Today's shot was a tricky one because of the background that I had and the subject that I chose (it had a lot of clutter and I didn't want to include that in the shot). Luckily after trying different angles I found this one and I'm really happy with it :D
What I like the most is the shape that the edge of the leaves form because of the little bit of sunshine that reflects on it.
There are a lot of this kind of trees in our new community. They are really beautiful, bright green leaves and spiky brown balls. Because of the time of the day and the position of the sun, this one looks much better in black and white than in color.
This plant always amazed me! At first you see several balls next to the main branch (like a roll) and when the days start to pass they unwrapped little by little showing the wrinkled leaves in each new branch. After a while, the leaves start to expand and you have each of the side branches full of tiny leaves.
Since a month ago, this tiny little bird is tweeting outside of our bedroom's window. It starts around 8:00am and most of the time it wakes me up. It seems like it's preparing the nest for its little future birdies. The nest will be just outside our window, on top of a pipe.
I woke up quite early on Sunday morning (around 8:00am). I don't know why I kept waking up so early during the weekend!! Grrrr!! (actually I know a little bird that tweets...) Anyway, my hubby of course was still sleeping :)
Suddenly I had a great idea!! I was gonna take a photo of him while he was sleeping hihihi I had a couple of problems because I didn't have enough light, but I opened the blinds a bit just to have some light and voila!! I had my perfect shot! :D
It's very hard to upload photos during the weekend because we are not always at home so I decided from now on I'll upload the photos of the weekend every Monday :)
Since a long time I wanted to take a photo of this mural, but there was always a car in front of it, difficult to take a shot of the whole thing without including the car. On Saturday, we were driving home from our new apartment, when I saw the place without the car in front!! I was sooo happy!
I woke up quite early today, before 8am. Now, it's only 10:30am and I already took today's photo.
It's so nice to have the whole morning still :)
I'll have to continue packing stuff though, uf! but I'm almost done. At least the first stage is almost done, moving physically everything to the new house will be the most annoying part! hehe
I should been used to pack, unpack and move because this will be our 8th moving in 4 years, yep, we move a lot! (this includes 2 out of state moving also). Hopefully we won't move again in a looooong while :D
I struggled a lot today to discover the right photo, none of the shots seemed good enough or at least interesting enough. Luckily after a while I found a leaf with a nice shape and I could accomplish today's mission! Hip Hip Hooray!! :)
It's been quite hard to continue this project, when I started I thought it would be easy (foolish me hehe). But, it's also good to push yourself to get results, because you can't accomplish anything without effort.
I like photos with perspective and patterns as you can tell by seen the photos of my blog :)
Maybe you wonder why I named this post "Imminent stress"... the truth is we are moving to another apartment in 2 weeks and of course I'll be doing the packing :\ I still have some time... kind of... hehehe
This weekend we wanted to do something different for lunch, so my hubby and I tried a new restaurant downtown. The place was very nice with a french atmosphere. In general the glasses at restaurants are quite ordinary, but this ones were really beautiful! I loved the shape of the grip, so without second thoughts I grabbed my camera and start shooting.
Our trip is coming to an end... Goodbye Vegas!! We'll see you another time! We had nice memories and left with our tummies full of food hehehe We had a buffet per day, it was insane!! So much food!! Luckily we didn't gain weight because we walked a lot :P
We started another mini vacations with my parents and hubby, this time was Las Vegas! Sin City!! hehehe This sculpture? (don't know how to call it) was above the entrance doors of Treasure Island Casino (Sirens' Cove).
I don't have much to say today. The day I took this shot I only counted with my point and shoot camera because I didn't want to carry my Nikon. Don't get me wrong, I like the shot but I know with my Nikon I could have done a much better job :)
We are at Mountain View again, walking around the neighborhood. The day was really beautiful, blue sky, no clouds. Suddenly my eyes got caught by a strange shadow. I couldn't resist myself, I had to grab the camera and shoot :)
It's time to head back home after reaching San Luis Obispo. This city has a beautiful monastery, if you have the opportunity go and visit it.
Our last point before returning to Mountain View, was Salinas. Near here you have a gorgeous scenic route called 17 Drive mile. It's a must! Before going check if you will able to see all of the vista points because some of them are closed during some months.
I took this shot at Bird Rock, I was very lucky because I could focus before the squirrel went away because I didn't give it food.
There is a big population of this kind of squirrels. They are very curious and approach to humans to be fed. But YOU SHOULDN'T do it! I saw some people giving this little ones crackers and stuff, I don't understand how come people don't realize that they are hurting them by doing that!
These shots are taken at Pismo Beach, it's a nice small town and they host the migration of the Monarch butterflies. Every year this butterflies come to the Monarch Butterflies Grove at Pismo Beach in search of warmth (between late October and early March).
Because of the bad weather we couldn't see a lot of them flying :(
You can see how foggy and grey the sky was when we went to the Grove.
Nikon D90 (18-200mm f/3.5-5.6) - 52mm 1/400 f/22
But, you never know what will happen within an hour, on our way back, the weather changed again and the sun shined again! It's quite amazing to see how different the same place looks like when the sun goes out.
I must tell that I like much more the mood in the first photo, it makes me wonder so many things...
Since a while ago I was wondering if I wanted to keep my posts numbered and today I decided to stop doing it, so no more numbers at the beginning, just the name of the post for each day. Now that I clarified it I can continue with today's post.
Our trip continue south from Carmel to Point Lobos to Pismo Beach. Luckily the weather was really nice and we could walk a lot! This photo is somewhere between Point Lobos and Pismo Beach. If I'm not mistaken it's Morro Bay (you could see the huge rock on the far left side).
We visited a lot of places with my parents. The first one was San Francisco y and this was the view from the restaurant that we went near Pier 39. Really nice! I love the stormy clouds! (not a good sign to be walking though).
My last weeks were very busy because my parents visited us :) so I couldn't upload any photos. I'll continue with my project today. I was thinking a lot about how to upload all the photos for the last days (I took photos almost everyday) and I decided that I'll do it one at a time. I'll finish my 365 days project even if I finish it next year :D
I found this tiles when I went to the San Francisco Airport to pick up my parents. I've been there several times but never saw this beautiful mural. I could have been there for ever taking photos of the different tiles, but I took enough to be happy.