Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy ( at the National Parks)

This week’s DP photo challenge is Creepy.

There are many creepy and crawly creatures in the National Parks in the South West of the States.CIMG3947

These include some reptiles.CIMG4645

Also, some snakes.

Some of them are quite big and look creepy too.CIMG4709

We dislike snakes as we never know what may happen next.

So, we usually stay away fro these creatures as far as possible.CIMG4713

These pictures were taken by my wife on the trip.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet (Red Earth)

This is literally beneath your feet.

This picture was taken on a trip to the National Parks in the South West of the States.DSCF8578

The place, including some of the deserts are covered with a reddish brown soil which will deposit on your shoes and trousers when you hike.

The feet/ shoe belong to my brother-in-law!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of The Nature (Utah)

The National Parks in the South West of the States are a good source for illustrating the Forces of Nature.

The forces may include: erosion, high differential temperatures, wind, gravity etc.DSCF3995

The process is repeated for millions of years.

We are only seeing a snapshot  of a long and continuing process.

Photo taken by my sister-in-law, Jennie.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

This week’s photo challenge is Rule of Thirds.

I learned this rule very early but have basically forgotten about it when taking pictures.

I would like to think this is a rule for the novice so as to get them away taking photos with subject of interest exactly at the center.

Composition is a complicated subject, only by taking photos with the subject of interest at the third points rigidly is not a panacea.CIMG4363

The picture here was taken by my wife while travelling in the South West of USA, visiting many national parks.

On this picture, the tree trunks are taken at almost the third points, leaving a lot of “empty” space to show the background – in observance of the rule proposed by the Challenger.

Unfortunately, this is the only one picture I can find right now fitting this week’s theme!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth (at the National Parks)

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Here are three photos taken by my wife in the National Parks of the south west of the States.CIMG4248

To me, they are awesome and illustrate Depth in natural land forms.

Unlike other posts, I would be unable to explain where exactly these photos were taken, how I feel when the photos were taken etc. as I did not go on the trip and did not take the photos.CIMG4180

I have never seen land forms like these and would love to visit there one day.CIMG4185

All three photos show the wonder, width and depth of the creation, the arid and bare landscape, sunset in the first picture, barren and jagged rocks in the second and valley with winding paths down below on the third.

PS All pictures the courtesy of my wife, Linda.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance (in Travelling)

How often do we think that we have to endure in our travels?

Long distance travelling, in particular, requires a lot of endurance.

Even before we reach our destination, to mention a few, we have to endure:

*Queuing for checking in and security checks at the airport.

*Getting through immigration.

*Long hours of flight with cramped seats, not much sleep and unstable cabin temperatures and humidity.

*Getting in and out of airports. 

*Sleepless nights in hotels with unfamiliar conditions / beds.

Even when we actually reach our destination, depending on where we go and how we want to do our travelling, we may need to be persistent.

The following photos were taken by my wife while they were travelling earlier this year in the United Sates. This was part of their 5400 Miles Travel in the USA – an earlier series which I have published and which will be continued when I have the time / mood to go back to it.CIMG4010

The first photo shows my sister-in-law Jennie and husband Hans, walking laboriously in the desert of Arizona.CIMG4406

The second photo shows them walking in the South Western part of the States, among a strange landscape.

Some people like to endure, Hans always like to choose the most difficult route in the National Parks.

So, I suppose part of the endurance was self inflicted!