Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked

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I’m participating in the online adventure travel and outdoor photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers. This week’s Challenge is: Overlooked. This theme is perfect for me because this is the type of photos I take most often. Photos of things that are right in front of your nose but that nobody notices even when they walk right by it. Here are a few photos of beautiful things that can be overlooked, some of them brand new, and others I’ve used in previous posts on this site.

By the way, I was selected as a honorable mention winner for this challenge for my grass photo. Yeah!

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I took this first photo last week and as I was pressing the shutter, I could see there was something peculiar about that bee. When I opened the photo file on my computer, I was in awe. Did you know that bees have bags, or pollen baskets, on their legs to carry the nectar they collect? This worker bee had obviously been very busy at collecting nectar from the fullness of its bags. How cool is that? None of the people walking by while I was taking pictures noticed this bee or all the others next to it.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked bee carries bags of nectar on legs
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked bee carries bags of nectar on legs

I took the next photo just this past weekend at the beach in Coronado, California. This little crab was half buried in the wet sand at low tide. Dozens of people walked right by it without ever noticing it. What a pity.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked crab in the sand
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked crab in the sand

Did you know that grass is fuzzy? Even when you take a close-up photo of a grass blade, you may not see it, unless the grass is covered with morning dew. Then the fuzz of the grass really stands out.

Update: I won an honorable mention for this photo in the weekly contest.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked fuzzy grass covered with dew
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked fuzzy grass covered with dew

This last photo features a red-tailed hawk sitting on the highest branch of a very tall Sycamore tree. Unless you looked up, you wouldn’t know it was there.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked red-tailed hawk in a tree
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Overlooked red-tailed hawk in a tree

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Distant

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

I have a 12x optical zoom on the camera I take with me most often. It doesn’t allow me to zoom very far but it’s usually good enough to capture what I can see with the naked eye. For this “distant” theme, I decided to focus on animals that fly (but are sitting still at the time), since they are the ones I mostly have to zoom on to capture on camera. Here are a few recent shots, and a couple of older ones. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

I took the first photo this past weekend at Dos Picos County Park, not far from San Diego, California. This red-tailed hawk was sitting at the top of a tall sycamore tree and being very noisy, so I thought he deserved to have his picture taken. We have a lot of red-tailed hawks around and it’s always a treat to watch the male and female hunt for food for their young together.

Let's be wild weekly photo challenge - distant red tailed hawk
Let’s be wild weekly photo challenge – distant red tailed hawk

I took the next photo last week at the San Diego Zoo. I believe this blue heron is a local freeloader since they water basin was mostly occupied by reptiles – turtles and crocodiles. This big guy was eyeing the little fish swimming in the water and slowly walking towards them for a taste.

Let's be wild weekly photo challenge - distant blue heron
Let’s be wild weekly photo challenge – distant blue heron

This little guy below is a Stellar jay bird. Isn’t he beautiful? I took his photo in Idyllwild, California, where there are a lot of these birds. What’s interesting is, we only live two hours away from Idyllwild and we have regular blue jays here, but no Stellar jay birds.

Let's be wild weekly photo challenge - distant Stellar jay bird
Let’s be wild weekly photo challenge – distant Stellar jay bird

I love this last photo of a blue dragonfly. We have a lot of orange/red dragonflies here and I still have to take a few photos of them, but this is the only blue dragonfly I’ve seen. I feel lucky to have been able to capture it with my camera, since dragonflies can fly for hours without taking a break.

Let's be wild weekly photo challenge - distant blue dragonfly
Let’s be wild weekly photo challenge – distant blue dragonfly

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Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflections

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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: Reflections.

Water is a great medium for reflections so it will be featured in every photo below, but maybe not always in the way you expect it to be. Remember you can click on each photo to see it in a larger format.

My favorite photo when it comes to reflection is the first one below. I took it at the San Diego Botanic garden and it features a green heron standing above some very still water, so the reflection is almost identical to the original subject.

Let's be wild photo challenge - reflections of a green heron
Let’s be wild photo challenge – reflections of a green heron

The next photo shows the reflection of the sun rays on the wet sand at Coronado Beach, in San Diego. Can you guess it’s my favorite beach here?

Let's be wild photo challenge - reflections at Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
Let’s be wild photo challenge – reflections at Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

I displayed the next photo in yesterday’s post but I want to share it here too, as I love the reflection of the blades of grass in the large water drop. I can’t help admiring the beautiful little treasures that nature leaves everywhere for us to discover.

Let's be wild photo challenge - reflections in a water drop
Let’s be wild photo challenge – reflections in a water drop

As for the last photo I’ll display for this theme, I took it last weekend at Dos Picos County Park, in Ramona, California. I love the peace and quiet effect of this pond. As you can see, it was a beautiful day.

Let's be wild photo challenge - reflections at the pond
Let’s be wild photo challenge – reflections at the pond

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Sunrise

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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 Sunrise.

I LOVE sunrises. Don’t get me wrong, I love sunsets too, as they can bring a beautiful ending to a beautiful day. But there’s something really special about sunrises. No matter what happened the day before – good or bad – a sunrise says you have the opportunity to start fresh every single day. Pretty sunrises and sunsets are a challenge in San Diego, because they look a lot better with some clouds in the sky to help reflect the light. And San Diego doesn’t have that many clouds overall.

Here are some of my favorite sunrises I’ve been able to capture in the past year or so. You’ll notice the range of colors is quite broad, so you never know what the next sunrise will look like. Remember you can click on each image to see the photo in a larger format.

This photo below represents what a typical winter sunrise looks like in San Diego. Not too many clouds, and a mostly orange sky. I like it a lot.

Let's Be Wild Photo Challenge - Sunrise in the winter in San Diego
Let’s Be Wild Photo Challenge – Sunrise in the winter in San Diego

I love this sunrise for a simple reason: its delicate colors. It doesn’t scream good morning, but rather whispers, hello, sunshine!

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Sunrise in San Diego
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Sunrise in San Diego

Not all sunrises are pink, orange or red. Some of them are mostly yellow and gray, like the one below. The sun tried very hard piercing through the clouds that day (and it worked).

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Yellow sunrise with clouds
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Yellow sunrise with clouds

In this next picture, the clouds looked like they were on fire that morning.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Sunrise with clouds on fire
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Sunrise with clouds on fire

Some winter sunrises in San Diego can be very colorful, and very inspiring. You know your day is starting well if you can spot one of these.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Winter sunrise in San Diego
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Winter sunrise in San Diego

Do you spend time enjoying the sunrises where you live?

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Green

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February 14, 2013 update: I just found out I won the Let’s be Wild Audience Award for this photo challenge on Green! I want to thank everyone for their kind comments on my photos. This is the first time I’ve been recognized for my photo work, so this is a big deal for me. 🙂

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: Green.

You can click on the photos below for a larger view.

Green isn’t something you see a lot of in San Diego. The outdoor scenery is gray, brown and yellow most of the year. Still, you can be lucky and capture some green on camera, like that spring day when I stumbled upon this patch of surreal green at Dos Picos County Park. You can view more photos of Dos Picos County Park here, and here.

Let's Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Green grass
Let’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Green grass

Green is the color of grass, even when it’s covered with dew and spiderwebs from grass spiders. You can view more photos of these spiderwebs with dew in this post.

Let's Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Green grass covered with spider webs
Let’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Green grass covered with spider webs

I love the bold green on the plants below, even when covered with winter frost. You can view more photos of plants covered in frost here, here and here.

Let's Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Green plants covered with frost
Let’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Green plants covered with frost

Even the rain can’t wash out the green of this tree branch. You can view more photos of raindrops on these tree branches here and here.

Let's Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Green branches and raindrops
Let’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Green branches and raindrops

There’s plenty of green at the San Diego Botanic Garden, including on this beautiful topiary of a dancing couple. You can see more amazing topiary in this post.

Let's Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Green topiary at the San Diego Botanic Garden
Let’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Green topiary at the San Diego Botanic Garden

How green is it where you live right now?