A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate

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Today I’m participating in the A Word A Week Challenge. This week’s theme is “undulate (wavey/ripple)”.  I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

Of course water ripples are the first thing that came to mind when I saw the word undulate. But I wanted to share this photo of pine tree bark first, because it undulates in its own special way.

A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate - pine tree bark
A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate – pine tree bark

Most of my photos showing water ripples happen to have another subject in the frame, like this great egret.

White egret with water ripples and reflections in the water
White egret with water ripples and reflections in the water

The water ripples around this duck, along with the shadows on the lily pads, are very interesting too.

Brown mallard female duck swimming in a pond
Brown mallard female duck swimming in a pond

Some ripples can be small and others can actually be big waves about to break in the Pacific ocean.

Ocean wave about to break
Ocean wave about to break

On this last picture, I photographed the water because I love the reflections and the ripples in the water. The four ducks and the light breeze happen to be the creators of those ripples.

A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate, water ripples
A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate, water ripples

“Capture The Colour 2013” photo contest

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Fellow photography blogger Cee recommended me for the “Capture The Colour 2013” photo contest in her post yesterday. When I read the contest’s terms & conditions, I realized the contest was opened until October 9, 2013. That’s tomorrow, yikes! Since the contest holder is in the UK, I figured I had very little time to enter.

Here are my entries for each color theme: yellow, green, blue, red and white. I’m also supposed to recommend this contest to 5 fellow bloggers so here’s my pick. If I didn’t name you and still want to participate, you have a few more hours to do so.

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

YELLOW – I took this photo of a beautiful sunflower just yesterday. This is my very first sunflower and I tried to fill my frame with it as much as I could, letting the great blue sky fill the rest.

Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest - yellow sunflower
Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest – yellow sunflower

GREEN – this photo of a raindrop on a grass blade seems to be a favorite so it was an easy choice for the green theme. I love the grass blade reflections in the raindrop.

Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest - green grass with raindrop
Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest – green grass with raindrop

BLUE – this was my very first dragonfly and it happened to be blue. Since then, I’ve photographed more dragonflies, all orange.

Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest - blue dragonfly
Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest – blue dragonfly

RED – I love bees and I love bottle brush tree flowers. This photo is the best of both worlds for me, and a brand new photo on this site.

Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest - red bottle brush flower with bee
Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest – red bottle brush flower with bee

WHITE – I photographed this beautiful great egret this past weekend. Such a proud bird owning the water’s edge.

Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest - white great egret
Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest – white great egret