WordPress weekly photo challenge: Unexpected

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “unexpected”. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

I’m only going to show you one photo for this photo challenge, simply because I think it illustrates it perfectly. I know the Oxford Dictionaries recently named “selfie” as word of the year, but seriously, “photobomb” would have been my pick.

Here’s nature’s version of a photobomb: an unexpected mallard duck flying in front of a white pelican as I was trying to take its picture. Thanks, dude.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Unexpected duck flies in front of pelican
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Unexpected duck flies in front of pelican

You can view the rest of my photos of white pelicans in San Diego here.

Sunday Post: Simplicity

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Today I’m participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post photo challenge. This week’s theme is Simplicity.

Yesterday was a beautiful winter day in San Diego. Not a cloud in the sky, slight breeze, unusually warm (75 degrees by the coast). Perfect for a visit at the San Diego Botanic Garden with my kids. You’d think January would offer few opportunities for taking photos of nature but I got to snap a few. I’ll share them in several posts and I thought I’d take the opportunity of displaying a few here, with this simplicity theme.

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A pond with some running water exemplifies simplicity to me. And simple is beautiful, like this sculpture at the lily pond by the entrance of the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Sunday Post: Simplicity - lily pond at the San Diego Botanic Garden
Sunday Post: Simplicity – lily pond at the San Diego Botanic Garden

There’s also a Bamboo pond in the Bamboo Garden, which is about three times as big as this one, but still very small and simple.

Sunday Post: Simplicity - Bamboo pond at the San Diego Botanic Garden
Sunday Post: Simplicity – Bamboo pond at the San Diego Botanic Garden

It has a  basic waterfall set up, again, very simple. A trickle of water over rocks.

Sunday Post: Simplicity - Bamboo pond at the San Diego Botanic Garden
Sunday Post: Simplicity – Bamboo pond at the San Diego Botanic Garden

There may have been some animals underwater but we didn’t spot any. Instead we spotted a couple of mallards, or technically a mallard couple having a snack in the pond. I love the simple ripples in the water.

Sunday Post: Simplicity - Ducks at the Bamboo pond at the San Diego Botanic Garden
Sunday Post: Simplicity – Ducks at the Bamboo pond at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Finally we were lucky enough to see a green heron, checking out the water and looking for some potential lunch. Again, I love the simple reflection of the green heron in the water. Simplicity, what a beautiful theme!

Sunday Post: Simplicity - Green heron at the San Diego Botanic Garden
Sunday Post: Simplicity – Green heron at the San Diego Botanic Garden