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

The last of the Fourth of July firework displays

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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

More Fourth of July firework displays

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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

Travel theme: Motion of Fourth of July fireworks

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Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “motion”. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

I took a lot of great photos of the Fourth of July fireworks last night, and I thought I’d use this week’s photo theme on motion to start sharing them. Fireworks are in constant motion as they go up, as they explode, and as they make their way back down. For the first time last night, I did everything I was supposed to do to get the best fireworks photos I could get: use the right camera, a tripod, and the perfect settings in full manual mode. The trick is to have the perfect timing to capture the motion for the best effect. I still have to work on that part. That means more practice next year!

Here are a few of the photos I’ve edited so far. Remember you can click on these photos for a larger view. Enjoy!

Here’s the first multi-color fireworks I’ve ever seen. Don’t they look great?

Travel theme: Motion of Fourth of July fireworks
Travel theme: Motion of Fourth of July fireworks
Travel theme: Motion of Fourth of July fireworks
Travel theme: Motion of Fourth of July fireworks

I’d never seen fireworks like these below but they looked really nice.

Fourth of July fireworks - 2013
Fourth of July fireworks – 2013
Fourth of July fireworks - burst of pink and red
Fourth of July fireworks – burst of pink and red