Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth

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This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is earth. At first, I thought I’d skip this photo challenge theme because I couldn’t think of any photos to use. Then I read Cee’s description of earth and I figured, hey I could do that! Earth: Clay, Rock, Dust, Sand, Mud, Crystal, Powder, Shadow, Space, Darkness, Gravity, Bone, Silicon.

Below is my personal take of this theme. Remember you can click on any photo to view a larger image.

Southern California is covered with dirt and rocks, not much green overall. Cactus, succulents and short bushes like California Sage Brush are what grow best here.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Earth - succulents growing in dirt and rocks
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth – succulents growing in dirt and rocks

I enjoy painted rocks and these rocks from the San Diego Botanic Garden are a cute and subtle way to ask people to stay away.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth - painted rocks
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth – painted rocks

Of course San Diego is not all dirt and rocks. It also features beautiful beaches, my favorite being Coronado Beach. It is always listed as one of the Top 10 beaches in the U.S. and it deserves it.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth - San Diego sandy beach
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth – San Diego sandy beach

My last photo is from Idyllwild, California. I call it the face in the rock, and it’s pretty obvious why. This is as if Earth was watching us as we walk by.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth - the face in the rock
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth – the face in the rock

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual

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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: Unusual.

What a tough challenge! And so I’ve decided to pick a few photos where there may be more than meets the eye.

This first photo is very seasonal. If you’ve ever wondered what Rudolph the red nosed reindeer looks like when he lands on the roof, here’s your answer.

Rudolph the red nose reindeer on the roof
If you’re looking for Rudolph the red nose reindeer, he’s on the roof!

If you’re wondering what the photo below is, these are spider webs from grass spiders covered in raindrops.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: raindrops on spider webs on grass
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: raindrops on spider webs on grass

Here’s the hooded lady with a walking stick in a tree trunk.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: the face in the tree trunk
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: the face in the tree trunk

I love the hidden shapes or images in nature. Here’s a pretty obvious face in the rock.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: the hidden face in the rock
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: the hidden face in the rock

Now here’s a less obvious face in the rocks. I see a man’s profile (looking left) in the rock. On his right, I see the profile of a dog’s head looking left too. Can you see it? Now, that’s unusual!

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: a man's face and his dog in the rock
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual: a man’s face and his dog in the rock

The face in the rock

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I love looking at rocks, big and small, mountains and cliffs, and try to discover the hidden shapes within them. Some shapes are very obvious, others are harder to spot, even when you help people trying to see them.

Here’s a large boulder I found while enjoying a walk in Idyllwild County Park in the town of Idyllwild, California. To me, the hidden face in the rock is very obvious but I often wonder how many people walk by it and never notice it.

Click on the photo of the hidden face in the rock for larger view.

Photo of a hidden face in the rock
Photo of a hidden face in the rock

A few months ago, I was hiking in Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California, when I looked up at the cliffs facing me on the side of the trail.

That’s when I spotted it. The hidden head profile in the rocks. It’s facing left, with its big nose and big brow. But then a friend of mine mentioned the dog. What dog, I asked? The one on the right of the face, he replied. Well, I’ll be damned, I did see the dog as clear as day after he mentioned it. And it’s cute too.

Take a look at this photo of the man’s hidden face and the dog’s hidden face and let me know if you spot them too.

Photo of a man's face and his dog in the rock - Mission Trails, San Diego, California
Photo of a man’s face and his dog in the rock – Mission Trails, San Diego, California