My wife and I love to window shop and not because it's less costly than grabbing that shopping cart and pursuing goodies in the aisles. It's just fun for us, but during the winter, it can be a little cold out on the street so I hope your time in today's post gives you some of that warmth we often need during this colder time of the year.
Here are the three images on display today and after you've snuggled up with one or more, you can read on to learn a little secret about each one.
Streams of Color: This image, and three others, helped me reach 9th place in an Abstract Photography online photo challenge with over 1,600 competitors. Many of these other photographers were serious amateurs or professionals and the voting was done only by the competitors, so this was not something where I got lots of friends to vote me into the top level. But that's not the secret you didn't know. When I heard about the challenge, I not only, didn't understand what an 'abstract' photograph looked like, but I KNEW there weren't any in my portfolio. I can't remember exactly how it happened but I finally found four that I thought 'might' be appropriate and entered the contest. The rest, as they say, is history.
Beauty by Design: This is a beautiful park close to where we lived for over 31 years. What makes it unique to me, is the small amount of people we saw during the different times we visited. This image was taken during the Summer of 2013 and we hardly saw more than a few people at a time, even though my research indicates over 13 million people visit each year. Maybe they weren't attracted to this pretty location in...wait for the big reveal...San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Lounge Chair for Two: California has huge migrations of monarch butterflies but this image wasn't captured there. Four states, according to a site I visited, have selected the monarch as their state insect. And of the four, Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, and Texas, I've only been to two and didn't capture this shot in either location. So now the secret will be revealed...the state that calls the 9-Spotted Lady Beetle their state insect and not the Monarch, was the place this image of two monarchs on a flower became mine...New York.
Thanks SO much for stopping by today...hope you enjoyed what you saw.