~ Lens-Artists Challenge #175: “Follow Your Bliss” ~

What does it mean to “follow your bliss”? We all make choices in our approach to life and art – to follow your bliss is to pursue that which provides you happiness and joy. It is quite likely you have more than one focus that gives you deep pleasure. For this week’s challenge, in words and photographs, show us your sense of wonder and excitement. Whether it be one activity that is your passion, or many different interests you follow, this is a wide-open opportunity to showcase how you “follow your bliss.”

Caspian Tern Swirl

Whether scanning the sky or focusing on a row of tiny mushrooms, when I’m engaged and learning ~ that’s my idea of bliss!

Since November 13th was the start of the 2021-2022 Project Feederwatch season, and marks the beginning of my 14th year as a Cornell Lab of Ornithology Citizen Scientist, today I’ll showcase my passion for birds. What fun it continues to be for me to observe these amazing creatures, to learn their names and what they are up to in any given season of the year.

Breeding male American Goldfinch – Spinus tristis

The state bird of Washington, American Goldfinches are always a delight to behold in their bright spring feathers. This guy, perched atop a Coastal Pine, is pouring out a love song to attract a mate!

Breeding male Black-bellied Plover – Pluvialis squatarola

“A widespread shorebird (occuring on six continents), Black-bellied Plovers breed at the very top of the world, farther north than other species.” As with many other birds their feathering is muted when they are not into the breeding season, so I was excited to spot this one in full feather!

Adult male Bald Eagle – Haliaeetus leucocephalus

The journey from cracking the egg to full-breeding maturity is a five year process for Bald Eagles. When everything shut down in March – May 2020, I was able to observe many Bald Eagles at fairly close range on the Long Beach Peninsula. What a treat to get excellent portraits and then study the characteristics of each phase in their development. Subsequently, I created a folio of poems and photos, Walking With Eagles.

Semipalmated Plover – Charadrius semipalmatus and Sanderling – Calidris alba

Rarely do I see a Sanderling standing and alone, as they more typically gather in groups and chase the ebbing tide in and out probing for prey in the wet sand. “One of the world’s most widespread shorebirds, Sanderling nest only in the High Arctic. In fall and winter you can find them on nearly all temperate and tropical sandy beaches throughout the world. During migration, Semipalmated Plovers can show up almost anywhere across North America. The dark back and a single black band across their breast, along with their run-and-stop foraging style helps to pick them out from other small shorebirds.”

Purple Finch – Haemorhous purpureus

What a delight to look up to the swaying branches of this fir tree and see the bright feathers of a breeding male Purple Finch! “Although these chunky, big-beaked finches do breed in northern North America and the West Coast, they’re often irregular winter visitors to our feeders. Backyard sunflower seed feeders are where you might find Purple Finches, if you live within their winter range.”

Short-billed Dowitcher – Limnodromus griseus

Short-billed? Well, only compared to their relatives the Long-billed Dowitcher! “Widespread shorebirds, they are relatively easy to find during migration and winter in coastal areas. They probe for food by rhythmically inserting their bill straight up and down (like a sewing machine needle) in mudflats, tidal wetlands, or shallow freshwater sloughs.”

Brown Pelican – Pelecanus occidentalis

I just never know what I’ll find when I crest the berm and look out across the vast shoreline of Long Beach. On this lovely June day in 2019, a flock of Brown Pelicans were resting and refreshing in the surf. “Brown Pelicans live year-round in estuaries and coastal marine habitats along both the east and west coasts. On the west coast they breed between southern California and southern Ecuador—often wandering farther north after breeding as far as British Columbia.”

All quotes are from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website – https://www.allaboutbirds

Follow Your Bliss, Joseph Campbell

It is truly an honor to be your guest host this week joinimg Amy, Ann-Christine, Patti and Tina in providing opportunities for visual expression. We hope you’ll join us in sharing how you follow YOUR bliss. Be sure to include a link to my post and to use the Lens-Artists tag so we can all find you in the Reader.

Next week, Christine will lead the challenge, so we invite you to stop by her Leya blog on Saturday, November 27, at noon to join us.

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119 Responses to ~ Lens-Artists Challenge #175: “Follow Your Bliss” ~

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  3. Florin says:

    Hello Lindy. What a nice post, but also a nice topic!
    Here’s my contribution: https://florinpopa.blog/2021/11/23/mother-forest/

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  5. babsje says:

    Hi Lindy

    Welcome to your gig as guest host for this week’s Lens Artists challenge. What a great topic you’ve chosen. Your bird photos are all so well-suited for showing us your bliss, and your Bald Eagle with his head feathers poofed out behind his ear is a priceless Eagle capture.

    Here’s my offering for Follow Your Bliss:


    Best, Babsje

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  9. This a very great idea .Great captures of all of these birds and the Bald Eagle is amazing….

    LENS-ARTISTS CHALLENGE #175 – Follow Your Bliss

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  12. Toonsarah says:

    Beautiful bird photos Lindy, and a great challenge! It’s taken me a while (as you’ll read, I’ve been away) but here’s my contribution: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/the-bliss-of-returning-to-the-air/

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  14. Cee Neuner says:

    Hi Lindy, I’m so happy you were able to guest host for the Lens-Artists group. Your photos are so wonderful. 😀 😀
    Here is my entry. Enjou.

    Lens-Artists Challenge #175: Follow Your Bliss

  15. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    A lovely challenge and some lovely images. Thank you

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  17. Hammad Rais says:

    This is really wonderful. Being able to see such amazing creatures up close is certainly a unique bliss 🙂

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  19. lifelessons says:

    Your photos are all amazing, but I’m crazy about the mushrooms.. Each one seems to be a tiny table with a different thing displayed on it.

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  25. Cool Esse says:

    Lovely photos and information! I also enjoy observing birds and what they’re up to. The other day, I saw a Magnificent Bird Of Paradise mating dance on an episode of Life In Color, it was awesome! I have a few mushroom photographs to share for the challenge, my bliss would be nature and when I’m engaged and learning new things as well 🙂

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  27. Here’s our bliss: travel — with a new trip upcoming to Prague and Germany. Thanks for a terrific topic! https://ohtheplaceswesee.com/2021/11/25/travel-bliss-destination-prague-germany/

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  33. I think these are wonderful photos, but my favourite is by far the one with the two birds and their reflections. It’s just a clear photo with a nice sense of minimalism.

    Here’s my (rather late) submission for this challenge:

    Damaged Structure

  34. Rupali says:

    Wonderful theme and a great post.

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  36. Kelly MacKay says:

    That Black-Bellied Plover is gorgeous. I’ve never seen one. We have the rare piping plovers on the Fundy coast, they gather the mid-August in the thousands to feed.Thanks

  37. Lovely birds! And such a great idea for a challenge prompt.

    Here is my moment of bliss during a road trip in the USA: Solitude in the Great Smokey Mountains

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