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Monochrome Monday

These flower’s subtle blend of colors were pretty to see set against the leaves, but the photo did not bring out the colors as nicely as I anticipated. So I changed the filter and was surprised by how much better it looked. The light and dark contrast highlights the flower petal’s textures.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50 – Trees

Different species of trees are all special in their design: deep roots, spectacular trunks, sprawling branches, and assortment of leaves. Trees soften the space they inhabit, probably with the shade it provides and its different shades of green leaves.

I found this unique tree in San Diego Zoo and I didn’t get a chance to note the name, too busy chasing kids wandering around the different animal enclosures.

I searched the zoo’s website and couldn’t find this one. But if you are interested, check out their spectacular information guide about its botanical collections: https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/attractions/botanical-tours . Their collection is enormous: the Zoo plant trees and flowers native to the animal’s original habitats. In case you haven’t noticed in some of my posts about this zoo, I really really like this place! It’s a great place to learn about animals and it reminds me of going to the zoo on the weekends with Chris when we were newlyweds living in San Diego. Fond memories.

Tough leaves that won’t bend easily

These tree trunks have sturdy leaves growing in from the sharp spikes. This must be a protective mechanism to thwart animals.

Pretty from afar but must watch out for the spikes up close

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Photo Challenge – Color Your World: Asparagus

Here is my entry for the color Asparagus. Thank you Timeless Lady for hosting this challenge. http://Photo Challenge – Color Your World: Asparagus

Bright to medium shades of green feels so fresh and calm to m e. These shades remind me of nature, wholeness, and health. In 12th grade, my political science teacher always used a green pen to mark up student’s papers. Her rationale: red discourages but “green is for growth.” Also, my late grandmother relished green that had to specifically “cabbage green.”

Unsure but I wonder if the leaves unfurl as they grow taller
Little heart shaped leaves
Fierce thorns
Green plums: called Maesil in Korean
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Jennifer Mishra weekly photo challenge – Falling Water

The words falling water recall awe- inspiring waterfalls that raise your head naturally to take the sight in with your eyes. The last time I saw a waterfall like that was 13 years ago in Yosemite National Park, yet I aimlessly scrolled through my pictures. Then it dawned on me: falling water can come in different forms and sizes.

Oh duh, after I wrote this entry I went to Jennifer’s actual post and read her challenge tips and ideas, which already pointed out that it’s not limited to waterfalls. Lesson learned: read instructions and visit challenge post first.

Thank you Jennifer for hosting this challenge!

https://witsend-travel.com/2019/05/17/weekly-photo-challenge-falling-water/

Water flow thing at my parent’s farm

Larger picture of the decorative water mill at my folks’ farm

Balboa Park, San Diego

San Diego Zoo