Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #102: A Quiet Moment

How many times have you noticed that it’s the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?~Fred Rogers

All around the world people are noticing that their cities and towns are quieter during the pandemic.  They say that they can hear the birds in the morning instead of traffic and are more aware of nature’s presence.  In quiet moments during the day, I can hear neighbors chatting as they walk past.  Children’s voices mingle with the sounds of water sprinklers.  It feels like we stepped back to a less hectic time when people stayed at home more.

This week, we are challenging you to capture “A Quiet Moment.”  Maybe it’s a walk early in the morning or the time you sit down with a book and a cup of coffee.  Include shots captured at home or in your neighborhood, or from a trip to a faraway place months or years ago.  It’s totally up to you.

To get your creative “wheels” spinning, here are some examples of “A Quiet Moment” from my archives:

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

A Quiet Moment at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

 

I lingered for a while in front of this statue of Henry Richard Dawson in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.  He was a dean of St. Patrick’s and a noted antiquarian whose life was cut short at age 48 when he caught typhus.  The statue depicts the intellectual spirit of Dawson in a quiet moment of contemplation.

English Bay Beach, Vancouver, B.C.

All of our great traditions, religious, contemplative and artistic, say that you must a learn how to be alone – and have a relationship with silence. It is difficult, but it can start with just the tiniest quiet moment.~David Whyte

It’s hard to believe that English Bay is a short walk from downtown Vancouver.  It’s a great spot to escape from the noise and crowds.  On one of our morning walks, I noticed the couple relaxing on the beach under a small tent.  What a great idea!

Outside the City Walls, Florence, Italy

People dread silence because it is transparent; like clear water, which reveals every obstacle—the used, the dead, the drowned. Silence reveals the cast-off words and thoughts dropped in to obscure its clear stream. And when people stare too close to silence they sometimes face their own reflections, their magnified shadows in the depths, and that frightens them. I know; I know.― Janet Frame, Scented Gardens for the Blind

In medieval times, invading armies besieged the fortified walls of Florence.  Now, people come here to enjoy  a quiet moment in the shade, far from the crowds of tourists.

Barrenjoey, Sydney, Australia

Our dear friends in Sydney took us on a hike to the Barrenjoey lighthouse, set atop the headland outside Pittwater in New South Wales.  While we caught our breath, I captured this couple enjoying the scenic view.

This week we invite you to share “A Quiet Moment.” During these past few months while the pandemic has raged around the world, many of us have rediscovered the value (and necessity) of finding quiet moments during the day to reflect and recharge.  In your post, include a link to this challenge and use the “Lens-Artists” tag so we can find your post in the WP Reader.

Last week, you shared your wonderful interpretations of Cee’s One Single Flower challenge.  Many thanks, Cee, for hosting last week’s LAPC and inspiring us to see flowers from many perspectives.  And for those of you who participated in the challenge, your posts were a visual delight and gave me so much joy.  Thanks for sharing your collections of these small, perfect masterpieces created by Mother Nature.

Have you seen these?

  • Arkenaten shows us a lovely bouquet of flowers shot from unique perspectives.
  • Sandy White explores the power of a single flower in words and in images.
  • Rusha shares her love of the delicate and beautiful magnolia in her series this week.

What’s up for next week?  Stay tuned on June 27 when Ann-Christine takes the lead for LAPC #103.

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  1. Hmm. Good theme. Love the statue. I’ll have to see if I have Rodin’s The Thinker, likely a favorite this challenge. Like The Thinker, I have my best quiet similarly. TBC…

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  2. These quite moments were beautifully captured in your favorite cities. A great capture of the statue. Not many bit cities are this close to the beach like Vancouver. I love the quiet corner of Florence. The last image is stunning scenery.
    An inspiring post, Patti. 🙂

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  3. Excellent challenge especially for our troubled times. the importance of a quiet moment to recharge is beautifully reinforced by your images Patti. I especially loved the wall in Florence – good for you for capturing the quiet contemplation of its visitor beneath those gorgeous flowers.

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    • Hi, Anne. Oh, you used to live there! What a great spot. It’s our favorite walk when we are in VAN. The sea and the mountain views are spectacular. Thanks too for your kind words. 😊

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  4. I love quiet moments, those that allow you to breathe deeply, think or leave your mind blank…
    Thank you, Patti, for sharing those beautiful quiet moments.

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  5. A lovely theme. I think there will be many families who would appreciate a quiet moment after being forced together for the last 12 weeks! Fortunately there are no shortage of quiet moments here. Now to ponder on what I can find to reflect that. I have climbed up Barrenjoey too – it’s quite a hike – but fabulous views 🙂

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    • Hi, Jude. We enjoyed the hike, too. The view was amazing! I agree that some families would be longing for quiet if they are isolating together all these weeks. Our son is living in Canada, so it’s just the 2 of us. We manage to find quiet moments on our walks and thanks to our noise-cancelling headphones inside! I hope all’s well with you. Be well.

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  6. Hi Patti, quiet moments are so needed to soothe our souls, especially these days! For many of us, our isolation led us through unwelcome quiet moments. Your beautiful photos really do capture the essence of quiet. Once I saw your theme, I thought it went perfectly with this week’s Sunday Stills theme, “Rise/Set.” Of course I tried to link using a mobile device with a spotty internet connection, which didn’t work, so I’m finally getting it done! Thanks for hosting this week and here is my link: https://secondwindleisure.com/2020/06/21/sunday-stills-the-rise-and-set-of-the-sun/

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    • Hi, Cee. Thank you! I’m so glad the topic resonates with you. It seemed appropriate, especially now! I hope you’re well. I enjoyed your post as well. 😊😊

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  8. INTERNET IS BACK! This is such a lovely post, Patti – beautifully captured and written. I so love the Firenze Wisteria shot. On my wall!

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  9. Patti, thank you … for such a beautiful topic. English Bay … the sunsets there is magical. Vancouver is one beautiful and pleasant city. I lived a year on Vancouver Island in fairy tale pretty Victoria, there was many long weekends in Vancouver. Beautiful moments you have captured.

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  10. You guys have some fantastic contributors for your challenges. Before I post the Friendly Friday photo challenge topic, I check to see that it doesn’t clash with a prompt, you have recently posted and many times, it seems we are thinking along the same lines. Today, I was going to post Quiet Places for tomorrow’s prompt, but found your prompt here so I will wait for a few more months before posting. Lol…
    I like the gentleman in Florence the best. A beautiful contrast in the walls around him.

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  11. Hi, Forestwood. We have some wonderful contributors, it’s true! There are a lot more photo challenges now than when we started. I’m glad you coordinate with us! That’s a great idea. I’m delighted you like the Florence shot. It’s a beautiful spot. Thanks for stopping by!

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