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Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope (#2)

Most of the time I’m not lucky enough to capture something that fits the challenge on the day it comes out.  In this case, I’m only one day late with an additional entry but I thought it fit so well I had to post it.  I decided to go for an early morning walk down by our local dog beach.  Its also a bird sanitary so there is normally a lot to photograph there.  On the return leg of the walk there are always hundreds of dogs out running around so you have lots of “models” doing their own thing to work with.  I caught these two in the water after one had retrieved the ball.  The left dog has GOT to be thinking “come on now – share with your sister”.  The right dog is just hoping that “sis” would go away….  As always click twice on the pic to get a closer look at the staring contest.

Come on!!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope

This might be a stretch for this subject but I think the following photo represents hope in at least three ways:

  • The hope that the Leopard is showing that he can find some prey
  • The hope that we humans can take the actions needed to keep these magnificent animals alive and thriving in their natural environments, and
  • The hope that I can continue to have the extraordinary luck and opportunity to “capture” these animals and share them with you.

While the third hope is pretty selfish and minor in the great scheme of things, I hope that in some small way, we photographers can help inspire people to prioritize the preservation of these animals, and nature in general, for our future generations.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Hope for the future - short and long term?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple

I had to think a little about this one.  Started looking around the house for something simple and then went into my archives and started thinking about simpler lives as we have seen in places like Peru.  In the end I chose this photo from Peru (from Agua Caliente – Just outside of Machu Picchu) – but more for the simple subject matter than anything else.  I had completely forgotten about some of these old photos so thanks a million to the photo challenge!!

Simplicity in Pink

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

I knew that I had some photos from the last few days in Jackson Hole that would fit this challenge nicely.  This photo is a male Big Horn Sheep taken in the National Elk Refuge late in the afternoon.  He was just sort of snoozing and watching over his “flock” and not paying much attention to us pesky onlookers…

If that look doesn’t express peaceful, I don’t know what does.

Late Afternoon Sun Bath

Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch

I saw earlier this week that we were going to get some big waves on the coast here in San Diego.  I went down this morning and took some surf shots – the waves were probably 10-12 feet high and packed with plenty of power!  I think this photo shows that power.  These two young guys were watching the show from one of the cliffs probably 20-25 ft above the water.  This shows the plume that was “launched” as one of the waves came crashing into the cliffs – pretty impressive.

Water Canon?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

Living in San Diego, we’re a little “challenged” for winter photos so I had to dig into the archives to find some from last year’s ski trips.  This first one was taken near Lake Tahoe.  We were driving to a ski area when I noticed a coyote in a field.  With my current fixation on wildlife photos, this one says winter to me….

Winter morning rest stop

But then again, as a skier, I had to include one other photo taken at the Solitude Ski area in Utah.  It tries to capture the skier’s dream of being able to cut that first set of tracks in the deep powder on a crystal clear winter morning run.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

In keeping with my current Africa theme, I thought this one fit pretty well for two interpretations.  The fact that youngsters are always trying to get between objects – in this case the baby was running in between Mom’s legs.  And more importantly, the bond between Mothers and Children – no matter what the species.  Have a tremendous Holiday everyone!!

Between a mother and child

Weekly Photo Challenge: Self Portrait

I apologize for another quick post but I remembered that I might have another, more recent reflection self portrait.  This was my first attempt at photographing the Christmas window at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City last week.  Its interesting, at least to me, that I showed up in the dark shade of the photographer’s hood in the window scene.  Yep – that’s me in the pink baseball hat – just above my watermark.  Sorry for the second post….

Another Reflection Picture? Get a new idea!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Self Portrait

This isn’t very original but its really the only one I have… a Llama’s eye.

Who is that behind that Nikon?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

I got a peek at what the weekly challenge was before we left this morning for Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.  I didn’t know what I would see that said waiting to me until just before we left the island to return to Cape Town.  This photo is of a young black male about to “wait” to get back on the ferry boat.  More importantly, the photo in the background is of a group of political prisoners “waiting” to be ushered into their new home.  The juxtaposition of the freedoms that the young man of today enjoys against the price of freedom that the prisoners paid jumped out at me.  The young man might still be “waiting” if they hadn’t made that tremendous sacrifice for what they believed in.

Freedoms enjoyed - and paid for

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

I tried to take a picture of “my girls” this afternoon – in lousy light and with lots of distractions.  At first I was trying to get them all to have their eyes open and a pleasant look but that proved much beyond all of our attention spans.  We finally opted for the “make everyone look equally bad” shot and here it is….I’m entering this in the worst photograph category for this week’s challenge….

Dysfuntional Family Portrait

Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast

Ya gotta love the photo challenges as they always have me searching my photos for an appropriate capture.  So this challenge kind of made me think about my new home routines that revolve around seeking my next subject.  Its pretty simple, I to to Starbucks, get a latte, then choose a location that I think might be good that day – thats my new photographic routine.  What made me think of telling you that is that it started when I got the camera that I’m using now (a Nikon D7000 if anyone is interested).  My photo for the day was taken during my 1st or 2nd session out practicing with the new gear.  I grabbed my Starbucks and headed for the San Diego River inlet to see if could catch some birds in flight.  After getting a few good shots of herons and egrets, this kingfisher came into the little inlet and started making his headlong plunges into the water.  I got a few good shots of him hovering and during his dive, but this was the “keeper” in my book – he hit his target but looks like he lost his “breakfast” during the process.  Anyway, I hope you like the photo – taken during one of my breakfast expeditions.

Breakfast - I got mine, he lost his....

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder

I took this during one of my recent trips to the San Diego Wild Animal Park.  This young lady was sitting on the safari tram a few rows ahead of me.  I took it because she had stunning blue eyes – and because I was trying to catch the “wonder” as she was looking at the incredible animals.  I’ll let you be the judge of whether I caught that intent……

Wonder - ful

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows – Take 2

Even though I got some good comments yesterday, the topic was windowS not window – so I thought I owed another response.  I’m in the Washington DC area today and happened to bring my camera so I decided to take a walk through Georgetown with my friend Ellen.  There were lots of opportunities for this challenge but I settled in on these two.  The first is another reflection photo – if you’ve been here before you probably know that is always something I look for…..

Windows within Windows

The second one is kind of the signature building at Georgetown U.  It is kind of a traditional take on the theme but it was such a nice morning, and it is such a great building, and it has SO MANY windows – I had to use it.

Who washes all those things??

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

I’m not at home and don’t have access to my photo library but I did recall this one that I had accessible.  I took this walking down one of the alleys/streets in the beautiful town of Cusco, Peru.  There was lots of hustle and bustle down on the street but somehow this single window with a single man staring down at the noisy street caught my eye.  I also knew as I snapped it that it had to be a  black and white.  Hope you enjoy.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden (#2)

This is the first time I’ve submitted more than one entry into a challenge.  I was looking at Maggie’s great entry at  and it reminded me of one of my Alaska pictures that fits this challenge perfectly…..

Like an iceberg - 95% below the surface

Believe it or not, that is a full grown grizzly (brown) bear.  He is underwater searching for salmon.  I like the shot because it leaves SO much for the imagination.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden

Well nothing immediately comes to mind on this one – except this photo I took at the San Diego Safari Park last week.  This is a bat eared fox from Africa.  He and a couple of his cohorts were definitely trying to hide behind some trees but couldn’t escape the long reach of my lens….


You can't see me.....

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity

Had to think a little about this week’s challenge before I decided to think about golf – the game of opportunities presented and squandered.  The Opportunities for your career round, and at the same time, an opportunity to embarrass yourself in front of your friends.  Every time you pick up the clubs you have the opportunity to do something special – a hole in one, a longest drive, an eagle.  But in most cases it ends up being, as John Feinstein describes it, A Good Walk Spoiled.  The picture I have chosen is one of those walks but not one that got spoiled.  In 2005, we and our neighbors had the opportunity to visit Scotland, and we found our way to the hallowed grounds of St. Andrews old course.  We had a tee time scheduled later in the week but as we wandered by the sacred starter shack one evening about 5:30, we noticed there was no-one on the course.  We asked the starter what the story was and he reminded us that England was playing in the world cup and everyone was in the pubs watching the match – we asked if we could go out and play a round and he said be we could if we were ready to go in 15 minutes.  Although our wives opted out, my friend Mike and I ran back to the hotel, got our clubs and were able to “walk on” the most famous golf course in the world.  It was a gorgeous night, we had the course to ourselves, and for a golfer, it was a magical opportunity.  The girls came out to meet us for the finishing holes at about 9:00.  My wife actually took this shot of me hitting my seconds shot into the eighteenth hole with the famous clubhouse in the background of the left.  As luck would have it, this is one opportunity I was able to cash in on as I hit the green with this shot and was able to 2 putt for par.

Magic...pure magic

Weekly Photo Challenge: Possibility

I’m not sure I have a good photo for this challenge but here’s my cut at why I chose this one.  When I think of endless possibility, I think of youth and the seemingly endless alternatives that will be offered during a lifetime – and the inevitable choices that start to narrow some of those alternatives.  I chose this picture of two young girls at the beach – while it was really an attempt to just capture this carefree moment, it could also be interpreted as them viewing this vast ocean of possibilities in front of them…..

The calm and the waves ahead....

Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort

As soon as I saw this week’s challenge I knew there was only one photo that I could use.  This is our rescued from the pound Chihuahua, CJ, enjoying the sun on our back porch…come to think of it, she is in the same position as I type this!  She is obviously comfortable, but this picture says more to me.  I immediately think of the joy and comfort she has given us since she joined the family and I also reflect on the home we have given her since we broke her out of jail, shaking uncontrollably because she was so afraid.  Truly a blessing for all of us!

Sleeping beauty

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset

While I have some very nice photos of setting suns over beautiful places, thought I’d take a different view and post two shots that were taken at sunset but didn’t feature the vista – just the time of day.  The first is photo taken in downtown Vail – I just really liked the silhouette against the warm late afternoon sunlight.

Sunset Silhouette

The second is a quiet sunset moment in the Sierras.  We were watching the sun sink over the mountains and the reflections on water and I was lucky enough to capture this image of a lone fisherman against the ripples and reflections.  Hope you enjoy.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall (and a face)

While many of you “challengers” have taken the opportunity to show us your incredible photos of fall colors, I’ve chosen another theme.  Fall also means (american) football in the states.  I know that could mean football at any level but I thought I’d represent the local, weekend warrior variety with a few shots from a game this morning.  I was also trying out a new lens so hope you enjoy.

Making like Tom Brady....

I always enjoyed fall football and these guys were having a great time.  They may not have all the skills of the pros but they give it the same effort.  This guy was doing his best imitation of our San Diego Chargers star, Vincent Jackson as he stretched out for the ball….

nice try....but incomplete

Lastly, I had to include a flashback to last week’s challenge on “faces”.  This smiling face, painted in his team’s fall colors, was wondering if I had taken anything worthy of his Facebook page….I think so…

I guess all athletes like to "mug" for the camera!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces

Love this challenge.  I’ve chosen some faces from our South America trip:

The first is of a woman in a little village in Peru.  One of those “every line tells a story” kind of faces…..

History behind those eyes...

and since the challenge title was plural, I thought I’d add a contrasting image.  I published a picture in one of my first posts of a young Uros girl from the floating islands of Lake Titicaca – just to show that “cute” runs in the family, here is a photo of her brother – every bit as captivating.

a face for the future

And just because it fits well with the challenge, a picture of a young vendor outside one of the Incan ruins – with many faces.

Fresh faces

Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

Thought I’d offer two photos for this week’s challenge – one from my archives and one from my flight home last night.  The first is an image from South Africa.  It was taken of a group (herd? gaggle? pride?) of zebra on the plain.  It is always interesting to see how their patterns mix and create art – but I also liked the way the textures of their coats and manes intermingled.

African Art

The second shot is a highly technical and staged shot (wink) that I took from my iPhone out the window of the airplane heading home from the Washington DC area to San Diego last night.  I had seen the title of this weeks challenge in my email so I thought this might fit….

Airborne Texture