Travel theme: Stone

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

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Sometimes I use stones as a background for my photos, for example to feature raindrops on a spider web.

Travel theme: Stones with rain drops on spiderweb
Travel theme: Stones with rain drops on spiderweb
Travel theme: Stones covered with raindrops on spiderweb
Travel theme: Stones covered with raindrops on spiderweb

In San Diego, water is a precious resource and stones and rocks are often used as a ground cover among succulents.

Travel theme: Stones as a ground cover
Travel theme: Stones as a ground cover

I love this stairway on the trail made out of stepping stones.

Travel theme: Stones make a stairway
Travel theme: Stones make a stairway

Sometimes nature leaves you a hidden message as you walk by, like this face in the stone.

Travel theme: Stone with hidden face
Travel theme: Stone with hidden face

Humans have a less subtle way to get the message across on stones.

Travel theme: Stone with message
Travel theme: Stone with message

Travel theme: Brown

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

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I wrote a post with a brown theme just a few weeks ago so I thought I’d use some new photos for this post today. Here are some photos I took today and last weekend to illustrate this theme. Trees are mainly what came to mind, like these many brown leaves that fell off a Ginkgo tree.

Travel theme: Brown ginkgo leaves
Travel theme: Brown ginkgo leaves

I’m not sure what type of tree this is but I was fascinated by its reddish brown bark, as well as the many twists displayed on the tree trunk.

Travel theme: Brown and twisted tree trunk
Travel theme: Brown and twisted tree trunk

Talking about interesting tree bark, this are the branches of a cork oak tree. This is what we use to make wine bottle corks, cork flooring, cork wall boards, etc. Pretty cool looking, huh?

Travel theme: Brown cork oak tree bark
Travel theme: Brown cork oak tree bark

I snapped a photo of this cute brown mallard female duck today, as she was snacking on some underwater plants. Nature sure knows how to add interesting patterns to brown to make it beautiful.

Travel theme: Brown mallard female duck swimming in a pond
Travel theme: Brown mallard female duck swimming in a pond

Travel theme: Hidden

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