This week the photo challenge word is close. I’ve chosen to use “close” as in close-up, or macro photography. I shot this last week:
This is my cat, Beau. I love his eyes! He’s jet-black with white whiskers! When I can get him to sit still or wake up, he’s a good subject:
I just realized I used the Macaws for another photo challenge! Here’s the one I was going to use originally, anyway: My niece and her friend seeing how their friendship necklace fits together:
The weekly photo challenge from two weeks ago was to post a photo that speaks about friendship. I chose these two Macaws. They are big buddies and have such fun together…. Such lovely birds, too.
The weekly photo challenge word
is was “today.”
Lately my “today’s” have been sans camera in favor of the computer and work-projects.
I shot these photos on a today that happened last month!
There’s a “today” certainty and strength in nature, especially in the sea…. it flows through every today …. the waves, so much like music…
Anyway, I love a today with ocean in it.
Click on an image to enlarge it.
I know, I know…. The “Blue” challenge was last week… suffice it to say, that blue week was a busy one for me – though not at all blue. On the contrary, it was a lovely week because half of it I spent soaking in the sights and sounds of the blue sea.
I met this woman in blue on the beach. She was staying in the same hotel I was in.
(I don’t know how to spell her name, but it sounds like Iah.)
She’s from Somalia and was so friendly, with a great smile even though I didn’t capture it fully in this photo, unfortunately.
Anyway, she saw me taking photographs and asked if I’d come across a key she’d lost – her hotel key. I hadn’t but I offered to help her look for it until I saw how she was looking – picking up the seaweed, shaking it and shuffling the sand that the seaweed had been sitting on.
I’ve seen too many creatures in the seaweed to get too close. So, I found a stick and helped.
We never found her key, but we chatted a bit. She asked me to take a picture of her with a handful of seaweed. I said sure (later I captured more photos of her scooping through the weeds that I was too wimpy to touch).
She asked if she could have copies of the picture and so I gave her my email address to contact me,. but she never has. Maybe she’ll see this post…
Last week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge was to post something that says “together.”
Well, I’m a bit late with this – haven’t had my act together!
Here are two colorful Macaws who are having such fun together. These kids are hilarious when they’re together! They seem to love each other, but they fight like cats and dogs, too!
Here are two lovely butterflies doing what butterflies do when they’re together.
The challenge this week is to capture the sun! I usually battle with the sun when developing images…. When there’s too much sun-glare it can wreak havoc on an image. So, it’s nice, for a change, to have an occasion to relish the sun!
A Roseate Spoonbill sun dance:
Clouds chasing the sun:
An orange flower drinks in the sun:
The photo challenge this week asks us to illustrate the word “journey.” (And what a great word it is, too!)
Lewis Carroll wrote,
If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.
There’s certainly truth in that, both positive and negative; we don’t always know where we’re going, and the road that takes us there may be paved with whatever is next – the good, bad or indifferent.
I like what Ursula K. LeGuin wrote about journeying:
It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.
I captured the photo below – downtown Miami – through a car window during a recent journey.
The building in the center of the photo – the one shaded in yellow – is the Miami Freedom Tower. It once was a haven for Cuban immigrants who journeyed to freedom.
The journeys that this beautiful Red Shouldered hawk once enjoyed are a part of the past now.
This Florida beauty is held at the Flamingo Gardens, in Davie Florida. a wildlife sanctuary for injured and/or endangered animals.
This lovely fellow can no longer fly as a result of a serious injury. (If he were not cared for at Flamingo Gardens there would be little chance for his survival.)
He’s well taken care of, as are all the animals in the Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary.
The juxtaposition of the bird and the fence is striking. This is a bird whose journeys were no doubt expansive, reaching far and wide.
It’s so sad to see this bird fenced in like this. His journeys are in the past, now – only a dream.
This week the photo challenge is to find something that represents “contrast.” I’ve chosen a photo of this fellow contrasted against the blue of the sky and the screen netting – which is keeping him inside the butterfly garden at Butterfly World, in Coconut Creek, Florida.
The butterflies in these gardens have lovely surroundings and lots of flowers and fruit to enjoy. Seeing this picture, which I captured almost two years ago, again makes me wonder… Is this particular butterfly maybe dreaming of using his large wings to explore a bigger landscape?
It’s never good to rob any creature of its freedom…..
Afterward: But then again… I wouldn’t have had the pleasure of this moment if it weren’t for Butterfly World keeping him in…. that’s my dilemma…
The photo challenge this week is to define what “distorted” might look like.
The first thing that came to my mind? Politicians and supposed “entertainers” like the horrible Rush Limbaugh. A picture of Rush Limbaugh does embody the word distorted, distort, distortion, like non other I can think of. But, I have never photographed him, nor would I ever want to.
Limbaugh’s recent on-air comments about a Georgetown law student’s appeal to Congress on the contraception issue, were so twisted, so hateful, and so misogynistic that it baffles the mind. We are in the 21st century, correct?
Limbaugh called Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke “a prostitute and a slut” for arguing that birth control should be covered by insurance at religious workplaces or institutions. But, more troubling than his sick, sick words? Some GOP politicians see nothing wrong with what Limbaugh said. I kid you not.
That’s not only distorted, it’s incredibly troubling…..
Anyway, about my entry, I captured this beautiful fellow (the zoo docent said though he’s mighty pretty, he’s a real pest!) at Zoo Miami while he was shaking his lovely plume. I am sorry I cannot recall the name of this bird…. I also don’t recall if he is a pigeon or a dove… I will attempt to find the answer though.
Well, we made it! It’s officially 2012. Unbelievable, isn’t it?
I’m looking forward to this brand new year. I don’t know what’s coming, but it’s going to be good. It’s going to be a great year!
There are some things I don’t like about a new year. I don’t enjoy doing taxes, not even when I get money back. I just don’t like doing it! And the holiday bills. The indulgences and over-spending always comes back to haunt me and I end up hating life for a couple of days. And, the resolution I hope to keep but never do….. The D. I. E. T. Oy. It’s the one resolution we all make, I suppose. I always make it, then break it, then make it again the first time I put on a pair of jeans that should fit but don’t and are so tight they barely move past my knees. This year, as every year, I gained cookie, cake and brownie pounds because my face went into every party plate which was more like a cow-trough than anything.
That was then, this is now, one more year to get the diet dilemma right!
Anyway, the first day of 2012 went by so fast! 2012 will probably go by just as fast as 2011 did, if we’re lucky, I guess. The older I get the faster times flies. Growing older makes time go faster and end shorter in equal measure. Well, that’s life, isn’t it?
I sure hope everyone is enjoying this holiday weekend! Here’s a little gift from me. I’m enclosing a few of my mixed-media experiments that I hope will bring you cheer! If you’d care to give me feedback on these images – good or bad – I would appreciate it so much.
Mixed Media Creations:
This first one is a photograph that I added a little shimmer to:
This second one is a lovely gazebo that I’ve changed to look like a painting using dots of paint, kind of like the style of the artist Georges Seurat.
This is a photo I took on a river in Winter Park, Florida. At the end of the river bend, a white boat house waits:
Here’s another version of the gazebo I’ve made to appear blue:
Another version of the gazebo – I wanted to make it feel as if it shimmered:
I played with the colors of a Hummingbird. This is the same photo I posted earlier this week for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:
:nd finally, here is a photo of birds sitting in a cypress tree in the middle of the river. I guess I’m into the color blue today because I washed this image in blue:
I would really love your feedback on these photos – good or BAD feedback is welcomed and appreciated!
I’ve uploaded all these images here: http://andrea-oconnell.artistwebsites.com/