A Pop of Vibrancy

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Yellow.”

The right shade of yellow can be such a warm, cheerful hue, and this week’s Photo Challenge feels like a nice pop of brightness during the winter season.

I think it’s safe to say I’m missing the warmer summer weather since both of my photos today are from excursions during recent warmer months.

First up, a photo from the Denver Botanic Gardens where I was experimenting with aperture and got a shot I’m really pleased with.

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Secondly, a bit of chrome detail from one of the cars at the National Street Rod Association show.

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Santa Fe

My husband and I recently went to Santa Fe for a few days.  Unfortunately, we had bad timing because, aside from the first day, the weather was quite blustery.  It wasn’t exactly photography friendly, because all I wanted to do was stay inside where it was warm, but here are some of the shots I braved the elements to get.

We found a little square where some vendors had booths and tables set up, including this table full of decorative skulls.

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I love the warm glow of these prayer candles from Prayer candles from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Fun art on the pillars outside of the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

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And, last but not least, a shot of the old Spanish mission.

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Cee’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

I love it when a photo prompt has so much flexibility for interpretation like Cee’s “Converge” prompt this week.  I find it very evocative, and it turns out that it’s a bit of a theme in many of my photos already.  Here are three photos for the prompt.

Bamboo sculpture at the Denver Botanic Gardens from their exhibit about three years ago.

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Silhouettes at the Balloon Classic.

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Glass grinding wheels from the glass engraver’s booth at the Renaissance Festival.

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Up Close and Personal with Giraffes

One of the cool things about going to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs is the giraffes. There’s a walkway that allows you to get to know the giraffes up close. If you have a few extra dollars, you can even buy some giraffe snacks and hand feed them. It’s a rather unique, and somewhat slimey, experience. I love being able to see the animals that close and it’s also a great opportunity to take some photos at a rare perspective – macro.

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Getting so much detail really makes the angular geometry of their coloring pop, not to mention being able to capture the texture of their coat.

One word of caution is that the giraffes are pretty bold about approaching humans in the hope of snacks.  If you’re not careful, say you’re distracted by trying to pose so your husband can take a picture, you might get quite a startle when one sneaks up on you and swings his head in close to see if you’ve got any goodies.

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This is one of my husband’s all time favorite pictures of me ;)

Check out the other “angular” photos for this week’s daily post photo challenge.

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Perfect Day Off

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Sparkling or Still.”

Depending on when my day off happens, my ideal plan varies a bit, but it generally involves making something.  One of my favorite ideal days is as follows:

Sleep in and lounge around in bed until hunger, boredom, or my dog makes me get up.  Make something special for breakfast, like home made waffles with a fruit topping or a sweet dutch baby.  Then, retreat to my work room and spend hours and hours making things (usually beads) with polymer clay, or making jewelry while watching epic amounts of television.  I can easily spend a whole day watching a TV series while making stuff, and be blissfully happy.  At some point during that day, my husband and I would take Sherman for a walk and get some fresh air.

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Variations of my perfect day involve going somewhere interesting with my husband and my camera and taking a few hundred photos, or cooking and baking up a storm, or having my gal pals over for snacks and gossip.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Car Details

A year ago, I never would have imagined that I’d be so excited about a car details photo prompt, but that was before I went to the Street Rod Show where I had a blast taking heaps of car photos.  Street Rods are great for detail shots.  Here are some of my favorite street rod details:

Fun with bokeh.

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A detail of a car showing a detail of another car.  Very meta.

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Nice color pop.

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Last, but not least, awesome greyhound hood ornament.

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Photo Walk in Old Colorado City

On Sunday, my friend Jenny and I went to Old Colorado City and roamed around with our cameras.  The sky was overcast in the morning, and it made for some interesting lighting.  Since it’s November, there are Christmas lights popping up around town and the overcast sky worked really well to get a couple of shots of strings of lights.

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Some of the details along the street were nice subjects to get snaps of.

 

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And, we also found a lovely shop with all kinds of pottery and sculptures.  I could probably have spent a whole morning just taking photos there.  They had a ton of cool and quirky items.

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Minimal Motif: Wrought Iron

I love this week’s Daily Post prompt – Minimalist – because so many of my favorite photos are the simple shots.  The first is one that I took years ago during my trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico.  A dark wrought iron gate against a brightly painted wall.  The strong shapes & color made this one of my favorites from that trip.

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This past weekend, during my walk around Mantou Springs, it really made me smile when I was able to repeat the motif with another shot of wrought iron against a bright color.

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Though the pictures are separated by a number of years, a couple thousand miles, and an international border, they are more alike than different, and I really enjoy the harmony.

Here are a few of the other entries that made me smile:

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http://christinapictures.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/dromvila-dreamrest/

http://teepee12.com/2014/11/07/a-gift-to-be-simple/

http://imayagination.com/2014/11/07/a-door-nothing-more/

http://lostinamazing.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/lonely-and-broken-minimalist/

http://61musings.com/2014/11/07/these-boots-arent-made-for-walking/

http://ilargia64.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/my-city/

http://sixpixx.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/the-daily-post-minimalist/

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bark or Leaves

This week, for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, the prompt is all about foliage.  She says she’s interested in all kinds of colors, so I thought I’d do a two-fer.  Here are two of my favorite leaves. 14507646656_d10d1d2207_o(1)

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The Rainbows of Manitou Springs

This past weekend, we spent an afternoon in Manitou Springs.  Since my camera accompanied us for the adventure, we spent a lot of time with my husband waiting patiently while I took dozens of photos.

Every time I go to a place with my camera, I feel like a different thing, or collection of thing, catches my eye.  One theme of this trip was vibrant colors.

Did you know that non-duck rubber duckies are a thing in Manitou?  They are, and they’re delightful.  The tricera-duck is my favorite of this batch.

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The glassblowers shop is always a good photo spot.

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Vibrant ceramics.

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An assortment of shirts in the afternoon sunshine.

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Not only was I enthralled by this wind catcher, but the wind actually quieted down enough to get some in-focus shots of it.  Lucky!

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