Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Going Back

This week, John, who is our guest host for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, has asked us to Go Back and take a second look at places we have visited in the past. My reason for wanting to go back and visit the first three places is that I was using a film camera at the time and was extremely limited as far as the number of pictures I could take. So, Niagara Falls (from the Canadian side,) Cypress Gardens in Florida and Virginia Beach are definitely on the list.

The same could be said of the Badlands in South Dakota, although we did go back eventually, one of the first places we visited after I acquired my original digital camera, but I couldn’t get out of the habit of being sparing with my shots and always regretted not taking more while I had the chance.

These days there’s no holding me back and I take literally hundreds of pictures when we’re on our travels, but time was against us on Antelope Island in Utah. We had already visited the Natural History Museum in Salt Lake City in the morning and by the time we got to the island a big storm was brewing so we had a quick look around and headed back to base. We had planned on going back to Utah the following year to visit our daughter but instead, she moved on to Texas. As it turned out, much of the island’s vegetation was destroyed by wildfires that year so it probably wouldn’t have been a good idea anyway but, if I had the opportunity, I’d love to go back to Antelope Island.

To be honest, I’m not sure who took these pictures but it was with my husband’s film camera nearly fifty years ago, so it could have been either one of us. These images represent my final memories of home in England. We’ve never been back, for various reasons, and will almost certainly never have the chance now. If I could magically transport myself back there, I would do it in a heartbeat.

Thanks to John for giving us the opportunity to Go Back and revisit some of our favorite places.




13 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Going Back

  1. Beautiful memories, Sue. And – you are so right about maybe never getting the possibility to return. Digital cameras are wonderful inventions…taking photos again and again. from our travels as young, I have only slides my husband took. And they stay as slides – we have tens of thousands of them. Never look at them…you have posted great memories.

    • Thanks, Ann-Christine! I know what you mean about slides. Many of our earlier pictures were on them and after a while they deteriorated to the point where some of them are now unrecognizable. I did manage to convert a few to photo files but they never looked as good as the original slide. I remember with fondness, the evenings when all the family would gather round the projector and laugh at some of our early attempts at photography and the outdated fashions.

  2. What a traveller you are and such wonderful photos of many different, interesting places. Better to have the lovely memories and photos of England than return and see how things have changed and not always for the better however Wales would always love to see you!

    • Thanks, Marianne! I’ve been very fortunate to visit so many interesting places. They may not have been terribly exotic but they always provided lots of photo opportunities. I wish now that I’d seen more of England while I was living there, especially some of the places where, I later learned, my ancestors lived. I did visit Wales once and was touched by the friendliness of the people there. Home is always in my thoughts and prayers. Stay safe.

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