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Lens-Artists Challenge #129 – Favourite Images of 2020

So Tina from Travels and Trifles has set the first Lens Artist challenge this year of looking back at some favourites photographs from 2020. It is always hard to pick one or two, so here are a selection.

On a walk early in the year we saw this handsome fellow.

Throughout the year, we have been enjoying the friendship of Robin – friend. Here a photograph from early spring, in his favourite apple tree, it’s leaves just bursting.

An hour spent taking raindrop photographs was fun – this was the one I was most pleased with.

I just liked the light in this image.

You can never have enough flower images.

Or bees for that matter, but this one got a few comments because it reminded me of Winnie the Pooh getting his head stuck in the honey pot.

As well as garden plants and insects, I have also enjoyed capturing images of our garden birds this year too.

A big thank you to all the Len-Artists for their inspiring challenges in 2020, I look forward to this year’s too.


Nature has some wonderful delicate colours. Below the delicate pink of Shining Cranesbill, Geranium lucidum.

Next, collection of daisy, speedwell and pignut flowers

And here the speedwell in more detail.

And finally the delicate green and whites of cow parsley.

Favourites 2019

Choosing some of my  favourite photographs of the year is not that easy. Where to start?

This image is from January 2019, from the west coast of Ireland. The light on the west  coast is pretty special.

west coast ireland

West coast Ireland

Then daffodils – what is there not to like as they herald the start of spring. I was particularly pleased with this image, which I darkened a little from the original.


Spring also brings blossom – against the blue sky, it just says happiness to me.


And springs brings with it one of my favourite animals, our beautiful bumblebees. I take lots of photos of bees and it is hard to choose one. Here the common carder bee on a vetch flower.

Common carder

Common carder

We were lucky to visit two wonderful places this year. First The Burren in County Clare in late August. I just loved all the wildflowers and limestone landscape and walls.

The second place was Inishbiggle, a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland.


And at the end of the summer my favourite butterfly image.



With the return of autumn and winter we again get that wonderful light along the coast.


And two photos to finish – an abstract.


And a black and white


A huge thank you to the four lens artists (Ann-Christine, Amy, Tina and Patti) who give us the lens artist challenge each week.