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Lunar Eclipse

This week the WordPress Weekly Photo Challange is ‘Dreamy’:

“This week, we’d like to see an image that looks dreamy to you. A photo of a place you often visit in dreams. A snapshot of your dreamy boy- or girlfriend. A scene that looks a bit out-of-this world. Take us on a flight of fancy!” -Michelle W. for WordPress The Daily Post blog

Since a lunar eclipse looks surreal and is, of course, out of this world, I’m posting these photos as part of the ‘Dreamy’ WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. 

Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014

Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014

At 4 o’clock Wednesday morning, armed with my camera, tripod, curiosity, and excitement, I braved darkness, eye strain, mosquitoes, and Houston humidity to take some pictures of the lunar eclipse. The photographs above are some of my favorites. The red “blood moon” photo was taken around 5AM when the moon was almost fully eclipsed by the earth’s shadow. I zoomed out and cropped that same photo, and it’s the last of the three photos under the larger one. As you can see on that last picture, I think I need a stronger lens to get a clearer picture. I used a Canon EF-S 55-250mm lens. Also, I found myself trying different camera settings to show both the shadowed area and the unshaded area in detail, but I could only get the detail on one area at time. You can see this on the other two photos where only the unshaded area is visible. These other two photos are also zoom outs and crops of photos I took that morning. I figured zooming out and cropping the photos would show the eclipse progression more nicely. Despite the conditions, I think the pictures turned out alright for the first time photographing a lunar eclipse.

Click here for additional ‘Dreamy’ photographs by fellow bloggers.


Between Nevada & Arizona

Hoover Dam. Between Nevada and Arizona, my family and I found the Hoover Dam. During Spring Break this year, we took a plane trip to Las Vegas, Nevada; and, from there, we took a road trip to the Grand Canyon.  The Hoover Dam was one of the sights between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

This post is my literal take on WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge. This week, the theme is “Between”.


Split Second Story

This past Monday was Memorial Day. And on the following Tuesday, I spotted this rainbow on my way home from work after a stormy day. Notice the exit and the flag towards the end of the rainbow. I find myself often privileged to make photographic captures that I didn’t mean to capture. And at a later viewing of the photo, I find it’s filled with much more meaning. I simply meant to take a picture, with my iPhone, of an intensely vivid rainbow in front of me. I guess I can call it a split second story of the exit from a stormy day of work.

This post is my take on WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s challenge is to capture a split second story.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Masterpiece

This week’s Weekly Photo challenge:

Masterpiece. No matter where you are (and where you’ve been), I’m certain you’ve stumbled upon something extraordinary: a place that blows your mind; a work of art or object that speaks to you; or even a location or scene that’s special, unusual, or even magical in some way…

For this challenge, get creative. Reach far. And remember that “masterpiece” can mean many things. We want to see awesome sites you’ve discovered, fantastic things you’ve come upon, wondrous moments you’ve captured, and more.

IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PICTURE OF A MASTERPIECE…”

– Cheri Lucas Rowlands

I’ve always been blown away by human development.  To me, human development is like a great book or piece of music telling a story or song.  So, I chose two photos of my one and only child, my son, as a two-year old and a twelve-year-old.  Growth is so noticeable and extraordinary at such young ages.  Amazingly, we continue to grow in so many ways (physically, mentally, spiritually, etc…) all our lives.  For larger views and captions, pass cursor over the images and click.

Inspired by and linked to the The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.


Weekly Photo Challenge – Fresh

This week’s Weekly Photo challenge:

“Fresh. The definition for fresh has a bit of a fork in it – it’s a state (new, recent, previously unknown) and it’s a taste or sensation (cool, sweet, invigorating, refreshing)…

I’m going to let the Daily Post community divide however you want with this – which definition will you go with? Show us what you got!

In a new post specifically for this challenge, share a photo which means FRESH to you!…”
– Sara Rosso

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My husband says fresh fish makes for tasty sushi. I agree. I captured this sushi lunch special several months ago on my iPhone with the Instagram app.

Inspired by and linked to the The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.


Weekly Photo Challenge – The Golden Hour

This week’s Weekly Photo challenge:

“The Golden Hour. In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photographers venture out on sunrise hikes or sunset treks to capture a magical shot, due to the quality of the light during that time of day…For this challenge, we want you to go out and snap a photograph, wherever you may be, during this Golden Hour — and pay attention to the natural light around you…

IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PICTURE TAKEN DURING THE GOLDEN HOUR.” -Cheri Lucas Rowlands at The Daily Post

Fishing near Seawolf Park near Galveston, Texas, in 2009.

Fishing near Seawolf Park near Galveston, Texas, in 2009.

I know the instructions say to go and take a picture, but I read the challenge at 9PM Saturday night and thought of one of my favorite outings  with my family.  The picture above was taken during a fishing trip with my son and husband a couple of years ago.  It was early in the morning during sunrise and the sunlight made this beautiful streak of light on the water.  Many of the surrounding sites were barely visible as outlines and silhouettes.  As we were fishing, we could see all sorts of fishing vessels in the distance.  Cargo ships, cruise ships, ferries, motor boats, sail boats, and fishing boats passed by this area.  My favorite was this fishing boat with birds hovering around it.  It wasn’t a particularly beautiful boat; but, some how, the way it looked beside the streak of light and the birds around it made it look pleasant and sweet.  For a larger image, you can click on the photo.

Inspired by and linked to the The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.


Weekly Photo Challenge – Nostalgia

This week’s Weekly Photo challenge:

“Nostalgic. Sometimes, we long for the past: for moments we want to remember or recapture. The good times. The golden years. Or perhaps we’re homesick, or longing for something — or someone — that might have been.

IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PICTURE THAT MAKES YOU NOSTALGIC.”

20130707-161513.jpg On Saturday, I found my son’s baby shoe. Not sure what happened to the other shoe. I haven’t been able to find it, yet. Turned out to be perfect timing for this week’s theme. The quilt in the background was knit by a coworker as a gift for my son’s arrival more than twelve years ago. My son is now nearing his teens, and seeing my son’s baby things reminds me of his baby days.

Inspired by and linked to the The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Companionable

This week’s Weekly Photo challenge:

“Your companion might be a pet, or your partner or progeny. Maybe it’s an object you unconsciously fiddle with as you work, a view that keeps you company, an album that helps you stay grounded, or a hobby you use to unwind at the end of each day. (If your companion is actually a low-ranking knight, you win.)

Share a picture of a COMPANION and explain why you chose that picture.”

My husband is my companion. Below is a photo taken at a photo booth in Galveston, Texas, the year we met. It’s one of my favorite photos of us together. I like how we both look so happy. I scanned the orginal photo, which was in color, and added the blog stamp and gave it a black and white effect to focus less on the colors and more on the happiness in the image.

Me and my companion the year we met.

Me and my companion the year we met.

Inspired by and linked to the The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

This week’s Weekly Photo challenge:

“Some of you are active photographers, while others are only beginning to take pictures. Whatever your skill, we challenge you to take and share a photograph that shows a command of your frame. Lead our eyes somewhere. Make us focus on something.

IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PICTURE OF THE WORLD THROUGH YOUR EYES.”

One of my favorite places to take photos is while I am a passenger in a moving car. I enjoy capturing what I see as my family and I drive down a country road or freeway. Below are a few glimpses of the world in and around Houston, Texas, through my eyes as I travel with my family on weekends.

Former Enron Towers (2012)

Former Enron Towers by a major Houston freeway. Captured the two buildings right behind the electricity their once owners greedily manipulated to create fortunes. (December 2012)

I don't know if the graffiti has been removed by now(December 2012).

I don’t know if the graffiti has been removed by now, but I kind of like it. (December 2012).

Acres and acres of some kind of crop.  I like how utterly Texan and country the old pickup truck rushes through the field of crops. (May 2013)

Acres and acres of some kind of crop. I like how utterly Texan and country the old pickup truck looks rushing through the field of crops. (May 2013)

After visiting my husband's parents, we drive home. (January 2013)

After visiting my husband’s parents, we drive home. (January 2013)

Inspired by and linked to the The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Curves

Curves at one of many churches at San Antonio Missions Historical Park in San Antonio, Texas.

Curves at one of many churches at San Antonio Missions Historical Park in San Antonio, Texas.

Inspired by and linked to the The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting

I find clouds to be great examples of fleeting.  You have to have the camera with you or be really quick to capture that nice cloud formation before it disappears.  The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week:

“IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PICTURE THAT MEANS FLEETING TO YOU.”

Fortunately, I had my iPhone and captured this fleeting moment.

Fortunately, I had my iPhone and captured this fleeting moment.

Inspired by and linked to the The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – The Sign Says

This week’s The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is “the sign says”.

Share a picture of a SIGN and explain why you chose that picture!.”

Below is a sign I’ve seen several times and in different locations around Houston.  I think it’s a nice reminder.  A Texas radio station, KSBJ, started this billboard campaign in 1992 and continues it to the present.

Signs

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