WordPress weekly photo challenge: Family

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “family”. 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.

The first photo that came to mind for this family challenge is one I took recently at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It features a new Lemur Walk exhibit where you can stand right next to the lemurs since there are no fences. The only thing is, lemurs love to nap for hours at a time so if you don’t get there early, you have no chance to enjoy a lemur walking by your side. There are five lemurs in this exhibit and when they nap, they seem to like it tight, so this is how they sleep together. My kids think this display of curly lemur tails should be called “a curl of lemurs”. I concur.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge - family of lemurs sleeping together
WordPress weekly photo challenge – family of lemurs sleeping together

I don’t share photos of my kids online so here are some other families I selected for this theme. An elephant mom and her calf.

Elephant mother and calf
Elephant mother and calf

Two brother bears displaying some brotherly love.

Brown bears - brother bears
Brown bears – brother bears

Here’s a mother panda bear and her cub at the San Diego zoo.

Mother panda bear and panda cub
Mother panda bear and panda cub

And last but not least, a family of Russian nesting dolls, 10 in all. The smallest one is the size of a grain of rice.

Family of Russian nesting dolls
Family of Russian nesting dolls

The real green heron

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Last week I put a photo post together on a green heron. The problem is, it wasn’t a green heron but a black-crowned night heron. I don’t even know why I thought it was a green heron since I’ve shared photos of a green heron before and it looked nothing like this one. Anyway, I apologize for the mistake but maybe it was a premonition for what happened this past weekend. Green herons in San Diego happen to be in decline, so they’re not that easy to spot. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to spot one at the San Diego Zoo, hanging around one of the exhibit ponds. Local birds are excellent freeloaders at the zoo: they know where to find free food in all the right places.

So here it is, the REAL green heron. It’s smaller than the black-crowned night heron, probably the size of a raven. 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.

Green heron in San Diego
Green heron in San Diego
Green heron looking for fish in the water
Green heron looking for fish in the water
Close-up of a green heron in San Diego
Close-up of a green heron in San Diego

Macro Monday: Black-crowned night heron

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

I got the opportunity to photograph a couple of black-crowned night heron herons up close during the holidays.  These photos are not technically macro but I didn’t have to zoom in to be able to get these close shots. The lighting was less than perfect so this is the best I got that day. The funny thing is, both herons look like they only have one leg. They must do like flamingos and lift up a leg when they stand up somewhere for a while.

Macro Monday: Black-crowned night heron
Macro Monday: Black-crowned night heron
Black-crowned night heron on wooden post
Black-crowned night heron on wooden post
Close-up of a black-crowned night heron
Close-up of a black-crowned night heron

Fall in San Diego: golden light and double rainbows

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Today I want to take a little time to share a few photos I took recently. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view. The temperatures have been steadily dropping down in San Diego and we’ve had far from perfect weather these past few weeks. Fall is definitely here in San Diego.

It first started with a lot of clouds and a lot of wind, but no rain. Here’s what the golden hour looked like behind my house a couple of weeks ago. Can you believe not a single drop of rain fell on that day?

Golden hour in San Diego in the fall
Golden hour in San Diego in the fall

Since then, the skies have been covered with clouds, most often white puffy ones, but sometimes very gray ones. Here’s a golden sunrise behind my house from a few days ago. This is quite unusual for this time of year.

Golden sunrise in San Diego
Golden sunrise in San Diego

We had a ton of rain this past Saturday. The temperatures didn’t go above the 50s and I just kept shivering the whole day. But look what showed up when the rain stopped: a double rainbow! You may think it’s no big deal, but we very rarely get rainbows in San Diego (maybe two a year) and never in December. And a double rainbow? That’s once every few years. Lucky me!

Double rainbow in San Diego - December 2013
Double rainbow in San Diego – December 2013

Since this weekend, we’ve experienced some frigid temperatures (upper 20s overnight). This is terrible for the million-dollar California crops, and probably just as bad for my snapdragons in the backyard.

But cold temperatures and a few clouds can make for another pretty sunrise. This is what I went outside to photograph yesterday morning at sunrise. Brrrrr…. but it was worth the shot.

Fall sunrise with blue sky and clouds in San Diego
Fall sunrise with blue sky and clouds in San Diego

How is the weather treating you where you are? Are you getting snowed in in the East Coast and the Midwest? Are you freezing in the Northwest? Is Florida even spared from this early winter?

Floral Friday Fotos: Celosia, the flowers on fire

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Today I’m participating in Floral Friday Fotos. If you enjoy my images, I encourage you to subscribe and receive updates when I post new photos, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

Celosia are ornamental plants in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. Their name is derived from the Greek word κηλος (kelos), which means burned. Celosia comes in a variety of colors, but when you spot the red, orange and yellow Celosia flowers, you can understand why their flame-like look earned them their name. I hope these Celosia blooms bring some color to your day. Enjoy!

Floral Friday Fotos: Celosia flowers look like flames
Floral Friday Fotos: Celosia flowers look like flames
Red Celosia flowers
Red Celosia flowers
Yellow Celosia flowers
Yellow Celosia flowers