The URL for this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/lines-2018/
Here are my interpretations of it:
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.
This challenge URL is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/reflecting/
Here’s my entry:
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 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.
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 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/
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 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!
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/
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.
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/