WordPress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece

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

Earlier today I posted a few photos of the supermoon of July 2013. While responding to a comment by Lisa at Northwest Frame of Wind, I mentioned a recent photo of the almost full moon I took in June 2013. She asked me to share it in a future post, so when I saw today’s photo challenge theme was masterpiece, I figured this would be a great opportunity. This is the supermoon of June 2013, a couple of days before it was full. Look how beautiful the moon is, with its moon craters. A masterpiece in our skies.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece - almost full moon with moon craters
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece – almost full moon with moon craters

Nature is a wonderful display of masterpieces, if you play close attention to it. Here are just a few I really enjoyed capturing on camera, including the pistils of this beautiful purple and yellow lily. It’s amazing how many details nature includes in each masterpiece it creates.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece - pistils of a purple and yellow lily
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece – pistils of a purple and yellow lily

The San Diego Botanic Garden has beautiful topiary I consider work of art. Here’s a dancing couple. You can view more photos of these topiary masterpieces here.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece - topiary of a dancing couple
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece – topiary of a dancing couple

This last photo is not nature related but it is a unique masterpiece. I was so mesmerized with this multicolor firework I photographed this past July 4, something I’ve never seen before. I love how the different colors go so well together against the black background of the sky.  You can see more photos of fireworks here.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece - multicolor fireworks
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Masterpiece – multicolor fireworks

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “curves”. Remember you can click on each image to see a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

Nature is full of curves and I love capturing them on camera, including these giant fern fiddleheads.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of giant fern fiddleheads
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of giant fern fiddleheads

I love the curves the pistils of this beautiful purple and yellow lily form.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of purple lily pistils
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of purple lily pistils

Flower petals often display some type of curve. The petals of this yellow rose are a lovely example of curves.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of yellow rose petals
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of yellow rose petals

Of course, roses are not the only flowers to display curves. Here are the fancy curves of an orange protea pin cushion flower.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of orange protea pincushion flower
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of orange protea pincushion flower

Many types of fruit display beautiful curves, like this ripe yellow lemon ready to be picked from the tree.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of a yellow lemon
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of a yellow lemon

As for animals, some of them can be pretty curvy, like these cute little seahorses with their curved tails and curved bellies.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of seahorses
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of seahorses

Flamingos have such long necks they tend to walk around with them in a curved position. Check out the little duck at the bottom left, he’s got some curved neck going too!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of a flamingo's neck
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of a flamingo’s neck

Of course human beings can create a lot of curves too. Check out this beautiful chandelier in the lobby of the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. It’s full of curves!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of the chandelier at the Hotel Del Coronado
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Curves of the chandelier at the Hotel Del Coronado

Macro Monday: Purple lily

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. Remember you can click on each image to see it in a larger format. And 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 ran across this beautiful purple lily recently and I knew I had to take a few photos of it. Here’s what it looked like as a whole.

Macro Monday: purple lily
Macro Monday: purple lily

And here’s what the inside and its pistils looked like from closer. I love to see how much pollen lilies can have.

Macro Monday: purple lily pistils
Macro Monday: purple lily pistils

And here’s another close-up of this purple lily and its yellow center.

Macro Monday: Close-up of the inside of a purple lily
Macro Monday: Close-up of the inside of a purple lily