Wild Weekly’s Photo Challenge – Unusual

 

Thanks for choosing my photo of the scuba diver in Exploring as Honorable Mention!  It’s a great honor!

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine  Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s Challenge is: Unusual!

 

I want to start with some interesting cloud formations that are strange, yet beautiful.  The first two were taken in the desert east of Beaver Dam, Arizona.  The first was taken around late afternoon.

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It looks like a hand print from the sky!  This next one was taken later that day around sunset.  I was looking at the clouds when I took this photograph, but I didn’t see what was in the clouds until much later when I saw the image blown up.

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This really blew me away!  What is it? a bird, a spaceship? or just an odd cloud formation?  I never can tell.

There are also larger shapes in clouds such as dragons:

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This was in the desert near Navajo Mountain on the way home from Monument Valley.  And speaking of dragons, have you ever seen a fire breathing dragon?  I have:

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This was found in a burning stump during a forest fire near the Grand Canyon.  I don’t think it’s a relative of Smaug the Terrible.

 

Now let’s move on to Black and White.  The object of black and white photography is to show light and shadow.  Have you ever seen shapes in shadows, or clouds?  I certainly have.  Take a look at these:  What do you see?

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Do you see the profile?  The lighting has to be perfect to get shapes from lights and shadows, probably once in a lifetime.  Here’s a fun one as well:

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See the moose?  It’s not often you see a moose in the deserts of Utah!  In fact, they are not native to the area, unless you find them in the rocks.

Thanks for checking these out!  and Check out the other entries as well.

 

 

Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest – Exploring

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Exploration!

I explore the desert of Southwest Utah quite frequently.  However, this time I decided to post an adventure I had that made me quite queasy (literally).  I went on a seven day, seven night Western Caribbean Cruise.  One of the destinations was Grand Cayman Island.  I had never been snorkeling before, so I decided what the heck.

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Notice the reef in the harbor? It means that large ships can’t dock here, just small personal water craft or ferries.  Did you know there is a shipwreck in the harbor?  Well, it wasn’t caused by the reef like you would think.  It was caused by a coal engine.  Apparently, the vibrations from the engine rattled the ship apart.  Of course the ship wasn’t designed for a coal engine, it was originally a wind powered ship.  When the ship made it to harbor, it was leaking so bad, the officials determined to just sink it where it was.

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This was the engine for the ship.  It’s a popular spot for fish to explore.

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Not just fish, but for snorkelers (like me) and scuba divers like him:

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Of course, that’s about the time claustrophobia kicked in and I had to leave the water.  It was fun while it lasted, though.  I had a blast.