Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #151: From Large to Small

What a unique challenge we have this week. Patti asks us to pick a color, then “start with a photo of a big subject in that color….and move all the way down to a small subject in that same color.” I’m going with my favorite color, blue!

Large

St. Augustine, FL

Water meeting sky gives a sense that the whole world is blue! It is such a calming color, is there any surprise that the people in these pictures are all gazing to the horizon? It’s just natural.

Washington Oaks State Park, FL

Medium

Sometimes a pop of blue can come up in unexpected places.

Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Orlando, FL

Small

There are not that many blue flowers around here, so I have to appreciate them when I find them!

You can find more colors from large to small at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Let’s Get Wild! Lens-Artists Photography Challenge #150

The Galápagos Islands, about 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador, are rather isolated volcanic islands, whose flora and fauna famously inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection (“survival of the fittest”) as a mechanism for evolution. I visited there for a week in 2007 as part of a university course.

There are parts of the islands that are so recently volcanic that even vegetation barely grows.

The islands manage to support a wide variety of animal life, including sea birds, Darwin’s famous finches, giant tortoises, and marine iguanas. Only a few islands are inhabited by humans, and they have historically only been visited periodically by sailors, so the animals do not really have a fear of people and will allow you to get quite close.

The famous Galapagos tortoises were unfortunately used as food by the itinerant sailors, with the consequence that several subspecies on different islands are endangered or extinct. The research center there has a breeding program to help nature along. And in exciting news, a Fernandina giant tortoise (Chelonoidis phantasticus), a species last seen in 1906, was recently discovered in the wild.

You can find more wildness at the original Lens-Artist challenge, guest hosted this week by Dianne at Rambling Ranger.

Lens-Artists Challenge #149 – Cool Colors – Blue and Green

When I think of green, I think of Ireland, of course.

Nearly every picture I took there has green and blue: green grass, blue sea and sky. There is such a vibrancy to the land!

Even the post boxes are green

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

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #147: Gardens

I love visiting gardens wherever I am in the world. They are like a secret to be shared with the others who seek out their magic, an interesting combination of civilization and wilderness.

Ecuador (Hosteria La Cienega)

Spain (Royal Alcazar, Sevilla)

Ohio (Franklin Park Conservatory)

Ohio (Columbus Park of Roses)

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

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #146: Focusing on the Details

You are probably familiar with the image of Piazza San Marco in Venice: the facade of the church, the bell tower, the arches of Doge’s Palace, the saint and lion on their columns.

But taking a look at the details of some of these famous landmarks was a fun way to explore them!

Doge’s Palace

Bridge of Sighs

St. Mark’s

Giants’ Staircase in Doge’s Palace

The Most Important Detail

Gelato

You can focus on more details at the original Lens-Artist challenge.