Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #92 – Going Back – the Second Time Around

”Considering the current world situation, I decided to focus my challenge to your sharing images from your previous travels rather than asking you to go out to photograph new examples to share. If you visited a favorite place more than once, how did you approach the second trip photographically? If you’ve only been somewhere once, what would you do differently the second time around?” This week we welcome guest-host John Steiner – please visit his post at Journeys with Johnbo for more inspiration!

My choice for a walk down memory lane, is the tiny island of Madeira, a hiking paradise I have visited five or six times.

Two times with our children and my mother. These images are all from 2010, when my mother turned 75, and we celebrated with Madeira for the second time together. This is the first time I brought a camera. For the orchids and for our hiking.

You often go by bus to the staring point, early in the morning. Then, you walk the chosen hike along the levadas – long or short, and return with another bus from the end point.

My mother used to be an avid hiker, and we walked together until one or two years ago. She loved Madeira, and with the youngsters on the path as well, we had so much fun.

In the early morning, it was rather cold in the mountains, but so quiet and beautiful.

Madeira 2010 370-2

Following the lifting mist, and listening to the murmuring of water – always running by your side. Once built to bring water from the mountains to the different parts of the island – the levadas are now also used by hiking tourists.

The air vibrates with bird song, and the soft scent of mosses and soil – everything breathing harmony.

This year there had been a storm, bringing down many trees. Still impressive though.

Lush green wherever you walk – and the stream always accompanying you.

Nature is reflected in their art as well – and I happen to love the tiny lizards –

Maybe some day…I will return. Who can tell. My mother turns 85 this summer, and can no longer go hiking. When I show her the old photos, she can still remember – something of those days, sometimes.


In closing, I’d also like to add a special Thank You to all of you who joined our “Simplicity” challenge last week. Thank you for sharing so many moments of peacefulness, beauty, and fun.  In these challenging times, you help make us all feel better and know that this too shall pass.

Next week, it is my time to be your host – and we are back to our ordinary schedule.

Stay well and safe, keep connected to your loved ones, and keep creating!

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    • Thank you, Rupali, somehow mist is a very positive trait in photos. Dreamy and not revealing it all, it leaves something for the viewer to fantasize on.

  2. What a special post this is. Thank you for allowing us to share with your family.
    All wonderful photos but the perspective of the header image, looking through the agapanthus is stunning.

  3. A beautiful, thoughtful post, A-C. I love the shots of you and your children. I can see how much you enjoyed this trip! I am hopeful we can all go on adventures again next year.

  4. Madeira looks gorgeous. I love to hike, especially when the foliage is lush and green. That mist adds a magical quality. It’s so wonderful that you were able to hike with your mother for so many years. My mother and I have made two trips to Scotland and I’m hoping that once we are through our current times, she and I will get to visit other places together. 🙂

    • Hi Amy – found your lovely comment in the spam section! How great you have been to Scotland twice with your mother. I am sure there will be opportunities to go together again. I am so grateful I went so many times with my mother – now that she cannot go anymore, I show her the photos to make her remember. And sometimes she does. The years go by so fast – enjoy your time together while you can ♥

    • Thank you, Su – we all have that week in fond memory. My daughter just told me she could feel and taste it through my post. So happy we did that trip together!

  5. Thank you for my virtual visit and walks – lovely! I did briefly visit Madeira, but couldn’t do it justice because my walking isn’t up to the challenge

  6. You’ve recreated the atmosphere of the island perfectly, Ann Christine. I was only there once but I loved it too. Your beautiful photos bring it back. 🙂 🙂

  7. As ever, you ‘sell’ your holiday destinations to those of us who have never visited some of the places you’ve seen. You make them special by connecting them to your personal experiences too. Thank you.

  8. Echoing Tina’s comment! Yours is a story of family, so necessary in our current world climate. I am happy to know that my challenge allowed you to share your memories. Thanks so much for inviting me to guest-host.

    • Thank you, John, for joining us here! And – it is true your challenge brought up the memories of our Madeira journeys, I haven’t visited for ten years.

  9. What a beautiful, lyrical and sentimental post Ann-Christine. I envy your time with your mother, especially in such an amazing place. Both of my parents passed quite young but I still miss them.

    • Thank you, Tina, I got carried away by the memories – so a bit too long a post. I understand if you miss your parents, sorry you lost them early, they are important all your life. I know I am lucky, but now it breaks my heart to see my mother’s health deteriorating fast. But, as you say – we have wonderful memories. And challenges to bring them out!

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