Travel theme: Delicate

Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “delicate”. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

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To me, there’s nothing more delicate than water a few drops at a time. Have you ever come close to rain drops or dew drops? You barely touch them or breathe too hard close to them and they fall and are gone in an instant (not so fun when you’re trying to photograph them). Here are a few examples of water in its most delicate form.

Here’s a single rain drop still standing on this grass blade. Tiny droplets also show the fuzzy texture of the grass.

Travel theme: delicate rain drop on grass
Travel theme: delicate rain drop on grass

I love the delicate patterns that raindrops can make on leaves after the rain.

Travel theme: delicate rain drops on rose tree leaves
Travel theme: delicate rain drops on rose tree leaves

How about these dew drops on a spider web created by a grass spider? My kid stepped on this spider web right after I snapped a few pictures.

Travel theme: delicate dew drops on spider web
Travel theme: delicate dew drops on spider web

Is there anything more delicate than dew drops on rose petals?

Travel theme: delicate morning dew drops on a white rose
Travel theme: delicate morning dew drops on a white rose

And how about frost? We get some frost in the winter in San Diego but it comes in very delicate layers of ice crystals. As soon as the sun comes out and starting warming up the earth, the delicate frost is gone.

Travel theme: delicate frost on leaves
Travel theme: delicate frost on leaves

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Help me pick photos for my main 2014 nature photography calendar

Today, I’m asking your feedback on photos I’d like to include in my 2014 calendar on flowers and blooms. Just tell me which ones you’d really want to see, and which ones I should definitely keep or get rid of. I appreciate your honest feedback.

I assigned a month to each photo. Some months only have one picture assigned to them, others have several. Give me your honest opinion of which photo would be best for each month. If you don’t like the single photo for a month and would rather see another one on this list, please let me know too. For example, if you’d like to see raindrops in February but prefer the ones I chose for March instead of that month, tell me so.

Remember that everyone who comments on one of my 2014 photo calendar related posts will be entered in a drawing to win one of my calendars (you can pick your favorite theme). The only requirement I have for the winner is to be located within the U.S., mostly because the calendar will contain U.S. holidays and it will be more helpful to that person. For every calendar post that you comment on, you will earn one drawing entry (one entry per blog post, not per comment). I’m planning to give away one calendar to a lucky winner, and possibly another one to the person who comes in second, depending on the number of participants.

You can click on any photo below to open the slideshow and view everything in a larger format. Please include your comments into the post comment section directly, not on individual photos, to make it easier for everyone to see your feedback. Thank you!

Help me pick photos for my 2014 water theme calendar… and maybe win a calendar?

I want to thank everyone who gave me such positive feedback on my post earlier this week regarding themes for my 2014 photo calendars. Today, I’d like to showcase a selection of water theme photos and ask you to choose which ones should make it into the calendar. It might be easier to tell me which ones you’d really want to see, and which ones I should definitely keep. Just give me your honest feedback and help me make great choices.

Now, here’s the catch. Everyone who comments on one of my 2014 photo calendar related posts will be entered in a drawing to win one of my calendars (you can pick your favorite theme). The only requirement I have for the winner is to be located within the U.S., mostly because the calendar will contain U.S. holidays and it will be more helpful to that person. For every calendar post that you comment on, you will earn one drawing entry (one entry per blog post, not per comment). I’m planning to give away one calendar to a lucky winner, and possibly another one to the person who comes in second, depending on the number of participants.

Sell me which photos I should include, or not, in this water theme 2014 photo calendar. You can click on any photo below to open the slideshow and view everything in a larger format. Please include your comments into the post comment section directly, not on individual photos, to make it easier for everyone to see your feedback. I know some of the photos are in portrait instead of landscape format, but I’d go back to the original and crop it the right way if it’s a favorite.

Are you ready? Go!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus

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

I love the focus on this first picture, as it shows all the fuzz on a grass blade.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - morning dew on grass blades
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – morning dew on grass blades

Raindrops are a great subject to focus on, on grass or on tree branches.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - raindrop on tree branch
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – raindrop on tree branch

Flowers are another lovely subject to focus on, especially when they are as colorful as this orange protea pincushion flower against a complimentary colorful background.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - Orange protea pincushion flower
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – Orange protea pincushion flower
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - Yellow daisy
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – Yellow daisy

Faraway objects can be a challenge to focus on but this almost full moon shot looks very sharp. So sharp you can see several moon craters.

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

Finally I took my first shot at photographing fireworks properly this summer. I had to focus on a very far distance to capture them sharp, like this multi-color firework, by far my favorite. You can see more photos of fireworks here and here.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus - multicolor fireworks
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus – multicolor fireworks

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the details

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge. This week’s theme is “lost in the details”. WordPress is asking photographers to capture details in their frames.

For this post, I’ll use some photos I’ve featured in other posts that show great detail. I’ll also use a few new photos I haven’t featured on this website yet.

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Below is one of my newest favorite photos I took recently. It shows some leftover raindrops on new rose bush leaves. I love the various sizes of raindrops and how they catch the light.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of new rose buds
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of new rose buds

San Diego’s Balboa Park recently featured a large display of ornamental pear blossoms. They looks beautiful as a whole, but I think they’re even prettier up close, when you can see the details of each flower. You can see more ornamental pear blossoms here.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of pear blossoms
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of pear blossoms

I love the details of the petals on this white powder puff tree flower. You can see more white powder puff flowers here and some pink powder puff tree flowers here.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of  the white powder puff tree - Calliandra Haematocephala
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of the white powder puff tree – Calliandra Haematocephala

The next photo also shows a lot of details, not just of the cactus flowers, but of the bee itself. I love its fuzzy back.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: lost in the details on a bee on yellow cactus flowers

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of a cactus flower

The last photo is a close-up of a spider web made by grass spiders. I love the details of the dew drops on the spider web, which would look quite messy otherwise. You can view more dew on spiderwebs here.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of dew drops on a spider web
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of dew drops on a spider web