Succulents are sculptural, low-water plants that come in an almost unending variety of shapes, sizes and colors. These dry-climate jewels are perfectly suited to our area’s Mediterranean climate because they store water in their leaves, stems, or roots.
The mirror hung on the fence bounces the sunlight and reflects another view of the aeonium in bloom.
Today’s theme, “swarm,” was challenging because, once again, I knew my day wouldn’t hold many opportunities to search for a good representational image. Our list of errands included a trip to Costco so I figured, if nothing else, I could get some shots of the swarm of people usually there. Unfortunately, since it’s a weekday, the crowds were light and the usual swarm was merely a smattering.
As we were leaving I saw this group of shopping carts lined up in almost perfect order and figured that I had my shot.
Today’s assignment was to post a picture that captures a “moment” of life. It was suggested that showing movement can help capture the fleeting moment.
This picture was taken a few weeks ago while we were in Hawaii. One moment, this woman was standing on a rocky outcropping, looking down into a cylinder formed of craggy lava with the ocean some 25 – 30 feet below. The next moment she jumped. I barely had time to frame and shoot the picture before she disappeared. Fortunately, she made it into the water safely and soon climbed out to jump again.
I was a little worried about today’s assignment, “Architecture.” I knew that most of my day would be running around with my husband to various home improvement stores (don’t be jealous) and the chance of capturing a compelling image at a Lowes or Home Depot was pretty slim.
Then, at the end of the day, I spied this high-voltage transmission tower and thought it could work. The assignment suggested looking at our image in both color and B/W. The color version was just OK, but when I changed the image to B/W, I think it became much more interesting.
The patterns and shadows created by the tree roots and canopy contrasts with the bright sunlight in the distance. Often a sense of mystery is created by looking from light to darkness. In this image the mystery lies beyond the shadows.