In answer to RyanPhotography challenge: https://ryanphotography.uk/2019/04/10/mid-week-monochrome-mwm-15-flowers/
The link for this final Weekly Photo Challenge is:
Here are my submissions:
The link for this challenge is: https://ceenphotography.com/2018/05/03/cees-bw-challenge-close-ups/
Yesterday, this tree trunk drew my attention as I was looking for birds near Barnegat Light House.
The URL for this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/prolific/
This week we were gifted a Natal Lily (Clivia Miniata) with bright orange blooms which immediately brightened our living room. The plant originates from South Africa and is reputed to be a prolific bloomer as well as a nearly indestructible house plant in our temperate climate. It belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family, so it is related to the better known Amaryllis flowers. However, it is much sturdier and requires less care. Even benign neglect, especially as far as watering, would do.
Here are some photos I took of this new plant as soon as the sun made its appearance inside our house.
This is the second part for this Weekly Photo Challenge at the following link: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/rise-set/
The shot below is of the most colorful sunset I ever saw at the Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
This WPC is at the following link: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/rise-set/
The following sunrise shot was taken one early morning in December 2017 at a farm about two miles from our home.
The URL for this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/out-of-this-world/
I took the following photo at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado almost three years ago. Looking at it now, I am struck by the straight line outlining the dune in the middle of the picture. It seems to be drawn not by the wind and other forces of nature but by some unnatural being.
The URL for this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/weathered/
Here’s a photo of a well-weathered Bristlecone Pine that probably lived for several thousand years:
The URL for this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/2017-favorites/
Mute Swans were the favorites of many this past October. As the swans preened during a foggy morning, they struck poses that were bold and beautiful.
You may also be ineterested in two posts with more photos of the swans:
The URL for this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/2017-favorites/
In early May 2017, I went to Barnegat Lighthouse Park and walked the short (0.2 mi) Maritime Forest Trail looking for birds to photograph. Suddenly a red bird, a male Northern Cardinal flew by with a seed in his bill. He went to a branch on which a female was already perched and began to feed her in a gesture of love and courtship, as you can see in the following shots.
The link for the challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/pedestrian/
I took this photo in Viet Nam last year, and the sight of a pedestrian mother with her child climbing over the divider and crossing a street filled with cars has stayed with me ever since.
The link for this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/structure/
Last year I took the two photos shown below in Sapa, on the Northwest corner of Viet Nam. They show a water-driven mortar and pestle used to pound grains of rice to remove husks. The structure still works but maybe it is now only displayed for tourists to snap pictures.
Cee’s challenge is here: https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/16/cees-fun-foto-challenge-all-one-color/
This was not easy, but here’s my interpretation:
This challenge URL is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/reflecting/
Here’s my entry:
Cee’s challenge is at the following URL: https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/02/cees-fun-foto-challenge-sky/
And here’s my entry: the sky just before sunrise near Glacier National Park in Montana.
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: