A Word A Week Challenge – Orange

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

Orange is far from being my favorite color but I love how nature displays it boldly. My favorite display has to be this orange dragonfly I captured a few weeks ago. It was a lucky shot for sure. You can see my photo of a blue dragonfly here.

A Word A Week Challenge – Orange dragonfly
A Word A Week Challenge – Orange dragonfly

While I visited San Diego’s Balboa Park on Sunday, I stopped by the rose garden and took several photos of the many colorful roses. You can view these beautiful (and not orange) roses in yesterday’s post. Here are a few orange roses I saw while there:

A Word A Week Challenge – Orange rose at Balboa Park
A Word A Week Challenge – Orange rose at Balboa Park

I tried to use the very cloudy sky as a background for the next photo. I kind of like the effect, although I bet this rose would be absolutely beautiful on a blue background since the two colors are opposite on the color wheel.

A Word A Week Challenge – Orange rose at Balboa Park in San Diego
A Word A Week Challenge – Orange rose at Balboa Park in San Diego

And here’s a last large burst of orange roses for you!

A Word A Week Challenge – Orange rose in San Diego's rose garden
A Word A Week Challenge – Orange rose in San Diego’s rose garden

This next rose is more subtle and displays a mix of orange, yellow and light pink. I love this type of tea roses and they usually smell very good.

A Word A Week Challenge – Orange tea rose in Balboa Park rose garden
A Word A Week Challenge – Orange tea rose in Balboa Park rose garden

Of course, roses are not the only flowers that are orange. Here are a few more orange flowers I’ve photographed in the past, like this beautiful orange protea pincushion.

A Word A Week Challenge – Orange protea pincushion protea flower
A Word A Week Challenge – Orange protea pincushion protea flower

I’m not sure what the next flower is called but I love its big fuzzy petals.

A Word A Week Challenge – Orange flower with fuzzy petals
A Word A Week Challenge – Orange flower with fuzzy petals

I like the orange leaves of fall foliage. We don’t get a lot of that in San Diego, so it’s nice to spot it here and there.

A Word A Week Challenge – Orange leaves of a sumac tree in the fall
A Word A Week Challenge – Orange leaves of a sumac tree in the fall

Of course, I can’t participate in an orange theme without displaying an orange, can I? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

A Word A Week Challenge – Orange on the orange tree
A Word A Week Challenge – Orange on the orange tree

The colors of spring: orange protea pincushion and purple lavender

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In today’s post, I’m featuring one of my favorite flowers: the protea pincushion flower. Originally from South Africa, they seem to like San Diego’s weather and they’re easy to spot in people’s yards and public places. What do I like most about them? They have some of the most cool looking shapes of petals I’ve ever seen.

I wanted to capture this peculiar curved shape of the petals by taking a close-up of this orange protea pincushion. You can click on this photo for a larger view.

Orange protea pincushion flower
Orange protea pincushion flower

After taking this photo, I noticed the large lavender flowers and decided to use them as the background for my photo, along with the blue sky.

Orange protea pincushion and purple lavender
Orange protea pincushion and purple lavender

For this last picture, I decided to change the depth of field so I could focus on the lavender blooms instead. I also changed my angle to avoid them hiding behind the protea pincushion.

Purple lavender flowers
Purple lavender flowers

So here you go, same flowers, three different angles and perspectives. Some people go bungee jumping, I play with my camera settings.