there aren’t shortcuts.
    The idea of setting something in the present for yourself in the future is intriguing to me. I’m learning about genealogy and I’ve written about ”the confluence of current time”. It occurs where two flowing times join together to form a single channel – in our case it is time flowing from the beginning of two separate generations (your grandparents). Using maternal and paternal trees, each radiating time, they intersect at common decades or the “confluence of current time” (when you were born) (c) copyright.
    If you are so inclined, you can read more about this at https://familytreetops.com/living-family-trees/
    Thanks Leya,
    John Meng-Frecker

    • Thank you for the love, the info and the advice, John. Concerning shortcuts – as you say, there are none. I have been here for 9 years, and the first two were tough. The best way of getting readers you are hinting at yourself – but, I found that commenting on other people’s blogs is a very good way. Interesting comments will get bloggers clicking your gravatar to find out who you are. A well thought through About page is recommended. A capital thing to avoid is asking people to please come to your site – unless you deal with a subject related to the blog you comment on. So, your posting a link to me is relevant. But the ”please” bloggers I never visit.
      Your subject sounds interesting, so if you keep going, I am sure you will get many guests. Hard work and Best of Luck!

    • A comment that really warms my heart. I try to bring positivity – I need it and we all need it. So happy if you find this post helpful. ♥ My hope is to get many positive entries bringing hope and joy!

  58. I absolutely love your take on this one Ann-Christine, and your double exposures are fantastic. The flowers are even more beautiful this way. It makes them look so fragile and delicate. The colors are glorious. Terrific challenge and post.

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  60. Oh how I LOVE your photos! Something else for me to learn… in my future 🙂 What a great post. I will need to think would I would like to post for this challenge. Thank you for the inspiration and the beauty! Just BEAUTIFUL! 💙🧡💛💜💚

  61. I especially love your feature image, Leya. Breathtaking! And the Gandhi quote. I want to put it on a little sign to put on my computer to make me work harder, as I’m probably living a little too much in the Now! 😉

    • Ha, thank you! I believe we are living all simultaneously, past, now, future – but… And the Gandhi quote is one of my favorites as well. Glad you enjoyed the opener that much – I must say I was surprised at the outcome of that one. You never really know with doubles!

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  65. What a beautiful gallery of your future garden, Ann-Christine. You have me thinking and dreaming of the spring and summer. Thank you for an inspiring theme. I hope the sun and warmth return soon to your part of the world. :). Please post pictures of your garden in a few months!

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  67. Such beautiful and creative flower compositions and a big handful of wise quotes. 🙂 🙂 I don’t think I have an answer for future, Ann Christine, but we can all dream.

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      • What software did you use???? Potting it’s going to be full storm starting tomorrow. By the way I have 3 white orchids that is blooming for the 3rd time.

      • Wow, fantastic!!! I don’t think Oscar has a button like that I can press *laughing. Yes, big flowers and one of them is standing in constant water. 3rd time it’s blooming now.

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