The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of March 4, 2016: “The combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords having a pleasing effect; the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.” Working in harmony traveling in harmony Gliding in harmony Pedaling in harmony
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Things That Are Wet. Interesting topic for me, living in drought-stricken California! Here’s what came to mind: This was a few years ago; if you look carefully, you can see the gutters are filled with rushing water (not to mention the wind has blown some branches out of our tree). On this cold, wet day I was walking across the bridge when I looked down and saw someone had dropped some Hershey Kisses. It made me feel just a little bit sad. 🙁 This fair-sized sturgeon lives in the giant tank at Bass Pro Shops store in Rocklin, California. He’s definitely wet and plans on staying that way. Here are Buster and Pinkie going a little bit crazy and trying to bite the cascade of water shooting out of the sprinkler. The game was never over until they were both completely drenched. And of course, there’s not too many things wetter than the ocean! I took this video because I wanted to be able to revisit the Northern California coast and listen to the relaxing sound of the surf any time, even if I was stuck at home in the hot Sacramento Valley. The only thing missing is the smell of the salty air.
I was very lucky on my walk yesterday to notice a Red-shouldered Hawk keeping an eye on proceedings from above the bike trail. He didn’t seem the least bit bothered by my presence. As much as I love my pocket-sized Fujifilm Finepix AX, it would have been nice to have a more powerful zoom in shooting this guy. Still, I can’t complain too much! These pictures brought to you by 16 megapixels and some image-editing software. 😀
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week is Things That Are Smooth: “Anything that your hand and touch and it feels smooth is allowed in this week’s challenge.” Birch trees at Caples Lake. Velveteen rabbit — smooth coat and liquid eyes. Pure silk in pink and purple (Artyarns Regal Silk).
The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of January 29, 2016
I took these photos in September and December 2015. I was delighted to get close enough for decent shots with my point-and-shoot camera; but at the time I could only identify my subjects as seals (or possibly sea lions?) and birds that looked like gulls and “sandpipers.” I’m pleased to say I finally took the time to sit down at the computer and educate myself about these California coastal critters. “Pacific Harbor Seals are found north of the equator in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the northeast Pacific, they range from Alaska to Baja California, Mexico. They favor near-shore coastal waters and are often seen on rocky islands, sandy beaches, mudflats, bays, and estuaries… “Pacific harbor seals spend about half their time on land and half in water. They can dive to 1,500 feet (457 m) for up to 40 minutes, although their average dive lasts three to seven minutes and is typically shallow, and they sometimes sleep in the water. They are opportunistic feeders, eating sole, flounder, sculpin, hake, cod, herring, octopus, and squid. While harbor seals swim safely in the surf, they will often curiously watch humans walking on beaches. However, they are wary of people while on land and will rush into the water if approached too closely or disturbed. In fact, if disturbed too often, they have been known to abandon favorite haul-out sites or their pups.” Quoted from The Marine Mammal Center web […]
The Daily Post Photo Challenge for the week of December 4 Eye Spy She became blind due to cataracts later in life; but her beautiful golden eyes were always full of love and trust.
A little over a year ago, after a period of being seriously sedentary, I started getting back outside and walking on a regular basis. Besides improving my physical and mental health, all this exercise has reminded me how lucky I am to live where I live, having close access to the American River Parkway. I’m also very lucky I can […]