Lens-Artists Photo Challenge#98 – Delicate Colours

Many thanks to our lovely guest host, Sue (Mac’s Girl) of The Nature of Things  for a creative challenge where we could all be inspired to try new (and old) pastimes. Be sure to have a look if you haven’t already paid her a visit!

As many countries are opening up a bit from lock-down, and I was inspired by the soft glory of spring nature in my part of the world, I thought we would indulge in some Delicate Colours! They are everywhere in nature, but also to be found anywhere you look, in for example fashion, art and architecture.

For this challenge, I took a walk around my garden, and also a walk in one of my neighboring forests. In fact I was looking for orchids in the wetlands there, but they had not yet woken up… In the opener is the evening sky seen from my house, yesterday late.

My garden lilacs – a joy in the evenings when their delightful scent fills the air.

In the forests now, Solomon’s seal is ruling. One of my favorites, so elegant and delicate both in colour and grace.

Water avens and common dandelion are both greatly loved by insects – and by me! In Sweden we call water avens ”humleblomster” – bumblebee flower in direct translation. If you take a look inside, it looks like the bumblebee is already there…

In my garden forget-me-not grow abundantly. I love their shy little faces hiding in the shadows. Have you ever noticed them in late evenings? You will see that they almost outshine the brightest yellow flowers.

Brown shades are delicate as well, even if they maybe are a bit overlooked. This big snail was slowly sailing over the shady path, with the soft light falling down through the canopy, landing on his house. A delightful meeting – even if snails are not really my cup of tea…

Have you seen these:

At John’s Space, you will find a beautiful jigsaw puzzle

Bend Branches – Rocks! And how to decorate your garden with them

TCast – shows us a beautiful study in stillness

TiongHan’s blog – on how to handle boredom…


Thank you again for your fantastic support of our challenge, welcome again, and please use the tag Lens-Artists and link to my original page – not through the reader.

Also, stay safe and well, and tuned for May 30: #99  Amy of The World is a Book

304 comments on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge#98 – Delicate Colours

  1. […] That doesn’t necessarily sound like a natural abode for a delicate soul like me, but for Ann-Christine of the esteemed Lens-Artist quartet, I will climb the highest mountain, sail the seven seas, dive the deepest ocean and while at the bottom enter a sunless abyss below Hades to find Delicate Colours for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge#98 […]

  2. Ma’am the picture you’ve taken is really amazing and breathtaking 😍😍
    pls support me and my small blog
    I too love to be notieced😢

    • Haha, you made me laugh out loud, Tish – I understand you don’t like snails either…! This was a big one, you know the edible ones (yikes..no…not me) and well – unfortunately I have got thousands of snails in my garden, small ones. It is a constant struggle to pick them, drown them…or whatever. No poison. But, they eat everything. You are an avid gardener – having any tips?

    • It is all because of you and your responses! ♥ We are here together and ”making” this as a process of contact and learning, friendship and warmth. I think somehow we all benefit from it.

    • Beautiful as always, David – thank you for joining in! False starts? I am trying the new editor and it doesn’t agree with me…

      • I’ve now done two posts with the new editor but I don’t like it. It seems slower and a bit simplistic. I like the classic editor because I can flip over to the HTML and edit that to tweek the formatting.

      • Well, I am no tech, so I never mess with the HTML, but I don’t like it anyway. Don’t know if I am patient enough to get the hang of it…I could not even thrash a picture easily but had to close down the whole post
        and start a new one…And how do you get the photos full sized when clicking? No, I will give it one more try only.

      • I could tweek the size and position of the photos in the HTML. I couldn’t find where to edit categories and tags but I finally found it although there’s more steps involved in doing something that should be quick and easy.

      • Agreed. I don’t like the new editor. I use the classic editor exclusively. Is WP trying to make it like Twitter or Facebook? Fugeddaboutit.

  3. Hi Ann-Christine I see u have excluded our American friends from this challenge as they do not have colours only colors 🙂
    Lovely lilac-ish sunset. Despite being a sensitive soul nothing springs to mind regarding the word delicate, but maybe I’ll ask a friend as Tina did…

  4. […] But despite their often serrated edges, their colours are soft and delicate.Which brings me to this Agave azul (blue Agave) in Zihuatanejo. It is one of the few without any thorns and perhaps, because of this, my little camera had trouble focusing. It also had problems with deciding the colour range, and as a result the colour was presented as less earthy and more an ethereal blue.The most delicate of all, like the skirts of silken evening gowns swirling across the dance floor.More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Delicate Colours. […]

  5. These delicate flowers and colors are treats for the eyes. I like what you’ve selected and how you’ve arranged the photos — the two in circles make for a very interesting layout. Thanks for inspiration this week!

    • Ah, just found it – lovely, Brian. The music as well. I haven’t tried the new editor…maybe it will get me stop blogging…?

      • No no no….you can’t abandon me/us. Once you do a few you’ll get the hang of it. You can still used the old classic until 2022 I think

      • Hey…Brian – help! I have tried it today for my Wednesday post but got a bit irritated…I wanted to change the picture, but how do I thrash a picture here? I had to remove the whole post. So far this editor does not agree with me…

      • Removing something is easy. In the top toolbar that is attached to the image block, there is 3 dots on the right hand side, click on that and a drop down will appear. At the bottom of the drop down is a remove block. All the commands are in the toolbars attached to the blocks. Hope that helps

  6. Heavens, you are approaching the big 100, and I feel like I am always running behind! I’ll have to walk faster, Ann Christine 🙂 🙂 A couple of your flowers I don’t know. The soothing greens in woodland and the dusky pink. Always a pleasure to come here. Have a good week!

    • Thank you, Jo – and yes…100 soon – hard to get. But of course you are running ahead of us! Walk slowly and relax, Jo, no need for speed!

  7. […] pleasantly soft, faint pink colours. So I said why not, I can post them for Ann-Christine’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge and for Cee’s FOTD […]

    • Thank you! In the 70’s, when I was young, brown was a popular colour on everything from clothes to interior decoration.

  8. The snail twirl is lovely even though I am no fan of the chomping molluscs! I might have some delicate colours from my walk today around the lanes, I shall see what I can find.

    • Wendy, I love it too, but it is so difficult to photograph as its head is hanging low! An unusual colour. It grows where it is slightly damp and wet, so not in my garden.

    • Thank you, Wilma, for your sweet comment! I am always grateful for living here, close to nature. So glad you like the theme too.

  9. Thank you for the lovely stroll through your garden. It brought a smile to my face. The forget-me-nots are one of my favorite flowers. I wish I had some in my garden beds. The sunset shot is stunning – I love the delicate mix of colors, I can see why you stopped to take a photo of it!

  10. A very challenging challenge for me this week Ann-Christine! I am not the most delicate of creatures, nor are my normal subjects! I loved your choices for the post and envy your glorious garden. Especially liked the forget-me-nots.

    • Thank you, yes, the colour is unusual in wild flowers, and it is so difficult to photograph – as it is hanging its head.

  11. A-C, a lovely topic – thank you so much. Forget-me-not … there is nothing more delicate than it … both in colour and shape. Just a little adorable flower. The snail image … beautiful. They are not my cup of tea neither.

  12. Wow, Ann-Christine. I imagined you’d focus on spring in your post and you do it so well. Your images are lovely, delicate, and stunning. I especially love the snail! Enjoy the wonderful spring weather today and I hope you get to spend some time in your garden!

    • Su, so glad it appealed to you! Somehow I felt it was a beautiful snail, but not enough appreciated…I am no snail lover otherwise.

  13. Wonderful images. I love forget-me-nots. The blue reminds me of the sky, and yet they are so delicate

  14. […] Ann-Christine, our challenge host this week, is inspired by “the soft glory of spring nature in my part of the world”. She lives in Sweden, a country I’ve never visited but with which I feel a kind of kindred knowledge as a resident of a northern state – Wisconsin. After a long winter, there is nothing more repeatedly astonishing as the bursting forth of delicate spring color. The leaves here are growing larger each day but have that yellow brilliance that will soon mellow into a sturdier green. Now, they accent a blue sky with a light-filled tenderness that is truly inspiring. […]

  15. Ha ha. Oh you swirly swirl people with your new photo techniques. 🙂 Best snail portrayal I’ve seen. Delicate is as delicate does. I’ll have to see if my clodhoppers can tiptoe through my photo library with some sensitivity. To be continued… (I love your photos, of course. Particularly the banner shot. Delicate!)

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