Cee’s fun foto challenge: One item or the number one

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Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge to show photos featuring featuring one item or the number one. You can click on the photos below for a larger view.

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I thought I’d stick to animals for this photo challenge. Here are a few examples of animals standing on their own among nature. Enjoy!

One proud white great egret.

Cee’s fun foto challenge: One white great egret
Cee’s fun foto challenge: One white great egret

One red-tailed hawk thinking about his next meal.

Cee’s fun foto challenge: One red-tailed hawk
Cee’s fun foto challenge: One red-tailed hawk

One fat squirrel, who could be the red-tailed hawk’s next meal…

Cee’s fun foto challenge: One fat squirrel
Cee’s fun foto challenge: One fat squirrel

One stunning blue Stellar jay bird.

Cee’s fun foto challenge: One Stellar jay bird
Cee’s fun foto challenge: One Stellar jay bird

One monarch caterpillar munching on milkweed.

Cee’s fun foto challenge: One monarch caterpillar
Cee’s fun foto challenge: One monarch caterpillar

One little crab camouflaged in the sand on the beach.

Cee’s fun foto challenge: One crab camouflaged in the sand
Cee’s fun foto challenge: One crab camouflaged in the sand

One red ladybug who’s not so grouchy.

Cee’s fun foto challenge: One red ladybug
Cee’s fun foto challenge: One red ladybug

One lonely seagull hoping to snatch a good lunch.

Cee’s fun foto challenge: One lonely seagull
Cee’s fun foto challenge: One lonely seagull

 

Help me pick photos for my 2014 calendar on bees and bugs

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Today, I’m asking your feedback on photos I’d like to include in my 2014 calendar on bees and bugs. 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.

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!

Macro Monday: a red ladybug, an unexpected guest

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view.

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Last weekend I took my kids to the small mountain town of Julian, California, about an hour east of San Diego. One of our activities there was to pick apples right off the tree. When I put the apples we brought back in the kitchen sink to wash them, I realized we had an unexpected guest. A cute red ladybug! So I took it outside and put it on my rose bush. I bet it wondered how it got there!

Macro Monday: a red ladybug
Macro Monday: a red ladybug
Red ladybug on a rose bush
Red ladybug on a rose bush

Travel theme: Hidden

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Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “hidden”. 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.

Sometimes when I photograph a specific subject in nature, I find something hidden inside or around it. For example, I found this lovely green junebug beetle when I was photographing rose blooms.

Travel theme: Hidden green junebug beetle
Travel theme: Hidden green junebug beetle

I also found this little ladybug crawling on the bottom part of a leaf when I was looking for monarch caterpillars in a large milkweed plant.

Travel theme: Hidden red ladybug
Travel theme: Hidden red ladybug

I did find the monarch caterpillars eventually, after looking at the milkweed tree for about 10 minutes. They blend in pretty well in the green and yellow leaves.

Travel theme: Hidden monarch caterpillar
Travel theme: Hidden monarch caterpillar

I found this cute little crab hiding in the sand at low tide. I bet he couldn’t wait for the tide to come back up.

Travel theme: Hidden crab in the sand
Travel theme: Hidden crab in the sand

On my last picture for this theme, my subject is quite hidden. Do you see the leafy sea dragon made out of tree branches and leaves in the tree? It looked like it was trying very hard to take off in the sky.

Travel theme: Hidden leafy sea dragon in a tree
Travel theme: Hidden leafy sea dragon in a tree

Macro Monday: my first ladybugs

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view. 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.

Taking photos of ladybugs in San Diego is a challenge. There aren’t that many of them because of the dry and hot climate and they’re not around for a long time. Even when I find some, they’re so busy looking for food that they don’t stop moving long enough for me to take a picture. Oh, and of course, they’re very small so I need a powerful macro to get a decent photo. That’s a lot of things getting in the way.

So I consider myself lucky for having been able to snap a few pictures of ladybugs a couple of weeks ago. My first ladybug was a little shy and moved too much so this is the best I could do. This ladybug was crawling on milkweed flowers.

Macro Monday: ladybug on milkweed flower
Macro Monday: ladybug on milkweed flower

I was luckier with the second ladybug I spotted and managed to get closer and capture a better angle.

Red ladybug on a milkweed flower
Red ladybug on a milkweed flower

Finally I managed to get a photo of a ladybug from above. It was actually crawling under a large leaf. I’m pretty happy with this one.

Close-up of a red ladybug
Close-up of a red ladybug

Did you notice what these three ladybugs have in common? They don’t have any spots. I have no idea why but I thought that was quite a coincidence.