From Mono Lake, my wife headed towards the Padre Crowley Point and beyond that what she saw was a palette of color.
The four photos here taken in Death Valley, California show the grand display of colors.
The following (in italics) is extracted from a signboard erected at the location:
More than five million years ago, repeated volcanic eruptions blanketed the landscape, depositing ash and minerals. The volcanic minerals were chemically altered by heat and water with variable amount of oxygen and other introduced elements.
Chemical analyses have identified a paint pot of elements, iron, aluminum, magnesium and titanium, but no copper. Some of the colorful minerals here include red hematite, green chlorite.
This is truly a natural artist’s palette of colorful splash across the slope.
The time of the day, clouds, and the rare rainfall shift the intensity of the colors, making each visit slightly different.
Different colors can create a dazzling contrast but the picture here shows that a big contrast can be produced in Black & White.
The picture was taken in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
The light was coming from the side. It creates a good contrast between the various parts of the Buddha face.
The carvings at the edge also shows a good contrast!
This week’s WPC challenge is Contrast.
I have always asked myself what photography is about.
It helps to preserve memories and some precious moments, it is something about our lives.
It is about composition, light, creativity, texture and, of course, contrast.
This photo is taken inside a church in Budapest – this is my first example of contrast.
I have always taken a liking to stained glass, but many times in my photography, I have failed to photograph the colors.
Hope this one is of sufficient contrast.
I feel I should continue on with last week’s WPC of Between.
After my last two posts of Between (Columns) and Between (Walls), it is just natural that I should also post on Between (Houses).
On our trip to the Baltics, one of my favorite themes of photography was to photograph houses.
I like the colors of the houses and the quiet cobble stone alleys.
Here is my favorite picture taken in a quiet alley.
The picture will be a lot less interesting if not for presence of the cat on the street.
I have an almost exactly similar photo without a cat . I can appreciate what a difference a cat (for many, it is a beloved pet) makes to the picture!
So, this concludes my series.
I am running late for this WPC.
After submitting an entry on Between (Columns), I can’t help submitting another one for Between (Walls).
The picture was taken in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We walked high up the hill with houses, passing many alleys, until we reached this alley.
I like the light pink color of the walls, but this picture has many other interesting features.
You can see plants and flowers hanging out from the houses, blanket hung out for drying, a balcony and what’s more – between the walls is a narrow cobbled footpath.
Above the footpath is a small bridge linking two houses.
The Croatians must love planting very much. On this small bridge, there are green plants and two women who appeared to be doing some gardening.
I was fascinated by narrow alleys and houses in Dubrovnik and couldn’t refrain myself from taking more photos!
Lately, I have been too carried away by my new series of posts on my wife’s 5400 Miles journey into the US.
To the point that I have almost forgot posting on the WPC’s Theme of Between.
Here are a couple of images taken at Luxor, Egypt.
I was stunned by the big stone columns I saw at Luxor.
Not only the columns but the big beams between the columns.
The underside of the beams are painted – that’s unbelievable!
PS The images have been scanned from my old photos of year 2000.
Sunset and sunrise are perhaps the most beautiful moment – especially if you are in the desert.
This picture was taken by my wife when the sun was setting in the Utah desert.
From the picture, you can feel that the sun was still hot as it was exerting its last rays of light.
The sand on the ground has formed ripples as wind blew across the desert.
There was not much of signs of life, except in the distance, one man was walking away hurriedly.
There was complete silence in the area as the day was coming to a close.
Mono Lake is something quite unique.
The scenery was so special that has provoked my wife into taking photos – something she won’t do in our travels – I was the one who photographed while she just enjoyed the view, as she know when back home, I’ll have all the photos.
The following is extracted from Wikipedia:
Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in a endorheic basin. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline.
This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on brine shrimp that thrive in its waters, and provides critical nesting habitat for two million annual migratory birds that feed on the shrimp.
The human history of Mono Lake is associated with its productive ecosystem. The native Kutzadika’a people derived nutrition from the larvae of the alkali flies that live in the lake. When the city of Los Angeles diverted water from the lake, it lowered the lake level, which imperiled the migratory birds. The Mono Lake Committee formed in response and won a legal battle that forced Los Angeles to partially restore the lake level.
The draw down in water levels have revealed more of the salt columns.
This week, the Challenger indicted ” Since we did macros last week lets do some wide open spaces with a twist…. in Black and White.”
I like wide open spaces.
Especially those with white cloud, blue sky and wide open fields.
The picture here was taken while travelling in the Baltics.
This is my ideal kind of picture for wide open fields . . . . . . . . . .
this is just so idyllic!
This must be one of the best photos my wife has taken recently in her trip to the National Parks in the Southwest of the States.
The photo shows a visitor who has climbed up the orange red color land mass and stopped, looking up at the huge inclined landform above him.
Behind him was the blue sky.
He seemed to be facing a formidable barrier so that he couldn’t hike upwards anymore.
The arch just rose so steeply and at an angle above him.
This image shows a big contrast between the huge and strange shaped landform and the small and fragility of the visitor.