Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Straight Lines

Cee says:  We are on to a new series which I am calling Geometry.  This week our topic will be things with straight lines.  These items can be found on man made objects or in nature. Have fun and be as creative as you like.

2013-05-27 Pier_Fotor

2013-06-09 pier2_Fotor

2014-01-27 Rails_Fotor

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A Word a Week Photograph Challenge – Yellow

When I saw Sue’s challenge this week for yellow, I could only think of one photo that would fit.  So, in the spirit of the game, I went through some of my photos and discovered a few more that could be included in YELLOW.  None have been retouched other than some cropping.

iPhone 5

October 2013 – Silver Springs, FL
iPhone 5

Sunrise over Lake Apopka iPhone 5

Sunrise over Lake Apopka
iPhone 5

Front Yard Sunrise iPhone 5

Front Yard Sunrise
iPhone 5

Leaf iPhone 5

Leaf
iPhone 5

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Ocala Painted Horse
iPhone 5

I REALLY JUST WANT TO BE WARM YELLOW LIGHT
THAT POURS OVER EVERYONE I LOVE

Conor Oberst

Come join in the fun.  For more information and to view other entries, click here.  Enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

If WordPress and various bloggers keep having these fun photo challenges I may never get any research done! I just saw this new challenge from The Daily Post on The Golden Hour. Here is what they have to say:

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…

And, although I used some of my sunrise photos in a previous post (click here) I repeat a couple of them here for fun! So, please enjoy. Now, I must get back to my genealogy!

Memorial Day 5-27-13 Lake Apopka Winter Garden 6

Memorial Day 5-27-13 Lake Apopka Winter Garden 4

Sunrise over Lake Apopka

Memorial Day morning I woke up early — way too early! So, since I had a new iPhone 5 and I wanted to try out the camera, I woke up the hubby and said, “Let’s go for a walk!” He thought I was either kidding or meant let’s go later. Nope, I wanted to walk down to the lake to catch the sunrise. And, after checking, I learned that sunrise was scheduled for 6:28 a.m.! No time to dilly-dally. I think I’m going to have fun with this camera phone. I just think it’s too bad I didn’t read the camera instructions BEFORE I went to the lake. I would have known I could zoom in on stuff. Oh, well, this could be the start of something new! The pictures have no touching up done to them. On with the show!

Lake Apopka is probably about 4-5 blocks from our house. We left on our walk about 6:00 a.m. It took us about 15-20 minutes to walk there.

Arriving at the Pier at Lake Apopka

Arriving at the Pier at Lake Apopka

While we were waiting for the sun to peek over in the east, I turned around to face the west. The moon was still there as big as life itself.

Moonshine! Well, you know what I mean...!

Moonshine! Well, you know what I mean…!

Getting closer!

Here comes the sun!

Here comes the sun!

While we were waiting for the sun to keep rising, we saw turtles, big gators and a couple of baby gators, all kinds of birds, little ones and big ones. They wouldn’t show up in my pictures because they were always too far away. And, of course, I didn’t know I had a zoom lens. Although, if you look very closely in the right-hand square below, there’s a spot in the picture. Yep, it’s a gator swimming away from us.

Oh, look, a bird! You can almost see it. Where's that darn zoom?

Oh, look, birds! You can almost see them. Where’s that darn zoom?

The fishing was amazing. We saw so many of the osprey diving and flying off with their breakfast of fish. They moved so fast I was never able to get one on camera.

Gettin' there!

Gettin’ there!

Okay, it's up, we can go now!

Okay, it’s up, we can go now!

Such a pleasant and perfect morning. The temperature was perfect. It was probably 60’s and just ever so slightly breezy. The heat and humidity had not come into play as yet. Once the sun was up and over the horizon, we started for home. Breakfast was waiting to be made!

The walk home

So quiet and peaceful.

Well, I have to admit here that I just don’t know the names of flowers and plants unless it’s the obvious (roses, tulips, daisies, etc.). I think these are azaleas and, boy, this bush was just beautiful. It’s wrapped around a light in a front yard. I didn’t take a picture from afar. I wanted one that just showed all the flowers and their color.

Azaleas

Azaleas

This house below is around the corner from us. I just love this house. I think it was probably built in the 20’s or 30’s. I can’t begin to count the number of commercials and movie scenes that have been filmed using this house as a backdrop. It’s kind of hard to actually see the houses itself through the trees.

Around the corner

And we’re back home!

Home Sweet Home