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!

Fullerton City Tour

We have been living in La Habra, California for twenty-five years. City of Fullerton is behind the retaining wall in our backyard. We do a lot of thing in Fullerton such as go for walks in Laguna Lake, biking on trails, eat at the restaurants, have my hair done, or go to the hospital. We drive through downtown Fullerton hundreds of times, but have never taken a leisure walk in that area.

This morning we went on an Fullerton downtown tour organized by a lady from our church group. We walked 45,000 steps in two hours according to several peoples’ apps.

“Fullerton was founded in 1887. It secured the land on behalf of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Historically it was a ,center of agriculture, notably groves of Valencia oranges and other citrus crops.

In 1886, the city began negotiations with George H. Fullerton, president of the Pacific Land and Improvement Company, also a Santa Fe subsidiary. They offered free right-of-way and half interest in the land to the railroad and name the city after him. On July 5, 1887, the negotiation came through and the railroad station is now the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Commonwealth Avenue.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fullerton,_California

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Daily Prompt: Organize

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Golden Lion Dance

“This week’s theme of Golden flows forth from the wondrous tones that I discovered on the island of Skye.” – Frank

We were invited to attend my friend Dr. Edward Wong’s 80th Birthday Party. In Chinese culture, Lion Dance is a common feature in major events such as Chinese New Year, an opening of a new store, or major anniversary of a business. In this event, it was Dr. Wong’s 80th Birthday. He is a successful business man. His guests included Congressperson, Assemblyman, City Counsels, other government officials, and business owners.

 The Décor of the party was the red, yellow, and golden colors that signify positive energy and prosperity. His Lion Dance team was dressed in those colors.  

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The five lions with the Golden Lion in the center
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We had a photo taken with the birthday boy and his loving wife!

Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Golden Lion Dance

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in August – Y2

“It is time for another PICK A WORD theme. Here are the words to choose from: Setting, Nubilous, Motley, Growth, Nautical     

I hope you’ve enjoyed my selection of words and images.  As usual for this theme, you can do one word, or more or all five. It’s up to you.” – Paula

I decided to pick two words. My favorite subjects of photos: sunset and moving clouds.

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Setting in Huntington Beach, CA
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Setting a little more before calling the day
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Nubilous – cloudy above my house
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Nubilous – clouds piling up, going somewhere

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Paula at Lost in Translation: Thursday’s Special – Pick a Word in August Y2

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

Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

I have posted photos of our travel in Australia. For this post, I include different photos to show “textures” for this week’s challenge.

We took a tour to the Sydney Opera House; my interest was to understand how the architecture was built to accommodate the curve of the roof. The close-up photo of the tile patterns explained how it was built.

While we were in Sydney, we went to Bondi Beach. I was surprised by the color and textures of the sand. It was as fine as the wheat flour.

We stopped by the park in Sydney and took photos of two beautiful sculptures. The trees in the backdrop and the bases have complementing textures to bring out the admirable textures of the sculptures.

We then traveled to Blue Mountain. The Three Sisters definitely have intriguing textures through the weathering over the years.

The Crocodile Farm Tour surely let us see close up of the amazing patterns of the Crocodile skins.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Travel Satisfaction

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Most of our traveling experiences were to our satisfaction. My husband had more satisfaction in several of the diving trips. I don’t dive, so I went along as a time for relaxation.

Our family vacation to China was a great satisfaction. The tour company made all the arrangements for sightseeing, and we had our private van and driver.

I would say the trip to Spain last year to celebrate our anniversary was fantastic. We love the beautiful country and appreciate the outstanding architecture.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction