Travel theme: Stone

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

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Sometimes I use stones as a background for my photos, for example to feature raindrops on a spider web.

Travel theme: Stones with rain drops on spiderweb
Travel theme: Stones with rain drops on spiderweb
Travel theme: Stones covered with raindrops on spiderweb
Travel theme: Stones covered with raindrops on spiderweb

In San Diego, water is a precious resource and stones and rocks are often used as a ground cover among succulents.

Travel theme: Stones as a ground cover
Travel theme: Stones as a ground cover

I love this stairway on the trail made out of stepping stones.

Travel theme: Stones make a stairway
Travel theme: Stones make a stairway

Sometimes nature leaves you a hidden message as you walk by, like this face in the stone.

Travel theme: Stone with hidden face
Travel theme: Stone with hidden face

Humans have a less subtle way to get the message across on stones.

Travel theme: Stone with message
Travel theme: Stone with message

A Word A Week Challenge – Face

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

Nature can display faces in so many ways and places. There’s the cute face of the mama panda bear.

A word a week - face of a giant panda bear
A word a week – face of a giant panda bear

The big bug-eyed face of the orange dragonfly.

A word a week - face - orange dragonfly with big eyes
A word a week – face – orange dragonfly with big eyes

There’s the face of the tiger longwing butterfly (Heliconius hecale) with his rolled-up proboscis.

A word a week - face with proboscis of a tiger longwing butterfly
A word a week – face with proboscis of a tiger longwing butterfly

There are the faces of two brother grizzly bears enjoying some intimate moment.

A word a week - faces of two brother bears
A word a week – faces of two brother bears

There are the faces of animals carved in the wood on purpose.

A word a week - faces of animals carved in wood
A word a week – faces of animals carved in wood

And the face of a woman that Mother Nature drew in this tree trunk for us to notice.

A word a week - face of woman in tree trunk
A word a week – face of woman in tree trunk

Mother Nature also likes to use rocks to make faces.

A word a week - face of man in a large rock
A word a week – face of man in a large rock

These hidden faces of a man and a dog (profile angle) are some of my favorite faces to spot in nature. Can you see them?

A word a week - face of man and his dog in rock cliff
A word a week – face of man and his dog in rock cliff

And finally even the sky can show you faces, like this smiley face in the clouds!

A word a week - smiley face in the clouds
A word a week – smiley face in the clouds

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth

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This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is earth. At first, I thought I’d skip this photo challenge theme because I couldn’t think of any photos to use. Then I read Cee’s description of earth and I figured, hey I could do that! Earth: Clay, Rock, Dust, Sand, Mud, Crystal, Powder, Shadow, Space, Darkness, Gravity, Bone, Silicon.

Below is my personal take of this theme. Remember you can click on any photo to view a larger image.

Southern California is covered with dirt and rocks, not much green overall. Cactus, succulents and short bushes like California Sage Brush are what grow best here.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Earth - succulents growing in dirt and rocks
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth – succulents growing in dirt and rocks

I enjoy painted rocks and these rocks from the San Diego Botanic Garden are a cute and subtle way to ask people to stay away.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth - painted rocks
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth – painted rocks

Of course San Diego is not all dirt and rocks. It also features beautiful beaches, my favorite being Coronado Beach. It is always listed as one of the Top 10 beaches in the U.S. and it deserves it.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth - San Diego sandy beach
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth – San Diego sandy beach

My last photo is from Idyllwild, California. I call it the face in the rock, and it’s pretty obvious why. This is as if Earth was watching us as we walk by.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth - the face in the rock
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth – the face in the rock

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual

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I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers. This week’s Challenge is: Unusual.

What a tough challenge! And so I’ve decided to pick a few photos where there may be more than meets the eye.

This first photo is very seasonal. If you’ve ever wondered what Rudolph the red nosed reindeer looks like when he lands on the roof, here’s your answer.

Rudolph the red nose reindeer on the roof
If you’re looking for Rudolph the red nose reindeer, he’s on the roof!

If you’re wondering what the photo below is, these are spider webs from grass spiders covered in raindrops.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: raindrops on spider webs on grass
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: raindrops on spider webs on grass

Here’s the hooded lady with a walking stick in a tree trunk.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: the face in the tree trunk
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: the face in the tree trunk

I love the hidden shapes or images in nature. Here’s a pretty obvious face in the rock.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: the hidden face in the rock
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: the hidden face in the rock

Now here’s a less obvious face in the rocks. I see a man’s profile (looking left) in the rock. On his right, I see the profile of a dog’s head looking left too. Can you see it? Now, that’s unusual!

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: a man's face and his dog in the rock
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: a man’s face and his dog in the rock