Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63 – Magical – My Magical Garden

Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden – in all the places.
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

I read The Secret Garden as a young woman, and over the years it has occupied an enchanted and magical place in my heart. Now Autumn has arrived here, where I live in Sweden, and that means There’s a magical tie to the land of our home, which the heart cannot break, though the footsteps may roam. – Eliza Cook.

But Magical can mean so many different things to everyone of us – At Lens-Artists, we have already had Magical Light as a theme, (last year) but this time it is all up to you! What is Magical to you? People, places, things, nature, adventures, moments… – this week we are looking forward to having some of Your magic!

As usual – click on the images to enlarge.

The magical, supernatural force that is with us every second is time. We can’t even comprehend it. It’s such an illusion, it’s such a strange thing. – Anthony Hopkins

Picking plums today – waiting for the lovely Comma to finish basking on my ladder…
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


An oil painting can, maybe, make the magic last forever…

Garden as though you will live forever.  – William Kent


Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it – Rumi

Poetry is a fresh morning spider-web telling a story of moonlit hours of weaving and waiting during a night. – Carl Sandburg

I am sure there is Magic in everything, only we have not sense enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden 

Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? – Douglas Adams

– But there are, Fairies dancing in my garden.  Contemplate the lovely writer Roald Dahl’s words:  Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.


Thank you for all the wonderful silhouettes for Patti last week! If you haven’t seen her beautiful post yet – please pay her a visit!

Have you seen these:

A lovely first time, Welcome Carolyn – of Carollynnlife.wordpress.com – by the waterside

Smruti gives us a true silhouetted philosopher

Oneletterup is ever so mysterious this week…

And a first time Welcome, for Pam of i choose this, with beautiful beach shots


As always, Amy, Tina, Patti and I hope you will join us.















258 comments on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63 – Magical – My Magical Garden

  1. […] We find magic wherever we can, because the older we get, the more we need it, even if we don’t necessarily want to admit it… or is that just me? Either way, thank you, Ann-Christine, for reminding us to notice and appreciate the magic we have in our lives (Lens Artists Weekly Challenge – Magical). […]

  2. […] The theme for the weekly Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63 is ‘magical’. Sometimes the light and a bit of a filter can tweak reality in such a way that it does not look like a real world. For more information on how to join the Weekly  Lens-Artists Photo Challenges, click here for details. […]

  3. […] The theme for the weekly Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63 is ‘magical’. The Johan Cruijff Arena, home of Ajax Amsterdam, just before the start of a home match. One of the fixed events at a home match is a young player juggling a ball in the middle of the pitch. This boy of 8 managed to do that 2736 times. Then he had to stop because the match started. Apart from the magic of that boy, this is the place where Ajax creates its magic. […]

  4. […] My first fossil discovery wasn’t shiny at all, or a shell, but rather the remains of plant life in a wall of slate, one of those truly magical moments in life.With fossilized ‘ammolites’, the mother-of-pearl nacre of certain types of ammonites turns brilliant green, blue, red and gold as it ages. This fossil Ammolite was found in a shop in Banff, Canada.Fossils in the Prehistoric ‘oddball’ Museum on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland. Fossil echinoids are forms of flint. From the patterns on the stones it appears to me that these ancient creatures must be related to modern-day sea urchins.Fossil trilobite.Fossil fish. Some palm tree fossil stones from Myanmar. More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Magical. […]

  5. I love my garden too and often find it a magical place to be in. Your photos have a lovely autumnal feel to them. I shall see what I can find for this challenge in the next few days.

  6. The quotes complimented the photographs so well but the closing lines were the best. The combination of Douglas Adams, Roald Dahl and your words make me believe in magic more than ever.

    • Oh, how happy I am for you! It adds an important dimension to Life – I always tried to inspire my children to get that feeling…and they both still have it.

  7. Love the spider webs, especially the horizontal one. Such perfection!
    And the butterfly on the ladder! Wow. This image embodies presence for me. The ability to notice and recognize something magical and precious on the spur of the moment.

  8. […] Ann-Christine is hosting this week’s challenge in which she asks “What Is Magical To You?”  Please stop by and view her post in which she shares images of her garden, which are truly magical.  Be sure to link your post this week to Ann-Christine’s post. (Links posted within the Reader are not working correctly.) Please use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you. For instructions on how to join us, click here. […]

  9. Truly beautiful A-C . Loved the spiders’ webs – how amazing to find 3 in one tree! And you’ve captured them perfectly. And of course the butterfly on the ladder. Amazing. Thanks for the wonderful challenge this week

  10. Your post really struck a chord with me this week. It’s absolutely beautiful, Ann-Christine. The quotes, the text, the images. Wonderful, simply wonderful. And you quoted from one of my favorite books! It doesn’t get any better than this!! :). 🙂

  11. Great theme, Ann-Christine. I love The Secret Garden, read it and watched the movie. I have spider webs in my garden every day. By the time I find them, the sun is up and it’s too bright to take photos. I managed to take some at night and some in the day. My garden is magical and I find so much joy in it. I’ll be back with my post!

  12. great theme and have I mentioned before that I appreciate how the lens-artists theme is not just ”one” photograph photo challenge – the variety becomes an experience – and nothing wrong with a solid and strong stand alone single photo – but just wanted to say I like how the hosts of LA chose to have meaty posts.

    with that said – liked the various spider web shots – but especial the horizontal one –
    and grapes fresh off the vine – have a magical taste – wish I could sample

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