Church of Immaculate Conception

I like taking photos of churches or cathedrals; especially those in Europe.

Both the interior or exterior of their architecture are so fine and beautiful; some of them look so majestic and grand too.LA 016

Here is a picture taken of the Immaculate Conception church, a simple structure,  in the old town of San Diego, USA.

A picture which I found from my archive; it is a picture taken with a first generation electronic compact camera.

Still, it looks not bad.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Half Light ( Canyon 2 )

Another photo from the Canyon which was taken by my wife.

I think she has beautifully composed this picture, with the jutting out tree and the bird blocking about half the light, but still leaving the lower portion covering the tops of the canyon.CIMG4957

Just wonder where she learned her skills – she doesn’t even seem to know how to use all the buttons on the camera!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Half Light (Canyon)

This photo has three light zones.

The brightest part is on the left hand side, showing hills yonder with their shadows.

The middle zone showing the somewhat reddish rock with their many joints as a result of weathering.

The right hand zone is dark but still shows the rugged nature of the rock face.CIMG4055

It also shows the silhouette of my brother and sister in law walking under the overhanging rock.

The picture was taken by my wife while travelling in the South Western part of the States.

Altogether, it makes an interesting picture!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dance ( of the Dolphins )

Have been out to the sea to see the dolphins; but never saw so many dolphins at the same time.

The Video below was taken by my wife while in California.

. . .. . . . . .  it shows a group of dolphins swimming playfully.

It looks as if they were dancing happily.

What a delightful sight!

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind ( New York)

So this week, share an image where you see a particularly strong connection between what we see and what you felt as you pressed that shutter button on your camera or phone.”

The above is what the Challenger asks us to do this week for the Photo Challenge.010A

Have been to New York several times. Each time, I got a special feeling about the place.

There are many places I like, however, the ordinary streets cape in NY reminds me that I am actually there.

The mix of the old and the new gives you a sense of place.

A place that is so varied, so alive and so full of energy!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Time (Fossilized Trees )

How much time will it take for a tree to become petrified and turned into fossils ( under the right conditions) ?

These photos were taken by my wife while travelling in the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona in the South West part of the USA.CIMG4339

The following ( in italics) has been extracted from the Wikipedia to which credit is due:

During the Late Triassic, downed trees accumulating in river channels in what became the park were buried periodically by sediment containing volcanic ash. Groundwater dissolved silica (silicon dioxide) from the ash and carried it into the logs, where it formed quartz crystals that gradually replaced the organic matter. Traces of iron oxide and other substances combined with the silica to create varied colors in the petrified wood.CIMG4337

In Petrified Forest National Park, most of the logs in the park retained their original external form during petrification but lost their internal structure. However, a small fraction of the logs and most of the park’s petrified animal bones have cells and other spaces that are mineral-filled but still retain much of their original organic structure. With these permineralized fossils, it is possible to study the cellular make-up of the original organisms with the aid of a microscope. Other organic matter—typically leaves, seeds, cones, pollen grains, spores, small stems, and fish, insect, and animal remains—have been preserved in the park as compression fossils, flattened by the weight of the sediments above until only a thin film remains in the rock.CIMG4342

Much of the park’s petrified wood is from Araucarioxylon arizonicum trees, while some found in the northern part of the park is from Woodworthia arizonica and Schilderia adamanica trees. At least nine species of fossil trees from the park have been identified; all are extinct. The park has many other kinds of fossils besides trees. The Chinle, considered one of the richest Late Triassic fossil-plant deposits in the world, contains more than 200 fossil plant taxa. Plant groups represented in the park include lycopodss, ferns, cycads, conifers, gingkgoes, as well as unclassified forms. The park has also produced many fossil vertebrates—including giant crocodile-like reptiles called phytosaurs, large salamander-like amphibians called Buettneria, and early dinosaurs—and invertebrates, including freshwater snails and clams.CIMG4338