Cee’s fun foto challenge: Three items or the number 3

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Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge to show photos featuring featuring one item or the number one. You can click on any of the photos below to view them in a slideshow format for a larger view.

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Travel theme: Light

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Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “light”. Enjoy my photos and remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

When taking photos, light is your best friend. It can also be your best enemy. Capturing the light the right way can make for a good or a not so good picture. I love using sunlight as much as I can to compose my photos, for example with this lemon.

Travel theme: Light shining on a lemon
Travel theme: Light shining on a lemon

There’s the light of the morning sun.

Travel theme: Light on the rising sun
Travel theme: Light on the rising sun

And the light of the setting sun.

Travel theme: Light of the setting sun
Travel theme: Light of the setting sun

Of course, light isn’t always natural, and we’re surrounded by plenty of artificial light. Here’s plenty of light from this glass chandelier in the lobby of the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California.

Travel theme: Light of a chandelier
Travel theme: Light of a chandelier

And then, there’s the moon. Of course, the moon doesn’t produce light but only reflects it, and a full moon can reflect a lot of light!

Travel theme: Light - full moon
Travel theme: Light – full moon

And is there any happier light than the one created by Christmas lights?

Travel theme: Light of Christmas lights
Travel theme: Light of Christmas lights

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds

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I’m participating in the online adventure travel and outdoor photography magazine Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers. This week’s challenge is: Clouds.

I’m one of those weird people who LOVE clouds. OK, not so much the boring gray layer of stratus clouds, especially when it doesn’t produce rain. I love staring at the high layers of cirrus clouds that stretch across the skies like cotton candy. A mackerel sky always looks like it’s covered with a huge herd of sleeping sheep. And of course, my favorite clouds are the cumulus type, since they’re the best opportunity for spotting shapes.

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I took this first photo with my cell phone because that’s all I had with me that day and I didn’t want to miss capturing this great opportunity. Here’s my first dog-shaped cloud! Isn’t he a cute little doggie?

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds in the shape of a dog
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds in the shape of a dog

Another reason I love clouds is because they can make a great sunset look absolutely amazing. I took this photo on December 25, 2012 in San Diego. One of the best sunsets I’ve seen in years for sure.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds at sunset
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds at sunset

Now, here’s another photo taken from the same spot during a summer sunset with really nice soft pink and gray clouds.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds of a pink and gray sunset
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds of a pink and gray sunset

Of course, clouds can create some beautiful sunrise scenes, especially when the sun tries so hard to pierce through them early in the morning.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds at sunrise
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds at sunrise

Finally clouds can look very creepy, especially when they crawl over the hills during a rainstorm. We get this type of crawling clouds once in a while in the winter here, and I love the look of them!

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds crawling over the hills
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Clouds crawling over the hills

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors

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This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is rainbow colors. Photos must display at least four strong colors.

Well, this is quite a challenge for me because I like to keep my photos as simple as possible, with the least distraction. Most often, a large amount of colors can make a photo look busy. I think I managed to find a few photos that fit this theme well. Let me know what you think.

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Here’s a colorful tiger swallowtail butterfly on bougainvillea: yellow, black, red, green and blue.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors - tiger swallowtail butterfly
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors – tiger swallowtail butterfly

I love California wildflowers and I can’t wait to see them pop up everywhere in the spring. Here’s yellow, red, purple, pink and green.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors - California wildflowers
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors – California wildflowers

The sumac tree can display very colorful foliage in the fall. Here’s some yellow, orange, red, green and blue.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors - sumac foliage
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors – sumac foliage

The next photo is a lemon blossom. It’s featured in my 2013 photo calendar for the month of February. Here’s white, pink, green and blue.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors - lemon blossoms
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors – lemon blossoms

Finally, what’s more colorful than Christmas lights? Oh, so many colors… Ho, ho, ho!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors - Colorful Christmas lights
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors – Colorful Christmas lights

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red and White

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This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is the colors of red, white, or red and white together. How about some hibiscus to illustrate this colorful theme?

Remember you can click on each image below for a larger view.  Here’s a beautiful red hibiscus flower to start with.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red hibiscus flower
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red hibiscus flower

A white hibiscus flower is just as pretty, believe it or not. It even has a little pinkish red on it.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: white hibiscus flower
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: white hibiscus flower

There’s also the beautiful ornamental pear blossoms of San Diego’s Balboa Park. They don’t smell good but they sure are pretty!

Pear blossoms at San Diego's Balboa Park
Pear blossoms at San Diego’s Balboa Park

Now, if you’re looking for red and white on a single picture, take a peek at my budding strawberries. Amid the green and red leaves, you can find a few white strawberry blossoms.

Red strawberry leaves and white strawberry blossoms
Red strawberry leaves and white strawberry blossoms

Spring is almost here but Christmas wasn’t that long ago and ’tis the ultimate season for red and white!

Santa Christmas lights: red and white
Santa Christmas lights: red and white