Lens-Artist Challenge #214 – Favorite Finds

We have a wonderful new challenge this week by Ann Christine, “Favorite Finds.” In her post she encourages us to dig deep into our archives and find something hidden that once surprised us or filled us with awe.

In our many travels over the years, Michael and I have stumbled upon some wonderful treasures. Whether it be hidden courtyard tucked away down an alley in Charleston, South Carolina;

Or a road less traveled away from the hustle and bustle of a busy highway;

Or an abandoned boat in front of a lighthouse in Cancun, Mexico.

Along the way, however, there have been some unique discoveries which have found their way home with us.

Like this “Ice Boy and Dog” statue. We found it one Fall Day while traveling in Boone, North Carolina. The shop had all kinds of yard art, plant stands and such. But this little guy and his friend caught our eye. If you know Michael, you know he is truly a dog lover, and they love him too! That’s what made this such an amazing find.

Sadly, the bees and hornets eventually found a way to make a home in the statue and it met an untimely death. But not before I could grab this shot of him one icy, winter day.

There have been other unique discoveries along the years all finding their way home in our garden. But none hold a candle to our bicycle plant stand. This was one of those finds that almost didn’t happen.

One Saturday we were wandering around an antique mall and stumbled upon it. It immediately caught both our attention, but at the time we were living in the condo. With no place to put it we walked away.

Fast forward six months later and we found ourselves with a summer home on St. Simonds Island and a garden that needed some attention. Our thoughts went back to the bicycle, and we kicked ourselves for not picking it up when we first ran across it. But lucky for us, it was still there, and we found the perfect spot under a tall pecan tree.

Eventually, we sold the property, and the bicycle found its way to our new garden (although we did have to persuade the new owners to let us keep it).

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall it continues to be a focal point of color, character and joy all year round.

Thank you, Ann-Christine for this fun challenge. Next week, John will host us in a theme of plane, trains and automobiles. If you’d like to join in on the fun, be sure to follow him by clicking on this link: PhotobyJohnbo

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

~donna

P.S. I’m scaling back on my Etsy shop to spend more time on my true passion Photography and not running an on-line shop. So, I have an inventory clearance (available in the U.S. only and while supplies last) on all notecards and matted photography. If you, or anyone you know may be interested in purchasing unique notecards, photography or digital artwork please visit my Etsy shop by clicking on the link below: Shop Donna Robinson Photography

14 thoughts on “Lens-Artist Challenge #214 – Favorite Finds

  1. A terrific post Donna, from start to finish! Of course I loved your Charleston image as we live nearby and I often head into town for photography with friends. So much to see and shoot there! More than that though, I loved the bicycle story and the many images – especially the one with the birds on it! Also loved your icy statue.

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    • Thank you, Tina! It was fun pulling the photos and story together. I had a feeling the Charleston image might pique your interest 😉 I love Charleston and definitely need to get back there. I’m glad you enjoyed the bicycle story. There are many other finds I thought about including, but the bicycle is my favorite.

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  2. Love the diversity and the love you let us feel through your words, Donna. So sad about such a lovely statue! Your bicycle story is a good one too – and love it that it is still with you. Loved by many garden creatures!

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