Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Wood

I have taken a while for this post because I was hoping for a bolt of creative, amazing, inspiration. I went through some of my files and found lots of wood but none of these photos seemed to be interesting on their own – well there were a couple but I’ve already used those in other posts. Awesome inspiration just didn’t happened.

I love the Norfolk Island Pine but so far the pictures I have taken haven’t created images that capture what I love about it. They have been really disappointing. So this morning I decided to accept Cee’s challenge of capturing and sharing the true character of this piece of wood. And I think I have done it – at least I’m happy with my images.

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One of the things I love about it is how it towers up above the other trees and is so dark against the deep blue sky. They stand out in the skyline around our condo. Every time I go to the pool or step out of my car I see them towering up in the sky. It is quite slender and can grow up to 200 feet which in quite impressive.

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The trees are elegant because of the up-sweeping branches that grow out from the trunk in a circular pattern with space between the circles of branches. The Norfolk Pine doesn’t actually have needs so isn’t really a pine. What make up the long “needle-like” foliage are tiny, densely overlapping, scale-like leaves.

pine 008 The Norfolk Island Pine is native to Norfolk Island, Australia. But the tree outside my door is also home to several other plants. This is an air plant (Tillandsia species) called an epiphytes, a plant that grows on trees but isn’t a parasite. You will see a lot of these epiphytes growing in the Live Oak featured in this post.

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To see more posts on the theme of wood or to join in the fun, you can click on this link.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water – at the Beach

What fun – just went down to the beach yesterday at sunset so I have a fresh batch of pictures. When I’m north I can’t seem to post enough fall color and when I am south I can’t post enough beach. And I don’t want to disappoint Cee – she kinda made me do it.

Fishing at Sunset, Naples Beach

Fishing at Sunset, Naples Beach

Beginning of a Wave

Beginning of a Wave

This is the second week of Cee’s challenge with a focus on the 5 Chinese elements. The first week was medal that you can check out here. This week the focus is water and you can join the fun here.

 

Beauty Through My Lens – Live Oak

I spent a couple of hours walking around Old Naples yesterday looking for images that reflect the culture and atmosphere. I have 85 favorites, and here is one of them.

Live Oak

Live Oak

I love the structure, but also the fact that it is home to lots of ferns and mosses.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Metal – Copper, Brass & Gold

Cee has started a five-week challenge using each of the five Chinese elements. This first week is “metals”. You can find out more by clicking on the link at the end of this post.

Copper doors, Church in Quebec - Gaspe Peninsula

Copper doors, Church in Quebec – Gaspe Peninsula

Bells in Chapel of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia

Bells in Chapel of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia

Gold domes, St. Petersburg, Russia

Gold domes, St. Petersburg, Russia

Gold in Catherine Palace, outside St. Petersburg, Russia

Gold in Catherine Palace, outside St. Petersburg, Russia

To join the fun of Cee’s four-week challenge, click here.

Airport Architecture

Yesterday morning we flew out of Detroit and it was 17 degrees F when we arrived at DTW – and the sun was shining. As we were walking through the terminal I was thinking that we see so little sun in Michigan that when it does shine we perceive beauty that people in sunnier states would take for granted.

I just had to take some photos – let me know what you think. I love architecture but this is pushing the limit for me.

Sun Shinning in Detroit Metro Airport

Sun Shinning in Detroit Metro Airport

Dancing Water Fountain at DTW

Dancing Water Fountain at DTW

Over The Edge - DTW

Over The Edge – DTW