Travel theme: Hidden

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

Sometimes when I photograph a specific subject in nature, I find something hidden inside or around it. For example, I found this lovely green junebug beetle when I was photographing rose blooms.

Travel theme: Hidden green junebug beetle
Travel theme: Hidden green junebug beetle

I also found this little ladybug crawling on the bottom part of a leaf when I was looking for monarch caterpillars in a large milkweed plant.

Travel theme: Hidden red ladybug
Travel theme: Hidden red ladybug

I did find the monarch caterpillars eventually, after looking at the milkweed tree for about 10 minutes. They blend in pretty well in the green and yellow leaves.

Travel theme: Hidden monarch caterpillar
Travel theme: Hidden monarch caterpillar

I found this cute little crab hiding in the sand at low tide. I bet he couldn’t wait for the tide to come back up.

Travel theme: Hidden crab in the sand
Travel theme: Hidden crab in the sand

On my last picture for this theme, my subject is quite hidden. Do you see the leafy sea dragon made out of tree branches and leaves in the tree? It looked like it was trying very hard to take off in the sky.

Travel theme: Hidden leafy sea dragon in a tree
Travel theme: Hidden leafy sea dragon in a tree

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Camouflage

I’m participating in LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s challenge is: Camouflage!

Most of the animal photos I take feature bright colors and the animals in full view. I could only find a couple of pictures that would fit this theme, but at least I really like them. 🙂

Here’s a little crab that I found on Coronado Beach at low tide. It seemed to be impatiently waiting for the tide to come back up. In the meantime, it was partially hiding in the sand. It was hiding so well that I almost stepped on it. I’m glad I didn’t, so I could take this picture after I dug him out a bit. He’s still nicely covered with that gold speckled sand.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Camouflaged crab in the sand
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Camouflaged crab in the sand

This baby koala was sleeping in a tree at the new Outback exhibit at the San Diego Zoo a few weeks ago. The koala’s gray fur helps it camouflage among the branches and leaves. But you can still see this little guy’s cute face.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Camouflaged baby koala in a tree
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Camouflaged baby koala in a tree

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and outdoor photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers. This week’s Challenge is: Overlooked. This theme is perfect for me because this is the type of photos I take most often. Photos of things that are right in front of your nose but that nobody notices even when they walk right by it. Here are a few photos of beautiful things that can be overlooked, some of them brand new, and others I’ve used in previous posts on this site.

By the way, I was selected as a honorable mention winner for this challenge for my grass photo. Yeah!

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I took this first photo last week and as I was pressing the shutter, I could see there was something peculiar about that bee. When I opened the photo file on my computer, I was in awe. Did you know that bees have bags, or pollen baskets, on their legs to carry the nectar they collect? This worker bee had obviously been very busy at collecting nectar from the fullness of its bags. How cool is that? None of the people walking by while I was taking pictures noticed this bee or all the others next to it.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked bee carries bags of nectar on legs
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked bee carries bags of nectar on legs

I took the next photo just this past weekend at the beach in Coronado, California. This little crab was half buried in the wet sand at low tide. Dozens of people walked right by it without ever noticing it. What a pity.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked crab in the sand
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked crab in the sand

Did you know that grass is fuzzy? Even when you take a close-up photo of a grass blade, you may not see it, unless the grass is covered with morning dew. Then the fuzz of the grass really stands out.

Update: I won an honorable mention for this photo in the weekly contest.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked fuzzy grass covered with dew
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked fuzzy grass covered with dew

This last photo features a red-tailed hawk sitting on the highest branch of a very tall Sycamore tree. Unless you looked up, you wouldn’t know it was there.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked red-tailed hawk in a tree
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked red-tailed hawk in a tree