Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Watery Wednesday #3

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Birds in Black & White

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Today's Flower #8

I apologize for not knowing the name of this flowers. This is one of the flowers I took photos of at Descanso Gardens. Sometimes I get so busy taking pictures I forget to trying to find the name of the flower.

Edited: Thanks to Piedmont Perspective for the tip. I was able to look it up and this is a pink anemone.

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Barefoot In The Grass

I remember that as a child I used to love to walk barefoot in the grass. Whatever happened to just enjoying the simple things in life. I wonder sometimes why we can't live as simply as the bird...or is a bird's life as simple as it seems. I know that the older I became the more aware I was of things in the grass I didn't want to step on or clean off my feet. Now I won't walk in grass without shoes. I miss the simplicity of being a kid. I miss the feel of the grass between my toes. I wonder if wiser is always better or if being wiser simply takes some of the joy out of life. When I took this photo, I envied these birds walking barefoot in the grass.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Brutal or Amazing

I came across a blog today Photo-Africa that I immediately fell in love with. It contains some absolutely wonderful photos of wild animals and sites of Africa. I wanted to share one of the posts on this blog because I thought it was amazing and worth sharing. It's called Brutal or Amazing - You Decide. If you don't like seeing a lion's kill, don't look. But it's what happened during this kill that was amazing, at least to me and thought it was worth sharing. And the pictures are just as amazing as the story.

Star Fish

Friday, September 26, 2008

Footprints In The Sand

Just a few more things I took pictures of at the beach. The first two are shots of seaweed washed ashore and drying out in the sand.

As I was walking across the rocks that lead down to one side of the beach I happened to look down and see this cat nestled between the rocks. That was a big surprise to me. I've never seen a cat at the beach. Maybe it knew how many birds hung out there and was tired from trying to catch one. :-) Then again, maybe like a lot of people, it just enjoyed the sea breezes and the warm sun.

And these are my shoe prints in the sand which I thought made for an interesting shot. It reminded me of my favorite poem which I posted below the photo.

Footprints In The Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?”

The Lord replied,
“The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you.”

- Mary Stevenson

What a Face!

Although some of these aren't as sharp and clear as I would like I thought these faces were worth sharing. I didn't remember to get the names of anything, sorry. I do like the little smiling faces of the eels (if they're eels), and the funky halo around one of the fish is actually the frame of the lens of my camera. Not a bad unintentional effect, huh? :-)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

In Flight - Sky Watch Friday #11

I already posted this earlier and thought I may as well use it as my Sky Watch entry.

I spent my time at the beach trying to capture the birds that were out and about. I don't know if these are all brown pelicans or not so feel free to chime in if I've got this wrong. There were so many of them out that a couple of times they flew overhead in a flock. Since I couldn't seem to capture them as they dove into the water I took a short video clip. Now mind you, this is a horrible clip because I was fighting the wind and the bird was so fast, but I wanted to document at least one dive into the water which comes at the end of the clip.

I still think they look like pterodactyls. :-)

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Sitting On The Dock of The Bay

For some reason when I took some of these pictures I thought of the old hit by Otis Redding Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay so that's what I called it. I was going to try to look these up but I gave up so if you can name them for me, feel free! :-)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Watery Wednesday #2

My selected photos for this week's Watery Wednesday I call "OOPS!"

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Ginger Plant

If I've identified this correctly, this is a Ginger Plant. I've seen it before but didn't know what it was. This was in a floral display in the Home and Garden section at the L.A. County Fair.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Today's Flower #7

My entry for Today's Flower is a wet rose.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Maybe Next Time

I managed to capture a few birds my last time out. I know the first one is a California Thrasher and I think the third one is a Black Phoebe but I have no idea what the others are. The shots aren't perfect but they're not bad either. I've learned that if I'm patient and wait without moving around a lot they may come out of hiding.

I saw my first colorful bird but it simply would not come out from behind the leaves of the tree it was in. This is really a bad shot in more ways than one but I wanted to post it anyway and let you play Where's The Bird? Can you find the bird in the picture below? LOL!

Maybe next time it will come out and not tease me again.