I’ll “go with the flow” for this week’s challenge. This is the latest addition to our home defence force, Cady. She is a rescue that is combat equipped with a bark that would scare off any approaching foe (or at least ones smaller than a young bunny), she comes with a face that is more “hi” than “get the heck out”, and she is more likely to bite her “sister” (our equally vicious 14lb schipperke) than any intruder. Other than that, she is the best security system you can buy (and continue to feed). Let this vision speak for itself…”Beware of (Sleepy) dog!!”
I chose a local photo from our neighbourhood for this week’s challenge shadow. I took this about a month ago when my wife pointed out this kitten sitting on a doorstep across the street. I thought the very prominent shadow being cast against the bright wall made for an interesting photo – I’ll let you be the judge….
To me there is no better example of ambiance than a sunset – especially along the coast or up in the mountains somewhere. Combined with reflections off the water (in this case, a very low tide) there is nothing better to set a beautiful and colorful mood. This photo is taken of the crystal pier in Pacific Beach just as the sun sets right on the horizon. Hope you enjoy the calm and peaceful feeling of this photo on a sure to be tumultuous week…..
Both summer and the crowds that it brings…..
Didn’t have a camera with me this morning at the beach in San Diego…..remembered I had my I-phone to capture the deserted beach walkway.
We’ve had a tradition for several years now to walk with the Fathers Joe’s charity walk here in San Diego. Its a nice walk through Balboa Park and our local neighborhood so its easy and always fun.
The whole local community turns out to support the run. I liked this scene as it spoke to me about the America that I know – not the one we heard so much about during the election…..
The highlight for me every year is not the exercise or the uniformly beautiful mornings we always seem to have – it is the dogs that are out walking their people. They are large….
They are all colors …..
Some were in costume
or just dressed up for the occasion.
Some helped pull their people along…..
Some of them mugged for the camera and the paparazzi ……
While other pets just watched the procession go by from their royal perches….
In any case, it is always a great way to start the holiday. I hope that your turkey day was great and that you enjoy the rest of the season.
I took a photo earlier this week that fits the challenge “Tiny” perfectly. While leaving the house I noticed some hummingbirds feeding on a bird of paradise next to my front porch. I quickly got my camera and got a few decent shots of this tiny, agile flyer. The colors of the hummer and the bird of paradise blended pretty nicely…..
I went on the Daily Post looking for the photo challenge but there didn’t appear to be one – instead it featured a challenge for “here and now”. Since I had just returned from La Jolla Cove where I was trying out a new camera I thought I’d post some photos of that particular here and now (from a couple of hours ago). I went to the cove with the intention of catching birds in flight but there wasn’t much going on so I just took what interested me. Here are some of the here and now photos ….that I took…..then.
The sun was out at first but there wasn’t much moving so I walked over to where the sea lions normally bask by the water and found this little guy enjoying the sun and the surf.
When the sun was still low in the sky there were numerous cormorants nesting in a tree above the cove. I managed to catch this silhouette of one of them coming in to its perch.
The light got pretty flat after a while and there still wasn’t much flying so I caught this shot of the cormorants also enjoying the crashing surf. As here and nows go, this was a pretty nice one.
Curves are everywhere so I thought I’d choose some that are hard to see with the naked eye and are better captured with a photograph. While we can all see the patterns that moving lights make at night, our eyes are much too quick to trace those patterns across time – the camera can do a much better job of that using slow shutter speeds to record the movements. This is a local picture of an intersection in the Hillcrest area of San Diego. The long exposures turned the lights into beautiful, flowing curves – making a mundane photo into a light painting with interest. Hope you enjoy…..
Its easy to think of Jubilant as a uniquely human feeling or emotion. In doing a quick scan through some old photos I quickly found some other images that I think capture the spirit of Jubilation through another species that we are all familiar with – our own canine companions. Who can dispute that a dog chasing a ball in the surf at the beach is feeling that joy and exhilaration – especially with their human friends engaged by their sides……
When I think of the Earth, I immediately think of the myriads of living creatures that depend on what it provides. With that in mind I stopped by a local lake to see if I could capture a couple of quick images to remind us of those inhabitants. I think they are also a reminder that all those other creatures have no ability to change how we treat Mother Earth – only we humans have that ability/responsibility.
I imagine this “other mother” chiding us all to protect our earth for the sake of her (and our) children.
I imagine these little guys telling us to take the time to get close to the earth and understand what we are doing to it. It is the most important factor in all of our lives and we treat it like a given vs the gift that it is…..