This week, Amy hosts Lens-Artists Challenge #200 and asks us to include photos that make us smile. There’s a lot of bad news and crazy things going on every day, so I love this week’s challenge that allows us to re-center and think about happy moments. Photography in general puts a smile on face, but I particularly enjoy going outside and being in nature. Birds (Terri’s Sunday Stills – Feathered Friends), other animals, and beautiful flowers (Cee’s Flower of the Day and Dawn Miller’s Spring Festival 2022) top my list of little things that make me smile, particularly when I find something surprising, like these little blossoms on a normally plain green bush.
Gorgeous gardens full of many flowers and other plants will definitely bring a smile to my face. I love photographing the whole landscape, and then zooming in for close-up shots. Both are equally inspiring and make me happy. These next photos were taken of my neighbors’ yards during my town’s recent spring garden tour. I got to ooh and ahh over their fabulous yards and spend time with my mom, who accompanied me.
Sometimes, I am surprised when watching wildlife. This Crested Screamer at the San Diego Zoo put a smile on my face (and she looks like she is sort of smiling too), when she stood up and showed off. Rumor has it, the egg hatched last week.
My favorite aviary at the San Diego Zoo, Africa Rocks Aviary, is sure to make me smile. The birds are always active and very colorful, which makes it fun to photograph. Here’s a couple of my favorite, colorful birds.
Cute, fuzzy animals with adorable faces put a smile on my face, too.
Of course, I cannot leave this post without mentioning some of the places that make me smile: my favorite California beach, Salt Creek in Dana Point (Jez’s Water Water Everywhere), sunrise over Honolulu, and Hawaii’s coastline (Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – things that begin or end with H).
I hope the remainder of your week is peaceful, and you find many things to smile about!