A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Contrast

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

 

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Horizon

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “horizon”. You can click on the photos below for a larger view.

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Here’s the horizon at Coronado Beach, hidden between the dune grasses.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: horizon at Coronado Beach
WordPress weekly photo challenge: horizon at Coronado Beach

I enjoyed taking this photo of pink grasses as they shoot across the horizon in the foreground.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: horizon with pink grasses in the foreground
WordPress weekly photo challenge: horizon with pink grasses in the foreground

Here’s the horizon on top of the mountains in Idyllwild, California. On that clear day, you could see up to 100 miles away.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: horizon at Idyllwild Park, California
WordPress weekly photo challenge: horizon at Idyllwild Park, California

How about this moon going up the horizon in the daylight?

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: moon at the horizon
WordPress weekly photo challenge: moon at the horizon

I love the beauty of the horizon at sunrise.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: horizon at sunrise
WordPress weekly photo challenge: horizon at sunrise

And at sunset.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: horizon at sunset
WordPress weekly photo challenge: horizon at sunset

WordPress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “an unusual POV (point of view)”. You can click on the photos below for a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

I think I tend to notice things around me that most people will walk by, and that’s what I like to photograph. Like this pine tree bark from up close, which looks a lot like a topographic map.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV - Patterns and colors on pine tree bark
WordPress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV – Patterns and colors on pine tree bark

Or this manzanita tree bark peeling off.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV - manzanita tree bark peeling off
WordPress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV – manzanita tree bark peeling off

Have you ever seen the spider webs that grass spiders make? When they get wet with the morning dew, they look very cool from up close.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV - grass spider webs
WordPress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV – grass spider webs

I like using the sky as a background and this gray but very bright sky was perfect to make this orange rose stand out and glow.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV -  Orange rose at Balboa Park in San Diego
WordPress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV – Orange rose at Balboa Park in San Diego

Living in San Diego, I get to see a lot of wildflowers in the spring, especially poppies. For this shot, I used the wooden fence as my main object, with the wildflowers bordering it.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV -  Spring wildflowers in San Diego
WordPress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV – Spring wildflowers in San Diego

When you live in San Diego, you get to enjoy quite a few things, like a very blue sky on lucky days, and a very blue Pacific ocean. In this last shot below, I used the grasses growing on the sand dunes at Coronado Beach as a foreground, with the Pacific ocean in the background.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV -  Pacific ocean in the background at Coronado beach
WordPress weekly photo challenge: an unusual POV – Pacific ocean in the background at Coronado beach

Travel theme: Ripples

Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “ripples”. Remember you can click on the photos below for a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

Ripples can be very subtle if there isn’t much water and that water isn’t disturbed. You barely see a few ripples in the water reflection of this seagull at Coronado Beach.

Travel theme: Ripples at Coronado Beach, Pacific Ocean
Travel theme: Ripples at Coronado Beach, Pacific Ocean

When ripples are more numerous and wider, they can distort the water reflection more. I like the shape of this white pelican’s reflection in the water because of these specific ripples.

Travel theme: Ripples - water reflection of a white pelican
Travel theme: Ripples – water reflection of a white pelican

And when ripples are even more numerous, the reflection becomes unrecognizable. This pelican’s white feathers give a nice glow to the ripples in front of him.

Travel theme: Ripples - White pelican reflecting in the water
Travel theme: Ripples – White pelican reflecting in the water

WordPress weekly photo challenge: In the background

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “in the background”. You can click on any photo below to see it in a larger format.

Since a lot of my photos happen to be macros, or at least tend to focus on a single subject, I was tempted to skip this week’s WordPress photo challenge. But after going through my portfolio, I found a few photos that would be a great fit for this theme.

Like these photos of the moon in the background of the branches of a Sycamore tree.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: In the background - Moon rising behind tree branches
WordPress weekly photo challenge: In the background – Moon rising behind tree branches
WordPress weekly photo challenge: In the background - Moon rising during the day
WordPress weekly photo challenge: In the background – Moon rising during the day

Or this beautiful moon rising behind the mountain’s pine trees.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: In the background - Moon rising over pine trees
WordPress weekly photo challenge: In the background – Moon rising over pine trees

Or this beautiful purple lavender you can see in the background, behind this orange pin cushion protea flower.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: In the background - lavender behind orange pin cushion protea flower
WordPress weekly photo challenge: In the background – lavender behind orange pin cushion protea flower

Or the Pacific ocean you can notice in the background, behind the grassy sand dunes at Coronado Beach in San Diego, California.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: In the background - Pacific ocean at Coronado beach
WordPress weekly photo challenge: In the background – Pacific ocean at Coronado beach