Posts Tagged ‘penguins’

Ann-Christine has set us a difficult challenge this week, difficult because there are too many magical choices. I can’t find the photo that came to mind first, but searching reminded me of a challenge I used to love: the Phoneography Challenge, hosted by Sally at Lens and Pens by Sally. Browsing that folder, I found more magical things to share than you want to see. But here are a few. This first is the photo from the now-defunct Weekly Photo Challenge that got the most likes ever on my blog.

But wait! There’re more.

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A fourth Monday means it’s time for Challenger’s Choice, open anyone taking photos with a non-traditional camera.  If you do, please consider joining us. We’re a congenial group, full of good information and ideas.  Come be part of the fun, either this week or next.  You can find the themes for each week on Sally’s site (she’s our knowledgeable hostess and challenger) or you can just go there and find links to all the entries for the week.

Recently, while spending the weekend with our older daughter,  I visited the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska.  I grew up in Omaha, but haven’t been to the zoo for many decades.  It’s an outstanding zoo, particularly for a city of under half a million.  On this particular Sunday, it happened to be Appreciation Day, so entry to the zoo was free.  We were additionally blessed in that we hit a balmy, sunny day just ahead of the Polar Vortex, a day so warm we could carry our jackets.

I really enjoyed seeing the penguins, so ungainly on land, so graceful in the water.  This first guy (in the foreground) posed unmoving for the entire time we watched, while the penguin in the back reveled in the snow under where the ice and snow was dropping from the top of the exhibit.

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 I like the somewhat Impressionistic look of this photo.

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By adding a little tweak, I got another effect I like, one that give the feeling of winter and the cold.

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