WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “reflections”. 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 love photographing reflections as they can be quite a challenge, since a little movement by fish or birds swimming in the water, or even a slight breeze, can affect the reflection. Here are a few of my favorite reflections in the water I got the chance to photograph in the past few months.

In this first photo, the water was very still, so the reflection of these two white ducks was almost perfect.

Wordpress Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections of two white ducks swimming in the water
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections of two white ducks swimming in the water

In this next picture, you can see a little breeze can distort the reflection of the tall trunks of palm trees in the water. The swimming path of the mallard duck creates even more ripples in the water.

Wood duck swimming on pond with the reflections of three palm trees
Wood duck swimming on pond with the reflections of three palm trees

I had a hard time photographing this mallard duck couple but I really like the reflections of the trees and plants into the rippled water in the foreground

Brown mallard female duck swimming in a pond with tree reflections
Brown mallard female duck swimming in a pond with tree reflections

I love the way the blue sky reflects into this pond water with its smooth ripples. It looks like the water is made out of liquid metal, like mercury.

Reflections of light and tree leaves in pond water
Reflections of light and tree leaves in pond water

Water ripples can make the reflection of a fancy white great egret look a little silly, don’t you think?

White great egret with his reflection in the water
White great egret with his reflection in the water

This last picture is one of my favorite photos featuring reflections. I love the white circles all over the water behind the white great egret. The gray lines are the reflection of a bridge’s fence that goes above the pond.

White great egret with interesting water reflections
White great egret with interesting water reflections

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color white

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Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and her theme is “the color white”. I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

I was going to feature flowers for this photo theme until I realized that I’ve taken quite a lot of photos of birds recently, and a number of them happen to be white. So here’s an all white bird series of photos, starting with the white great egret, who loves to hang out by the water, looking for some yummy fish to catch. I have yet to capture that moment on camera so for today, the bird looking for food will have to do. By the way, the birds in the water are American coots. You’ll want to check out their super weird / cool looking feet in my previous post.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color white - great egret
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color white – great egret

The white egret is a lot smaller than the great egret (probably a third of the size) but it hangs out by the water too since it eats fish. Those birds are so used to standing next to people with fishing pole, they aren’t scared easily, which makes it a lot easier for me to photograph them.

Small white egret looking for fish in the water
Small white egret looking for fish in the water

Finally I found these two white ducks swimming together in a pond at another park. I was wondering when I’d have a chance to feature them, so here they are. By the way, I love the almost still water reflections in this photo.

White ducks swimming in water and their reflections
White ducks swimming in water and their reflections

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose

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Today I’m participating in the A Word A Week Challenge. This week’s theme is “pose”.  I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

This super cute grizzly bear was posing at the San Diego Zoo, hoping someone would throw him some of that popcorn he could smell. How disappointed he must have been when the popcorn walked away…

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - grizzly bear at the San Diego Zoo
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – grizzly bear at the San Diego Zoo

Same San Diego Zoo, different bear, this time a panda bear. Those guys sure know how to pose for the camera.

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - Panda bear at the San Diego Zoo
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – Panda bear at the San Diego Zoo

This praying mantis was annoyed to have my camera so close and it decided to stop and freeze, hoping I’d go away. It worked because I got my photos and left it alone after that.

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - praying mantis
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – praying mantis

This green Junebug beetle posed on some colorful yellow rose petals for me while I took its picture.

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - green Junebug beetle
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – green Junebug beetle

Last but not least, this white great egret sure knows how to strike a pose and show off!

A Word A Week Challenge: Pose - white great egret
A Word A Week Challenge: Pose – white great egret

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

 

“Capture The Colour 2013” photo contest

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Fellow photography blogger Cee recommended me for the “Capture The Colour 2013” photo contest in her post yesterday. When I read the contest’s terms & conditions, I realized the contest was opened until October 9, 2013. That’s tomorrow, yikes! Since the contest holder is in the UK, I figured I had very little time to enter.

Here are my entries for each color theme: yellow, green, blue, red and white. I’m also supposed to recommend this contest to 5 fellow bloggers so here’s my pick. If I didn’t name you and still want to participate, you have a few more hours to do so.

Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

YELLOW – I took this photo of a beautiful sunflower just yesterday. This is my very first sunflower and I tried to fill my frame with it as much as I could, letting the great blue sky fill the rest.

Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest - yellow sunflower
Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest – yellow sunflower

GREEN – this photo of a raindrop on a grass blade seems to be a favorite so it was an easy choice for the green theme. I love the grass blade reflections in the raindrop.

Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest - green grass with raindrop
Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest – green grass with raindrop

BLUE – this was my very first dragonfly and it happened to be blue. Since then, I’ve photographed more dragonflies, all orange.

Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest - blue dragonfly
Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest – blue dragonfly

RED – I love bees and I love bottle brush tree flowers. This photo is the best of both worlds for me, and a brand new photo on this site.

Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest - red bottle brush flower with bee
Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest – red bottle brush flower with bee

WHITE – I photographed this beautiful great egret this past weekend. Such a proud bird owning the water’s edge.

Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest - white great egret
Capture The Colour 2013 photo contest – white great egret