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

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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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The magical moment
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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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Corner – Historial Sites, China

Our family vacation trip to China includes Beijing, Xi’an, and Guilin. We visited many historical sites. The structures of those sites were well preserved. Every corner we turned was a perfect angle for photo. It was a delightful family trip!

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Summer Palace, Beijing
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Tiananmen Square, Beijing
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Terra Cotta Warriors, Xi’an
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Li River, Gulin

Weekly Photo Challenge: Corner

Weekly Photo Challenge – Shiny Bumble Bees

My latest distraction was from the new visitors in my garden – the bumble bees. One morning, my husband told me that there were bumble bees hovering over the lavender plant. I was so excited that I dropped whatever I was doing, grabbed the camera to go outside. I approached them quietly because I didn’t want to scare them away. I finally got close enough to see where they were going. But as soon I zoomed in the camera, they flew to another flower. I tried two mornings without success. The third morning gave me a better chance. They didn’t only hovering over the lavenders; they went over to the iceberg roses and stopped at each rose for a few second. It was long enough for me to take a few satisfying photos.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Elements

“For this week’s challenge, explore the classical elements of earth, air, water, and fire. How do you capture something invisible like air or the movement of water?” – 

No place is like Yellowstone National Park that includes all the elements on this planet we call home. Its vast land covers mountains and flat land, waterfall, and volcano.

“Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km2), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The Caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone. The vast forests and grasslands also include unique species of plants.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_National_Park

 

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 Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental