Do you love walking in bazaars or flee markets, or just window shopping? Something found in your grandmother’s closet? Second hand is very popular in the Nordic countries right now. Do you find museums intriguing? Or, maybe like me, you love special, surprising finds in nature? I am sure you have something hidden in your archives that once surprised you or filled you with awe…
We will be happy to enjoy your finds this week! And, maybe there is a story too…?
In the header my image shows some lovely hats found at Tjolöholm Castle. I love hats…unfortunately I don’t look that good in them – but I still buy one now and then.
There is also a possibility that someone finds Me…
A precious find was the statue of Gaudí, because I finally got the chance to ask him about his art and why he stepped out in the road and was hit by a tram. Why? We would have loved him to stay and finish so many other architectural pieces…
Special thanks to Amy for last week’s happy sunshine! A bright and positive theme with many beautiful images.
Now we are looking forward to your favourite finds! Be sure to link your post here and don’t forget the tag, so we can find you in the reader.
For next week, September 3, John will be our host, and his theme will be: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles…and the places they take us to visit.
Until then – stay calm, kind and loving.
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I scrolled to the last picture … We sat on this bench next to Gaudi. We found it as well.
Mine is a bit different, but it was a gorgeous find: https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2022/09/03/thirsty/
You did! What did he tell you? And yes – a gorgeous find!
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Well, I’ve finally rushed a post together, life got in the way: https://suejudd.com/2022/09/02/lapc-114-favourite-finds/
that’s the way it is…thanks for coming along!
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This is such a great idea Leya and I love all of your images but the statue of Gaudi is so amazing ! Here is mine .
Thank you! Glad you liked the idea too!
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I’m late but with good reason. A guest that stayed at our condo ruined the sleeper sofa mattress, so I supervised the replacement and made sure everything is ship-shape again! The up-side is I was able to have a few nice beach walks with the beagles! Here’s my response to your fun challenge.
No worries – I am late answering to comment because yesterday morning the graphic card crashed…I got the computer back this evening. Life happens…
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Really enjoyed seeing your favorites, A-C, especially the one where you were having a conversation with Gaudi, the bird in the window, the moth in disguise and of course, the pug! Here is my post on favorite finds: https://mycolorfulexpressions.com/lens-artists-photo-challenge-214-favorite-finds/
Glad you liked them, Sylvia! I’ll be back when my pc is fixed tonight!
An amazing selection of finds, A-C 👏 I’ve quite a few shots of pigeons watching me as well, but I’ll keep those for another post 😃 Here’s some finds from me: https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2022/09/02/history-in-miniature-lens-artists-challenge-214/
Thanks Jez! I’ll come back to you when my pc is fixed!
Nothing to bad I hope 🤞
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Ann-Christine, I finally had time to have a proper look at your photos and read the text. I found it so touching. I must admit to penchant for hats and those in the photograph were very fine indeed. No wonder you had to take a photo. That bird mobile is exquisite and would be very precious even if your friend hadn’t given it to you, but as she did, that makes it even more precious. I was enchanted by the other photos too.
I am happy you liked them, Tracy. Not easy to choose…but this time my melancholia ruled I believe …
I detected a certain yearning for better times. Hugs.
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And .. here we are: https://margaret21.com/2022/09/01/of-gargoyles-griffins-and-other-graven-images/
GREAT entry, Margaret!
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Thank you Ann-Christine for a fun-to-think-about and fun-to-write challenge! I wavered between several ideas before selecting early Fall Favorites. I loved the opportunity to look through my photos and smile.
Smiles are ever so important – I am glad you took the opportunity! I will come back to you tonight, my graphic card crashed yesterday morning, so hopefully it’s fixed today!
Loved your entry – so beautiful. You have no section for comments? Thank you for joining in!
I think your twig bug attracted the most attention. That one is amazing, and the fact that you found a twig to match – what are the chances? I loved the dogs at the poker table and the lady in the pink feather hat with the checkered socks and gold shoes. I stared at her for a long time. I enjoyed your imaginary conversation, and love the coral contrasting colors in your blouse. I also have a bug in my collection of finds. I took several of him as I got closer and closer. Then when I got right up to him, he spread his wings and flew and I caught it along with his surprising colored tail end. 🙂 http://alwayswrite.blog/2022/08/31/wqw-33-dirty-jobs-and-august-in-the-rear-view-mirror/
Thank you so much, Marsha! I will come back to you again, because yesterday my graphic card crashed and I expect it to be fixed today! I want to see that bug!!!
Oh no! What does a lens artist do without a graphic card?
……nothing…..but it’s promised to be fixed tonight!
I hope the deed is done!
I was in love with the hats on your banner the minute I saw them. I adore wearing hats.
I have a lot of them. I think I look good in them, if not, I just enjoying wearing them. I wish
I could wear more styles but it’s too hot in Florida. When traveling I’ve always got one handy.
Well … so many of these photos are eye catching. The sculpture created by nature is a testament
to the power of Mother Earth.
The pug with the cigarette is fun. I think I would have had to purchase something in that shop. Lots
of pretties and fun art.
I can almost hear Gaudi discussing his works of art and life moments with you. You look like your
intensely listening. I hope you enjoyed your conversation. ~~~ : – )
I enjoyed browsing through my photographs for this challenge. Thank you for hosting, Enjoy my selections.
Thank you for a lovely comment! I will have to come back to you, because my graphic card to the computer crashed yesterday. Hope to get it fixed today!
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That moth was so cool, Ann-Christine! Great find.
Cool it was – exceptionally cool to me!
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That window with the bird is my favorite!
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In particular I like the moth and dragonfly. There’s a nice amount of detail in those shots, as well as a nice clarity.
I also like that I didn’t catch the moth immediately. You said what it was but it still didn’t register at first.
That said, I think that all of the photos show care and interest in the subjects.
Here’s mine for this one:
Thank you, SH, glad you liked them.
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Great photos. Really like that statue of Gaudi with his nose in the air. That moth is special, never seen one half as well disguised. Although I must say that moths have me well trained, examining each bit of bird poop on leaves to check whether it’s a moth or not.
I would like to give that pug to a niece who currently plans to will her money to her dog 🙂
Haha, yes, nose in the air – not looking straight at me… I hope your niece will change her mind about her will 😀
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Great finds, Philo! I too love those statues, and I always wonder how they do it – in any weather, any heat, any rain… Love your Cousteau quote too.
Cannot get the comment through on your site! That stupid glitch in WP stops me. So sorry.
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A very nice challenge – and I love you favourite finds!
Thank you – glad you like them!
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Great group of finds A-C, especially the twig moth. Love the window shots as well. Very nice 🙂
Thank you very much – I still wonder at that moth every time I see it.
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The moth that is disguised as a twig is fascinating! I love your colourful finds in the first photo a lot!
I am glad you enjoyed it!
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Hi, AC. Your collection is varied and really intriguing. The insect that looks like tree bark is amazing. You and Gaudi side by side. I love it. You inspired me this week to take a closer look at the world and be in the moment. Thanks for that, dear AC. Take care and have an inspiring week.
Thank you, Patti – I am glad to have inspired you, and I loved your post!
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I’ve seen moths that look like bird droppings but this is the first I’ve seen that looks like a twig. Impressive.
Thank you – I was very impressed too.
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I cannot comment on your site, Siobhan! Loved your weird and wonderful ones – and that green bowl is such a beauty!
Diverse and beautiful finds! I love the colors in the first photo so much.
Glad you liked it – thank you!
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Wow, those twig bugs sure have an effective camouflage, and that large, intricate nest is something! Nice work!
Thank you, John – Nature’s wonders!
Amazing photos. I would never have guessed that twig was a moth if you hadn’t pointed it out
What a wonderful selection, Ann-Christine, and so full of you! I love it. What a conversation you could have had with Gaudi…the miracle of the twig/insect…and those precious birds. Have a lovely week!
Thank you, Jo! So happy to finally meet him…have a great week you too!
Love the moths. Impossible to differentiate from a twig.
What a lovely discussion with Gaudí. No surprise you breath ART in your photographs.
Thank you AC.
Thank you – I was very happy to finally meet him!
You pose with him is lovely
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Wonderful finds!!! and beautiful words!!! Love the moth!
Thank you, Ana! Loved yours as well!
Very nice photo collection for this challenge. Love it
Thank you very much!
Hi, this is my entry this week. Just for fun, hihi
Thank you for joining in with such sunny and happy finds!
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Well – first I loved the pug and then could not believe the wasp nest ( ouch !!!) but then came your rendez-vous with Gaudi and I cannot get my eyes off that . . . pity there was no microphone working or miracle happening . . . 🙂 !!!
Hahaha, love your comments – always! And yes…we have a TV show in Sweden having people inviting their dreamguests for dinner. Dead and living people…I would have loved meeting Gaudí. He is my dream guest. No miracle around though…
Terrific post and challenge Ann-Christine. I love your hats even if you never wear them, and of course the beautiful mobile. How marvelous that you have such a wonderful reminder of your friend. Enjoyed putting my response together on this one. My post is here https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2022/08/27/lens-artists-challenge-214-favorite-finds/
Thank you, Tina – loved every piece of yours!
That moth and the wasp nest are wonderful.
The moth disguised as a twig was a wonderful find! Nature continues to amaze.
And how very special that your friend who passddd eight years ago has such an essence in your life!
And here is my link for this week.
Art from a museum in NC
Thank you for liking these, Yvette – but I cannot comment on your page. The glitch is stopping me. LOVE the mirrors!
Well sorry about the glitch (sniff)
And hope you have a nice day
I have contacted the engineers…but so many of us have and nothing happens…
It makes me sad – and I have had a few other folks say they cannot comment either !!
Can you try one more time – see f this post let’s a comment (and maybe log out and clear your cache or history and log back in) and then try
I don’t know why…but this time there was no black blob covering the W button – so it worked!
So glad it is working
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I cannot comment on your page! Love, love the mirrors!
As Margaret says, you have set the bar high, A C! I shall have to see what I can come up with…
Looking forwward to it, Sue! Talk tomorrow?
Yes, definitely talk tomorrow!
Yeah. WOWWWW. Just like they said. You have out-done yourself. (Did you use a clone? 🙂 ) Love all the trinketry, the twig bug, the wasp nest (!), and poor Gaudi, hit by a tram and unidentified for days, languishing until death. So sad. Where did you find the statue to put next to him?! 😉 😉 I am very intrigued by museums and may submit one I visited today. To be continued…
Of course I used a clone…I always do. It is not often that it’s really me posting. John, luckily I am good at having a stone face – so, no problem!
What an amazing selection of finds. I especially like the porcelain birds, the moths and yes I agree the wasps nests are amazing too
So glad you enjoyed my choices! Thank you!
hi a. c., an interesting and great selection that you have chosen, I like it very much.
here is my contribution for the challenge theme, https://wp.me/p2AvI7-46K.
many greetings robert
Thank you so much Robert! Loved your post!
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I was unable to distinguish between the moth and the twig at first. Then you pointed towards those tiny legs and OMG!
I love your photos, always do. I particularly like this post because it’s so unique. The quotes are what was needed, they really resonate. Thank you, Ann-Christine, this made my day.
Here is mine:
You are always too kind, Sofia! Thank you!
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Wow, what great finds indeed Leya. These are treasured memories and keepsakes as well. Thank you for sharing them. That photo with Gaudi piqued my interest and would love to ask the same questions as you….but at least you had a photo with him!
Lovely post as always!
Thank you so much – !
Great photos and challenge Ann-Christine. I think the challenge is to find which out of all our favorites we want to share. Here goes…..
Looking forward to seeing your take on!
A great idea for a challenge, and you’ve already set the bar!
Looking forward to seeing your take, Margaret!
It’s at the planning stage…