A Photo A Week Challenge: Their Eyes Get You Every Time

This is my entry in the Photo A Week Challenge. I don’t know if just one person started this challenge but this one interests me. I take a lot of photos of animals and pride myself in making eye contact before I take the photos. Here are just a couple of examples.

Boris Portrait

Hiding Out 2

Sleeping Tiger

Zawadi Mundo Closeup 2


Floral Friday Fotos: Morning Has Broken

Goodness, a whole day dedicated to just flowers. It doesn’t get any more fun than this. Since I strive for the best light in my flower photography I have a huge collection of early morning flower shots. The tough part is just picking a few to post in this challenge. I guess I’ll go with my personal favorites, the ones that took my breath away when I processed them.

Flower 6565

Nature's Design

Daffodil 4

Flower 3232

Tasul: Doing Her Thing

She’s entertaining to put it mildly. She’s also very predictable in her play. I’m speaking of Tasul, the female polar bear at the Oregon Zoo. Tasul has been given a number of “toys” to play with including large, plastic drums. She seems to enjoy flattening them by using her weight to bounce up and down on the pesky objects.

Tasul's Toy

McD Granny

I visited senior friends at another McDonald’s this morning and was carrying my camera with me. There’s a group of Korean women that meet often in the booth across from us. One of the ladies brought her daughter with her today and she quickly made it into her grandmother’s arms. This made for an instant portrait that I intend to give to the ladies. I’ll send it to one and let her distribute it to those in her group that want a copy. I like the way this photo turned out.

McD Child 1

Lots and Lots of Flowers

2013 was a banner year for flower pictures. It all starts the end of March when the tulip festival kicks off the season in Woodburn, Oregon at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. I attend this beautiful display each & every year. Throughout the year there’s the Canby Swan Island Dahlia festival and never forget The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens in Portland. Every grocery store, home & garden store and nursery is teeming with flowers for sale. Oregon has one of the largest collection of commercial flower farms in the world so there’s plenty to photograph and enjoy. The tulip festival is just a few months from now and generally is taken as the beginning of our Spring.

By the way there were 4 different cameras used to photograph these 4 flower photos. I used a Nikon S550, Leica V-LUX 20, Nikon D7000 DSLR & a Nikon D800 DSLR. If you can’t tell which camera took which image what difference does it make?

Day Lilies

Flower 8

Flower 58

Pink Blossoms

Rainy Day Memories: Wheat

After tripping in a wet, frozen field two days ago I thought I’d look back at the adjacent field this past Autumn. It was jam packed full of golden wheat, ready to harvest.

Golden Wheat 1

Golden Wheat 2

Favorite Bridge Pictures

I just spent a few minutes glancing at a follower’s blog site that had a collection of favorite photographs he had collected from blogs or websites. One picture was of a bridge I have seen in person, the San Francisco Bay Area Bridge. I retrieved my version from my photo library and have posted it below. I can remember all the details connected to that moment in time. I really like the lighting captured in the shot as the sun was just getting ready to rise. It marked the beginning of a great adventure I had begun, a bucket list trip to 5 national parks in our Southwest.

The 2nd photo was of the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Because of the parking lot where this was taken you can see this most routine of angles taken by tourists from around the world.

San Francisco Bay Bridge

GGB 02a

Birdies For Sale

Why does that title seem so wrong to me? I’m so accustomed to spending time at our zoo photographing birds on display as well as secret visitors from the free world. It seems unimaginable that someone could cage and sell birds. They are the meekest of God’s creatures.

I carried my camera with me yesterday as I spent time with my friend, Warren, driving around accomplishing shopping chores. Such mundane deeds as buying kitty litter and cat food. We visited two different Pet World stores before locating Warren’s favorite cat food. It’s always fun seeing pet owners there with their dogs on a leash. They bark and sniff each other in a ritualistic greeting.

Both stores had cages full of birds. Some were quite exotic while most were parakeets of one color or another. All were on sale however. The little birdies pictured below were in the same cage with a half dozen different species that seemed to get along just fine. I’m not a birder but noticed that the two I photographed looked similar to the wild birds I’ve captured at the zoo. It seems bizarre that they be caged up and sold. Who would buy birds you can see outside on any given day?

Birds In A Cage

Share Your World – 2014 Week 4

Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time?

I enjoy one day a week spending time with my best friend, Warren. Im not a party animal so instead I join senior friends at McDonald’s 3 days a week.

What is the most number of blankets you’ve ever had on your bed?

That would be 3. There’s my flannel top sheet, my flannel blanket anf I’m still cold I add an open sleeping bag as a type of quilt. I still have an even warmer sleeping bag if I need more. 🙂

You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met. Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?

I don’t go to parties.

Do you like talking to people on the phone? Or do you prefer voicemail or email?

I do talk with friends and my sister on the phone. I prefer email to voicemail.