Travel theme: Delicate

Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “delicate”. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

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To me, there’s nothing more delicate than water a few drops at a time. Have you ever come close to rain drops or dew drops? You barely touch them or breathe too hard close to them and they fall and are gone in an instant (not so fun when you’re trying to photograph them). Here are a few examples of water in its most delicate form.

Here’s a single rain drop still standing on this grass blade. Tiny droplets also show the fuzzy texture of the grass.

Travel theme: delicate rain drop on grass
Travel theme: delicate rain drop on grass

I love the delicate patterns that raindrops can make on leaves after the rain.

Travel theme: delicate rain drops on rose tree leaves
Travel theme: delicate rain drops on rose tree leaves

How about these dew drops on a spider web created by a grass spider? My kid stepped on this spider web right after I snapped a few pictures.

Travel theme: delicate dew drops on spider web
Travel theme: delicate dew drops on spider web

Is there anything more delicate than dew drops on rose petals?

Travel theme: delicate morning dew drops on a white rose
Travel theme: delicate morning dew drops on a white rose

And how about frost? We get some frost in the winter in San Diego but it comes in very delicate layers of ice crystals. As soon as the sun comes out and starting warming up the earth, the delicate frost is gone.

Travel theme: delicate frost on leaves
Travel theme: delicate frost on leaves

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring

This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is the season of spring. Spring is my favorite season, especially in San Diego. I love witnessing the rebirth of nature and noticing all the beautiful colors popping up around town.

I’m using the gallery format to feature my photos of spring. You can click on any photo below to open the slideshow. To view any photo in a larger format, just scroll down while in slideshow mode and click on “view full size” on the bottom right on the page. Enjoy!

Macro Monday: ice plant blooms

Today I’m taking part in Macro Monday at Lisa’s Chaos. This will be a short post as it is spring break and I have a full day of fun ahead of me.

Here is a macro of an ice plant bloom I captured a couple of weeks ago. I love the tiny dew drops that are still present on the petals as the ice plant flower slowly opens up in the morning sunlight. You can click on the photo for a larger view.

Macro Monday: Ice plant flower
Macro Monday: Ice plant flower

And for the people who think all point-and-shoot cameras are the same and cell phone cameras can just replace a point-and-shoot, here’s one reason why it’s not really true. I took the photo below the day before the photo above with my cell phone camera. Even though I edited it a lot in Photoshop to correct the lighting, contrast and color values, it still doesn’t compare to the first photo and what I saw in reality. I love that the ice plant flower featured more dew drops that day, but the clarity and bright colors of the first photo beat it hands down.

Macro Monday: Ice plant blooms
Macro Monday: Ice plant blooms

Macro Monday: The beauty of the morning dew – Part 2

Today I’m taking part in Macro Monday at Lisa’s Chaos. I thought I’d take this opportunity to continue sharing the photos of morning dew I captured almost a couple of weeks ago. You can see more photos of the morning dew on pretty purple flowers.

Today I’m featuring close-ups of the morning dew on blades of grass. Here are a couple of shots I really like, as they show both tiny droplets and one much bigger one in the middle of them. You can click on each image for a larger view.

I love how well you can see the reflection of several blades of grass in that one big drop of water.

Macro Monday: The beauty of the morning dew on grass
Macro Monday: The beauty of the morning dew on grass

I never noticed how fuzzy grass blades can be. The dew makes the fuzz stand up pretty clearly.

Macro Monday: The beauty of the morning dew on blades of grass
Macro Monday: The beauty of the morning dew on blades of grass

The beauty of the morning dew – Part 1

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Yesterday morning I couldn’t help notice the beautiful morning dew as I was walking my kids to school. Unfortunately all I had at the time to capture it was my cell phone camera. Even though a couple of the photos looked pretty, I thought they didn’t do justice to what I was really seeing. So this morning I grabbed my good camera and looked around for some pretty displays of morning dew. I got many good shots and I decided to split them in a few posts, so they can each have the spotlight they deserve.

Remember you can click on each photo below for a larger view.

Morning dew on purple flowers
Morning dew on purple flowers

I love how tiny and numerous the morning dew droplets are, compared to the raindrops that are left after the rain. Sometimes they just seem to glitter with the morning sunlight.

Purple wildflowers with morning dew
Purple wildflowers with morning dew

I don’t know what type of flowers these small purple blooms are but the morning dew seem to turn them into a thing of beauty.

Morning dew in San Diego
Morning dew in San Diego

With afternoon temperatures of 93 degrees yesterday and flowers blooming everywhere, spring is definitely here in San Diego.

Morning dew droplets in the sunlight
Morning dew droplets in the sunlight