This is the pool at the resort we stayed at recently. And this is yet another HDR photo (3 in 1) that has also been adjusted a bit with Nik Color Efex Pro 4 and OnOne Photo Suite 7.
Yesterday’s photo was a macro close-up of a plant I could have held in the cupped palms of my hands. Today’s plant is a likely relative of yesterday’s, though this is no macro. These leaves could be measured in feet, not inches, and would need a small room to occupy.
Everything about the cactus and succulent section of the Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar, California, was captivating when I was there with Deb recently. But I was especially struck by the beautiful, strong southwestern light. These leaves are almost glowing – in part because of the reflected light bouncing off of the leaves and also because the leaves are slightly translucent. But it was soft blues and greens of this plant that attracted me to this scene. The sun was warm but the hues were cool.
Incidentally, I am experimenting with a new app on my iPad and iPhone called iPhoto. To Mac users, it is nothing new. But it is new for our portable devices. One of the things it allows is the publication of something called “journals.” Here’s a link to my California journal.
For the last two days it has been foggy and because of the snow cover, it has been mostly white.
So I went looking for pictures of summer and this is what I found.
I suspect that this is one of those photos that has more meaning to me than anyone else. (Translation: it’s not a great photo but I like it.) But you do have to appreciate the pure blues of the sky and water in this photo.
And you should have been with me the morning I took this. It was one of those quiet mornings on Lake Oahe that I dream about. It was cool but there was promise of warmth. The only sound was that of birds calling and of distant cattle lowing. You would think that a sailor would yearn for wind but as I’m sure I’ve said before, there is something pure and spiritual in floating quietly on a body of water in a place that is anything but empty.
Deb and I spent part of our weekend at my in-laws’ new lake home at Lake Okoboji in Iowa. While the weather was atrocious (windy and cold), the clouds produced by the bad weather were worth enjoying.
This shot was taken shortly after sunrise and, as has been the case lately, edited with Instagram on my iPhone.
These are lounge chairs built into a swimming pool at a resort somewhere south of Cancun, Mexico. This was another abandoned photo that was re-discovered in a search for something to post to this blog. Good picture? I don’t know. . . . Nice place to sip tropical punch on a warm, sunny December day? Oh, yes. . . .
Here are some statistics about this blog: Since February, “A Photo A Day” has had 9561 unique hits and 42,119 total hits. On any given day, some of my viewers visit because they know about this blog. But I also get visitors using Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. to search for things like “flying geese,” “amazing flowers,” “mycenae,” “Thad Titze,” “southern most point Hawaii,” and “Japanese school girls.” Those searches were all charted from yesterday’s hits. Every time I look at the search terms that got people to my site, I am humored and mystified. And sometimes chagrinned. (Japanese school girls!!!????). (Thad may be mystified by being subject of a Google search but I’m not. He’s going to be famous some day. And here’s the post that made my blog.)
I have also posted 584 day’s worth of photos and that’s what got me started on this post on statistics today. Being pretty right brained, I keep no master list of what I have posted. Thus, I rely on memory to keep from repeating myself. I can actually recall almost all of the photos I post, though I often can’t remember the specific photo I posted on any given day. My wife, who looks at the photos late in the day, will say “Nice photo today.” And I will often say, “What’s the photo?”
And today I don’t know if I have posted this particular photo before. I can tell you that the very first “A Photo A Day” photo was taken from this very spot. I visit this spot as often as I can, both “really” and “virtually.” I tend to go alone but today I am taking you. Thanks for coming along.
I am in the process of going through “old” photos and I came across this one, which was taken in Keystone, SD, several years ago during the famous “Biker Week,” aka The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
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