The Wonders of the Public Pool

Children playing in swimming pool

I have managed to combine three photo challenges into this one photograph.

Summer in July finds children counting the minutes until their neighborhood public swimming pool opens for the day. Although I no longer oversee the daily operations of these pools, I do appreciate the lengths leisure professionals must go to to ensure clean, safe pools with well-trained lifeguards.

All that training and preparation for the opening of the pools makes no difference to a child.

Child plays in fountain

Inspired by these photo challenges

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Still Looking for Photo Challenges?

Summer Zinneas

Since the WordPress weekly photo challenge ended a few weeks ago, many bloggers are still searching for photo challenges in which to showcase their photographic talents and images.

The word “challenge” is a bit of a misnomer, as everyone is not necessarily in a photography competition, but rather, a showcase of our hobbies and talents.

The challenge lies in finding that perfect image that fits the theme of the host’s challenge. I strive to combine some of the challenges when I can.

I haven’t posted for Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge in a long while! This week’s theme is Plant. In the featured image above, these sunny zinneas graced my backyard deck.

In addition to blogging photo challenges, there are other challenges on a variety of social media. I began taking part in the 2018 Summer Instagram Photo Challenge hosted by Leslie at Once Upon a Time Happily Ever After. 

This was posted recently for the aforementioned Instagram Photo Challenge, a beautiful macro shot of a rose. I love how it worked out that I could share this Instagram post and use it for the blog!

Macro shot of rose
I also tried to plant some vegetables two years ago, last spring, and although the tomatoes (shown here) started out promising, they didn’t have enough juice to become a full, red tomato!

But it sure made for a nice macro image!

The newest challenge to hit the blogosphere is Lens Artists featured on four different blogs. You can check it out on fab photographer Tina Schell’s Travels And Trifles.

For a great round-up of photo challenges for bloggers, visit Cee’s Photography page.

And of course, my weekly Sunday Stills challenge.

As the saying goes, “When one door closes, another opens.” Go out and get creative!

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WPC: Thanks for the Photographic Memories

Dragonfly nymph sheds into adulthood

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has been a staple on my blog since January 2015, when I began submitting to its new theme each week. 

This is the last week that the weekly photo challenge will prompt bloggers like myself to stretch our imaginations and take a photograph that depicts the theme. The last theme, appropriately is All-Time Favorites, where we are to share our favorite images from past WPC posts.

This was one of my first entries into an amazing world of photo blogging! Expressive Dock Eagerly Awaits Visitors

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Lake Dock

Not only did this photo pop, but it was one of my better attempts at a decent blog post title.

Here are a couple of fan favorites and one of mine:

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Reflections and Shadows
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SpaceX Launched 10 satellites into space from Southern California
Dragonfly nymph sheds into adulthood
Dragonfly nymph sheds into adulthood

These photos are different in nature but all seem to have unusual features: a downward focus to catch both shadows and reflections; a fleeting moment in space, or a macro shot of Mother Nature in action. This is the creativity the WPC inspired in me,  to think and see like a photographer every minute of the day.

The weekly photo challenge was responsible for providing me with hundreds of followers over the years and was instrumental in improving my photography over the last three years, and I credit it for linking me with so many other amazing bloggers who share their photos in posts each week. I will seriously miss this blogging event!

I must give a special shout-out to a fellow blogger and Northern California neighbor, Frank at Petaluma Spectator Blog.

Lumix cameraWhen I began shopping for a REAL camera, I reached out to Frank by e-mail asking what camera he used for the WPCs. Not only did he share the information on his favorite camera (Panasonic Lumix FZ300, which I purchased), he sent several messages with the links to good photography practices. And he even sent me a hard copy photography book!

Without Frank’s help and inspiration, this amazing world of photography I find myself in would not be the same. My photography has certainly leveled up all because I developed a relationship with a fellow blogger on the subject.

 

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. Elliott Erwitt

Although I hate to see the WPC go, I thank the WordPress team at the Daily Post  for the support and prompts to help new and veteran bloggers stretch our wings and soar!

Stuck for ideas? Why not join these photo challenges hosted by your fellow bloggers?

Cees Photo Challenges 
Thursday Doors 
Tourmaline Jennifer Nichole Wells 
Sunday Stills (hosted by me)
Visit this WordPress Daily Post Community Event page for more blogging events!

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No Willing Exit in an Autumn Forest

Joys of an urban forest

Joys of an urban forest

A serene walk last October in the urban forest of Dishman Hills, Spokane, Washington.

An autumn forest is such a place that once entered, you never look for the exit. Mehmet Murat Ildan

I just love a photo challenge trifecta, don’t you?

Submitting the sublime Glow of the Dogwood trees for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

Join Becca over at her weekly feature Sunday Trees.

And it’s not too late to join the Halloween-themed One Word Photo Challenge “Forest” with Jennifer Nichole Wells.

Enjoy your day!

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One Word Photo Challenge: Winter

Cold December in Lake Tahoe

Although winter seems like a distant season away, Winter is the theme for the One Word Photo Challenge. November is here and brought some rain to Northern California and we can look forward to cooler days and (finally!) cold nights.

In this photo taken in South Lake Tahoe in early December 2009 near the Heavenly Ski Resort gondola area, it was so cold, even the water in the fountain froze. There was no snow on the ground (yet), but the temperature was 17 degrees Fahrenheit with a pretty good wind chill factor.

Cold December in Lake Tahoe

Are you ready for winter yet? I’m happy Fall has finally arrived!

Please check out Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge.

One Word Photo Challenge: Drought

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Dry-Marigolds

Yeah, I know, another post about the California drought, yada yada. But, appropriately, drought is the subject of this week’s One Word Photo Challenge hosted by the talented Jennifer Nichole Wells.

My poor marigolds didn’t quite make it. I even replanted their seeds, but no. Too hot, too dry.

Here is our official watering schedule.

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I can water my lawn two days a week for 15 minutes. Yippee! I am still using the water saving tips I posted in June.

There are weather predictions about a winter El Nino weather system that promises record-breaking rainfall. The key to the winter storms, though, is a large snowpack in the California mountains. A deep snowpack is key to full reservoirs and the survival of the California economy and agriculture.

I am looking forward to unpacking my wellies and raincoat. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Foggy Sunrise

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Foggy is the theme for Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge.

The fog rises slowly in Malibu in August, creating an ethereal quality in the air. Off camera were lines of morning surfers eagerly awaiting the waves.

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In a similar photo taken a couple of years later in December, a foggy winter sunrise brings the promise of a very cold day.

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Feel free to join this photo challenge at any time!

Got Wind? One Word Photo Challenge

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For this week’s One Word Photo Challenge, the theme is WIND!

No self-respecting windsurfer would be without a plethora of photos of the sport!  I am going to dial it back and give you this one shot… in a collage.

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original images by D. Imre

I went out earlier when the wind was blowing about 30 mph. First time on a smaller board and I was overpowered.

Wind like this brings out the pros perfecting their loops and jumps. Most of the ladies gave up while the guys borrowed their smallest sails…and the wind just kept blowing!

Join Jennifer Nichole Wells’ weekly photo challenge any time!

Clouds of a Lenticular Sort

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Mid-August cloud fest

At the Sacramento Delta, we rarely get rain during August, but when we do, this is the stunning cloud show we get! These clouds are known as “lenticular” clouds, due to their lens shape, caused by windy conditions. Read about these clouds here. Truth be told, this was the first time I had ever seen these types of clouds. Amazing, huh?

“Cloudy” is the theme for Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge this week. Feel free to join anytime.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Copper

Copper-Lamp

Join Jennifer Nicole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge each week as she highlights a word to describe a color. This week it was the word “Copper.”

Copper is my favorite metal. I have many copper pieces in my home. I took this photo of my favorite lamp with a cool filter. It is an antique copper urn that was turned into a lamp.

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Copper lamp photographed with “Oil Pastel Filter” on Samsung Galaxy S5

Here is a still-life shot of a copper cup next to my white vase filled with silk flowers.

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Still life of copper cup with vase

Thank you for stopping by today!

Melon-choly Dawn

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With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves. Eric Hoffer

Baja Sunrise in Melon
A lonely beachcomber strolls in the melon dawn.

Feel free to join Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge.

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