Have a strong mind and a soft heart. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
In fact I consider being soft a virtue and an asset. Maybe not always…but almost always!
Now, after all the incredibly creative S’s from you for Patti’s alphabet challenge… we’ll continue with another S – Soft. (Hopefully you haven’t run out of images on Soft for Patti…) So many things are Soft…to look at, to touch, to listen to… we even have software for our technical devices. This challenge is all about how you want to interpret Soft – we are looking forward to seeing your choices! Please link to my post and add the Lens-Artists tag.
I just have to start with Snow – as we have had so much of it this year. Snow envelops you in a soft and silent world. It was many years since I did some serious skiing, but I am not afraid of falling in the soft and fluffy snow.
I also have a spring ”softie” on my table every year – acacia, or mimosa, as we call it. Its yellow flower balls always make me smile and walk into that room as often as possible… I wonder if acacia will be possible to grow in my glass house? I certainly will give it a try!
Finally – thank you again for inspiring us every week! Next week, March 6, Amy will be hosting Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #138 and as promised, we reveal the theme already: Natural Light. Be sure to pay her a visit and hopefully join in. In the meantime, have a lovely, creative week! And… please stay safe.
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Beautiful images… those flowers are awesome… beautifully captured.. Sorry for being late in the challenge, but here is my entry for the challenge.
Thank you – and it’s not possible to be late – the challenge is always open!
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♥♥♥The photos that you take are so so so amazing!♥♥♥
Thank you kindly
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Ann-Christine, I enjoyed you topic this week, I never realized how many different things fit the definition of soft. And of course, I love seeing your ”baby”, Totti, am such a softie when it comes to dogs (pun intended).😊
♥ Thank you, Sylvia! ♥
Wonderful theme and so are the images Ann-Chrsitine.
Thank you, Rupali – I really thought we needed some softness right now.
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Beautiful softness, Ann-Chrsitine. Fantastic photos, and I am in love with Totti 🙂
My closest thing to a Totti at the moment, is a soft toy, so that’s what I’m sharing for the challenge. https://travelwithintent.com/2021/03/05/fancy-a-cuddle/
Thank you, Debbie – it seems he’s got some fans here now!
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Here is mine for the week
Thank you, Nora!
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What a pretty dog! He looks very similar to my Teddy, miniature Schnauzer. But if only my Teddy could stay still for a photo in field of flowers.
Well…Totti is hopeless to get a photo with – as you can see he is not looking at me at all.
Oh but still a beautiful shot!
I love your landscapes, AC! The scene in the snow and the field have beautiful skies and light. Just lovely. And of course, Totti always ”steals” the show! You’ve gotten a great response to the challenge! I hope you’re having a wonderful week with family. Enjoy!
thank you so much, Patti! And my week is great so far, thank you. My father has got his covid shots, both of them – so pleased.
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Excellent example for softness.
Love all the clicks Ann Christine.
Thank you kindly, Philo – I’ll pat Totti from you!
Thank you .
I love the guy
And you never miss an opportunity to post him.
Continue posting pictures of the guy.
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I love your lovely photos of softness, Ann-Christine. They tell the stories of four seasons.
Glad you enjoyed them, Miriam! And yes, softness is there for the whole year.
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Totti – what a love! I’m so excited – I get my first COVID shot tomorrow!
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Hello again Ann-Christine, Eivor and Pearl’s contribution for this week’s lovely challenge is here: https://whippetwisdom.com/2021/03/03/wordless-wednesday-a-soft-bed-in-the-sun/
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The place with ice sculptures: https://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2021/03/02/shinning-with-pure-and-soft-hues/
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Your softness had me on the hunt this week. But I found some pictures I love as a result: https://ohtheplaceswesee.com/2021/03/02/lens-artists-photo-challenge-137-soft/
And I love them too, Rusha – thank you for joining in !
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Seems like everyone likes your soft photos this week. Great topic Ann-Christine.
Here is my entry. I decided to go with soft colors.
And your colours are just so soothingly beautiful, Cee! Totti seems to be popular this week – yes.
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Beautiful soft images, Ann-Christine! I don’t know if I ever remember seeing mimosa since coming to the US but it was always one of my favorites back in the UK.
Thank you, Sue! One of my commenters named it Wattle – never heard that before.
I had considered a set of snow photos but couldn’t compete with your first shot. In the end I went with flowers and plants from last summer and autumn:
You win every competition there, David…but flowers are always welcome!
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Love the autumn landscape; I bet Totti really loves it there 😃 Here’s mine: https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2021/03/02/soft-lens-artists-challenge-137/
Hi Jez, and you are right – Totti and Milo both love that walk. Especially as there usually are some sheep in the meadows….♥
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The landscape picture is special with its fluffy clouds and the fall colors really set it off. Totti looks so content sitting in that field.
Yes, Totti looks content, but is a tough one to get sitting for a photo. Now, as he is growing old, he’s even tougher. He never wants to look into the camera. glad you liked them1
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I like all of your photos, your Totti is so cute and mixed in with the dandelions are great combination including the softness of the evening, so much softness in one photo, 🙂 https://tblsite.me/2021/03/01/lens-artists-137-soft/
Happy you liked my post, thank you!
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Love these photos Ann-Christine. The sweet doggie is show stopper…Here is mine …
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The bumble bee is soft unless you get stung. I couldn’t help but smile. An excellent collection for soft, Ann Christine. Your pet wins the soft challenge hands down !
Totti! He loves beeing appreciated! Thank you, Sheetal.
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I’ll try pasting again, the last comment didn’t work https://suejudd.com/2021/03/01/lens-artists-photo-challenge-137-soft/
OK, just noticed!
Well, here is my soft post: https://suejudd.com/2021/03/01/lens-artists-photo-challenge-137-soft/q
Thank you, Sue!
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Sharing the softness of an Algarve Spring, hon. Shall we dance?
Absolutely! Thank you, dear Jo!
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I haven’t tried to touch bumblebees; I take your word for it 🙂
But then as a child I was very disappointed when we drove through clouds on mountains and I could not touch them! So I’ll take your word for that too 🙂
Here is my attempt this week: https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2021/03/01/light-air-vapour-dust/
Well, when a bumble bee decides to sit on me/with me, I love its softness. And I too can remember the disappointment when we for the first time drove through the clouds…cold and damp!
It’s a balancing act with having a strong mind and a soft heart. Soft is always preferable with a bit of sassiness 😉 Beautiful images of a place I do hope I get to see first hand.
Suzanne, I agree, it’s a balancing. Not always successful for me – but I try. And as you say – with a bit of sassiness it is easier!
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You can add me to the Totti fan club too – he looks really cute, and soft! I love the bumble bee shot too, but no, I have never touched one 😆
Here’s my take on softness: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/what-a-difference-a-day-makes/
Haha, now he has a real fan club I understand! Unfortunately he does not hear that well anymore, but I will tell him anyway!
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Incredible images depicting soft, Leya! Your dog looks very soft and is beautiful! I’m linking my post today: https://secondwindleisure.com/2021/02/28/sunday-stills-a-white-washed-world/
Thanks, Terri! Totti is a sweetie – and a softie!
Love that opening photo! Shallow depth of field adds to an image’s softness as you amply demonstrated in your image. I am looking forward to checking my gallery for examples, and maybe do a little extra processing to add softness to an image or two.
I’ve never touched a bee. I will try not to. >grin< They are a good example of the quote, "Speak softly and carry a big stick."
Great challenge topic!
Thank you, John! And yes…I understand your quote, but with a bumble bee it is fairly safe!
Beautiful images Ann-Christine and Totti looks like the sweetest softie! Our contribution for this week’s lovely challenge is here: https://tranature.com/2021/02/28/silent-sunday-softly-softly/
Thank you – I will tell him!
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😀 Thank you!
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These are beautiful soft photos, AC. Totti is lovely, such a sweetie! The landscape with the winding road is a romantic site, well captured. I love the soft yellow color.
Here is my entry: https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2021/02/28/lens-artists-photo-challenge-137-soft-2/
Thank you, Amy! How is your little furry companion? Must be soft too!
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I’m joining the Totti fan club 😀 Just adorable. And a great theme this week, good for the soul.
Here is mine:
Totti appreciates any virtual pat as well ! Good for the soul is good for us all.
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great topic and great collection, Ann-Christing. I love the snow-covered cemetery most. Such an image also came to my mind. But, in the end, I guessed this as too harsh. This is my collection: https://solaner.wordpress.com/2021/02/28/lens-artists-photo-challange-137-soft/
Thank you –
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A lovely collection of photos. The first two have a sense of contrast between them, but these are all appreciable in their own ways.
Here’s mine for this one:
Thank you, SH.
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Here is my interpretation of soft. https://tchistorygal.net/2021/02/28/lapc-137-the-virtue-of-softness/ I hope you will enjoy. Have a wonderful weekend, Leya. 🙂
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I love your Totti!!! Every morning when I go to work, I meet in the park with a dog that looks a lot like him and I have named him Totti. Some days, he comes to greet me, until his human calls him not to disturb.
Ana – I’m delighted you have your own Totti too! Is he coloured the same way?
I think so, although, it is very early in the morning, it has not dawned yet and I usually see her/him from a distance.
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Totti and the bee win the soft day for me today, Ann-Christine. I’m taking anyone who would like to go to the east coast for a soft visit to Cape May, New Jersey. Ready? Let’s go.
I am coming!
No rush. The post is up and there to stay. 🙂
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So many wonderful photos of softness A-C I love the bee 🙂 🙂
Thank you, Brian! Just visited your soft spot – wonderful as ever.
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Totti looks so soft and fluffy…here is mine:
…and he is!
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These pictures make me yearn for Spring
I’m yearning too…
Totti is adorable. I recently read about different types of bees and they called bumble bees a flying panda since they aren’t aggressive.
A flying panda! Why not? love it. Totti is almost panda coloured as well…
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You speak of ‘mimosa’ and ‘acacia’ – here we call it ‘wattle’ and it just happens to be our national blossom . . . perhaps not ‘soft’ . . . perhaps just a wonderful harbinger of spring ! Oh – Totti is delightfully soft methinks 🙂 !
Ah, thank you for the info – and I agree on the harbinger of Spring! I will pat Totti from you!
Thanks for a great challenge Ann Christine! (Does your name have a hyphen in it?) I had a great time going through my archives. And, your own images are amazing, especially the two of Totti.
Glad you like the challenge, Anne, and yes – I have a hyphen in my name!
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This is a wonderful theme… your photograph with clouds makes me want to reach up and touch! The white puffs all so softly suspended in that magnificent sky!
Thank you so much, Jane, and yes, that was a soft and glorious day!
hi a.c. they are wonderful I like them very much, here is my contribution for this week, https://wp.me/p2AvI7-3I6.
many greetings robert
Thank you, Robert!
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Looks like Totti is the star of the show this week Ann-Christine. That image of him in the field of dandelions is simply perfect! I also loved the soft snow scene. This challenge really pushed me to get creative so thank you for that. I was finally able to put something together https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2021/02/27/lens-artists-challenge-137-soft/
Thank you, Tina – and Totti likes to be The Star!
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Beautiful soft photos. We had an acacia tree in our yard in CA that had pink flowers. I’ve never seen a yellow one. I would love to pet Totti. What a sweet looking dog! Fun post, Leya. 🙂
Ha – I have never seen one in pink! Thank you, Marsha – I will tell Totti…
I can’t say that I miss it. At one time I thought it was the prettiest tree in the world. Here are my thoughts after living with a few of them. 🙂 https://tchistorygal.net/2012/07/01/the-ubiquitous-abizia/
Lovely soft images. In Ireland my Mother’s family used to call a day with mist a ”soft” day.
Interestingly I agree Anne – as noted in my post for the week!
Thank you, Anne – I think your mother’s family were right!
A great set of soft images! And as a little girl apparently I wanted to stroke a bee!
Of course you wanted to! Thank you!
Think I’ll pass on the bee….but I’d like to touch the rest!
Beautiful images. Of course I especially love the bee🙂
Naturally! Thank you!
Oh Beautiful photos !!! I like the colours !
I’m happy to share!
It’s mimosa time here already. I hadn’t thought about bringing a spray inside! Maybe tomorrow 🙂 🙂 Thanks Ann-Christine! Have a wonderful week, full of gentle softness!
Well, you don’t need it inside as you have so much outdoors!
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So many kinds of lovely softness, Ann-Christine. I wish I had Totti to hug. Also that mimosa. It’s sparked a long-ago memory from the time when I was at university in Sheffield (up north!) and one wintery day I opened the door into a Victorian glasshouse at the city’s botanic garden, and oh, the subtle fragrance that met me. Its effect was almost transcendental: a venerable mimosa tree in flower. Bliss!
Bliss indeed, Tish! I can feel you opening that door – that fragrance is truly something… I understand perfectly you never forgot that moment!
Thank you for sparking it up again, A-C.
My pleasure and I was lucky!
Thanks for bringing your soft things time today. I sure would love to be able to pet Totti.
😀 He is a soft sweetie…
Here is my contribution: https://thisandthatthenextpart.wordpress.com/2021/02/27/lens-artists-photo-challenge-137-soft/
Forget the photographs, I’m in love with that dog.
Well…he’ll be all ears!
…bubble!! I’m sure you understand the misspelling 😁😂
😀 I did!
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A beautiful collection of soft images Leya! ..and a great choice of theme for this week, softness can be so much.
I love your soft furry Tottie and the bubble bee so soft and sweet. The landscape image is amazing and so are the soft snow.
Now the mimosa trees are blooming here in Malta and the flowers are small yellow and soft, as in your nice picture.
Anita – I would have loved to be there now! The mimosa scent is wonderful!
A coyote sitting in fresh snow made me feel soft and joyful: https://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2021/02/13/coyote-coyote/
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Beautiful interpreted, Ann-Christine … but the biggest smiles for the four-legged softie.
Excellent theme, excellent photos. To Be Continued…
I like cliffhangers…
I’ll have to say, Totti wins the prize this week for Soft. Oh, how I would love to hug that dog!
Haha, well, I will hug him from you!