Sunday Post: Peaceful

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Today I’m participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post photo challenge. This week’s theme is Peaceful. As always, you can click on each image below for a larger view.

I find many aspects of nature very peaceful: the landscapes, the components (water always has a calming effect on me), the smells, the colors and the living creatures (except the predator type!).

For this particular post, I have chosen to feature animals that tend to display a peaceful behavior. Mourning doves are my first pick. I see many of them every day and I hear them cooing to each other, especially during the mating season. There’s something very peaceful about the sounds of doves cooing, don’t you think?

Sunday Post: Peaceful mourning doves
Sunday Post: Peaceful mourning doves

I took my next photo at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. These beautiful gerenuk antelopes were laying down in the tall grass. Their long necks and heads make them look like telescopes, don’t they? I love how they’re enjoying a peaceful sunbathing moment at the park.

Sunday Post: Peaceful generuk antelopes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Sunday Post: Peaceful generuk antelopes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I took the last photo featured below during the same trip, just down the path from the gerenuk antelopes. That’s where I spotted a couple of West African cranes. They too had decided to give a rest to their long legs and lay down on the ground for a little nap. West African cranes have the best hairdo, don’t they?

Sunday Post: Peaceful West African cranes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Sunday Post: Peaceful West African cranes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I hope these photos brought you a little peace today. What do you find most peaceful in your life?

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Thankful

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As a photographer, I am thankful for my two digital cameras, both Canon Powershot models. If I had plenty of money at my disposal, I’m sure I’d have a few more cameras, along with tons of accessories. But for now, I’m thankful for what I have because these two cameras allow me to capture a few glimpses of the nature around me, such as the images below. Make sure you click on each image to see a larger photo.

I’m thankful I can take dozens of photos of sea jellies and actually get a few decent pictures. If you’ve ever tried taking photos of jelly fish, you know what I’m talking about!

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Thankful - photographing sea jellies
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Thankful – photographing sea jellies

I’m thankful I could take a photo of this beautiful blue dragonfly. Do you know that dragonflies can fly for hours without resting?

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Thankful - photographing a blue dragonfly
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Thankful – photographing a blue dragonfly

I’m thankful I was able to take a photo of this very cute pigmy goose at the San Diego Safari Park last week. Look at its beautiful colors!

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Thankful - photographing a pigmy goose
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Thankful – photographing a pigmy goose

Finally, I’m thankful to once in a while be able to spot nature’s life cycle, in this case a mourning dove sitting on its nest and not moving a feather.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Thankful - photographing a mourning dove
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Thankful – photographing a mourning dove

Finally, I’d like to add that I’m thankful for WordPress allowing me to display my photos to the whole wide world for free, with just a few clicks of the mouse. That’s pretty awsome. Thank you, WordPress!