Weekly Photo Challenge – Serene

California coast from Monterey Bay area to San Diego is a good place for whale watching. Humpback whales, Blue and Gray whales migrate through the water for feeding. These whales are enormous, yet they eat small sea creatures such as krill, crabs, and shrimps and the California coast has a concentration of them. Bottlenose dolphins are frequently seen in this water also.

We went on a whale watching cruise in November 2015. We didn’t see whales, but we saw many bottlenose dolphins coming up to the surface of water. A few private yachts were floating in place simply for yachting. The calm and blue water reflected the clear sky was serene. Whether we saw the whales or not, it was a refreshing day.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Peek

When I travel, I love to peek through the airplane windows to see if I could capture some interesting sights. The photos in this post were the aerial views from my recent trips to Portland, Oregon to visit my daughter, son-in-law, and my granddaughter.

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Sunset on the way to California
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Above the rain clouds over the California mountains
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Overlooking Portland area

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek

Weekly Photo Challenge – Rounded

The theme of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is “rounded.” I take the literal interpretation to choose the landmark structures, buildings, and the dancing water that we visited in Spain.

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Fountain in Granada
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Bullring, Plaza De Toros in Granada
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Arts & Science Building in Valencia
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Dancing Water Show in Barcelona

Weekly Photo Challenge – Rounded

Weekly Photo Challenge – Glow

I love to take the full moon photos. The first two photos were taken this year, one on April 11, and the other on July 9, 2017.

Even more so, I love to take sunset photos. Hopefully, when the moment presents itself, I also have a camera at hand. The first sunset photo was taken in Huntington Beach, California right after we had a seafood dinner in a December evening, 2016. The last photo of the sunset was taken near my home in southern California in July 2017.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Glow

Weekly Photo Challenge – Layered

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The Yellowstone Caldera (a collapse is triggered by the emptying of the magma chamber below the volcano) is the largest volcanic system in North America. It has been termed a “supervolcano” because the caldera was formed by exceptionally large explosive eruptions.

The most violent known eruption occurred 2.1 million years ago. A smaller eruption happened 1.3 million years ago. The current caldera was created by an eruption that occurred 640,000 years ago. Each of the three climactic eruptions released vast amounts of ash that blanketed much of central North America, falling many hundreds of miles away.

Since the last supereruption, a series of smaller eruptive cycles between 640,000 and 70,000 years ago has nearly filled in the Yellowstone Caldera with 80 different eruptions. Layered lavas were formed with each eruption. The volcanic activity is much alive as manifested by the hotspots below the Crust of the Earth.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

Weekly Photo Challenge – Waiting

 “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Waiting is not a bad thing; it can bring its own joy – the thrill of achievement” – David Jeremiah

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Mt. Adams, Yakima County/Skamania County, Washington USA

Mercy and Will went cross-country skiing on Mt. Adams, in Yakima County / Skamania County, Washington USA. It is 12,280 feet elevation. They drove up to a campsite to camp, then hiked up to the top of the mountain. They wanted to reach the top of the mountain to see the sunrise. They did the timing of hiking. It was worth the effort of hiking and waiting. The magical moment came as the sun arose. The thrill and the joy were indescribable.  The emotion of such achievement could only expressed by the celebration of love.

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Mercy hiking, trying to keep up with Will and Luke
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The sun started to rise
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Mercy, Will and Luke on top of Mt. Adams

They skied down to the campsite with confidence and pride.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

Weekly Photo Challenge – Architectural Structure, Valencia Spain

When we were at Valencia, Spain, we visited the most amazing, contemporary, and futuristic structures designed by the Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava Valls. He is a Spanish neofuturistic architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter. His design is so refreshing compared with the traditional Spanish architecture.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure