The Almond Orchard ~ Photo Clinic Rehab #4


Do you see why I’m in need of rehab? I’ve taken a photo with my Panasonic DMC FZ200, maxed out the zoom lens to 108mm, and got this (what I consider) beautiful “fluffy” photo.  I’m sure you photography purists out there are screaming NOOOOOOOO, but I kind of liked the painterly outcome. My rehab will continue for some time; I’m very ill with creativity fever and do crazy things on a whim.  If you wish to learn about Photo Rehab, click here. It’s good therapy.

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Phoneography Challenge ~ Trompe-l’oeil California Style

swimmingpoolreflectionsfinal An upside down world in reflection. The water’s great, come on in.

Today is Challenger’s Choice at Lens and Pens by Sally’s blog for Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices. Sally photographs in the abstract today, and says in part “So why create an image that is unrecognizable? Out of context? Maybe it’s to seize intrigue and mystery that shows a new way of seeing the old. Maybe it shows a more interesting portion. Maybe it says so much more than the intact object. Maybe it’s a challenge to view a human innovation with fresh perspective. Just maybe the new visual language is more enticing, more complex or more simple than the original. Or it does not have to be. It just may be a fleeting scenario that pleases the eye as a frozen moment of insight. Maybe the reason is irrelevant. Maybe the final image is all that matters. Maybe it does matter. Maybe the impetus counts. In truth it’s all in the eye of the beholders.”

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The Sunday Traveler ~ The Case for Home


Sometimes, maybe even a lot of the time, the roads that lead home are the best. Beach towns, big cities, ancient Mayan ruins are great to explore. But the Sunday Traveler also loves the adventures of home.

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Fresh Ceviche


My favorite meal while in Cancun. Shrimp fresh out of the sea, and avocado from nearby trees.  A little chopped tomato, and cilantro, a squeeze of lime. The freshest of fresh! Buen provecho.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ The Cobra




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Phoneography Challenge ~ Black and White End of Night


The eyes snap the image first

the camera follows suit

at the end of the night


Photo taken with a Samsung Galaxy, and entered for the weekly challenge hosted by Lens and Pens by Sally. Take a look at her post and other entries here


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The Sunday Traveler ~ A Quick Shot in Big Sur


A peaceful view of the Pacific at Big Sur from the vantage point of Nepenthe. A traveler can sit here for hours lost in meditation.  At some point during travel, it becomes absolutely necessary to stop; just stop, and really see what it is you’ve come to see. As I get older, I’ve come to realize that rushing from one place to the next during a trip is not necessarily the point of traveling.

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Walls of Ek Balam



The entrance walls to Ek Balam, ancient Mayan ruins in Yucatan. What do these walls reveal about the peoples that lived here? I’ve never felt such a pull as here. It was good that we could touch these walls, they weren’t roped off. They were accessible to me who didn’t mean to, but found myself in search of my ancestors. And found them here. I could feel it. Walls can block us off, or they can invite us through.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ The Sailor


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Phoneography Challenge ~ Macro in Purple


An Iris flips its petals to show a pretty striped petticoat. There is something about the Iris that is so graceful; and in purple, I was mesmerized.

I chose another flower in the same flowerbed for a different angle, and I deepened the purple in edits.


And to see what a Samsung app could do, I tried Photo Oil Painter for this last look


It’s interesting that the first photo, and the last photo done with a painterly app look pretty similar. There’s that Iris beauty. Which is your favorite?

For more macro entries in the blog Lens and Pens by Sally, click here.

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