Weekly Photo Challenge – Fresh

Fresh Flower

Fresh Flower

I’m late to the party this week. Peter and I were up skiing for our last trip of the season. It was so great at Breckenridge yesterday that we stayed all day and got home late. Anyhoo…here’s my offering for this week’s challenge.

I had some time in the studio last week so I was delighted when I saw the word “Fresh!” For those photographers out there – this photo was shot with a Lensbaby Composer Pro using the Sweet 50 optic and the macro converters on my Nikon D600. I LOOOOVE these lenses. They allow me to move the sweet spot of focus around on the frame instead of just in the center and this wonderful company out of Oregon has created an amazing array of optics that are interchangeable with the Composer Pro. I also have a Composer Pro for my Olympus micro four thirds camera and I can use my optics on either camera. Check it out: Lensbaby.com Warning: these things can be addictive! Also just to tease you some more, they have created a lens for your cell phone. I haven’t played with it much yet, but I’m enjoying the effects that I’m getting.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Orange

Many sea creatures living on the coral reefs adopt a very effective camouflage strategy. Believe it or not, they utilize the colors in the warm range – bright oranges and reds to protect themselves from predators. How could orange be a camouflage color, you might ask? Well, ocean water absorbs light – the greater the depth the darker it gets in general, but the water also absorbs wavelengths of light in a specific way. Longer wavelengths are absorbed first and on the light spectrum, those wavelengths produce the colors of light. From longest to shortest in our visible light range we see red, orange, yellow, green, blue and finally purple. So at a depth of 15 feet, reds disappear, and our color for this week’s challenge, orange, disappears at 25 feet!

Our fishy friends have evolved to display brilliant colors that literally blend with their environment – the water! This strategy helps to protect them from larger predators including Mr. Shark! Here are just three wonderfully orange creatures from my underwater adventures. Oh, and by the way, most divers carry an underwater light with them (mine’s on my camera frame) so they can see these spectacular colors in the muted ocean waters even during daytime dives.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – New

A New Day

A New Day

I haven’t posted a sunrise photo in some time so I thought I’d use this one for my entry to the WP Photo Challenge this week which was taken from my back deck! Nice view, huh?

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Summer Lovin’

Vedauwoo Trail

Vedauwoo Trail

Living in an extraordinarily beautiful place, hiking is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. While it’s warmer near the plains, when one gets up a few extra thousand feet, it’s cooler and the skies exude an amazing shade of blue. This is “Summer Lovin'” to me! A hike at Vedauwoo Campground Area in Medicine Bow National Forest in southern Wyoming.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Relic

Virginia Dale Stage Station

Virginia Dale Stage Station

Celebrating it’s 152nd year, the Virginia Dale Stage Station served as a stop along the Overland Trail which went from Atchison, Kansas to Salt Lake City, Utah. Located about 45 miles northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado the station is included in the National Register of Historic Places. I found out about it when I was invited to show my photography at an art show and sale inside the station on July 25-27th.

A percentage of the sales from the show will be used for restoration and preservation of the station. I’m joining ten other artists for the weekend, and our works will be shown in a gallery-like setting in the station. The Virginia Dale Community Club will also be hosting a wine-tasting and a Chili contest that weekend.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Between

Devil's Backbone

Devil’s Backbone

My sister Becky is visiting this week, and this past Friday, we went for a hike in one of my favorite local open spaces. Devil’s Backbone hosts a beautiful rock formation that looks very much like the remains of a large spine protruding from the ridge. Here’s my interpretation of “Between.” I call it “Sky Between the Rocks.”

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