A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Orange

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

Orange is not my favorite color but I enjoy seeing it in nature and photographing it. I spotted a little bit of orange during my trip to the East Coast. This tiger at the Washington Zoo was very interested in a robin that was standing just a few feet away from him. No need to say that the tiger was way too slow to catch it as the robin flew away.

Tiger with orange fur and black stripes
Tiger with orange fur and black stripes

This isn’t the robin that was standing in front of the tiger. I found this American robin at the Smithsonian gardens behind the red castle. Notice the rings on his legs. I hear there’s a Smithsonian program that tags birds and then ask people to report their sightings on a website, so the Smithsonian researchers can study bird flight paths and patterns.

American robin with orange chest
American robin with orange chest

The backlight at Luray Caverns in Virginia made these stalactites appear bright orange. They almost look like fabric hanging down from the ceiling.

Luray caverns - stalactites with orange backlight
Luray caverns – stalactites with orange backlight

Sea jellies (jelly fish) are hard to photograph in an aquarium because of the low light and their rapid moves. I love how bright orange this one came up, as the light was right behind it.

Orange sea jelly - jelly fish
Orange sea jelly – jelly fish

Of course, I couldn’t do a photo post on orange without pumpkins. A lot of pumpkins from last year’s pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin display - orange pumpkins
Pumpkin display – orange pumpkins

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Contrast

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

There are many ways to feature contrast in photographs, so here are a few of my personal interpretations for this photo theme. There can be contrast between light and dark, as in this backlight setting on Coronado beach in front of the Pacific ocean.

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Contrast between light and dark
A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Contrast between light and dark

Or it could be contrast between light and dark at night, between the bright full moon in the background and the dark trees in the foreground.

Travel theme: Contrast - Moon rising beyond the trees
Travel theme: Contrast – Moon rising beyond the trees

It could be the exact opposite with the trees in the foreground in bright light, and the clouds in the background in the dark.

Contrast between trees in the sun and dark sky with clouds
Contrast between trees in the sun and dark sky with clouds

It could be both a contrast in size, small versus large, and in color, white and versus pink, as in this photo of a small white poppy right next to a large pink poppy.

Contrast between small white poppy and large pink poppy
Contrast between small white poppy and large pink poppy

Finally, it could a contrast between what you see at first glance, and what you really see if you look more closely, as in this map of the USA in the water puddle with the colors of the American flag, still one of my favorite shots so far.

Water puddle in the shape of the United States
Water puddle in the shape of the United States

 

A Word A Week Challenge – Atmospheric

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

Here are a few photos to illustrate my take on this atmospheric photo theme. Clouds have the ability to create a very distinctive mood, as they affect the natural lighting, both during the day and at night. I like how they can affect the light reflecting from the moon.

Moon hiding behind the clouds
Moon hiding behind the clouds
A word a week challenge: atmospheric - moon behind the clouds
A word a week challenge: atmospheric – moon behind the clouds

On a winter morning, the fog can create a strange atmosphere as it softens the light from the rising sun.

Winter fog in the trees in San Diego
Winter fog in the trees in San Diego

When rain clouds crawl over the hills, they can create a creepy atmosphere. They’re fascinating to watch, especially because they can crawl quite fast.

Rain clouds crawling over the hills in San Diego
Rain clouds crawling over the hills in San Diego

At the time I photographed these crawling clouds, I also noticed the eerie atmosphere created by the winter scene in the foreground. When I saw the “atmospheric” theme, this is the first photo that came to mind, and so I’m showcasing it last.

Winter cloudy, raindy day with an eerie atmosphere
Winter cloudy, raindy day with an eerie atmosphere

A Word A Week Challenge – Violet

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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 – Undulate

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Today I’m participating in the A Word A Week Challenge. This week’s theme is “undulate (wavey/ripple)”.  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.

Of course water ripples are the first thing that came to mind when I saw the word undulate. But I wanted to share this photo of pine tree bark first, because it undulates in its own special way.

A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate - pine tree bark
A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate – pine tree bark

Most of my photos showing water ripples happen to have another subject in the frame, like this great egret.

White egret with water ripples and reflections in the water
White egret with water ripples and reflections in the water

The water ripples around this duck, along with the shadows on the lily pads, are very interesting too.

Brown mallard female duck swimming in a pond
Brown mallard female duck swimming in a pond

Some ripples can be small and others can actually be big waves about to break in the Pacific ocean.

Ocean wave about to break
Ocean wave about to break

On this last picture, I photographed the water because I love the reflections and the ripples in the water. The four ducks and the light breeze happen to be the creators of those ripples.

A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate, water ripples
A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate, water ripples