WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

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

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I want to apologize to my regular blog followers because you just saw some of these photos earlier this week, but I think they fit this theme perfectly and I feel compelled to share them again.

Can you guess what this is?

Wordpress Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective - guess what this is?
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – guess what this is?

Here’s the same subject, taken from a bit further up: it’s wet sand! Mother Nature can draw trees in wet sand on the beach.

Mother Nature makes sand art: tree drawing in the wet sand
Mother Nature makes sand art: tree drawing in the wet sand

Here’s your chance at another guessing game: do you know what this is?

Delicate dew drops on spider web
Delicate dew drops on spider web

Here’s a picture from further away. It’s amazing what you can see when you kneel down and get closer to your subject, in this case raindrops on a grass spider web.

Tiny raindrops on spider web on grass
Tiny raindrops on spider web on grass

To finish with the same theme, here are more raindrops on a different type of spider web, this one over smooth river rocks.

Stones covered with raindrops on spiderweb
Stones covered with raindrops on spider web

And this is what the raindrops look like from further up.

Rain drops on a spider web over river rocks
Rain drops on a spider web over river rocks

And the answer is… Mother Nature does sand art!

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Remember the guessing game from yesterday? You had to guess what this picture is. You can click on each picture below for a larger view.

Mother Nature draws trees
Mother Nature draws trees

Two people guessed it right: Annette at The Beauty Along The Road, and Cee at Cee’s Photography.

This is… drum roll, please… wet sand! And I have a picture of a larger area to show you what it really looked like. The darker gray is wet sand in the shade. The whiter part is wet sand in the bright sun. The yellow at the bottom is part of a rock. I took this picture at low tide. As the ocean water disappeared, the waves left this pattern of bare trees in the sand. Since the sand here is a mix of very dark and very light colors, the waves can create interesting patterns, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one as intricate as this one.

Mother Nature makes sand art: tree drawing in the wet sand
Mother Nature makes sand art: tree drawing in the wet sand

Usually, the sand patterns at Coronado Beach look more like this:

Patterns in wet sand: dark and light sand
Patterns in wet sand: dark and light sand

I thought I got lucky when I stumbled upon this interesting pattern. Lots of little trees…

Sand art on the beach in dark and light sand
Sand art on the beach in dark and light sand

Well, that was until I saw the really cool bare trees above. Next time I go back to the beach, I’ll make sure it’s when it’s getting close to low tide so I can look for more patterns like these. I’ve always spent more time photographing the waves but now I realize there is a lot to discover right under my feet.

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A Word A Week Challenge: Shadow

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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 the A Word A Week Challenge. This week’s theme is “shadow”.  I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

I’m glad a shadow photo theme is suddenly popping up because I’ve had a few photos I’ve kept on file just for the occasion. I took this photo of the shadow of a few tree branches several weeks ago, when fall started in San Diego. I like the pattern formed by the dead leaves on the ground, under the shadow.

A word a week photo challenge: shadow of a tree on brown leaves
A word a week photo challenge: shadow of a tree on brown leaves

I took the next two photos this past summer in the mountains. I thought the shadows from the ferns on the rock underneath looked like mini trees.

A word a week photo challenge: shadow of fern on rock
A word a week photo challenge: shadow of fern on rock
Dark shadow of fern on rock
Dark shadow of fern on rock

I took this last photo not too far from those ferns. I love the shadows on the rocks formed by the trees right above. They make for an interesting background for the flowers.

Shadows of tree leaves on rocks behind flowers
Shadows of tree leaves on rocks behind flowers

Help me pick photos for my main 2014 nature photography calendar

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Today, I’m asking your feedback on photos I’d like to include in my 2014 calendar on flowers and blooms. Just tell me which ones you’d really want to see, and which ones I should definitely keep or get rid of. I appreciate your honest feedback.

I assigned a month to each photo. Some months only have one picture assigned to them, others have several. Give me your honest opinion of which photo would be best for each month. If you don’t like the single photo for a month and would rather see another one on this list, please let me know too. For example, if you’d like to see raindrops in February but prefer the ones I chose for March instead of that month, tell me so.

Remember that everyone who comments on one of my 2014 photo calendar related posts will be entered in a drawing to win one of my calendars (you can pick your favorite theme). The only requirement I have for the winner is to be located within the U.S., mostly because the calendar will contain U.S. holidays and it will be more helpful to that person. For every calendar post that you comment on, you will earn one drawing entry (one entry per blog post, not per comment). I’m planning to give away one calendar to a lucky winner, and possibly another one to the person who comes in second, depending on the number of participants.

You can click on any photo below to open the slideshow and view everything in a larger format. Please include your comments into the post comment section directly, not on individual photos, to make it easier for everyone to see your feedback. Thank you!

Travel theme: Stone

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Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “brown”. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

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Sometimes I use stones as a background for my photos, for example to feature raindrops on a spider web.

Travel theme: Stones with rain drops on spiderweb
Travel theme: Stones with rain drops on spiderweb
Travel theme: Stones covered with raindrops on spiderweb
Travel theme: Stones covered with raindrops on spiderweb

In San Diego, water is a precious resource and stones and rocks are often used as a ground cover among succulents.

Travel theme: Stones as a ground cover
Travel theme: Stones as a ground cover

I love this stairway on the trail made out of stepping stones.

Travel theme: Stones make a stairway
Travel theme: Stones make a stairway

Sometimes nature leaves you a hidden message as you walk by, like this face in the stone.

Travel theme: Stone with hidden face
Travel theme: Stone with hidden face

Humans have a less subtle way to get the message across on stones.

Travel theme: Stone with message
Travel theme: Stone with message