The ‘Seeing Differently’ Challenge (Part 4)

How to see things differently via our lens? Robyn explains, “… look closely and look far away. In focus or not in focus…” Here is the my last set for this challenge.

See a rock garden through the gate,


leaves gently laid to rest,


the last pinecone for the season, and


Milkweed is blowing in the wind…



Thank you, Robyne (Captivate Me) for this inspiring and creative challenge theme.  Do visit her site, you will be amazed.

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52 Weeks Photo Challenge:Week 12- Street (Austin)

52 Weeks Photo Challenge hosted by THE GIRL THAT DREAMS AWAKE for this week is Street.


Downtown Austin


SoCo (South Congress Street)


During one of the music/film festivals in Austin, the street looks like this.

The city’s official slogan promotes Austin as “The Live Music Capital of the World”, a reference to the many musicians and live music venues within the city, as well as the long-running PBS TV concert series Austin City LimitsForbes has placed Austin at the top of its annual list of the country’s biggest boomtownsAustin is the third fastest-growing city in the nation.

Happy Tuesday!🙂

Sun Shining On Fall Leaves




Such a scenic drive near Santa Fe, New Mexico! Photos were taken with iPhone 6+.

WPC: Shine

Submitting to Sally’s Mobile Photography Challenge:


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Cee’s B&W: It’s All About Nature


I captured these photos when I was on an express train. The one above was at 1/1600, f/8.0.

Below was at 1/640 f 5.6. Processed through Lr, I decreased the clarity.


Submitting to Cee’s B&W Challenge: All About Nature. (Scheduled)

Cee black-white-banner

See you next week!🙂

Thursday Travel: Oxford

Another day trip we took when we were in London was Oxford.

While having no known date of foundation, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world.



There we took a tour of part of the campus admiring the magnificent architecture of Oxford.







  • 27 British prime ministers have attended Oxford.

  • The university is associated with eleven winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, five in physics, and sixteen in medicine.

— More on Wikipedia

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Flyways for Monarchs

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, During the fall, monarchs use two principal flyways. Monarchs enter the Texas portion of this flyway during the last days of September. By the third week of October, most have passed through into Mexico. The second flyway is situated along the Texas coast and lasts roughly from the third week of October to the middle of November.

I captured these Monarchs in the second week of October while walking through a local trail.


I was happy to capture three together, then four of them came.


Wow, I caught all five monarchs…


Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants, and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. Texas Park and Wildlife maintains a lot of milkweed plants in various parks and trails.



For WPC: Local

The chart below shows the continuous drop of Monarch colonies, 2013-2014 was the lowest. The good news is that it is bouncing back a bit between 2015 and 2016. I have seen more Monarchs in Texas this year than the past few years.



Monarchs can travel between 50-100 miles a day; it can take up to two months to complete their journey. The farthest ranging monarch butterfly recorded traveled 265 miles in one day.

Source from US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

Thank you for visiting! This is another scheduled post for this week.

The ‘Seeing Differently’ Challenge (Part 3)

This week, I have a set of mixed images for part 3.

While I was taking a photo of the table setting through the window, I also captured the reflections of the water fountains and the building behind the fountains. All in one photo.


Seeing the goat from the back.


A cool bokeh light shot:


Shadow of the railing:


Here are my 11 of 15 photos for this challenge. visit Robyn’s inspiring “seeing differently” series.


Have a great day!🙂

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