A Word A Week Challenge: Pose

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Today I’m participating in the A Word A Week Challenge. This week’s theme is “pose”.  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.

This super cute grizzly bear was posing at the San Diego Zoo, hoping someone would throw him some of that popcorn he could smell. How disappointed he must have been when the popcorn walked away…

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - grizzly bear at the San Diego Zoo
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – grizzly bear at the San Diego Zoo

Same San Diego Zoo, different bear, this time a panda bear. Those guys sure know how to pose for the camera.

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - Panda bear at the San Diego Zoo
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – Panda bear at the San Diego Zoo

This praying mantis was annoyed to have my camera so close and it decided to stop and freeze, hoping I’d go away. It worked because I got my photos and left it alone after that.

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - praying mantis
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – praying mantis

This green Junebug beetle posed on some colorful yellow rose petals for me while I took its picture.

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - green Junebug beetle
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – green Junebug beetle

Last but not least, this white great egret sure knows how to strike a pose and show off!

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - white great egret
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – white great egret

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Saturated

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

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I love the saturated colors that nature displays all around. Close-up shots help focusing on that saturation. Enjoy the show!

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Saturated - Bottle brush tree flowers
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Saturated – Bottle brush tree flowers
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Saturated - Red hibiscus flower
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Saturated – Red hibiscus flower
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Saturated - pistils inside a yellow rose
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Saturated – pistils inside a yellow rose
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Saturated - iceplant blooms
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Saturated – iceplant blooms
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Saturated - Orange Picotee tuberous begonia - begonia tuberhybrida
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Saturated – Orange Picotee tuberous begonia – begonia tuberhybrida
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Saturated - green junebug beetle
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Saturated – green junebug beetle
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Saturated - yellow lemon against blue sky
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Saturated – yellow lemon against blue sky
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Saturated - purple and white wildflowers with morning dew
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Saturated – purple and white wildflowers with morning dew

Travel theme: Hidden

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

Sometimes when I photograph a specific subject in nature, I find something hidden inside or around it. For example, I found this lovely green junebug beetle when I was photographing rose blooms.

Travel theme: Hidden green junebug beetle
Travel theme: Hidden green junebug beetle

I also found this little ladybug crawling on the bottom part of a leaf when I was looking for monarch caterpillars in a large milkweed plant.

Travel theme: Hidden red ladybug
Travel theme: Hidden red ladybug

I did find the monarch caterpillars eventually, after looking at the milkweed tree for about 10 minutes. They blend in pretty well in the green and yellow leaves.

Travel theme: Hidden monarch caterpillar
Travel theme: Hidden monarch caterpillar

I found this cute little crab hiding in the sand at low tide. I bet he couldn’t wait for the tide to come back up.

Travel theme: Hidden crab in the sand
Travel theme: Hidden crab in the sand

On my last picture for this theme, my subject is quite hidden. Do you see the leafy sea dragon made out of tree branches and leaves in the tree? It looked like it was trying very hard to take off in the sky.

Travel theme: Hidden leafy sea dragon in a tree
Travel theme: Hidden leafy sea dragon in a tree