Travel theme: Winter

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Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “sky”. 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.

Winter in San Diego looks a little different from what you might expect in other parts of the Northern hemisphere. The days are mostly sunny but definitely cooler, and we can have very clear mornings, or a lot of fog.

Travel theme: Winter fog in San Diego
Travel theme: Winter fog in San Diego

We don’t get snow in town, but our mountain caps less than an hour away do get the white stuff. If we’re lucky we get some rain, which we desperately need. I took this photo of my car roof a few days ago. I loved how the clouds reflected on it among the rain drops but all I had to capture the sight was my cell phone camera. I’m still happy with the way it came out.

Clouds reflecting on car roof with raindrops
Clouds reflecting on car roof with raindrops

And if it’s cold enough, we get frost.

Frost on ice plants in San Diego
Frost on ice plants in San Diego

I’m working on a post about Christmas lights, but for this winter theme, I thought I’d preview one of my newest photos. Winter means Christmas and the joy of going to look at Christmas lights.

Christmas light outdoor decorations
Christmas light outdoor decorations

Travel theme: Delicate

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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: all one color

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Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge to show photos featuring all one color. 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.

Here’s a splash of green and some raindrops for the first photo of this theme.

Cee's fun foto challenge: raindrops on green branches
Cee’s fun foto challenge: raindrops on green branches

This iceplant is called lampranthus productus and I love its bright purple blooms in the winter. Yes, there’s a little yellow in the middle of each flower but I couldn’t resist featuring my favorite color for this theme.

Cee's fun foto challenge: lampranthus productus iceplant
Cee’s fun foto challenge: lampranthus productus iceplant

Frost of dead leaves makes for an interesting color.

Cee's fun foto challenge: Frost on leaves
Cee’s fun foto challenge: Frost on leaves

The same goes for frost on ice plants.

Cee's fun foto challenge: frost on ice plants in San Diego
Cee’s fun foto challenge: frost on ice plants in San Diego

I don’t know what these pink flowers are but I sure love the color.

Cee's fun foto challenge: all one color - bright pink flowers
Cee’s fun foto challenge: all one color – bright pink flowers

All for my last photo, I’ll share a splash of yellow, yellow lily that is.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: all one color - yellow lily
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: all one color – yellow lily

WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “the golden hour”, that first or last hour of the day that gives such a special light to everything around. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

I love the glowing effect the rising sun rays give to these puffy clouds.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour - clouds at sunrise
WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – clouds at sunrise

On a winter morning, I love how the sun rays do their best to shine through the fog and make the fall foliage turn gold.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour - fall foliage glows through the fog
WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – fall foliage glows through the fog

The morning sunlight right after a night of rain has an interesting effect too. I love to capture that special light on raindrops.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour - morning sunlight lights up raindrops on leaves
WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – morning sunlight lights up raindrops on leaves

We don’t get a lot of frost in San Diego and when we do, it starts to disappear as soon as the sun comes out and exposes its warm rays. So it’s a race against time to capture the frost in the sunlight before it melts.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour - morning sunlight lights up raindrops on leaves - frost on the edge of a leaf
WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – morning sunlight lights up raindrops on leaves – frost on the edge of a leaf

The late afternoon sun in the winter can give a nice golden look to yellow leaves, and the scene looks even nicer if you can capture the moon in the background.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour - the sun lights up fall leaves with the moon in the background
WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – the sun lights up fall leaves with the moon in the background

Finally I like how bright the sky can still be while everything on the ground is getting darker as the sun sets.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour - bright skies as the sun sets
WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – bright skies as the sun sets

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter

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This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is the season of winter. Remember you can click on each photo 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.

Winter in San Diego is quite different from most places in the US. It’s definitely milder but by living inland a bit (about 15 miles from the shore, past the first set of big hills), I get to enjoy more drastic changes in temperature than if I lived right by the coast. So while I can enjoy warm temperatures of 70 to 80 degrees on any given winter day, the winter nights are chilly, usually in the low 30s to 40s, and frost pays us a surprise visit many nights a winter.

I could brag and show you pictures of the warm blue skies and bold flowers we enjoy in the winter, but instead I’ll give you a taste of the cold aspect of winter here. Enjoy!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter - frost on ice plants in San Diego
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter – frost on ice plants in San Diego

You’ll notice the frost here is more delicate and looks like a thin layer of sugar coating.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter - frost on leaves in San Diego
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter – frost on leaves in San Diego
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter - Frosty ice crystals on twigs
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter – Frosty ice crystals on twigs
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter - texture of frost on grass
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter – texture of frost on grass

Winter in San Diego also means beautiful sunrises.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter sunrise in San Diego
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter sunrise in San Diego

And beautiful sunsets, like this Christmas 2012 sunset.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter - San Diego sunset Christmas 2012
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter – San Diego sunset Christmas 2012