For her first challenge as an LAPC Team member, Donna Holland of Wind Kisses has chosen the topic of Messages. I am challenged with this challenge!! When I photograph and later look at my images my messages are in the form of feelings. So I’m hoping my feelings will turn into messages for you.

My first visit is to the Sacramento Historical City Cemetery. This is a very old cemetery, full of history and simply beautiful. When I bring my camera to this cemetery, I’m overwhelmed with sadness and peace. There are family plots containing large and beautifully engraved monuments and/ or statues, and then there is the simple statement of great loss like this one grave marker. I guess the message is to live your life in gratitude.

The cemetery’s beauty is given to us by wonderful volunteers who plant flowers to bring joy for those of us who visit. There are roses, poppies, bushes and other beautiful florals. This rose had a guest and I just couldn’t resist taking its picture. The feeling is joy and the message might be any shelter is a good shelter!

On the topic of flowers, sunflowers always help me smile and feel great. I guess the message I get is “Don’t worry be happy!”

Typically, after we photograph our sunflowers, we go over to Mezger Zinnia patch in Woodland where the family plants flowers each year and encourages people to pick them and give them to someone who cannot come and pick the flowers themselves. They even provide vases. Typically, people will pick two bouquets; one for themselves and another for someone else. What does charity feel like. To me it feels like hope. The message I think is that people do care about each other.

Keeping with the yearly theme, Wide Open Walls happens once a year in Sacramento. In 2020 we found a very special mural dedicated to Ruth Bader Ginsberg shortly after her death. This mural symbolizes her determination to do the right thing while she sat on the Supreme Court. Seeing this mural filled me with pride as a woman. I guess the message is “Yes you can!”

Another image of determination is from the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. Each year salmon swim upstream to lay their eggs. Following their instincts, they do this facing certain death. I’m amazed at nature’s plan for survival. I would call that courage. I’m not sure what message it sends except that you need to do what your instincts tell you to do.

I’ll close with an image from the annual Chalk It Up Festival in Sacramento. Artists from all over gather and create their art with chalk. This art is beautiful, but it can’t last long. After the weekend festival, people will walk on it and sprinklers will spray water on their beauty. Why do the artists put all that effort into it? Do they get pleasure from seeing the enjoyment people get from their effort. I feel grateful that I get a chance to see their art. Maybe the message is to create joy for others.

Thanks Donna for this soul searching topic. At least it was for me. When you post your messages, be sure to link to Donna’s wonderful post. I know she, and the entire team, will want to see all your replies. Oh, be sure to use the Lens Artists tag. Next week it’s Patti’s turn to challenge us and she’s giving us a hint on her theme: Shadows & Reflections in Monochrome.  

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34 thoughts on “Lens Artists Challenge #234: Messages

  1. I love your selection. I have a soft corner for macros, and I really loved that jumping spider crouching in its hide. I love the idea of making art that is so fleeting. Few of us will make art that lasts beyond our lifetime anyway. And that photo is a great reminder to enjoy the process.

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  2. This photo challenge is so interesting, finding messages in our photos. The salmon seemed to be the most difficult for you, and it was the one liked the best: follow your instincts.

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  3. Wonderful post Anne, I loved all of your messages! The idea of a garden meant specifically for picking and gifting, how great is that?!?!? And the sunset the sidewalk artist is making is glorious😊. Wonderful images and messages this week.

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  4. For someone who felt this challenge…you brought it to us with beautiful images, thoughtful messages, and some time for us think. The headstone hits hard, doesn’t it? I ran across one at our national cemetery and it stopped me. Changes perspective on life.

    I loved the peeking spider, and the chalk walk. I think the chalk is simply a great way to say: let’s gather, and yes, brighten the lives of others. It was a beautiful answer to the challenge. And to be completely honest, after I decided on the topic, I realized, like you…ALL my photos had message to me. We are who we are. I loved all of this, Anne.

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    1. Thank you Donna! I started this challenge not knowing what I was going to do. After I picked out the pictures and started writing the post, it just flowed. Feelings turned into messages. Great challenge.

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  5. I love your challenge response, Anne! That opening photo with the simple granite marking is a powerful message.

    I love the notion of a flower garden that allows people to share and enjoy with those who didn’t get to visit.

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