The Life in My Years

An anthology of life

This week Tina’s Lens-Artists Challenge is Treasure Hunt. The mission should we choose to accept it (Yes that’s a nod to Mission Impossible) is to search for specific items from the list below and present our images of those items. Extra credit items are a bit more challenging.

  • Challenge Items: Sunrise and/or sunset, Something cold and/or hot, a bird, a dog, a funny sign, a bicycle, a seascape and/or mountain landscape, a rainbow, a church, a musical instrument, a boat, a plane, a waterfall
  • Extra Credit Items: An expressive portrait of one or more people, a very unusual place, knitting or sewing, a fish, an animal you don’t normally see, a bucket, a hammer, a street performer, a double rainbow, multiple challenge items in a single image.

Grand Teton National Park provides a mountain scape, a sunrise and a sunset. 

“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! To behold this alone is worth the pains of any excursion a thousand times over.” ~ John Muir

Moulton Barn 2020 edit

Sunrise lights up the Moulton Barn and the Grand Tetons

Teton Sunset-2

The sun’s last rays over the Grand Tetons

Pinole Creek Duck

A duck cruises nearby San Pablo Bay at sunset

My dog Lexi gets two nods plus the featured image. 

Lexi 2_20 -2

My Lexi girl

boots and lexi chase

Lexi and her friend Boots (with ball) play chase

Boats in the Pacific and boats in the Atlantic

“I would rather feel bad in Maine than good anywhere else.”   ~ E. B. White

Boats Pt. Clyde

Port Clyde Maine

4 boats fishermans wharf

Fishing boats, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

One of our favorite local places to visit is Half Moon Bay, on California’s Central Coast.  Before heading home we often visit the small open air fish market.

HMB FIsh 2

A colorful assortment of fish at the Half Moon Bay Fish Market

We saw expressive faces on the street performers of New Orleans and Quebec City. 

Ain’t no place like New Orleans. It’s one of kind.  ~ Aaron Neville

Clarinet woman

Doreen Ketchens, known locally as Queen Clarinet holds court on Royal Street in the French Quarter

This vocalist in Quebec City’s Lower Town played the mandolin and to the crowd with his expressive mugging.

23 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #85 – Treasure Hunt

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Great photos, Paulie. Lexie is a beauty!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Eliza. Yep, she is a beauty and I think she knows it.

  2. I loved all of these Paulie 😊

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Pam for visiting and for commenting.

      1. You are welcome!!!

  3. Sheree says:

    Wonderful photos! Challenge completed.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much and thank you for visiting.

      1. Sheree says:

        Pleasure Paulie

  4. Tina Schell says:

    Wonderful response Paulie, your use of light is extraordinary, your boat reflections are terrific, one can almost hear the music from New Orleans,and your baby is beautiful and beautifully captured. Very well done!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Tina for the very kind words. My photo of Doreen Ketchens in no way captures the magic that came from that clarinet not to mention her vocals.

  5. Absolute winners, all of them. That said, my favourites are the barn against the mountains (light and lovely play with scale), the fish (sometimes quantity wins) and the clarinetist (fabulous look of concentration). Thank you for this wonderful set.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words and for visiting.

  6. Leya says:

    An excellent gallery of excellent images, Paulie! Just adore your Lexi girl!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much. A motto to live by; if you want to please a crowd include a dog.

      1. Leya says:

        Milo and Totti are well aware of that…

  7. I love them all, but the portrait of Lexie takes the cake. And the dog biscuit for the model.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Michael. And yes Lexi will work for food.

  8. JohnRH says:

    Uhh… WOW?!?! Those are REALLY GOOD photographs. Dogs and dog pix are always a favorite.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you John for visiting and for commenting. Much appreciated.

  9. That barn photo is perfection!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much. A short funny story about that.
      About 50 or so of us were lined up with our tripods before the sun rose behind us. As the sun came up we were all clicking away until somebody called out that the sun behind us was casting our shadows on the barn. Everybody dutifully backed up.

      1. That’s great! Was it a photo event or something? What brought 50 of you there?

        1. Paulie says:

          The Moulton barn with the mountains in the background is one of those places that draws photographers. I think that just about any day is a photo event there

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