WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “layers”. You can click on the photos below for a larger view.

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I enjoy the many layers of petals on a rose, especially when the petals themselves are layered with dew drops or raindrops.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of white rose petals
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of white rose petals
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of pink rose petals
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of pink rose petals

The orange protea pin cushion flower has a spectacular set of petals that go from layer to layer.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of  an orange protea pin cushion
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of an orange protea pin cushion

I love the dripping layers of pine tree sap on the tree bark.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of pine tree sap
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of pine tree sap

Check out the colorful layers within that tree sap.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of colorful pine tree sap
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of colorful pine tree sap

And how about the beautiful layers of the Fourth of July fireworks?

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of Fourth of July fireworks
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of Fourth of July fireworks
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of Fourth of July fireworks
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of Fourth of July fireworks

Travel theme: Multicolored

Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “multicolored”. 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.

Just in time for the fall season, here’s some colorful sumac tree foliage. With a beautiful bright blue sky as the complimentary background, this photo is very multicolored.

Travel theme: Multicolored sumac fall foliage
Travel theme: Multicolored sumac fall foliage

I love the bright red berries of the Cotoneaster Lacteus contrasting with the bush’s green and crimson leaves.

Travel theme: Multicolored Cotoneaster Lacteus
Travel theme: Multicolored Cotoneaster Lacteus

This bright orange protea pincushion flower enjoys the company of purple lavender, green leafed trees and a California blue sky in the background.

Travel theme: Multicolored - Orange protea pincushion flower and purple lavender
Travel theme: Multicolored – Orange protea pincushion flower and purple lavender

I’m not sure what these flowers are called (some type of iceplant blooms) but I love how the petals change colors from one end to the other.

Travel theme: Multicolored flowers
Travel theme: Multicolored flowers

If you’re ever wondered what a multicolored rose looks like, here it is.

Travel theme: Multicolored rose
Travel theme: Multicolored rose

I love this purple and yellow lily. Two beautiful colors right next to each other.

Travel theme: Multicolored lily
Travel theme: Multicolored lily

And now for the last photo, here are the coolest multicolored fireworks I saw this year for the 4th of July.

Travel theme: Multicolored fireworks
Travel theme: Multicolored fireworks

The last of the Fourth of July firework displays

Before we reach the end of summer, I wanted to share the last few photos I took of the fireworks this past July. You can see my other photos of the Fourth of July fireworks here and here. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

Fourth of July fireworks - blue fireworks
Fourth of July fireworks – blue fireworks
Pink and purple fireworks
Pink and purple fireworks
Red and green fireworks
Red and green fireworks
White and red fireworks
White and red fireworks

And now for the grand finale…

Fireworks grand finale
Fireworks grand finale
Burst of firework displays
Burst of firework displays

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “focus”. You can click on the photos below for a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

I love the focus on this first picture, as it shows all the fuzz on a grass blade.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - morning dew on grass blades
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – morning dew on grass blades

Raindrops are a great subject to focus on, on grass or on tree branches.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - raindrop on tree branch
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – raindrop on tree branch

Flowers are another lovely subject to focus on, especially when they are as colorful as this orange protea pincushion flower against a complimentary colorful background.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - Orange protea pincushion flower
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – Orange protea pincushion flower
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - Yellow daisy
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – Yellow daisy

Faraway objects can be a challenge to focus on but this almost full moon shot looks very sharp. So sharp you can see several moon craters.

WordPress weekly photo challenge:  Focus - almost full moon with craters
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – almost full moon with craters

Finally I took my first shot at photographing fireworks properly this summer. I had to focus on a very far distance to capture them sharp, like this multi-color firework, by far my favorite. You can see more photos of fireworks here and here.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - multicolor fireworks
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – multicolor fireworks

More Fourth of July firework displays

A few weeks ago, I shared some of the photos I took of the Fourth of July fireworks. Today, I’d like to share a few more of my favorite. I’ve found out over the years it’s quite a challenge to photograph fireworks, but with the right camera settings and good timing, you can have some good results.

Remember you can click on each photo below for a larger view. Enjoy!

Red and green Fourth of July fireworks
Red and green Fourth of July fireworks
Red burst - 4th of July firework display
Red burst – 4th of July firework display

I’m pretty sure this next set of fireworks is supposed to represent the American flag: white stars on blue, and red and white stripes. Very cool.

American flag firework display
American flag firework display

This last photo is one of my favorite firework displays from that night. Just beautiful.

Blue and yellow fireworks
Blue and yellow fireworks