Lens-Artists Challenge #122 – The Sun will come out Tomorrow

Last week, you shared beautiful, creative, and interesting photos for Patti’s “Focus on the Subject.”I think we learned something new all of us! This week Ana of Anvica’s Gallery is our guest host – be sure to visit her inspiring blog and get even more inspired!

Where I live, in Sweden, winter is very dark, and for many months there will be a constant lack of light and energy. November is the starting month of this seemingly endless period. Some people even use light therapy, spending hours in a totally white room in order to cope with the everyday darkness. There has been more of this since the winters do not provide us with enough snow anymore.

One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.

– Germaine Greer

My own solution is spending time outdoors as much as possible during the few hours of light, soaking up sunrays for the pineal gland. But with the last leaves gone, so are the bright colours. ”How to survive November” is a common struggle for us Nordic people every year.

The evening sings in a voice of amber, the dawn is surely coming.

– Al Stewart

If you have extra to spare, share some of your sunshine with others. Those who are in a dark place may just need that small break in the their clouds to see some sunlight again.
― Christine E. Szymanski

Just living isn’t enough”, said the butterfly, ”one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower”.

– Hans Christian Anderson

I believe this year, these days, this butterfly’s statement is more accurate than ever. So remember – the sun is still there, somewhere behind the clouds. And it will come out tomorrow.

Now we are looking forward to seeing Your part of the challenge! Don’t forget to include a link to Ana’s post and use the Lens-Artists tag so that everyone can find you in the WP Reader. Next week, I, Ann-Christine, will lead the challenge on Saturday, November 14th. Until then – stay safe and well.

Lens-Artists Challenge #57 – Taking a Break

Once a year, go somewhere you have never been beforeDalai Lama 

Tina allows us all to take a break this week, and I am just back from a lovely break together with my family. The best way for me to enjoy life!

We went to Denmark this weekend, the whole family, and watched the Danish wake-board championships together with many enthusiasts.

The weather was great, and the competitors skilled.

The only means of transport needed in summer!

Afterwards we decided to go for the sand sculpture exhibitions – and they were spectacular too. But, what I enjoyed the most, was being together with my children.

Find what brings you joy and go there. –  Jan Phillips

On coming home this afternoon, I walk in my garden, among the flowers, listening to the late summer fluttering of tiny wings.

The Painted Lady is watching me, closely.

When she turns around, I admire her intricate outfit. And I feel good.


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WPC: Structure

The perfect structure of the wings is best seen when the wings are closed – this Vanessa cardui, known as ”the painted lady”, displays a wonder of delicate structure. It is not very common in Sweden, but some three-four years ago we had about 20 of them in our buddleyas. This year, I have only seen two of them – but two wonders!

An Admiral a Peacock and a Bumblebee

An ordinary Monday. A beautiful world.

An Admiral and a Peacock

…and a bumblebee.

Travel theme: Plants

Plants, butterflies and insects from a trip to a hidden valley in the Pyrenées. Gorgeous  hikes and nature amazingly full of life.

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This Astrantia major, common name great masterwort, and below, Eryngium maritimum, or the sea holly, are two of my favourite plants.

Love plants? There are more of them here, at Ailsa’s.

WPC: Today Was a Good Day

Today was a good day – a good topic from WordPress. Hopefully the good days will uplift us all! Click here for more of them.

I had a day out in the garden, enjoying the few flowers I have left right now.

A cold spring and summer has not been the best for any flower, but finally the begonia is on its way…A closer look at her showed a little guest snuggled up close…

To my great joy, I also found the first flower for this year on my Passiflora – Passionflower. I adore this colour.

I went inside to get something to eat, when one of my old friends called. I hadn’t talked to her for some time – too much to do in spring and now – vacation. She suggested I come over this afternoon, but I was in the middle of fixing things in the garden and wanted to come tomorrow instead.


I was so looking forward to a chat, that I worked as fast as I could according to my plan, to be able to meet up in the evening instead. And so we did. We decided to go to Hovdala and the lake for a walk and talk. Of course I brought my camera – there might be excellent light as the sky was clear and the air warm.