Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water

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Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and her theme is “water”. I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view.

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We see water in many forms and amounts every day. Without water there would be no life on earth, so let’s make sure we take care of it. Water can appear in front of us powerful and in motion, as in these waves of the Pacific Ocean on a cloudy and breezy day.

Waves of the Pacific Ocean on a cloudy day
Waves of the Pacific Ocean on a cloudy day

Water can also be very still and peaceful, as in this small pond that was behind the house we stayed at in Virginia.

Still water of a small pond in Virginia
Still water of a small pond in Virginia

Birds drink water, and they also use it to take baths. This iridescent grackle bird was very busy getting clean in the gardens of the Smithsonian castle.

Iridescent male common grackle taking a water bath
Iridescent male common grackle taking a water bath

Water is a habitat for many animals, including this frog popping its head out of the water to keep an eye on me.

Frog's head out of the pond water
Frog’s head out of the pond water

You’ll have no idea how many turtles can hide underwater until they come out to bask in the sun. Can you guess how many turtles are sitting on these rocks?

Turtles basking in the sun on rocks in the pond
Turtles basking in the sun on rocks in the pond

A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate

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Today I’m participating in the A Word A Week Challenge. This week’s theme is “undulate (wavey/ripple)”.  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.

Of course water ripples are the first thing that came to mind when I saw the word undulate. But I wanted to share this photo of pine tree bark first, because it undulates in its own special way.

A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate - pine tree bark
A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate – pine tree bark

Most of my photos showing water ripples happen to have another subject in the frame, like this great egret.

White egret with water ripples and reflections in the water
White egret with water ripples and reflections in the water

The water ripples around this duck, along with the shadows on the lily pads, are very interesting too.

Brown mallard female duck swimming in a pond
Brown mallard female duck swimming in a pond

Some ripples can be small and others can actually be big waves about to break in the Pacific ocean.

Ocean wave about to break
Ocean wave about to break

On this last picture, I photographed the water because I love the reflections and the ripples in the water. The four ducks and the light breeze happen to be the creators of those ripples.

A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate, water ripples
A Word A Week Challenge – Undulate, water ripples

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

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water

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This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is water. Water is a precious resource in Southern California. “Precious” as in rare, and as in expensive. They aren’t many large areas of water around San Diego (besides the huge Pacific Ocean) and what are labeled as “lakes” here would probably be labeled as “ponds” in most other states.

I have a lot of photos of water to share. Ocean water, river water, rain drops, dew drops, frozen water… So I think a photo gallery will be best. You can click on any image to view all of them in a slideshow format. I’ve used these photos in previous posts so I’ve left the original captions. This way, if you’d like to view the original post, just search for the caption text in my website’s Search box.

I hope you enjoy these photos of water!