Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #129

Favorite Images of 2020


Lens-Artist challenges us to go through our photos and share our favorites from 2020. Here’s a few I found.

It was a strange year with no travel since February and a lockdown.

You can see more favorite 2002 photos here.

Hoping for a better 2021.


Which Way Challenge

Hosted by Alive and Trekking, the weekly Which Way Challenge inspires bloggers to share photos of ways including: 

  • Roads:  gravel, asphalt, cobbled, dirt, freeway, expressway, highway, bridges
  • Indoor walkways:  hallways, aisles, people movers
  • Outdoor walks:  sidewalks, paths, trails
  • Stairs, elevators, escalators, or steps
  • Railway tracks, monorails, ski lifts
  • Runways and tarmacs
  • Ferries, canals and locks
  • Parking lots, private driveways
  • Tunnels
  • Signs of any kind:  directional, informational, store signs, wind vanes
  • Maps that are posted as signs

All bloggers need to do is to create a post and create a pingback or link to Alive and Trekking.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Dark Red

Hong Kong

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos with dark red.

What will you choose to share?

It’s easy to participate. Just check out Cee’s blog for the week’s prompt. Create a post and link it to or make a pingback to her blog.

Give it a try. It’s fun.

Weekend Coffee Share

Each weekend, Eclectic Ali invites bloggers to are their experiences, musings, whatever through the Weekend Coffee Share challenge.

So grab a cup of coffee and share with us!  What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans?  Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, we’d be out enjoying the bright foliage, which is already past its peak. We’d enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures knowing that they won’t last much longer.

I’d begin by sharing that I’m glad that voting is over. I worked for 17 days and my life was little more than checking people in or various forms of crowd control and troubleshooting. I’d get home, forage for some dinner, take a shower, possibly unwind with some TV or YouTube as I was too exhausted to read. I’d sleep but never restfully and it was always too soon before the alarm went off and I repeated the same routine. I’m thrilled that it was just two and a half weeks or so.

Election Day itself was a let down. My precinct only had 123 voters between 6 am and 7pm. Most voters went beforehand or by mail. The time dragged. One of the team members never showed up, one was spacey and slow-moving. Even though he drank 6 cans of Red Bull and a canned Starbucks espresso, he never moved faster than a snail.

It took me about three days to catch up on my sleep. Now I’m grateful to be back to my daily walks and reading. I’ve coasted through Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God for a book club discussion on Thursday. I haven’t been able to read much in months. Since it was so slow on Election Day, I could finish Paul Johnson’s Heroes.

Now I’m job hunting and not sure what direction to pursue. I struggled to submit a claim to the Illinois Department of Employment via it’s needlessly clunky website. There’s some bug and I’ve to a call in for help, but I’m not sure when I’ll get a call back, but my fingers are crossed. It should not be so hard.

I’m looking forward to being able to blog, write plays/scripts, and read in addition to hunting for a job.

Sculpture Saturday


Saturday Sculpture was hosted by the  Mind over Memory blogger as a way to share photos of all manner of sculptures from the sublime to the ridiculous.

To join in, what you need to do is:

1. Share a photo of a sculpture

2. Link or ping back here to Ruined for Life because Mind over Memory’s has had to stop hosting. Between a new graduate program and work, she’s super busy.

It’s a fun challenge. Give it a try.

Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday is a fun challenge that inspires bloggers by providing a visual prompt every week. Above we see a girl working in a shoe factory. In the left lower corner there’s an M so you can also use that to inspire you (e.g. money, manufacture, etc.).

I was compelled to find photos of girls working in factories in different eras and different countries.

Hine, Lewis Wickes, photographer. A Basket Factory, Evansville, Ind. Girls Making Melon Baskets.Location: Evansville, Indiana. Evansville Evansville. Indiana United States, 1908. October. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2018673845/.
A crowded room in a cigar factory, women and girls making cigars, Manila, Philippine Islands
. , ca. 1907. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2002709846/.
United States Office Of War Information, Bransby, David, photographer. Women aircraft workers. An experienced girl worker in a West Coast airplane factory trains a new girl in the use of a rivet-squeezing machine. Vega. Burbank Burbank. California Los Angeles County United States, 1942. May. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017691830/.
Hine, Lewis Wickes, photographer. Girls working in Tampa, Fla., Box Factory. I saw 10 small boys and girls. Has had reputation for employment of youngsters but work is slack now.Location: Tampa, Florida
. Florida Tampa Tampa. United States, 1909. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2018675074/.

To see more Sepia Saturday posts, click here and you’ll get to the hub and links to more fascinating photos. Each blogger has a different spin.

Thursday Door Challenge


Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

To get to the hub where you’ll find links to dozens of doors, click here.

Weekend Coffee Share

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)! To join, al l you need to do is create a post and link to Eclectic Ali

I’ve forgotten what it’s like to have a weekend as I’ve had to work every day since the 19th. That’s taking a toll on my concept of time and my overall exhaustion. I’m shindioi, i.e. tired, body and soul Kansai-ben (a Japanese dialect). I can’t wait to get back to normal starting Wednesday.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge

Patterns in Nature

Snake at a zoo in Melbourne

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of patterns in nature..

What will you share?

To see more wonderful pictures, click here.