WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “the golden hour”, that first or last hour of the day that gives such a special light to everything around. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

I love the glowing effect the rising sun rays give to these puffy clouds.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour - clouds at sunrise
WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – clouds at sunrise

On a winter morning, I love how the sun rays do their best to shine through the fog and make the fall foliage turn gold.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour - fall foliage glows through the fog
WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – fall foliage glows through the fog

The morning sunlight right after a night of rain has an interesting effect too. I love to capture that special light on raindrops.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour - morning sunlight lights up raindrops on leaves
WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – morning sunlight lights up raindrops on leaves

We don’t get a lot of frost in San Diego and when we do, it starts to disappear as soon as the sun comes out and exposes its warm rays. So it’s a race against time to capture the frost in the sunlight before it melts.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour - morning sunlight lights up raindrops on leaves - frost on the edge of a leaf
WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – morning sunlight lights up raindrops on leaves – frost on the edge of a leaf

The late afternoon sun in the winter can give a nice golden look to yellow leaves, and the scene looks even nicer if you can capture the moon in the background.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour - the sun lights up fall leaves with the moon in the background
WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – the sun lights up fall leaves with the moon in the background

Finally I like how bright the sky can still be while everything on the ground is getting darker as the sun sets.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour - bright skies as the sun sets
WordPress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – bright skies as the sun sets

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent

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I’m participating in LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s Challenge is: Scent! Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

I’m going to use this photo challenge as an opportunity to feature a few more of the rose photos I took this past weekend at the rose garden in San Diego’s Balboa Park. You can see the other rose photos here and here.

Here’s another multicolored rose that featured a pleasant rose fragrance. It helps that it’s also very pretty to look at.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of a multicolored rose
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of a multicolored rose

I loved the fragrance of the next rose. It had a very delicate and pure scent. Mmmmmm…

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of a fragrant rose
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of a fragrant rose

Other flowers can smell very look, including lavender, which comes in many varieties and sizes.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of lavender
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of lavender

One scent I really enjoy is the one of wet dirt and grass after the rain. This after the rain scent is not too common in San Diego so I love it when it happens.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of wet dirt after the rain
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of wet dirt after the rain

My favorite flower fragrance is lilac blossoms. Unfortunately common lilacs don’t like the San Diego hot and dry weather too much, so we find a different type here in nature called the Ramona lilac. Its scent is very, very light but it still looks pretty.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of Ramona lilac blossoms
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of Ramona lilac blossoms

For my last photo, I’ll share one of my favorite scents: the smell of the ocean, here at Coronado Beach. I love the mix of iodine, salt and seaweed. Can you smell it?

Update: I won an honorable mention for this photo in the weekly contest.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent - ocean smell
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent – ocean smell

Macro Monday: Raindrops on leaves

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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