Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “object”. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

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Christmas was just a few weeks ago and it was the opportunity to see many bright objects around town, including this cute polar bear and its Coca Cola bottle.

Christmas lights : polar bear and Coca Cola bottle
Christmas lights : polar bear and Coca Cola bottle

This is the largest Christmas tree in the world made out of large Lego bricks, at Legoland California. Pretty cool!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object - Lego Christmas tree at Legoland
Weekly Photo Challenge: Object – Lego Christmas tree at Legoland

You can find man made objects when you go hiking in nature, like this wooden bridge.

Bridge in the woods of a San Diego county park
Bridge in the woods of a San Diego county park

You can find interesting objects in more crowded places too, such as this koala crossing sign at the San Diego Zoo.

KOALA XING sign at the San Diego Zoo
KOALA XING sign at the San Diego Zoo

Finally, I know I shared this last photo a few days ago but I thought it’d work great for this theme. This is a water puddle in the shape of the United States, with the reflection of a red truck’s front grill and the blue sky. A red, white a blue US map, right on the pavement.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object - water puddle in the shape of the United States
Weekly Photo Challenge: Object – water puddle in the shape of the United States

Merry Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas light displays

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I wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas, whether it’s a white Christmas, or a wet one, or a sunny one. A few nights ago I went to our town’s best Christmas light displays with my kids and took picture after picture as we enjoyed the show. With these images, I’m sending some Christmas cheer your way!

Christmas light diplay on front yard
Christmas light diplay on front yard
Christmas light decorations on homes
Christmas light decorations on homes
Snowman Christmas light display
Snowman Christmas light display
Christmas light reindeers and dog
Christmas light reindeers and dog
Mickey Mouse Christmas light decorations and tree
Mickey Mouse Christmas light decorations and tree
Christmas light reindeer and candy cane decorations
Christmas light reindeer and candy cane decorations
Christmas lights : penguins playing with the snowman's head
Christmas lights : penguins playing with the snowman’s head
Christmas lights : polar bear and Coca Cola bottle
Christmas lights : polar bear and Coca Cola bottle
Christmas lights : Rudolph and the reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh
Christmas lights : Rudolph and the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh
Christmas light outdoor decorations
Christmas light outdoor decorations
Christmas lights : Star Wars display - may the force be with you this Christmas
Christmas lights : Star Wars display – may the force be with you this Christmas

Travel theme: Winter

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Remember that my 2014 nature photography calendars (choose between five different themes) are available for sale. Look in the left sidebar on my website for the most up-to-date discount coupon code. All calendars are made to order in the USA so you support the US economy with your purchase, and a starving artist (me!). I also appreciate any referral through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and of course your blog or website.

Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “sky”. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

Winter in San Diego looks a little different from what you might expect in other parts of the Northern hemisphere. The days are mostly sunny but definitely cooler, and we can have very clear mornings, or a lot of fog.

Travel theme: Winter fog in San Diego
Travel theme: Winter fog in San Diego

We don’t get snow in town, but our mountain caps less than an hour away do get the white stuff. If we’re lucky we get some rain, which we desperately need. I took this photo of my car roof a few days ago. I loved how the clouds reflected on it among the rain drops but all I had to capture the sight was my cell phone camera. I’m still happy with the way it came out.

Clouds reflecting on car roof with raindrops
Clouds reflecting on car roof with raindrops

And if it’s cold enough, we get frost.

Frost on ice plants in San Diego
Frost on ice plants in San Diego

I’m working on a post about Christmas lights, but for this winter theme, I thought I’d preview one of my newest photos. Winter means Christmas and the joy of going to look at Christmas lights.

Christmas light outdoor decorations
Christmas light outdoor decorations

Sunday Post: Christmas tree

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Remember that you still have a little time to purchase one of my 2014 nature photography calendars (choose between five different themes) as a holiday gift. Look in the left sidebar on my website for the most up-to-date discount coupon code. All calendars are made to order in the USA so you support the US economy with your purchase, and a starving artist (me!). I also appreciate any referral through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and of course your blog or website.

Today I’m participating in the Sunday Post photo challenge and the theme is, very appropriately, Christmas tree. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you enjoy my images, I encourage you to subscribe and receive updates when I post new photos, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

Here’s a recent view of downtown San Diego in the evening, where you can catch a glimpse of the lights shaped like a Christmas tree at Seaport Village. I took this photo from all the way across the San Diego bay, in Coronado.

Sunday Post: Christmas tree downtown San Diego at night
Sunday Post: Christmas tree downtown San Diego at night

Here’s the Christmas tree from closer. It was very hard to get a sharp photo from so far away.

Sunday Post: Christmas tree at San Diego's Seaport Village
Sunday Post: Christmas tree at San Diego’s Seaport Village

In comparison, our Christmas tree at home is tiny. Six foot tall, it was decorated with a lot of zeal by my kids. Most of our presents are now under the tree, along with our elf on the shelf who wanted to take a closer look at the presents last night. Our pile of  presents will be complete on Christmas morning, after Santa makes a pit stop at our house.

Our Christmas tree
Our Christmas tree

This photo challenge reminds me I should grab my camera and take more photos of the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. Are you really for the holidays?

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light!

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Today is Small Business Saturday 2013, the one day of the year to encourage people like you to skip the mall and online retailers, and make your purchases at your local mom and pop shop instead. Support small businesses and your local community and make a difference one day at a time.

Remember that my 2014 nature photography calendars (choose between five different themes) are available for sale. Use coupon code BLKFRIZAZZLE to save 60%, valid on November 30, 2013 until midnight. Look in the left sidebar on my website for the most up-to-date discount coupon code. All calendars are made to order in the USA so you support the US economy with your purchase, and a starving artist (me!). I also appreciate any referral through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and of course your blog or website.

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “let there be light”. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

Well, Thanksgiving is over and it’s now a straight line to Christmas. So how about some Christmas lights for this theme? Here are my favorite Christmas decorations from last year. Enjoy!

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light - Christmas lights
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light – Christmas lights
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light - Santa Christmas lights
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light – Santa Christmas lights
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light - Christmas decorations
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light – Christmas decorations
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light - Snowman Christmas lights
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Let there be light – Snowman Christmas lights

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