A Word A Week Challenge – Violet

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.

A word a week - violet wildflowers with dew drops
A word a week – violet wildflowers with dew drops

Or this purple aster with water drop remnants from the morning’s watering.

Violet: purple aster with water drops
Violet: purple aster with water drops

I still don’t know what these flowers are (they grow on a large bush) but I love their bold purple color.

Purple and white flowers on a shrub
Purple and white flowers on a shrub

In a few weeks, the wisteria trees will start blooming in San Diego. Love at all those shades of violet on each flower.

White and purple wisteria flowers
White and purple wisteria flowers

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.

Pink and violet clouds at sunset
Pink and violet clouds at sunset

A Word A Week Challenge: Shadow

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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

A Word A Week Challenge: Lines

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Today I’m participating in the A Word A Week Challenge. This week’s theme is “lines”.  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.

For this “line” photo theme, I decided to use a few random photos I took recently, displaying the various aspects of fall in San Diego. I love the fall foliage of the sycamore tree captured in the right light. You can clearly see the lines running through every leaf of the tree.

A word a week photo challenge: lines of a Sycamore tree leaf
A word a week photo challenge: lines of a Sycamore tree leaf

The warm weather here means we get a lot of blooms in the fall, like this purple bougainvillea. Bougainvillea trees always seem to grow new branches at random heights and directions, creating a disorganized web of lines.

A word a week photo challenge: lines of a bougainvillea tree branches
A word a week photo challenge: lines of a bougainvillea tree branches

Finally, check out the many, many lines of this pink powder puff bloom. Can you guess how many lines that would be?

A word a week photo challenge: lines of a pink powder puff bloom
A word a week photo challenge: lines of a pink powder puff bloom

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose

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Today I’m participating in the A Word A Week Challenge. This week’s theme is “pose”.  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.

This super cute grizzly bear was posing at the San Diego Zoo, hoping someone would throw him some of that popcorn he could smell. How disappointed he must have been when the popcorn walked away…

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - grizzly bear at the San Diego Zoo
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – grizzly bear at the San Diego Zoo

Same San Diego Zoo, different bear, this time a panda bear. Those guys sure know how to pose for the camera.

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - Panda bear at the San Diego Zoo
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – Panda bear at the San Diego Zoo

This praying mantis was annoyed to have my camera so close and it decided to stop and freeze, hoping I’d go away. It worked because I got my photos and left it alone after that.

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - praying mantis
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – praying mantis

This green Junebug beetle posed on some colorful yellow rose petals for me while I took its picture.

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - green Junebug beetle
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – green Junebug beetle

Last but not least, this white great egret sure knows how to strike a pose and show off!

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - white great egret
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – white great egret

A Word A Week Challenge: Arch

Today I’m participating in the A Word A Week Challenge. This week’s theme is “arch”.  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’ve been waiting for an appropriate photo challenge theme to feature the photos below, and I think arch is just perfect. I love the tall pink grass with its lovely seeds and how they swing gently in the breeze. They get so tall they arch down from the weight. They ‘re a challenge to photograph because the background isn’t always what I want, but I love their pink color and the many arches they create. This type of grass is technically called Pennisetum setaceum ‘Fireworks’ (Variegated Purple Fountain Grass).

A Word A Week Challenge: Arch - pink grass
A Word A Week Challenge: Arch – pink grass
A Word A Week Challenge: Arch of pink grass seed pods
A Word A Week Challenge: Arch of pink grass seed pods