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WordPress weekly photo challenge: Near and far

Taking pictures of something close with an interesting (but not distracting) background is often a challenge. A few months ago, when wildflowers were blooming all around town, I spent some time at a local park to take pictures of them and the scenery, trying to show perspective. I’m not sure I managed to do it, so I’ll let you judge. You can see more of my photos on my photography website.

Here’s a nice patch of colorful wildflowers, with a typical San Diego hill in the background.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Near and far

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Near and far

I liked the fence so I tried to play around with it to show how far it went.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Near and far - flowers and a fence

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Near and far – flowers and a fence

The next photo shows a glimpse of the San Diego River in the background.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Near and far - San Diego River

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Near and far – San Diego River

I took the last picture during our recent vacation to Idyllwild, California. I love the large pine trees you can find everywhere in the forest and how small you feel when standing at the bottom. The lightning is all wrong for this picture – there’s nothing worse than trying to take photos towards the sky in the middle of the day, but it gives you an idea of how far up these trees can reach. Nature never stops amazing me.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Near and far - Pine trees in Idyllwild California

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Near and far – Pine trees in Idyllwild California

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Purple

How did the WordPress people know my favorite color is purple? OK, technically it’s not purple but lilac, or lavender. And pink. And blue. Many shades of blue.

But I’ve found out over the years that most Americans are not very discriminative when it comes to colors. Growing up in the land of Renoir and Monet, I learned early on the colors of my paint tubes in the school’s art class: ochre, vermillion, fuchsia, azure, café au lait… And “bordeaux” for maroon, because “marron” means chestnut in French, since chestnuts are indeed brown. And that was just one hour of art class every week. But let me get back on track before I start ranting about the disappearance of art from our school system, or our kids’ preference for video games over art history.

I love purple and its various shades. It’s a bold, proud color that screams, look at me! And I love taking pictures of purple things because they stand out so much from their background.

Take a look at the photos below and tell me what you think. I’d also love to hear what your favorite color is and why.

Here’s a photo of my favorite tree in San Diego, called the jaracanda. It only blooms for a couple of months a year (May and June) and it’s a delight to see the purple bursts throughout the landscape. I still have to find a tree with a nice setting around it to take a great picture, but I wanted to share this sight because it’s quite a treat.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Purple - Jacaranda tree in San Diego

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Purple – Jacaranda tree in San Diego

Here’s a photo of a local lilac tree called the Ramona lilac. Unfortunately it doesn’t smell anything like the common lilac but it still features beautiful blooms in the spring.

Purple lilac - Ramona lilac photo in San Diego

Purple lilac – Ramona lilac photo in San Diego

During our vacation in Idyllwild, I spotted a few wildflowers and these really stood out. I have no idea what they are called (if you know, please share), but I love their shape and color.

California purple wildflowers photo

California purple wildflowers photo

Finally, I know I used this photo of a lupine in a previous WordPress weekly photo challenge, but it’s very purple and fits right into this post too.

Photo of purple lupine in San Diego

Photo of purple lupine in San Diego