I put out a brick of bird feed mixed with mealworms, and right on cue, the birds came and willingly posed for Cee’s challenge.
You can find this photo challenge at the following link: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/the-road-taken/
In the fall of 2015, a friend and I went to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains near Bishop, CA. There was almost no traffic, and I soon found out why.
The road we took, the only one to our destination, went from 4,100 ft to 12,000 ft (1,200 m to 3,600 m), uphill all the way, without any dip. It took us almost an hour to get through so many turns that I lost count, before finally finding a place to park on the side of the road, not far from the mountain top.
I was rewarded with some of the most spectacular vistas that I had ever seen, with bright sunshine, a cool breeze and fantastic clouds that kept swirling in a vibrant blue sky no matter where I turned.
The link for this Weekly photo Challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/shadow-2017/
Two days ago, I was taking pictures of the moon when I heard the sound of a jet airplane. It flew overhead, to the left of the moon, and I just had seconds to swing my camera toward it. There was no time to adjust any setting, with the following result.Here’s a picture of the moon.
This Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is at the following URL:
The following series of photos shows Common Terns doing graceful acrobatics to find food at the Edwin B Forsythe Wildlife Refuge.
The link for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Dark and Light is: https://ceenphotography.com/2017/01/03/cees-fun-foto-challenge-dark-and-light/
and here’s my interpretation of it.
The link for this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/h2o/
Photos of water make a good chunk of the shots I have taken since 2010 when I started doing digital photography. In the following series, the shots are of water from its sources high in the mountains, to waterfalls, and finally as part of the giant ocean mass around our globe.
The Daily Post challenge is at: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/narrow/
One of the narrowest places I have ever been to is Lower Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ. Walking through it, in many spots only one person at a time could pass through. The following photos attest to that.
This last photo was a surprise for me. I first heard the bird or birds chirping, and when I saw one I quickly took a shot before it flew away. If you can recognize what kind of bird it was, please let me know in a comment.
This Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is at the following link: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/details/
I submit two closeup photos of daylilies showing details at the core of each flower. The first photo was taken a couple weeks ago on a dry morning, the second one just after a heavy downpour this afternoon.
The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge Look Up is at this link:
For photographers, it is always a good idea to look up when they are walking around taking pictures. In early May, that’s what I did while hiking in Garrapata State Park in Northern California, and saw a large band of Brown Pelicans flying high in the sky toward me. I just had enough time to capture 17 of them in the following photo.
Later in the month, I was concentrating on getting good shots of Night Herons in the rookery near Ocean City Welcome Center. Then I heard the sound of a motor, looked up and took the following shot.
I have not participated in the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for a while, but here are my entries for this one which is titled “Curve.”
I was too eager yesterday and went out to the lotus pond near our house to photograph lotus flowers. It was too early in the season, and there was no flower to be seen, only green leaves and stems, and lots of curves.
Here’s the link for this week’s photo challenge: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/landscape/
Stony Brook is a small river about 3 miles North of our house. It meanders around the area before ending up as a tributary of the Millstone River, one of the major rivers of New Jersey. After living nearby for almost 30 years, I thought it was time to go there and take some photos for this week’s challenge.
Finally a shot of one of the tiny yellow wildflowers growing along the banks.
Yesterday, without knowing about this week’s photo challenge (https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/half-light/) I had shot the following pictures of a PJM Rhododendron bush that was starting to flower. The sun was very low on the horizon and only tiny rays of light managed to get through the branches.
The link for Cee’s challenge is: http://ceenphotography.com/2016/02/29/cees-fun-foto-challenge-things-that-are-wet/
A flock of Ruddy Turnstones was basking in the sun at the Barnegat Lighthouse jetty at the northern tip of Long Beach Island in New Jersey. I took a few pictures of them, and of one in particular that was shaking off water perhaps coming from a wave that got too close.
The link for this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/seasons/ and here are my entries, flowers grown inside the house to dispel winter blahs and hope for an early spring.
Last but not least are these bright flowers from our Thanksgiving cactus which is blooming a second time in three months.
Vibrant is the challenge word: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/vibrant/
I took the following photo at Grand Canyon National Park almost six years ago, when I started getting interested in digital photography. I had a new camera and had never heard of HDR or any of the esoteric terms that photographers like to bandy about. I just saw the beautiful colors as the sun was setting, and they kept getting better and more vibrant by the minute. So, I took the shot.
I showed the photo to a person who knew a lot about photography, and who said: “Very nice, but how do I know this was taken at the Grand Canyon?” He said I should have used HDR to get some features of the canyon walls out of that mass of black at the bottom of the image. Oh well, one lives and learns.
The link for this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/gathering/
Better late than never for this challenge: http://ceenphotography.com/2015/12/02/cees-compose-yourself-photo-challenge-week-9-rule-of-thirds-introduction/
I took the following photo three months ago at Badlands National Park early in the morning when the sun had barely started to rise and some low-hanging clouds tried to overwhelm the heavily eroded and jagged Wall of the park.
The link for this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/eye-spy/
When I photograph birds and animals, I try to get a good eye expression, or at least get their eyes in clear focus. Here are my entries for the challenge, all from photos taken this year, some as recently as yesterday.
The link for this challenge is: http://ceenphotography.com/2015/11/25/cees-compose-yourself-photo-challenge-week-8-diagonal-lines/
Last week I was driving along when a dark cloud of Starlings landed on electrical wire right in front of me. There were possibly a thousand or more of these birds, lined up in rows of varying length, all pointing in the same direction. I stopped, took out my camera and took the following shots which help to illustrate Cee’s challenge.
Finally, a picture of a juvenile Ring-billed Gull in flight, displaying many diagonal lines with its wings and body.
The URL for this week’s challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/transition/
There was a large flock of Sanderlings sleeping peacefully on a series of ledges along the jetty at the Barnegat Lighthouse. I saw a Sanderling being dislodged by a bigger Ruddy Turnstone, one among several which walked with impunity among the smaller birds, looking for food as usual. In any case, the following series of shots illustrate the Transition theme for this week’s challenge.
This week’s challenge from Cee is at this link: http://ceenphotography.com/2015/11/17/cees-fun-foto-challenge-the-colors-orange-and-green/
Here are my entries:
The link to this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/ornate/
Since I tend to refrain from taking photos of ornate things or buildings, I couldn’t at first come up with anything for the challenge. However, yesterday, going through some recent shots, I found several of tall Celosia flowers taken in front of Purdue University horticulture department. I remember they were a riot of color, a jumble of flowers competing for attention, and no one could help noticing them even from afar.
Zooming in on individual stalks, the flowers were still quite ornate!
Cee is challenging us to display photos with horizontal lines and horizon: http://ceenphotography.com/2015/11/11/cees-compose-yourself-photo-challenge-week-6-horizontal-lines-and-horizon/
Here are my submissions for this challenge:
Following is my entry to this challenge: nighttime photo of Bixby Bridge on Highway 1 south of Carmel, CA.
The link to the challenge is: http://abstractlucidity.com/2015/10/28/shannons-creative-photo-challenge-nighttime/
Cee has this B&W photo challenge: http://ceenphotography.com/2015/08/20/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-flowers/
I immediately thought about the flowers at the lotus pond that you may have seen in several of my previous posts. Here are some new shots rendered in monochrome.
The following are white lotuses.
For this challenge, http://ceenphotography.com/2015/08/04/cees-fun-foto-challenge-peach-or-apricot/, I thought right away about my favorite rose in our garden.
These are my submissions for this challenge: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/inspiration/
The sources of my inspiration of course vary with the season and the location, but over time they tend to be mostly birds and flowers.
I took the following shot last month at my favorite location, the Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. It was raining so I took the picture through the open car window and the rain.
Following is my submission for this challenge: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/close-up/
Here’s my submission to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Large Subjects.
This is this week’s challenge: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/vivid/ and, coincidentally, just three days ago the following cactus flower (Schlumbergera epiphyllum) bloomed in our house. The plant is over 20 years old and every year it sends forth these bright red, pink, and white flowers one after another. They don’t have any fragrance.
This is my submission for this challenge: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/broken/
The following photo is of a natural bridge at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, CA. It is the only one remaining of three natural arches carved by the sea into a cliff over a million years ago. As you can see, the waves show no mercy on this natural structure. The outermost arch fell down in the early 20th century, and the innermost one collapsed in 1980. It is expected that the remaining arch will also break down eventually, perhaps sooner than we think.
For this challenge, http://ceenphotography.com/2015/05/19/cees-fun-foto-challenge-pairs/, today I witnessed a pair of Laughing Gulls in breeding plumage standing apart from all the thousands of other birds at the narrow beach in Heislerville, NJ on Delaware Bay. The two only paid attention to each other and did not join the other birds in their annual feast of horseshoe crab eggs at this time of the year.
This challenge, https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/enveloped/, made me initially wonder how to illustrate “enveloped” with photos. However, this morning I went out to check our clematis vines after last night’s rain and I saw that many flowers had escaped from their envelopes like the one shown below.
The blooms, laced with rain drops, were of all shapes, sizes, and variations of purple.
All of these flowers come from the same vines planted 28 years ago. It blooms faithfully year after year.
This is my submission for this challenge: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/motion/
For this challenge, I submit the following photo taken at 7:22 AM near the Childs Meadow Resort in Mill Creek, CA, only a few miles from the southern entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park. There was not a soul in sight, and sunlight had not reached the valley floor, but it highlighted dramatically three of the mountains in the park.
My entry for this challenge is a coffee mug imprinted with an image I took of a Blue Heron at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge last fall. The golden yellow background is the surface of a pond reflecting early morning sunlight. The image is also shown on the banner for this post.
Last week, I thought I saw this pair of Northern Shovelers afloat on a pond at the Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
However, they were not floating. It was low tide and they were actually standing in the water.
The following Northern Shoveler was really floating.
This type of duck got its name from its long bill which is about 2.5 inches long. The male duck in these images, the one with bright colors, was in full breeding plumage.