WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “focus”. 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 love the focus on this first picture, as it shows all the fuzz on a grass blade.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - morning dew on grass blades
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – morning dew on grass blades

Raindrops are a great subject to focus on, on grass or on tree branches.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - raindrop on tree branch
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – raindrop on tree branch

Flowers are another lovely subject to focus on, especially when they are as colorful as this orange protea pincushion flower against a complimentary colorful background.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - Orange protea pincushion flower
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – Orange protea pincushion flower
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - Yellow daisy
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – Yellow daisy

Faraway objects can be a challenge to focus on but this almost full moon shot looks very sharp. So sharp you can see several moon craters.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - almost full moon with craters
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – almost full moon with craters

Finally I took my first shot at photographing fireworks properly this summer. I had to focus on a very far distance to capture them sharp, like this multi-color firework, by far my favorite. You can see more photos of fireworks here and here.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - multicolor fireworks
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – multicolor fireworks

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “masterpiece”. 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.

Earlier today I posted a few photos of the supermoon of July 2013. While responding to a comment by Lisa at Northwest Frame of Wind, I mentioned a recent photo of the almost full moon I took in June 2013. She asked me to share it in a future post, so when I saw today’s photo challenge theme was masterpiece, I figured this would be a great opportunity. This is the supermoon of June 2013, a couple of days before it was full. Look how beautiful the moon is, with its moon craters. A masterpiece in our skies.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece - almost full moon with moon craters
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece – almost full moon with moon craters

Nature is a wonderful display of masterpieces, if you play close attention to it. Here are just a few I really enjoyed capturing on camera, including the pistils of this beautiful purple and yellow lily. It’s amazing how many details nature includes in each masterpiece it creates.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece - pistils of a purple and yellow lily
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece – pistils of a purple and yellow lily

The San Diego Botanic Garden has beautiful topiary I consider work of art. Here’s a dancing couple. You can view more photos of these topiary masterpieces here.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece - topiary of a dancing couple
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece – topiary of a dancing couple

This last photo is not nature related but it is a unique masterpiece. I was so mesmerized with this multicolor firework I photographed this past July 4, something I’ve never seen before. I love how the different colors go so well together against the black background of the sky.  You can see more photos of fireworks here.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece - multicolor fireworks
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece – multicolor fireworks

The supermoon of July 2013

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Did you know that 2013 has seen three supermoons so far, and all in a row (May, June and July)? Those supermoons don’t have to look much bigger than a “normal” moon and honestly, it’s hard to see a difference with the naked eye. But it still gives me the opportunity to get a few nice photographs of the full moon. And that’s what I did a few nights ago.

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The evening started out quite cloudy and the moon was covered with a big patch of clouds, even though the rest of the sky seemed pretty clear. It did make for some interesting photos of the moon behind the clouds.

Moon hiding behind the clouds
Moon hiding behind the clouds

As the night got darker, the clouds got thinner and I got to see more of the full moon.

Full moon coming out from behind the clouds
Full moon coming out from behind the clouds

The skies finally cleared up and I got a nice view of the supermoon of July 2013. If you didn’t get a chance to see it where you live, this is what it looked like.

Full moon - supermoon of July 2013
Full moon – supermoon of July 2013

Travel theme: Light

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Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “light”. Enjoy my photos and remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

When taking photos, light is your best friend. It can also be your best enemy. Capturing the light the right way can make for a good or a not so good picture. I love using sunlight as much as I can to compose my photos, for example with this lemon.

Travel theme: Light shining on a lemon
Travel theme: Light shining on a lemon

There’s the light of the morning sun.

Travel theme: Light on the rising sun
Travel theme: Light on the rising sun

And the light of the setting sun.

Travel theme: Light of the setting sun
Travel theme: Light of the setting sun

Of course, light isn’t always natural, and we’re surrounded by plenty of artificial light. Here’s plenty of light from this glass chandelier in the lobby of the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California.

Travel theme: Light of a chandelier
Travel theme: Light of a chandelier

And then, there’s the moon. Of course, the moon doesn’t produce light but only reflects it, and a full moon can reflect a lot of light!

Travel theme: Light - full moon
Travel theme: Light – full moon

And is there any happier light than the one created by Christmas lights?

Travel theme: Light of Christmas lights
Travel theme: Light of Christmas lights

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles and Curves

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This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is circles and curves. Nature is full of circles and curves so here are a few of my selections for this theme. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

Is there anything more round than a full moon?

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Circles and Curves - full moon
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles and Curves – full moon

OK, oranges are pretty round too.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: round orange
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: round orange

Lemons aren’t round but they show plenty of curves.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: the curves of a lemon
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the curves of a lemon

This protea pin cushion flower has beautifully curved petals.

Curvy petals of the protea pin cushion flower
Curvy petals of the protea pin cushion flower

I love the round and curvy shapes of these raindrops on a spider web. You can see more of these raindrops here and here.

Raindrops on spider webs over river rocks
Raindrops on spider webs over river rocks

Sea jellies are round and curvy as they swim around.

The curves of sea jellies
The curves of sea jellies

I love these little round berries (more photos of these berries here). Two months later and the berries are still on the shrubs.

The round red berries of the Cotoneaster Lacteus
The round red berries of the Cotoneaster Lacteus

I’ll finish with the newest baby panda at the San Diego Zoo. I love those beautiful circles around the eyes!

Baby panda bear t the San Diego Zoo
Baby panda bear t the San Diego Zoo