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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63 – My Magical Garden

Ann-Christine invited us to look at our Magical Garden this week for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63.

I have written several posts about my magical garden. The hummingbirds, the flowers, the trees and the baby birds.

There were more baby birds in my magical garden. On August 13, 2019, A pair of Mourning Doves came to the previous occupied nest, checked it out and decided to use it. Mama bird laid two eggs and nurtured two babies. The bigger baby flew to the nearby bush. Then Mama, Papa and the bigger brother left.  I thought Mama would leave the younger one alone, but she came back to stay with him for a while. Later that afternoon, the younger one left the nest also. The amazing thing was, both babies came back to the nest to spend a night together. They were gone the next day afternoon. I never saw this behavior in the birds in all the years.

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“Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?” – Nature historian Sr. David Attenborough

“Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.” – Douglas Coupland

“Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble.” – Roger Tory Peterson

 

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The summer is mild this year with only several hot days. The flowers in my garden delight me without demanding too much work. I posted many flowers previously. This is the first time I post the following flowers.

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.” – Buddha

“If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.” – Claudia Adrienne Grandi

“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” – Helen Keller

 

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Vinca Valiant Apricot doesn’t require too much water. They are annual flowers, but with proper trimming, the new flowers grow in the following year.

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The Iceberg roses are not demanding attention. The dead flowers and stems fall automatically. I chose to trim them the same way I care for other roses.

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Geranium has gorgeous colors and blooms all year round. It’s a low maintenance plant. I trim them because I like to keep the bushes to certain sizes.

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 63 – My Magical Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes, the Sun and the Moon

This week for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #62, Patti invites us to share the Silhouetted photos.

 

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It was raining when we arrived Anchorage, Alaska, last year. We were apprehensive if there would be a sunny sky in Denali National Park. I was delighted the weather cleared up as the tour bus approached the Park. I took this photo of the clear sky with the bright sun behind the tree, giving me the image of a star on top of a Christmas tree.

 

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On this day in Maui, the clouds drifted on and off in front of the sun. I often come up with images of the shadowy clouds.

 

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I love to take photos of the full moon. On this night, I waited on the driveway of my house for the clouds to clear for the moon.  I like the turnout of the jagged and blurry image of the trees. Later that night, I took many photos of the clear full moon.

 

5.2017 sunset in the neighbor

The heavy traffic contributes to the smog in downtown Los Angeles. The sunset could be an awing color show and the silhouette of the buildings makes a unique framing.

 

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This is one of my favorite sunset photos taken in Key West, Florida. I was running along the waterfront, trying to get a clear view. It turned out the silhouette of the people created a different dimension to the photo.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes, the Sun and the Moon

 

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #61: Precious Pets – Hummingbirds

This week’s Lens-Artists Challenge Tina introduced the theme “Precious Pets.” She mentioned spending time with her brother and his wife in Colorado, watched how they tended the hummingbirds. Tina now has anew found appreciation of the little creatures and captured some wonderful photos.

I started feeding the hummingbirds in the summer of 2014. Did the hummingbirds stay all year round? I had no idea. If they flew south during the winter, did the same hummingbirds come back to my garden? I didn’t keep track of them until June 2018.

The orange tree in the backyard grew big and tall. My husband trimmed it. After trimming the tree, on June 14, 2018, I discovered a hummingbird nest. He just missed it by one branch. Whew!

 

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Baby Hummie poked his head out of the nest waited for the feeding. I grabbed the ladder, climbed up to take a photo. I moved some leaves out of the way to get a clear view, but scared the baby. He flapped and popped out of the nest. It scared me because he was not ready to fly. I quickly got down the ladder, picked him up in my cuffed hand and returned him to the nest. Papa fluttered above my head. I retrieved from the ladder quickly.

Apparently Baby Hummie was hatched days before I discovered him. I only watched him in the nest for four days and caught him flying away. He flew behind the cypress trees. Eventually Mama brought him and showed him the bird feeder. He stayed close to the bird feeder for six months.

 

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Winter came. My research shows a baby hummingbird cannot fly south to Mexico from California in his first year. The mature birds fly 900 miles straight only stop to feed. Mama and Papa stayed until it was very cold. Finally, early January this year, only Baby Hummie stayed. I worried about him every day especially when it was cold and wet. Baby was smart, he perched on the low wire surrounding his favorite Salvia bush next to a three-feet high brick fence. It sheltered him from the pouring rain and open wind.

 

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Papa came back after three weeks. Mama came back a few days later. They were excited about the reunion, dancing and chasing each other. Papa led Baby Hummie fly away from the feeder little further at a time.

 

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On April 7, 2019, I didn’t see Baby Hummie the whole day. I was heartbroken, thinking of all the scenarios. Did the squirrel eat him while he hibernates at night? Was he attacked by other animals? Was he grown enough to be gone? I prayed for Baby Hummie. It was okay if he was gone, as long as he was safe. The next day, I saw him just once with Papa early in the morning. Perhaps Papa wanted him to fly a further distance. He then came back a couple times a day. And it became more and more frequent returns.

I’m happy to let you know that the last three months, Hummie stays in my front yard and the backyard all day. Papa and Mama come to visit, do their acrobat dance several times a day. As for Hummie, he perches on many favorite spots.

Besides the bird feeder, his favorite nectar is from Slavia and other purple trumpet flowers. I make sure the feeder is full and his favorite flowers grow well.

 

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Lens-Artists Challenge #61: Precious Pets – Hummingbirds

 

 

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #60– Framing the Images

This week, Amy directs us to explore different ways of framing images. She reminds us that, “Many photographers agree on one thing about framing – that it can help direct the viewers eyes to where you want them to look.”

 

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My granddaughter in the Wedding Tea Ceremony Garden in Hong Kong

“Your frame of reference is what you see.” – Jacque Fresco

 

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My painting in a frame

“Thoughts frame your portrait, action paints it.” – Charles F. Glassman

 

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Looking out to the Great Wall, China from the Great Wall window

“The frame through which I viewed the world changed too, over time. Greater than scene, I came to see, is situation. Greater than situation is implication. Greater than all of these is a single, entire human being, who will never be confined in any frame.” – Eudora Welty

 

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Sculpture art in Barcelona, Spain

“The human frame being what it is, heart, body and brain all mixed together, and not contained in separate compartments as they will be no doubt in another million years.” – Virginia Woolf

 

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Wedding Tea Ceremony Garden in Hong Kong

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Celebrating the wedding of my nephew and his wife

“Frame your mind to mirth and merriment which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.” – William Shakespeare

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #60– Framing the Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #59 – Angles

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #59 – Angles. This week, Ann-Christine invites us to look at the world from different angles and interpret what we see. I found a few quotes and a few sets of photos. The quotes may not refer to any photos so I do not link them together.

“The first impression of a new subject is not necessary the best. Seen from a different angle or under different condition it might look even better. Always study a three-dimensional subject with one eye closed” – Andreas Feininger

“Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue…” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One moment the world is as it is. The next, it is something entirely different. Something it has never been before.” ― Anne Rice, Pandora

 

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The buildings in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain include Valencia Opera House, Hemisferic, Prince Felipe Museum of Science, Oceanografic, and Agora. They were designed by Santiago Calatrava. The photos included are the two views of Hemisferic which is a splendid Laserium, Planetarium and IMAX cinema.

 

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Whenever weather allows, my camera is ready to take photos from the airplane. It was snowing on this day before Christmas. Portland, Oregon doesn’t have heavy snow and I was happy to get a bird eye view and a close to the ground view of the somewhat snowy landscape.

 

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Every time I look at these photos of the peacock, I was glad my camera snapped them. It was not too often I could have a behind the scene view of the peacock.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #59 – Angles

 

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #57 – Taking A Break

The theme for Lens-Artists Challenge this week from Tina is: Taking A Break.

The Huntington Library is a great place to go when we want to take a break. I lived about 2 miles from The Huntington in the early 1980s when there was no admission fee. We are now living about 25 miles from it and it’s convenient to go to spend a day. Since I have been there many times, during the last visit, I took time to read some manuscripts in the library and read the descriptions of the art collection. Taking photos is not allowed in the library. It’s allowed in the art collection with no flash of the camera so I took photos of the famous Pink Lady and Blue Boy.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is an educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927).  It is in Los Angeles County in San Marino, California.

The library contains a substantial collection of rare books and manuscripts, concentrated in the fields of British and American history, literature, art, and the history of science. Spanning from the 11th century to the present, the library’s holdings contain 7 million manuscript items.

In addition to the library, it houses an extensive art collection of 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art. The 500 acres property includes 120 acres botanical gardens, the Japanese Garden, the Desert Garden, and the Chinese Garden, along with the Rose Garden, Australian Garden, Herb Garden, Shakespeare Garden.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntington_Library

 

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Lens-Artists Challenge #57 – Taking A Break

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #56: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore

The theme this week from Amy for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #56 is Seascapes and/or Lakeshore. As I searched my photos, it took me to ocean, beaches and lakes from my travel and the neighborhood.

Some of the quotes I included maybe the voices for saving the ocean as the ocean has served us.

 

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Huntington Beach, California

“The beach to me is a sacred zone between the earth and the sea, one of those in-between between places where transitions can be experienced – where endings can be mourned, and beginnings birthed. A walk along the beach offers the gift of the unexpected.” – Joan Anderson

 

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Laguna Beach, California

“Worry is something you can make as big as the tallest mountain, or as small as a pebble on the beach. It is up to you to decide which you would rather have.” – Byron Pulsifer

 

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Laguna Lake, California

“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” – Michael Josephson

 

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Huntington Beach, California (Taken on a different day)

“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

 

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Huntington Beach, California (Taken on a different day)

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Teresa

 

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Bondi Beach, Australia

“People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth’s life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth. 97% of earth’s water is there. It’s the blue heart of the planet-we should take care of our heart. It’s what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They won’t get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something.” – Sylvia Earle

 

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Newport Beach, California

“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.” – Rachel Carson

 

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Port Douglas, Australia

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” – Vincent Van Gogh

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #56: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore

 

 

 

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