Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #33: Nature

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.~Lord Byron

Even though I’m a city girl, I respect and love nature.  Sometimes, in urban areas, it’s easy to  lose sight of its majesty and power.  But on our recent trip to two islands in Fiji, Mother Nature revealed herself in all her glory.  That trip inspired this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #33Nature.

Savusavu, Fiji

At the end of January, we took a small plane to Savusavu, a remote and beautiful island in Fiji.  We stayed at a guest cottage owned by a lovely and gracious ex-pat couple from Hawaii.  From our cottage, it was a quick 5-minute walk to the beach.  As we walked down a gravel road to the water, we looked out at the surrounding mountains and unspoiled tropical rain forest.  The silence was punctuated by the thrum of insects, the call of parrots, and the slow slap of the waves at the beach.  The loudest noise we heard was a coconut falling from a tree overhead and thunking into the water.

Lush. Savusavu, Fiji.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir

One morning, Micah, our local guide, drove us to a neighboring village, famous for its waterfall.  After meeting the chief of the village and offering him thanks for visiting his land, we drove a short distance to the waterfall.  Its power and beauty were stunning.  To give you a sense of its height, I included Rich and our guide in the photo.

Waterfall in Savusavu, Fiji.

Nature’s abundance is everywhere on the island.  This awapuhi plant is growing on the veranda of the cottage.

Awapuhi Plant. Savusavu, Fiji.

Nadi, Fiji

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.~Vincent Van Gogh

For a few days, we stayed on the larger island of Viti Levu.  One highlight was our visit to The Garden of the Sleeping Giant, an orchid paradise once owned by the American actor Raymond Burr.  The star of Perry Mason and Ironside loved orchids as much as he loved Fiji.  He planted a vast collection of over 2,000 Asian orchids, which can be viewed by the public.

Orchid Beauty.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.–Albert Einstein

One night near the end of our stay, nature put on a brilliant display for us at sunset.  This is one of the dozens of shots I took trying to capture the evening sky.

For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #33, it’s your chance to showcase Nature–including plants, animals, landscapes–and other features of the physical world–either close to home or far away.  It’s up to you!

We hope you join us for this week’s challenge.  The next one (#34) will be hosted by our talented friend Ann-Christine on Saturday, February 23rd.   Wishing you an inspiring week in your corner of the world.

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  1. Those awapuhi plants are incredible! I saw one in a flower arrangement for an Art In Bloom festival at the Milwaukee Art Museum and was utterly amazed. So unusual! Now to look through my Nature photos and come up with a post…

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    • Hi, Jo. Thank you! I was astounded by the beauty there. I am trying to imagine the entire world before civilizations started springing up. The lushness of the vegetation was amazing and a bit overwhelming, to be honest. 🙂

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  2. well Raymond Burr gets a high five for sharing his love of orchids with the world in this way (love when stars have that passion for nature)
    and good theme for this week – Fiji has some nice beauty
    going to work on my entry 🙂

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    • Hi, Tina. Isn’t that plant amazing? I keep looking at it and marveling! I’m not surprised you like the theme. 🙂 I’ll take a look at your post next. Where in the world will your shots be taken?? I love the wide range of experiences you’ve had!

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  3. Such a wonderful experience, Patti. Your photographs took me along for the ride.
    Fiji looks like a very peaceful place. Nature at its best in every photograph. Just glorious …!!!
    Isadora 😎
    ps – there are 2 pingback by mistake. The 1st one has an error in the word artist. Please delete : )

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  4. What a beautiful place, and many stunning photos, Patti! And Awapuhi plant is amazing.
    Thanks for mentioning my blog. All 4 of you are wonderful photographers, leaders, teachers… Thank you so much for inspiring, motivating, and educating me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
    Have a wonderful day.

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    • Absolutely, Sheetal. The garden captured my imagination too. I’m so glad we were able to visit it. The mountain behind the site is the Sleeping Giant…I’m assuming there was a volcanic eruption at one point. So, I’m glad it’s still sleeping. 🙂 Thanks too for your kind words.

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    • Hi, Brenda. We are very, very fortunate to be able to work and travel. We are very thankful for that. I’m glad you joined the challenge. I enjoyed your post. Very strange about the tagging for WP. There are a lot of mysteries with the WP site!

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  5. What incredible landscapes in Fiji and wonderful flora too. The red and yellow plant featured is not an orchid though, it is an Heliconia, also popularly known as lobster-claw, wild plantain or false bird-of-paradise. They grow in the tropics in Australia and also in tropical glasshouses in the UK. Amazing looking plants!

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  7. Thanks to the beautiful images in your post, I find myself missing not only Australia and New Zealand, but also a big craving to visit and meet with peoples throughout the islands of the South Pacific.

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    • Hi, Fotoeins. It is definitely worth the long trip. We barely scratched the surface in Australia, even though we’ve been there a few times. And there are over 300 islands in Fiji! Well, I guess we just have to keep traveling!

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  8. Fiji – Mother Nature at her best! And you have captured the greatness and lushness and beauty of it all through your lens. Magnificent shots! That first photot is a feast to the eye, and I love the Awapuhi Plant. The first time I saw it was in Kew Gardens in London. Sometimes I find it almost unbelievable that such an intricate plant exists. And you can understand I would have loved that orchid garden…Thank you for taking me there!

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  9. I didn’t post for this challenge…missed it. Guess I haven’t worked out how to keep track of all of them yet.

    But I have to tell you, your post had me in instant and delighted tears. I’m sitting in the Pacific Northwest, fighting the mild depression-like feelings that often happen at this time of year after months of gloom and cold. I usually fight that with re-visiting, in my mind, my favorite vacation ever. FIJI!

    My 7 closest friends, 32 days sailing the Southern Lau Group, on a 95 foot yacht, visiting 20 islands (most were uninhabited), sailed by the first female Captain in the South Pacific, with a delightful Fijian crew who treated us like royalty!

    I even got MARRIED there. Too spontaneous to have lasted for the long haul, but no one can ever take away that beautiful Fijian wedding away from me!!

    I’ve been exactly where you were.

    So happening across your post, with it’s gorgeous photos, just made my day, made the end of my winter, made my world!

    Thank you so much!

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