Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow colors

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.

Remember you can click on each image for a larger view.

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

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Resolved

Before I forget, my 2013 12-month photo calendar is available at 50% off on my Zazzle online store. Use coupon code CALSLASTDEAL at checkout.

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is resolved, as in New Year’s resolutions. This year I’ve decided to make new year’s intentions. not resolutions (sorry, WordPress people). I’m still working on my list but I love the way my list of challenges is going so far, especially when it comes to my photography. My projects will include this website, my Facebook page, and my Zazzle store. The good thing is, there’s plenty of room for growth and improvement.

This year, I’m also resolved to understand the full features of my new camera, the  Canon Powershot G1X. I’ve mostly figured out how to use the manual settings on my Canon Powershot SX130, and the two cameras work in a similar way, so it shouldn’t be too hard.

Yesterday, I tried to photograph something new. A waterfall. This has to be the smallest waterfall you’ve ever seen but it was great for practicing taking pictures of running water. It’s part of the San Diego River at Mission Trails regional park, in San Diego, California.

Make sure you click on each image for a larger view.

San Diego River at Mission Trails park, San Diego, California
San Diego River at Mission Trails park, San Diego, California

I love the soft winter light that gives a bluish tint to the water in the shade.

Small waterfall at Mission Trails park, San Diego, California
Small waterfall at Mission Trails park, San Diego, California

Considering the small size of my subject, I think I did a pretty good job. What do you think?

Of course, the key will be to find a bigger waterfall in the future. This is quite a challenge in Southern California, where water is so scarce. It’s all about timing here, because after the spring, everything dries up. There’s a nice waterfall in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park  but I believe the park entrance closest to it is has been closed for lack of funding every time I’ve driven by it. How convenient is that for me? I’ll give it another try in the spring, just in case.

Are you resolved to making small and big changes for 2013?

Happy new year 2013!

Alfred Lord Tennyson quote
Alfred Lord Tennyson quote

I wish you a great 2013. May this be a year of new experiences, new endeavors, exciting challenges, more happiness, more niceness, more laughs, and more love.

What do you hope 2013 to be, for you and for the rest of the world?

By the way, if you like this winter sunrise photo, check out my 2013 photo calendar for more photos from Southern California.

Sunday Post: New Year 2013

Today I’m participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post photo challenge. This week’s theme is New Year 2013. I’ll keep this post very simple. Remember you can click on each photo below to see a larger image.

I’m waving 2012 goodbye with this beautiful San Diego sunset photo I took on Christmas evening.

Beautiful Christmas sunset in San Diego
Beautiful Christmas sunset in San Diego

I’m greeting 2013 with this beautiful San Diego winter sunrise that I selected for the month of January in my 2013 photo calendar (for sale on Zazzle).

Beautiful winter sunrise in San Diego
Beautiful winter sunrise in San Diego

Let’s hope the year 2013 features even more beautiful San Diego sunsets like this one:

Pink and gray sunset with clouds in San Diego
Pink and gray sunset with clouds in San Diego

and inspiring sunrises like this one:

Photo of a winter sunrise - clouds on fire
Photo of a winter sunrise – clouds on fire

I’m looking forward to a year full of wonderful photo opportunities, and I wish you a very happy and prosperous new year 2013!

And the winner of my 2013 photo calendar is…

A couple of weeks ago, I launched a simple contest, offering my 2013 photo calendar to the winner.

2013 photo calendar
2013 photo calendar

I want to thank everyone who took part of my contest and helped me increase the number of Likes on my Facebook page, as well as shared the page with others.

Today is the big day… so without further delay, I’d like to announce the winner of my 2013 photo calendar.

Congratulations to Kaylee Lindsley from San Diego, California!

Here’s the funny thing. Although Kaylee and I live in the same city, we don’t know each other. Or at least, I don’t believe we do. There’s a few millions of us living here, so it’s understandable.

Kaylee, I’ll be announcing this on Facebook and asking you to contact me there. Congratulations, again!

Now remember, even if you didn’t win today, it doesn’t seem you won’t have the opportunity to win in the future. As I take more photos and create more photo products on my Zazzle store, there may be opportunities for giveaways. So stay tuned, follow this blog through WordPress, or like my Facebook page to keep in touch. Thank you!