WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

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

Can you guess how many lemurs are sleeping in this pile of fur? Hint: count the tails for the answer…

Ring tailed lemurs sleeping in a pile
Ring tailed lemurs sleeping in a pile

Look, that grasshopper is trying hard to get inside my house. Unfortunately it’s standing at the wrong end of the sliding window for that to happen, which is a good thing for me.

Green grasshopper trying to get inside the house
Green grasshopper trying to get inside the house

I guess this pitcher plant can’t wait for a fly to wander inside of it for a tasty snack.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: inside a pitcher plant
WordPress weekly photo challenge: inside a pitcher plant

Finally a sign of spring is the colorful blooms, but you have to watch out for the bees that may hide inside them, as in this beautiful pink powder puff bloom. Happy Friday!

Bees collecting nectar inside a pink powder puff bloom
Bees collecting nectar inside a pink powder puff bloom

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: two colors or hues only

Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and her theme is “two colors or hues only”. 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.

I realized it was quite a challenge to find photos that only showed two colors, and not three or more, but here’s a nice selection of my favorites, like this photo of a beautiful blue sky after the rain and a tree branch covered with leftover raindrops.

Rain drops on a tree branch after the rain
Rain drops on a tree branch after the rain

To continue with the water theme, here are some sea jellies lit up in blue in an aquarium, with the water as a black background.

Sea jellies
Sea jellies

I love to capture red and green on the same picture. These complementary colors are some of my favorite to see in nature, as on this Cotoneaster Lacteus bush in seeds.

Cotoneaster Lacteus bush with red seeds
Cotoneaster Lacteus bush with red seeds

Here’s another example to illustrate how well red and green go together on this passion flower in full bloom.

Passionfruit flower with large red petals and long pistils
Passion flower with large red petals and long pistils

This cactus covered with many tiny yellow blooms is a great attraction for a busy bee looking to collect nectar and pollen.

Bee on yellow cactus blooms
Bee on yellow cactus blooms

Very close to the complementary red and green I shared above, here is a splash of pink and green with this beautiful pink powder puff flower.

Pink powder puff tree - Calliandra Haematocephala
Pink powder puff tree – Calliandra Haematocephala

Yellow and green aren’t complementary colors but I still like the way they look together with this yellow rose flower about to open.

Yellow rose about to open
Yellow rose about to open

Nature sure knows how to make good use of complementary colors everywhere, such as purple and yellow on this large lily flower.

Pistils of a purple and yellow lily
Pistils of a purple and yellow lily

Orange and blue are another set of complementary colors. Is there any better background than a bright blue sky for these orange maple leaves?

Maple tree leaves
Maple tree leaves

Finally, the good thing about white is that it goes well with almost any other color. I love the soft glow it emits when put against a green background. Enjoy this white rose covered with dew drops and a white powder puff bloom as my last two choices for this colorful theme.

Morning dew on a white rose
Morning dew on a white rose
White powder puff bloom
White powder puff bloom

A Word A Week Challenge: Lines

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

For this “line” photo theme, I decided to use a few random photos I took recently, displaying the various aspects of fall in San Diego. I love the fall foliage of the sycamore tree captured in the right light. You can clearly see the lines running through every leaf of the tree.

A word a week photo challenge: lines of a Sycamore tree leaf
A word a week photo challenge: lines of a Sycamore tree leaf

The warm weather here means we get a lot of blooms in the fall, like this purple bougainvillea. Bougainvillea trees always seem to grow new branches at random heights and directions, creating a disorganized web of lines.

A word a week photo challenge: lines of a bougainvillea tree branches
A word a week photo challenge: lines of a bougainvillea tree branches

Finally, check out the many, many lines of this pink powder puff bloom. Can you guess how many lines that would be?

A word a week photo challenge: lines of a pink powder puff bloom
A word a week photo challenge: lines of a pink powder puff bloom

Macro Monday: The pink and fuzzy flowers of the New Zealand Christmas Tree

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February 18, 2013: I discovered the flowers below don’t belong to the New Zealand Christmas tree but instead to the Powder Puff Tree. View more photos of powder puff trees, including white and pink flowers.

Today I’m taking part in Macro Monday at Lisa’s Chaos. This is my first time and I hope to participate every week if I have the photos to contribute.

For this macro theme, I’m featuring a couple of photos I took this weekend at the San Diego Zoo. The weather was mostly cloudy but it still made for some decent lighting to capture these close-up shots.

As always, you can click on each image to view it in a larger format. Enjoy!

Macro Monday: pink fuzzy flowers and dark red berries of the Calliandra Haematocephala
Macro Monday: pink fuzzy flowers and dark red berries of the Calliandra Haematocephala
Macro Monday: pink fuzzy flowers and dark red berries of the Calliandra Haematocephala
Macro Monday: pink fuzzy flowers and dark red berries of the Calliandra Haematocephala