Transfixed – Held motionless by.
There are those moments where you stop in your tracks, stand completely still, almost forgetting to breathe, and stare at that object – be it an animal, person, or other creature. Because of my love of nature I find myself doing that quite a bit. So here are a few photos of those moments when I stood transfixed.
This photo was taken while snorkeling in St. Kitts. The fish in the center was obviously one to fade into the scenery so every time we saw him we tried to be super still to see more of him.
This photo was taken on St Martin and we seemed to attract quite of few of this little guy. What was most amusing is that we weren’t the ones transfixed but they were. They would float around us as we swam looking for neat fish and coral.
And one of my favorite little critters to photograph is this one. We love to feed them the crackers then I’ll wait very still and focused on the squirrel so that I can photograph it.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Water. I like this challenge because it is related directly to the 5 Chinese elements. So Cee shared what those are/can be:
Sea, Ice, Storms, Rain, Steam, Fluid, Sound, Mist, Acid, Salt, Time, Pressure, Moon, Mirror, Snow, Frost, Sugar
I also wanted to go out of the norm and find those 3 photos that were not so obvious in the interpretation of water. I’ve chosen mist, ice, and moon.
my favorite hot spring
This week the photo challenge from WordPress is Beyond.While walking thru the area around Multnomah Falls and Wakheena Falls in Oregon I found many little waterfalls hidden beyond the next corner in the path. Here is one as I approached it – you can see it just beyond all of the foliage. And the second is the waterfall as I came to face it. Enjoy!
Being as I love the water – beach, lake, stream, waterfall – this week’s challenge from Where’s My Backpack, which was liquid, was fun to choose. I also wanted some photos that I hadn’t shared with you yet. So looking a bit into my stash I found these three.
This first one is from our honeymoon in Alaska. I love the tones in the photo. And, of course, the scenery was magnificent!
This second one is from our early anniversary cruise to the Caribbean. It is in St. Kitts and is where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic!
And the last of the three is from a trip to Hot Springs, AR. It is a town that has captured my husband and I for some reason unknown to us. I think it has something to do with the history and the feel of the area around the springs – specifically Bathhouse Row. It seems as if you are just on the edge of being back in the 1920′s with all the people who came from around the world to the bathhouses back in their heyday.
Just for fun and a bit of a play on the word liquid, here is a photo of a beer sampler we had while in Seattle at the Pike Brewery!
If you can’t tell from most of the photos on my blog, I love the outdoors and nature. So when Where’s My Backpack posted the Mystical challenge I was so excited and thought of several right away. But I wanted to show something new instead of just ones I’ve shown before. So here are two new ones and one you have seen before.
This first one is from a favorite spot in the middle of America. Hot Springs, Arkansas. The springs to me are very mystical. The history of the town and the springs is even more mystical and interesting. Hubby and I go back when we have any excuse to though it isn’t a place that screams “visit me”. (and we’re headed back for a weekend in December for another art show I was selected for!)
The next photos are from the Columbia Gorge area – around Multnomah Falls and Wakheena Falls. The first one is new to you – just a passing small waterfall along the pass.
This last one I’ve shown before and I am still in love with it. I call it my pixy home. Siggghhhh….
Green – a beautiful color in nature! I’m not so fond of it in other areas and not certain why…. hmmm…
OK, back to the topic at hand. These two photos were taken in the area around Multnomah Falls and Wakheena Falls. I am in love with the first photo of the leaf with the raindrops!
The second photo is of a waterfall in the area. I like the stone around it and the lovely green against the bubbly water.
For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge hosted by WordPress the word is Foreign. I have traveled only twice out of the United States. One was before the start of digital cameras. But my last trip I took quite a few photos. I fell absolutely in love with Venice, Italy. I knew it was clichéd and I never thought to be so mundane – but yes, I am in love with Venice.
So here are a few photos of Venice and those things that I felt were foreign or not of my every day world.
The first photo is one from my hotel in Venice. The bidet and the towel warmer were not what I would find in a bathroom in a hotel in the states – at least not at the ones I’ve stayed in.
The second photo is one of my favorites! I LOVED the masks in Venice. Stopping in the masks stores were one of my favorite things to do. They are such works of art! And I was equally amazed at the customization one could have – if you were wiling to pay the price! In this one I am trying on the mask that I bought for my sister – who loves butterflies.
The last one is of a waterway. You probably know that this is the primary route of the day-to-day transportation. Either the boats or the feet on the street.
Cee’s challenge is a bit broad this week and I have a lot of photos that involve water in some way. It is hard to choose three only. Nevertheless, here they are! The first is from Roaring River, MO. I found these roses, along with their spider friend, on Memorial Day weekend back in 2010. I like the water in this because of the bubbles that can be seen and the flow change on the rocks.
This photo is from a trip to the island of St. Martin where we snorkeled. We were able to get some great photos of some of the sea life there including this little fella, a squid that was very colorful!
And third is similar to Cee’s ice photo except I wanted to show you an iceberg up a little closer – this one was less than 5 yards from me when I took it.
And as a P.S. I had to share a family funny with you – yes, I am over my 3 photos! Before our cruise I set up windsurfing lessons with a professional, champion windsurfer via emails. My Hubby thought I had truly been bamboozled. When we arrived at the shop to take our lessons he found out that not only was our instructor, Brian Talma, a professional and champion, he was internationally known, recognized and that Hubby’s wife was totally on the spot at picking an instructor. So here is my one photo of me riding on the back of a windsurfing board with Brian Talma at the helm!
P.S.S. I wanted to give you a good link to Brian Talma but when I searched for him via Google I got so many good links that I couldn’t figure out which one to share! This one has some good background and links to Brian’s own website and then just Google him. Or here is his Facebook page!
A fellow blogger suggested a challenge on the word reflection.
So here are a few of my photos on reflections.
After looking at my pictures I found that I have a LOT with insects. That made me think that maybe I should have been an entomologist. Ok, well, not really. But perhaps I see a theme coming to FR&A…. Here are some of my early insect photos taken in Roaring River, MO.
On this first one I like the sparkle of the water reflected off to the right in the photo. The small, small flowers with the round shiny bug just have some appeal that I can’t quite name…
The second picture I just love for the red in it – the ladybug so bright and round and the other insect that looks like a black, white and red striped fly- and of course, again, the small white flowers against the beautiful greens. Also, this picture (or a part of it) appears on the cover of my Blurb book Nature’s HD (for sale on Blurb).