Lens Artist Photo Challenge – The 5 Elements

The Chinese 5 Elements:  wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

Wood 木

Wood: it is yang/masculine in character. The predominant attributes are considered to be strength and flexibility. In Chinese thought it is associated with qualities of leadership, creativity, decision-making, generosity, idealism, competitive and assertiveness.

Fire 火

Fire is yang/masculine in character. Its direction is upward and its energy is expansive. In Chinese thought fire is associated with the qualities of dynamism, strength, persistence, empathy, self-expression, emotional extremes, sociable, extrovert; however, it is also connected to restlessness.

Earth 土

Earth: is both yin and yang/feminine and masculine in character. Its motion is inward and centering, and its energy is stabilizing and conserving. In Chinese thought earth is associated with he qualities of patience, caring, nurturing, supportive, thoughtfulness, grounding, practicality, hard work and stability. 

Metal 金

Metal:  is yin/feminine in character, its motion is inward and its energy is contracting. In Chinese thought metal is associated precision, logic, self-control, analytical, rigidity, unyieldingness, strength, ambitious, forceful and determined.

Water 水

Water: is yin/feminine in character, its energy is downward and its motion is stillness and conserving. In Chinese thought water is associated with solitude, privacy, introspection, philosophy, mystery, truth, honesty, anxiety, nervousness, insecurity. 



Lens Artist Photo Challenge – The 5 Elements

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B & W Challenge – Thirsty Ant

Small Thirsty Ant     2019©Isadora DeLaVega

A thirsty ant has perched itself on the dropplet of water in an orchid bud.

Original Color Photograph 

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Lens Artist Photo Challenge – Something Different

Quite unuusual to see wine in garden decor.

Leoma Lovegrove has a charming gallery in Matalacha, Florida.

Throughout the grounds, you will see something different for you to enjoy.

I found these wine bottle garden bushes very clever.

Leoma Lovegrove, local artist in residence, should be elected the queen of color.

Her home is as colorful as her gallery. In the rear of her gallery is a gazebo displaying art in addition to added seating for you to take a short respite after you’ve viewed her extremely artistic gallery. There’s an abundance of outdoor art offerings for you.

She showcases other artists in addition to her masterful works. She does little to hide that she’s a huge fan of the Beatles. She pays homage to them in some of her paintings and by playing their music inside and outside the gallery.

Take a step inside her color-filled island life and enjoy the ride.

Isadora 😎



Lens Artists Challenge #40 – Something Different

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Cute King Pelu

Cat Pelu B&W.web

I am a cat

I am honorable

I have pride

I have dignity

And, I have a memory. ©Paul Gallico


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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Enchanting Spring

Spring is in the Air – Enchanting Spring


Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Feelings of Spring

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Friendly Friday – Hot Dog Story

 Street Food Vendor      2019©Isadora DeLaVega


Street food vendors have become a popular place to grab on-the-go food now-a-days.

They weren’t popular years ago except for the local ice cream truck that would ring his bell everyday to alert kids of the yumminess he was bringing.

When my father retired from his 3 jobs – yes, he had 3 jobs the entire time I was growing up – he was having a difficult time of doing nothing.

He’d been a cook in the army. In between working, he liked to cook up many hardy dishes for us. It seemed like a natural progression for him to do something with cooking.

He purchased a food cart and went to all the school baseball games to sell his Nathan’s Hot Dogs with homemade chili, homemade onions and homemade

sauerkraut.  He was able to put my youngest sister through medical school with all of his earnings.

This painting of a food vendor reminded me of his food cart.

2019©Isadora DeLaVega


Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Story

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Raindrops Shimmer

    Raindrops      2019©Isadora DeLaVega


A Photo A Week Challenge – Shimmer

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Wordless Wednesday – Party Dawg

                                                              Party Dawg              2019©artist Al DeLaVega

Shiny Columbian Emerald

Shiny Columbian Emerald

Shiny Raw Mined Emeralds

Shiny Emerald Jewelry



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