Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture – August 12, 2014

It has been a while since I participated in weekly photo challenge (well, duh – I haven’t been blogging :() I saw a daily photo challenge about texture and it looks like as good a time as any to start again.

I went to Yellowstone National Park last July and there was stretch that I was fascinated with all the texture that are formed around the lava and geysers – and here are some of them.

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As for last year – I don’t remember what I did for the next three days – there was absolutely no photos in any of my devices for that day.  Maybe I was abducted by aliens. ;)

 

Year 3 – August 11, 2014 Lightning Storm Over Bellevue

It has been a really hot day and a hot and dry week for the matter.  I am actually looking forward for a little bit of cooling down.  I was quite excited as soon as I heard about the red flag warning around the state due the potentially active lightning storm.  I grabbed my tripod, position myself out on the deck with an umbrella for good measure.  I was not disappointed.

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Year 2 – August 11, 2013 Home

Back home after the trip to the Pacific Northwest – have the opportunity to wind down and enjoy some relaxing evening in the backyard with some really soothing bonfire.  Sitting by the bonfire, smelling the fresh burning firewood, there are not too many things that are better than the feeling and the experience.  For now, this is as good as it gets.

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Year 3 – August 10, 2014 I Spy

I spy many things from my living room and deck.  As close as I am to the city, once in my condo, I feel like I am actually quite far away and almost living among nature.  I decided to just hangout by my living room spying on the creatures around it.  I have seen several kind of birds, I am yet to be able to photograph the family of bluejays however to my biggest surprise, these two hummingbirds were just playing outside of the living.  I think now, I should go and get myself a hummingbird feeder.

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Year 2 – August 10, 2013 Flight

Our Pacific Northwest excursion has come to an end.  We will have some decisions to make about the house.  We do know that we would like to live in the area.  I snapped this photo as we entered Seattle Tacoma (SeaTac) Airport.

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Year 3 – August 9, 2014 ‘Twas The Night Before Supermoon

‘Twas The Night Before supermoon, when all through the west
All photographers are waiting, all without a rest
The cameras are set, all eyes towards to skies
In hope that the supermoon will soon rise

The aperture is set, shutter confirmed and ISO checked
Some by the water, some by the park, I was on my deck
I checked the weather to make sure no clouds are in sight
For I would really love to see the bright moonlight

And there it rises, through the horizon over the there
I sprang to my feet, ever ready, fingers on trigger
The moon on the breast of the dimming tall tree
Gave a feeling of calm certainty that the supermoon is here

When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a slowly rising supermoon, larger than ever
Away I snapped and snapped, fast as flash
And yes, I learned my lesson and use no flash

Pleased at myself time to set the camera away
On to tomorrow it will be another day

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Year 2 – August 9, 2013 Bellevue Park

Bellevue looks like a nice place to live so we spend one more day checking out the neighborhood and apartment hunting.  We could not believe how difficult it is to find an affordable apartment in this town.  We eventually did find a place, it is not immediate but at least it will be there when we are ready.

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Year 3 – August 8, 2014 Twilight at Bellevue

This is one of the shots that  I have been meaning to take and of course, it didn’t turn out the way I pictured it would be.  The good news about taking not so decent photos is that my photoshopping skills have definitely improved over time.  Compared to my first few months of blogging – my photo editing have definitely improved.  (Of course, that’s not what I was hoping for, but for now, I will take what I can.

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Year 2 – August 8, 2013 Maple Valley

Visited Maple Valley again to have another look at the house – we haven’t made up our mind out so we keep going back.  This time we took time to look at the surrounding and visited this nice lake – it is called Lake Wilderness.  If you look carefully, you can see the Mt. Rainier in the background.  One thing I realize is that it is very hard to NOT see Mt. Rainier :)

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Year 3 – August 7, 2014 Shadow

I am just hanging out around the house and trying to take some pictures after work – so far I haven’t really taken any pictures that I would want to print and frame.  I am sure that there are plenty of interesting objects or subjects to photograph.  Getting back into this photography blogging again is much harder than keeping the momentum.

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Year 2 – August 7, 2013 Bellevue High School

We are searching for future school an neighborhood that we would want to call home for the next foreseeable future.  We were told about Bellevue High School, that it is one of the best school schools within the districts so we came and checked it out.   The building manager was very nice and she actually gave us a mini tour of the place.  Looks like an interesting school.

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Year 3 – August 6, 2014 Protrusion

I really don’t know what this was and I wasn’t trying to find out – what I know is that as I was hunting for photos in the neighborhood – this small protrusion that looks like part of flower just, well, protrude out for almost no reason at all – so I snapped the photo and call it a day.

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Year 2 – August 6, 2013 Seattle

Day two of our Seattle trip, had an opportunity to check out the neighborhood around Factoria and Bellevue.  We also took a trip to the city of Seattle.  Normally when people go to Seattle the first time, they usually take a picture of the Space Needle, well, no Space Needle picture here.  There were a couple but from a distance and I was frankly more fascinated with the Alaskan Way.  We stopped by a try Crab Pot for the first time.  It was busy and it was delicious.  On the way back from the little R&R and dinner, I found a ticket on my windshield.  When I parked earlier in a nice parking area, I was informed by someone (whom I thought at that time was the parking attendant) that around 6 pm they started the one rate (evening rate) – that didn’t exist.  My second day and was already scammed. Not a good feeling.  I saw a policeman not too far away and I asked him if this was a common occurrence.  He said no (later I checked with Google and it turned out that it is a common occurrence) – not a good feeling.  I was furious more at myself for being so stupid.

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