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,
and this gentle light pink water lily,
to the ultra bold pink of this 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.
Mother Nature can display several shades of pink right next to each other, for example in these lovely cherry blossoms,
or these 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,
Today I’m participating in the A Word A Week Challenge. This week’s theme is “violet”. 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.
Violet and purple are some of my most favorite colors and I love spotting them in nature, like these pretty violet wildflowers covered with the morning dew.
Or this purple aster with water drop remnants from the morning’s watering.
I still don’t know what these flowers are (they grow on a large bush) but I love their bold purple color.
In a few weeks, the wisteria trees will start blooming in San Diego. Love at all those shades of violet on each flower.
Violet can appear not only in flowers but in the sky too. On that day, the clouds and the sunlight created a pink and purple sunset worth photographing.
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We’ve got plenty of sky in San Diego and on a good day, it looks as blue as this.
OK, let me clarify my previous statement. The sky tends to be this blue inland, while the sky by the coast is often covered by some haze, the marine layer or some thick clouds. That’s why Denver in Colorado technically gets a lot more sunny days than the city of San Diego. But you just have to drive 10 or 15 miles inland, and the weather is beautiful most of the year.
The sky is even bluer in the mountains of Southern California, where the air is cleaner.
Of course, we do get some clouds once in a while. I often call them “a waste of clouds” because they don’t bring any rain and just cover the sky with gray layers. Big white puffy clouds like these are rare to spot in the sky and these are my favorite days.
Our summer sunrises and sunsets are quite boring, when the sky goes through a few colors with no wow moment. Winter is a different story, as the sun rays hit the sky and the clouds that are sometimes there at a different angle.
I haven’t had the chance to capture a sunset this past week, but many of them have looked like this one.
I love the glowing effect the rising sun rays give to these puffy clouds.
On a winter morning, I love how the sun rays do their best to shine through the fog and make the fall foliage turn gold.
The morning sunlight right after a night of rain has an interesting effect too. I love to capture that special light on raindrops.
We don’t get a lot of frost in San Diego and when we do, it starts to disappear as soon as the sun comes out and exposes its warm rays. So it’s a race against time to capture the frost in the sunlight before it melts.
The late afternoon sun in the winter can give a nice golden look to yellow leaves, and the scene looks even nicer if you can capture the moon in the background.
Finally I like how bright the sky can still be while everything on the ground is getting darker as the sun sets.