Black Friday: my 2015 photo calendars are 65% off

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed the time with your loved ones. I’ll be back next week with some new nature photos to share.

If you’re looking for great Black Friday deals, I’ve got one for you. My 2015 nature photography calendars are 65% off today! Simply use code ZAZBLACKDEAL at checkout in my Zazzle store.

You can choose from five different nature themes: a year in Southern California, bees and other insectswater lilies, flowers and blooms, and water. These 2015 photo calendars make a unique Thanksgiving or holiday gift to give a teacher, a friend, a colleague, or a family member. All calendars are made to order in the USA so you support the US economy with your purchase. I thank you for your purchase and your support.

Click on the calendar links below to purchase the calendars of your choice. Thank you very much for your purchase and your support. 

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – A YEAR IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 San Diego calendar - front cover
2015 San Diego calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – WATER LILIES  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 water lily calendar - front cover
2015 water lily calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – BEES AND OTHER INSECTS  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 bee and insect calendar - front cover
2015 bee and insect calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – FLOWERS AND BLOOMS  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 flower and bloom calendar - front cover
2015 flower and bloom calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – WATER IN SAN DIEGO  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 water in San Diego calendar - front cover
2015 water in San Diego calendar – front cover

How to save 50% on my 2015 photo calendars this week

Happy Thanksgiving week!

My 2015 nature photography calendars are available for sale and this week you can save 50% off by using code ZWEEKOFDEALS at checkout in my Zazzle store.

You can choose from five different nature themes: a year in Southern California, bees and other insectswater lilies, flowers and blooms, and water. These 2015 photo calendars make a unique Thanksgiving or holiday gift to give a teacher, a friend, a colleague, or a family member. All calendars are made to order in the USA so you support the US economy with your purchase. I thank you for your purchase and your support.

Click on the calendar links below to purchase the calendars of your choice. Thank you very much for your purchase and your support. 

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – A YEAR IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 San Diego calendar - front cover
2015 San Diego calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – WATER LILIES  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 water lily calendar - front cover
2015 water lily calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – BEES AND OTHER INSECTS  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 bee and insect calendar - front cover
2015 bee and insect calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – FLOWERS AND BLOOMS  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 flower and bloom calendar - front cover
2015 flower and bloom calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – WATER IN SAN DIEGO  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 water in San Diego calendar - front cover
2015 water in San Diego calendar – front cover

My 2015 nature photography calendars are available for sale

Well, I feel like I just crawled out from under a rock. A big, heavy rock. I have been spending the past several weeks studying for several exams that will open up some work opportunities, only now to wait for one more test result that’s not coming in in time for an important meeting tomorrow. Argh, life always has a way to let you know you’re not in charge, no matter how hard you try.

And of course, I’ve been working diligently on creating new photo calendars for 2015 and I’m proud to announce that my 2015 nature photography calendars are now available for sale. If you’re looking for a unique Thanksgiving or holiday gift to give a teacher, a friend, a colleague, or a family member, this is a great choice. All calendars are made to order in the USA so you support the US economy with your purchase, and a starving artist at the same time (me!).

While I’ve decided to keep the same five themes as last year, I’ve updated quite a lot of photos in each 2015 calendar and I hope you’ll enjoy them. Of course, Zazzle has made it very difficult for me to promote these 2015 calendars since their system continues to refuse displaying them in my online store, although I posted them for sale several weeks ago. Their tech support answer? “We’re aware of the problem but we can’t tell you when it will be fixed.” Which means, they won’t fix it. Well, thanks for nothing, Zazzle! So to access these calendars, just click on the links I posted below, including links to pages featuring the photos for each calendar. I really wanted to create a couple more new calendars for this year, but I’ve been so frustrated with the process, I’ve run out of energy, haha!

Zazzle offers discount coupons on many products, so visit Zazzle’s coupon page for their latest promotions. They also display coupon codes just below the top menu. And today only (November 12, 2015), you can use coupon code OJNYFHHWBIBVAVOPYTGM to save $10 when you spend $20 or more.

Click on the calendar links below to purchase the calendars of your choice. Thank you very much for your purchase and your support!

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – A YEAR IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 San Diego calendar - front cover
2015 San Diego calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – WATER LILIES  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 water lily calendar - front cover
2015 water lily calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – BEES AND OTHER INSECTS  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 bee and insect calendar - front cover
2015 bee and insect calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – FLOWERS AND BLOOMS  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 flower and bloom calendar - front cover
2015 flower and bloom calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – WATER IN SAN DIEGO  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 water in San Diego calendar - front cover
2015 water in San Diego calendar – front cover

Floral Friday Fotos: Pink lotus flower

Today I’m participating in Floral Friday Fotos. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you enjoy my photos, I encourage you to subscribe and receive updates when I post new photos, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

Before I start with this post, I’d like to ask for your feedback to help me organize my nature photography online store. If you were to buy a photo product, would you search by product type (e.g. print, canvas, mousepad, etc), or by photo theme (e.g. animals, flowers, skies, water, etc)? Which one makes more sense to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please feel free to comment below this post.

Going back to our Floral Friday Fotos theme, I found the loveliest pink lotus flower at San Diego’s Balboa Park a few weeks ago. This was the first decent shot I managed to get.

Floral Friday Fotos: pink lotus flower
Floral Friday Fotos: pink lotus flower

After a large tourist family left that side of the pond (it’s a very popular photo souvenir spot at Balboa Park for good reasons), I managed to photograph this pink lotus flower from a better angle. By the way, it was the ONLY pink (or any color) lotus flower in bloom in the whole pond.

Pink lotus flower at San Diego's Balboa Park
Pink lotus flower at San Diego’s Balboa Park

Eventually I managed to get even closer and snap this photo. The sun was hiding behind a few clouds at the time, so it made for a softer light and I really like the results.

Close-up of a pink lotus flower
Close-up of a pink lotus flower

Have you ever seen pink lotus flowers in real life? There are not that easy to find around here. I got lucky last summer when I captured this white lotus flower. Happy Friday!

Travel theme: Pink

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

Pink is one of my favorite colors, and the bolder, the better, especially when it comes to photographing it. I love the many different shades of pink that Mother Nature has come up with, from the light pink of this beautiful rose,

Travel theme: Light pink rose petals
Travel theme: Light pink rose petals

and this gentle light pink water lily,

Light pink water lily
Light pink water lily

to the ultra bold pink of this snapdragon flower.

Bright pink snapdragon flower
Bright pink snapdragon flower

If pink contains a little bit of orange, then it can be called coral pink, as beautifully displayed in this pink poppy flower.

Pink poppy flower in bloom
Pink poppy flower in bloom

Mother Nature can display several shades of pink right next to each other, for example in these lovely cherry blossoms,

Close-up of pink cherry blossoms
Close-up of pink cherry blossoms

or these pink manuka flowers.

Close-up of pink manuka flowers
Close-up of pink manuka flowers

Of course, pink doesn’t only occur among flowers in nature. If you’re lucky, you can witness pink in the sky, whether it is a pink sunrise,

Pink winter sunrise in San Diego
Pink winter sunrise in San Diego

or a pink sunset.

Pink sky at sunset in San Diego
Pink sky at sunset in San Diego