Travel theme: Stone

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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

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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: Through

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

Let me take you on a tour through the forest, one of my favorite activities. Sometimes the trail going through is pretty narrow.

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And sometimes it is quite wide.

Travel theme: Through the forest
Travel theme: Through the forest

Pine trees have so many thick branches that it can be hard to see the blue sky through them.

Travel theme: the blue sky through the branches
Travel theme: the blue sky through the branches

Pine tree sap is see through, although it tends to reflect a lot of its surroundings too.

Travel theme: see through tree sap
Travel theme: see through tree sap

Sometimes when you hike in a park, a river runs through it.

Travel theme: a river runs through it
Travel theme: a river runs through it

All the way through.

Travel theme: a river runs through it
Travel theme: a river runs through it

Forests are full of plants and animals, including insects. Insect wings are usually see through, including the wings of this blue dragonfly.

Travel theme: see through wings of a dragonfly
Travel theme: see through wings of a dragonfly

Travel theme: Tilted

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

I took this photo of a monarch caterpillar last week in San Diego’s Balboa Park. I wish I could walk tilted up a tree like that.

Travel theme: Tilted monarch caterpillar
Travel theme: Tilted monarch caterpillar

How about this baby panda at the San Diego Zoo, who manages to hang on and take a nap on a tilted branch?

Travel theme: Tilted baby panda
Travel theme: Tilted baby panda

This orange dragonfly can stand still and a bit tilted while barely hanging on to a stick.

Travel theme: Tilted orange dragonfly
Travel theme: Tilted orange dragonfly

Finally, look at these two pine trees. One of them is slightly tilting and to touch the other, then tilting back the other way, as if the trees were kissing.

Travel theme: Tilted pine trees
Travel theme: Tilted pine trees