The Life in My Years

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This week, Tina Schell of Travels and Trifles hosts the Lens-Artists Challenge and the topic is opposites.

There are two possible takes on this topic. I would like to say that I could offer a selection of photos showing opposites in the same image. And maybe I have some of those. Certainly a personal challenge for the future.

And so I’m going with what is for me the path of least resistance; pairs of images at opposing poles.

Sweet and pungent

The two photos below were taken at the Marche Jean Talon in Montreal.         

Dinner and breakfast
(or if you prefer, a meal and a snack)

The photo below is an example of my daily breakfast during our stay in Montreal. Everything was purchased at Marche Jean Talon. I would take my breakfast on the small back patio of our flat.

The photo below is a dish that my wife cooks (not often enough). There’s a special memory attached to this dish. It was the first dinner she cooked for me when we were dating, way back in the 1970’s.                           

Clear and cloudy

The photos below were taken in Montana. The first photo, crystal clear, was taken on the Beartooth Highway.

The photo below was taken in Yellowstone National Park as a storm was brewing over a distant mountain range.     

An angry Pacific and a pacific Pacific

Two views of the Pacific Ocean. The first was taken at Gray Whale Cove in San Mateo County and the second was taken from the Muir Beach overlook in Marin County.

This image could be an example of a photo with images of both angry (the wave) and calm (the tranquil birds).   


One subject which will absolutely not allow taking an image of each in the same photo. Sunrise was taken at a ranch near Fort Klamath, Oregon.                   

Sunset at Lake Tahoe during the late fall of 2020. Yes, THAT 2020. Three families stayed at an Airbnb. With the exception of some walks we didn’t leave the house, but it was a pleasant escape from COVID confinement at home.

Sunset, Lake Tahoe

Please click on the link to see other takes on Opposites.

23 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge: Opposites

  1. Wind Kisses says:

    Breathtaking scenery, but I admit I love the sweet and pungent interpretations. Those would be great photos to canvas for a kitchen wall. Very nice. Donna

    1. Paul says:

      Hello Donna, Thank you so much. I do have the garlic on the wall in the kitchen.

      1. Wind Kisses says:

        Great minds think alike. Have a good rest of your week.

  2. Steve Johnson says:

    I seriously hope that stormy Yellowstone photo is printed & mounted in your house. Really cool.

    1. Paul says:

      Hi Steve, I do actually. I framed the color version.

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you!

  3. That sunrise shot is fabulous! (And the rest are pretty fine too.)

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Audrey.

  4. Toonsarah says:

    Wonderful selection! I especially liked your two Pacific shots and the sunrise and sunset – stunning! And your Montreal breakfast looks just perfect 🙂 As for cloudy and clear, I’m now kicking myself that I didn’t include my two contrasting photos of the view from our room at Paradise Lodge in Mount Rainier NP. While I’ve posted them before, they would have been so perfect for this challenge and I forgot all about them!!

    1. Paul says:

      Hello Sarah,
      Thank you so much. The Montreal was indeed perfect. It was accompanied with a Michael Connelly police novel. Great memories.

  5. Tina Schell says:

    Loved all of your opposites Paul but you surely saved the best for last! That final image is amazing. Also loved your clear and cloudy mountains. Terrific.

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you so much Tina. Wonderful topic. Going forward I’m going to try to remember to look for opportunities to find opposites in one image.

  6. Leya says:

    Always stunningly beautiful, Paul! My favourites are the garlic and the sunrise by the farm. Perfect light.

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you so much Ann-Christine.

  7. JohnRH says:

    Wow. GREAT selections. Those last two are stunners.

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you John. Apologies for the late response.

  8. SoyBend says:

    The Klamath Falls sunrise looks glorious!

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

  9. eden baylee says:

    Hi Paul,

    Love the Jean Talon market pics, especially the garlic. And the sunrise in Oregon is beyond stunning. The sky is the colour of mango. I could stare at that picture for hours. 🙂

    1. Paul says:

      Hi Eden,
      Jean Talon was one of my favorite places in Montreal. The sunrise in Oregon? That was taken at the creepy bed and breakfast that I told you about. Mango sky. I’ll have to remember that one.

      1. eden baylee says:

        The creepy B&B has a great view at least!

  10. Ha, ha: No wonder your wife won you! Beautiful food. A sure way to win a man’s heart. Loved the photos too. Cheers, Muriel

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