Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Doors…






Verona, Italy



Photography 10 Day 15: Landscape


Landscapes generally focus on wide, vast depictions of nature and all of its elements, from formations to weather. In this genre of photography, you won’t find much of a human presence: nature itself is the subject. A focus on nature isn’t mandatory, however — you can capture a sweeping panorama of an entire city, town, or industrial area.   ~ Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Photo 101 


Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often

the supreme disappointment.

~ Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984)

An American photographer and environmentalist

Notes: With Fred Archer, Adams developed the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs. Adams primarily used large-format cameras because their high resolution helped ensure sharpness in his images.



Photography 101 day 14: Swarm


Show us a swarm today: large group, moving together. Birds. Bugs. Kids. Taxi cabs. Your subjects can be big or small, animate or inanimate — whatever they are, you just need a lot of them.  ~ MICHELLE W.  Photo 101


Flamingos are very social birds; they live in colonies whose population can number in the thousands. These large colonies are believed to serve three purposes for the flamingos: avoiding predators, maximizing food intake, and using scarce suitable nesting sites more efficiently.  – Wikipedia

Happy Thursday :)  

Photo 101 Day 13: Moment


“Our lives are made up of big events and tiny moments. Ultimately, life is fleeting, and oftentimes it’s these small moments we love to document.”  ~ Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Photo 101


I apologize for recycling the above photo; it was posted on the Travel Theme: Unexpected back in June. I so want to share this happy moment with my Photo 101 community. :)   (Nagil, be good, miss ya. :D  )       

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

Omar Khayyam, 1048 – 1131,

a sufi mystic, Persian polymath, philosopher, mathematician, astronomer and poet

Have a great day! 

Photo 101 Day 12: Architecture


Train your eye to look for architectural elements that translate in black and white: sharp lines and patterns, defined shapes, large surface areas, and a mix of very light and very dark colors. Compare the color and monochrome versions of today’s shot.  ~ 


Architecture is there to enhance life. It is not just an object in space to look at …  It has to contain human activity. It has to make that activity noble.  

~ I. M. Pei, April 26, 1917 (age 97)

a Chinese-born American architect often called the master of modern architecture. In 1983, he received the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Royal Gold Medal

Architecture Of His Time Part II ( In 2013, I did four posts introducing I M Pei’s architectural works) 


 I especially admire his design of the Miho Museum. When Pei completed the Museum, he was 80 years old.  

miho-path-1 miho.or.jp

“Having won every award of any consequence in his art, Pei stands alone as the most distinguished member of his Late-Modernist generation still in practice. And what most distinguishes his practice is that it has never ceased to grow, or to change. ” When Carter Wiseman made these remarks, I M Pei was already 84 years old.

Thank you for stopping by :)   

Jo’s Monday Walk: Lost Maples


In late autumn, Lost Maples State Park stands of old-growth maples set the area ablaze in a riot of red, orange, and gold foliage.  


This 2,174-acre park contains 11 miles (18 km) of hiking trails, 30 campsites, and 8 primitive camping areas


It’s a well-preserved and maintained park enabling people to enjoy nature photography, hiking, camping, bird watching, backpacking, and fishing.


 Lost maples… 


Luckily, we decided to visit there right before the cold front hit Texas. While hiking uphill and photographing for Jo’s Monday Walk, we ran into a group of people, the lady said to me that they were her children and grandkids; they were hiking with her to celebrate her birthday.  A couple of hours later, we met another hiker who told us that it was his birthday; and he was turning 82. He looked like he was in his early 60s :)         



This area along the upper Sabinal River was inhabited in prehistoric times. The recorded history of the area, beginning with Spanish explorations in the 17th century.


According to Texas Parks and Wildlife: The Sabinal River and its several tributaries have carved limestone canyons through the 2,200-acre park straddling Bandera and Real counties at the western fringes of the Edwards Plateau. Here, the canyons’ moist, cool climates supports a remarkable diversity of plant life found few other places in Texas.

Jo is taking us for her beautiful Algarve walk. You don’t want to miss it, click HERE… 


Happy Monday! 

Photography 101 Day 11: A Pop of Color


Today, , Photo 101 Pop of Color, is directing us to pay attention to how color affects your images. Experiment with one color, and think about how to feature it prominently.


Great News: Draco featured on Freshly Pressed!  LD puts 5 posts for Sydney’s Sculpture by the Sea with 42 exquisite photos of the 109 sculptures…  Visite: ETCETERA ETCETERA ETCETERA.


The above photo was posted on LD’s sculpture by the sea part 4   “Statement: Inspired by the purity and happiness of children. The work relates to Buddhist philosophy which keeps the mind close to peace.”

Thank you for visiting! Have a wonderful week :)