Lens-Artists Challenge #144 – Taking Flight

One of my favorite professors in college was an ornithologist, and one of the few reasons I would willingly get up early on the weekend was to go birding with him. He led our class on a trip to Ecuador and the Galápagos islands, where we saw pelicans, oystercatchers, herons, frigatebirds, and three different kinds of boobies, as well as Darwin’s famous finches. Here’s one of my favorite shots of a male great frigatebird in flight.

We use the mnemonic “green is great” to distinguish the great frigatebird, which has greenish feathers, from the magnificent frigatebird, which is more purple-ish. Females have white patches at their throat instead of the males’ red throat pouch.

You can find more taking flight at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #143 – Colorful April

Pink and purple are the colors to be found around my yard this month. I’m having a great time discovering all the plants in my new yard as they bloom.

My favorite so far is this weeping cherry tree!

Vinca is nice, too.

You can find more April colors at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #142 – You Pick It!

“Spring, spring, spring!” sang the frog. “Spring!” said the ground hog. 

“Spring, spring, spring!” said the robin. It was Spring. The leaves burst out. The flowers burst out. And robins burst out of their eggs. It was Spring.

Home for a Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown

A walk around the neighborhood revealed the first signs of spring. I love crocuses: not only are they pretty but they are such hopeful flowers. When you see them you know good things are on the way!

You can find more personal picks at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #141: Geometry

This week we will explore “The Shapes of Iberia” as our theme is geometry, and there is plenty to find in the architecture of Spain and Portugal.

Some is old…

The Alhambra, Granada, Spain. Moorish architecture is noted for its use of geometric shapes and patterns.
Tiles in the Royal Alcázar of Sevilla, Spain.

Some is new…

And some can only be seen from a birds-eye view…

You can find more geometry at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #140 – A Change of Scenery

When I need a change of scenery, I always think of Florida. Though I have lived in Ohio since my teenage years, I grew up in central Florida and when I go back the scenery hits me with a strange combination of familiarity and foreignness.

I would love to visit every year if I could. We actually managed a trip there last February right before everything shut down, and I’m looking forward to returning as soon as we can.

The above photos are from Washington Oaks State Park, and the ones below from the beaches at St. Augustine. There is a lot of different scenery in Florida, and I enjoy it all.