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.
Marsh Mallows which grow around marshlands and ponds are usually pink. Yesterday, at the Abbott Marhslands near Trenton, NJ, I saw several that were white with a faint hint of pink. Following are two versions of of one of these flowers, in color and monochrome. Which one do you prefer?
By now you have probably noticed that new photos posted on this blog bear a watermark with the words “Photos by Hien.”
I am not a professional photographer and do not make my living off my pictures. However, recently I found out that a tattoo parlor has been using my photo of a spider web as a possible design for their customers who want it tattooed on parts of their bodies! The tattoo store never asked me about it, and if they did, I would have said “no problem.” Still, they should have asked.
Now I’ve decided to put the watermark on all of my future photos to prevent that kind of use without permission. One consequence is that their image quality is no longer what it used to be without watermarks, but that can’t be helped with the software that I use, Photoshop Elements. But, if you like any of my photos and want a personal copy for, say printing, just ask me through a comment or by email, and I will gladly send a high quality image, without the watermark.
Marsh mallow the delicious treat around fireplaces and camp fires originates from a plant that grows well in marshes, the environment we have at Edwin B Forsythe Wildlife Refuge. This has been a rainy weekend with lots of clouds and practically no sun. I went to the refuge anyway to photograph the pink mallow flowers which are seen blooming in profusion in the upper half of the following photo.
More close-up photos of these perennial flowers: a strong wind was blowing constantly as you can see from the way some flower petals are distorted.
Marsh mallow plants have been used as food since the times of Ancient Egypt, and their roots, leaves, and flowers are used in various medicines throughout the world.
A visit to the refuge is not complete without pictures of some birds, and here are two.
Here’s my entry for this Weekly Photo Challenge, taken last summer at the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge near Brigantine, NJ. It is an ordinary shot, but for some reason I enjoy looking at it with the clouds, the water, the green grasses and plants, the pink marsh mallow flowers, and the many birds flying around. I hope you will enjoy it also. As usual, click on the image to view it in full size.