Cee’s fun foto challenge: all one color

Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge to show photos featuring all one color. You can click on the photos below for a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

Here’s a splash of green and some raindrops for the first photo of this theme.

Cee's fun foto challenge: raindrops on green branches
Cee’s fun foto challenge: raindrops on green branches

This iceplant is called lampranthus productus and I love its bright purple blooms in the winter. Yes, there’s a little yellow in the middle of each flower but I couldn’t resist featuring my favorite color for this theme.

Cee's fun foto challenge: lampranthus productus iceplant
Cee’s fun foto challenge: lampranthus productus iceplant

Frost of dead leaves makes for an interesting color.

Cee's fun foto challenge: Frost on leaves
Cee’s fun foto challenge: Frost on leaves

The same goes for frost on ice plants.

Cee's fun foto challenge: frost on ice plants in San Diego
Cee’s fun foto challenge: frost on ice plants in San Diego

I don’t know what these pink flowers are but I sure love the color.

Cee's fun foto challenge: all one color - bright pink flowers
Cee’s fun foto challenge: all one color – bright pink flowers

All for my last photo, I’ll share a splash of yellow, yellow lily that is.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge:  all one color - yellow lily
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: all one color – yellow lily

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring

This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is the season of spring. Spring is my favorite season, especially in San Diego. I love witnessing the rebirth of nature and noticing all the beautiful colors popping up around town.

I’m using the gallery format to feature my photos of spring. You can click on any photo below to open the slideshow. To view any photo in a larger format, just scroll down while in slideshow mode and click on “view full size” on the bottom right on the page. Enjoy!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: From above

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “from above”. Most photos I take are from a different angle than right from above, but sometimes when it comes to close-ups and macros, placing the camera right above can capture the best picture.

Here are a few samples of photos taken from above. Remember you can click on each photo to view it in a larger format. And if you like what you see, I invite you to subscribe to this blog so you can get new updates as they come. I publish new photo posts 3 to 5 times a week. Enjoy!

I love photographing raindrops, especially as they linger after the rain has gone. If the sun shines a bit, it can makes for a really nice picture.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: From above - Raindrops on the leaves of a rose tree
WordPress weekly photo challenge: From above – Raindrops on the leaves of a rose tree

I don’t like spiders but I like how raindrops sit on a spider web. Here’s an example of a spider web right above smooth river rocks with raindrops on top of it. I have more examples of this type of raindrops here and here, but this photo is a few weeks old.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: From above - Raindrops on a spider web
WordPress weekly photo challenge: From above – Raindrops on a spider web

I usually don’t photograph flowers from right above but these flowers below seemed like the perfect exception. Look how the center of the flower seems almost white as the petals go from yellow to red. Only a shot from above can amplify this pattern.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: From above - bright yellow red flowers
WordPress weekly photo challenge: From above – bright yellow red flowers

Of course I can’t talk about flowers without talking about bees. I like photographing them from above to show their beautiful wings. On this photo I shared a couple of weeks ago, I noticed something quite special. Take a close look at the bags of nectar the bee is gathering on its back legs. What an efficient way to gather a lot of nectar!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: From above - Bee carries bags of nectar on legs
WordPress weekly photo challenge: From above – Bee carries bags of nectar on legs

Finally you also can’t talk about flowers without mentioning butterflies. When they stay put and leave their wings wide open, you have the opportunity to photograph beautiful colors from above.

Here’s a beautiful orange julia butterfly (Dryas iulia).

WordPress weekly photo challenge: From above - Orange julia butterfly (Dryas iulia)
WordPress weekly photo challenge: From above – Orange julia butterfly (Dryas iulia)

And here’s a postman butterfly (Heliconius Melpomene).

WordPress weekly photo challenge: From above - Postman butterfly (Heliconius Melpomene)
WordPress weekly photo challenge: From above – Postman butterfly (Heliconius Melpomene)

Macro Monday: Raindrops on leaves

Today I’m taking part in Macro Monday at Lisa’s Chaos. I decided to feature raindrops on leaves because we’ve have a lot of rain these past couple of weeks. They’re probably the last rainstorms we’ll get before late next fall, so I may as well embrace them.

Here are a few photos of raindrops on a rose tree with small leaves. I think I displayed one of these photos in a previous post, but I wanted to share a few more. Perfect for Macro Monday! Remember you can click on each photo to see it in a larger format.

This is probably my favorite photo. I love how the raindrops seem to line up on the edges of the leaves, with some larger drops to balance out the many tiny drops.

Macro Monday: Raindrops on leaves
Macro Monday: Raindrops on leaves

I took this photo the same day. It shows some of the same leaves but from another angle and with some other leaves below them.

Macro Monday: Raindrops on the leaves of a rose tree
Macro Monday: Raindrops on the leaves of a rose tree

Below is the same rose tree but after a different rainstorm, and different leaves. I love how the raindrops reflect so many things.

Macro Monday: Raindrops on green leaves
Macro Monday: Raindrops on green leaves

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward

The new WordPress weekly photo challenge theme is forward. I’m always looking forward to the next best photo opportunity, so I can display it here and on my online store. I’m so behind on uploading new photos to my store, and I’m looking forward to working on it over the next week or so. There are lots of good photos to add, that’s for sure.

Remember you can click on any of the photos below to see it in a larger format.

I’m always looking forward to exploring new hiking paths, and there are a lot of them in San Diego. Here’s one path in Mission Trails park I haven’t tried all the way yet.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward the hiking path
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward the hiking path

Today, I’m looking forward to enjoying the cloudless blue sky, after three days of gray clouds, rain and hail.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to a blue sky
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to a blue sky

I’m also looking forward to the raindrops helping my rose bush grow new rose buds for the spring.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to new rose buds
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to new rose buds

Finally I’m looking forward to new strawberries this summer. That is, if I can get to them because the slugs and pill bugs do…

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to strawberries
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to strawberries

Lots of things to look forward to! What are you looking forward to on your end?