Cee’s Odd Photo Challenge: In nature

Odd features of nature are cool to capture on camera and even cooler to see in person. This was evident at San Diego Safari Zoo and the San Diego Zoo where they sustain unique plants and trees native to California, as well as recreate and conserve natural habitat s for animals. It never gets old to see its odd beauty again and again.

I forgot to note its name, but the flower in the middle looks like a ripe banana.

A jungle of untamed trunks

My son named this tree “Sausages”

This post is about oddness found in nature but I couldn’t resist adding the next photo. An odd look after playing games.

Not the kind of look you would expect after winning a prize except when someone else’s prize looks better

Photo Challenge: Opening Hope renewed through a hospital window

Windows offer glimpses of new openings, views, paths, and the potential experiences within each place. The breeze it carries in and/or the sunlight it penetrates refresh and renews what is stale. That’s how I feel about an expansive, tall window located in the main hall of the Stanford hospital.

When I wander down this hall, I’m usually in a panicked, exhausted state as Ellis is undergoing and/or recovering from a medical procedure. Although my body is present and walking purposefully to that coffee stand in the cafe for that extra shot of espresso in my iced-coffee, my mind is stuck in a war zone.

Soaking in the warm sunshine together during recovery

But this window makes me literally pause in my steps and in my mind. I look around to see people’s faces, wonder what brings them here, what we all hope for, as well as thank God for all the amazing doctors, nurses, and staff. I’m reminded of how much God has and continues to bless me through these experiences (even through all of my kicking and screaming).


Calmness found through this opening: Main hallway at Stanford Hospital


Inspiring poem displayed along walkway

Study in Light: Lack of light for making silhouettes

Nothing beats a good sunny day for taking pretty pictures. But when I saw this water fountain in Balboa Park, San Diego on an evening walk with the family, I could not NOT pass by without taking a silhouette picture. It felt silly to jump up there and pose dramatically with the kids, but I chalked it to a typical tourist activity.

The picture shown below was our second picture attempt: on the first night, the light from the fountain made my glasses too conspicuous, disrupting the shadow effect. It’s just a photo, but I wanted to take one good shot: the background had so much potential. So, as any photo maniac will do I dragged my family to the same place the following evening. It was worth the effort and the fresh evening breeze was perfectly delightful to enjoy the historical architecture, live music, lights, and lush nature around us!