WordPress weekly photo challenge: Eerie

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

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These rain clouds creeping and crawling over the hills of San Diego during a winter storm always look eerie.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge - Eerie crawling clouds during a San Diego rainstorm
WordPress weekly photo challenge – Eerie crawling clouds during a San Diego rainstorm

The landscape in front of those hills was just as eerie looking as the clouds on that day – out of this world.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge - Eerie Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California
WordPress weekly photo challenge – Eerie Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California

There’s something quite eerie about fog, don’t you think?

Wordpress weekly photo challenge - Eerie foggy morning in San Diego
WordPress weekly photo challenge – Eerie foggy morning in San Diego

Especially when the fog is very thick and you can barely see a few feet away.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge - Eerie foggy morning in San Diego
WordPress weekly photo challenge – Eerie foggy morning in San Diego

I love the eerie effect of a full moon creeping out from between the clouds. Can you hear the coyotes howl?

Wordpress weekly photo challenge - Eerie full moon coming out from behind the clouds
WordPress weekly photo challenge – Eerie full moon coming out from behind the clouds

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and White or Sepia Tones

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This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is black and white or sepia tones. Now that’s quite a challenge for me because I shoot all my photos in color and I pick my subjects because of their specific colors and tones. I’m not an Ansel Adams fan either. I think Mother Nature spent a lot of time assigning colors to each of her small parts, so I often feel the lack of colors on some photos doesn’t give nature enough credit for the great job she did.

I had to dig through all of my photos and find a few that I thought would look good in black and white. I have no idea if I pulled it off, so you’ll have to let me know what you think.

Remember you can click on each photo below to see a larger version of it.

This is a small stream in Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California. I still have to do a post on the several photos I captured that day. I think water may be something that looks OK in black and white, especially when it flows fast.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and white water stream
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and white water stream

I tried to use a photo of rain clouds and make it black and white for this exercise. Here is the original post of these creepy crawly clouds over the San Diego hills.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and white creeping, crawling rain clouds
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and white creeping, crawling rain clouds

This next photo is a sunrise where the sun tried very hard to pierce through the clouds. It  created an orange yellow glow mixing with the gray clouds that was just gorgeous. I’m not too crazy about the lack of color of this photo, knowing how beautiful the colors of the original sunrise were.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and white cloudy sunrise
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and white cloudy sunrise

I found the tree below at Balboa Park. I love all the giant thorns poking out of its trunk and I think the black and white format doesn’t take anything away from the original.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and white, very pointy tree trunk
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and white, very pointy tree trunk

This is my former neighbors’ cat. She’s dark gray with bright green eyes. I think most animals and people can look beautiful on black and white photos. Isn’t she a cutie? I want to caption this photo “the great horned owl cat”.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and white, beautiful cat
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and white, beautiful cat

I took this last photo at the San Diego Zoo. These are two brother bears – grizzly bears – enjoying some cuddling and hugging time. I used the color photo to participate in the Project 365 -2013 on Facebook and I hope to feature it in an upcoming post. The white at the bottom is actually snow the zoo keepers made for the bears that day.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and white grizzly bears at the San Diego Zoo
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and white grizzly bears at the San Diego Zoo

The crawling clouds of a San Diego rainstorm

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I gave you a glimpse of what the crawling clouds of a San Diego rainstorm can look like in my previous photo post. If the cloud cover is high during a rainstorm, this meteorological event won’t happen, but if the clouds hang pretty low, it can be an interesting sight.

The San Diego area is very hilly and the clouds most often travel east, coming from over the Pacific Ocean. As the low clouds go over the various hills, they look like they’re crawling over them, sometimes slowly, sometimes pretty fast. After taking a few dozens of photographs, I realize it’s hard to capture the effect of these crawling clouds well on still photographs and a video would be a nice addition to this post. Something to keep in mind for the next rainy day!

In the meantime, here are a few photos of these crawling clouds over the San Diego hills.

Crawling clouds during a San Diego rainstorm
Crawling clouds during a San Diego rainstorm
Crawling clouds over the hills
Crawling clouds over the hills
Low hanging clouds on San Diego hills
Low hanging clouds on San Diego hills

I took this last photo after I put my camera down and realized that the scene closest to me actually looked very interesting. I’ll need to come back when the weather is nicer to see if the area would look different in sunny light. I love how the yellow grass contrasts with the dark brown low bushes and the skinny, naked trees sticking straight up out of them. There’s something quite eerie about this whole scene, don’t you agree?

Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California
Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California