A one-lens walk

Anne of Slow Shutter speed is the hostess for this week’s Lens-Artists photo challenge #233.

Anne asks the participants to take a walk just with one lens.

For this challenge, I made an unusual decision of carrying just my EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM, knowing fully well that I can’t take clicks of nearby objects.

All the shots were taken at 300mm focal length.

Sun Basking

As I was leaving my house for the morning walk, I noticed this garden lizard in the compound.

I wanted to utilize this opportunity to click on this guy.

I noticed it in a deep meditation mood, and it has closed its eyes, which never happens to my knowledge since it always rotates its eyeball in a watchful state.

I was fortunate that it was in a hypnotic trance!!


“When we pray, instead of trying to produce love in our souls toward God, we should be basking in God’s love for us.

How foolish to stay indoors in the cold, dark little room of the self, trying to turn on the light and turn up the heat, when we can just go outside into God’s glorious Sunlight and receive his rays!

How silly to fuss with artificial tanning salons and lotions and lights when the Sun is out!”

Peter Kreeft

The hum of the bees is the voice of the garden-Elizabeth Lawrence


As I was entering the garden I saw this huge tree (20 feet) with many branches and I have to lift my head to see the sky end of the tree.

Initially, I noticed nothing special, but when I used the 300 mm focal length to my surprise each branch was home to many beehives (nests). I never saw so many beehives in each branch. If you zoom the image, you notice hundreds of honey bees either entering or leaving the nest.

I tried to listen to their lovely buzzing sound but it was feeble.

“The bee is more honoured than other animals, not because she labours, but because she labours for others”
St. John Chrysostom



The day was a bit cloudy and soon it started drizzling.

I noticed so many dragonflies resting on a thin branch of a tree.

I was thanking God for allowing me to shoot these gentle creatures. The background green bokeh was amazing.

My friend, do you know that dragonflies are beneficial to humans?

  • They control pests like mosquitoes and biting flies that cause deadly diseases in humans
  • Dragonflies can fly in any direction including 360-degree turns and even backward
  • Dragonflies are an essential part of the freshwater ecosystem
  • We are supposed to protect the dragonflies or else the entire world can be overrun with mosquitoes
  • Said to be better hunters than lions and sharks. (95% success rate)
  • Engineers copy the aerodynamic design of Dragonfly for their projects
  • Sadly in some parts of the world dragonflies are considered a delicacy

The dragonfly never boasts of its ability.

“The real champions in life are so humble and gracious.

They just continue doing what they do without all the posturing.

If you’ve got the real thing, you don’t have to flaunt a loud imitation”

Denis Waitley

“In presence of the Moon, nobody sees stars” Amit Kalantri


This image is from my Archive.

I did a little bit of cropping.

“The moon is a loyal companion.

It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do.

Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.

Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections”

Tahereh Mafi

Thank you for your visit.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Mr Philo

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This post is part of Anne’s LAPC- A one-lens walk


13 thoughts on “A one-lens walk

  1. Your words, your photos, all of it, encompass tranquility, and a connection to the natural world. Fantastic. A meditating lizard? And you sure hit the nail on the head with Kreeft’s words.
    What a treat to find all those beehives. A shame you couldn’t hear them too well. It is such a sweet busy sound. Have a nice weekend.

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