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

The supermoon of July 2013

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Did you know that 2013 has seen three supermoons so far, and all in a row (May, June and July)? Those supermoons don’t have to look much bigger than a “normal” moon and honestly, it’s hard to see a difference with the naked eye. But it still gives me the opportunity to get a few nice photographs of the full moon. And that’s what I did a few nights ago.

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The evening started out quite cloudy and the moon was covered with a big patch of clouds, even though the rest of the sky seemed pretty clear. It did make for some interesting photos of the moon behind the clouds.

Moon hiding behind the clouds
Moon hiding behind the clouds

As the night got darker, the clouds got thinner and I got to see more of the full moon.

Full moon coming out from behind the clouds
Full moon coming out from behind the clouds

The skies finally cleared up and I got a nice view of the supermoon of July 2013. If you didn’t get a chance to see it where you live, this is what it looked like.

Full moon - supermoon of July 2013
Full moon – supermoon of July 2013