Myrmecophobia (Illustrate a phobia #54)

Myrmecophobia is the inexplicable fear of ants.

A mound of ants was a hustle and bustle in the sunlight even at minus three.  Though I spent quite a bit of time here, I only managed to get one small bite on my leg.

This single image processed in Colour Efex is my first 100X shot and is also the perfect image to illustrate myrmecophobia.

Mellow Yellow (#101)

An unexpected bouquet of flowers can easily put a smile on my face.  It also lends itself to becoming a mellow yellow flower abstract which is a perfect fit for the mellow yellow theme for the flickr group 115 in 2015.  

This is a single image processed completely in LightRoom.

A Season... Winter (#108)

Sadly I missed one of the date themes for the flickr group 115 in 2015 so ultimately I will not be able to complete the project.  However, I have completed it for the previous two years and enjoy it so much that I have decided to complete it as far as I can!  This image is from last weekends trip to Abraham Lake.  Although winter is far from my favourite season, it does take a great picture!

This is a single image processed completely in LightRoom.

It's A Beautiful Day (#111)

A lovely weekend was spent at Abraham Lake with two lovely girls from my old photography group.  Due to the warm weather we did not find the famous ice bubbles but it was breathtaking nonetheless!  We were up before dawn to start this beautiful day!

This is a single image processed completely in LightRoom.

Perched on the Dock (#100 Perched)

A San Francisco gull perched on one of the dock posts as we wandered along the Marina.  I liked this shot as I captured a swimmer in the water behind the gull.  This Gull had just chased off another gull that had this prime post but unfortunately I just missed that action.

This is a single image processed in Colour Efex.

Got the Blues (#60)

The view of point reyes national seashore and the gulf of the farallones marine sanctuary.  The blues were absolutely beautiful. 

This is a three image HDR processed in HDR Efex.

Bubbles (#95)

It was fun watching the kids faces as they looked at the giant bubbles being blown on Pier 39.  Although my focus was a bit off on this image, it was by far my favourite bubble image since it looked like the bubble was sitting on the little girl's head.  

This is a single image processed in Colour Efex.

Floppy Sea Lions (#34 Floppy)

Whenever I see sea lions or seals outside of the water, I think they look floppy

California Sea Lions have always been present in San Francisco Bay. They started to haul out on docks of Pier 39 in September 1989. Before that they mostly used Seal Rock for that purpose. Ever since September 1989 the number of sea lions on Seal Rock has been steadily decreasing, while their number on Pier 39 has generally increased. Some people speculate that sea lions moved to docks because of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, but the earthquake occurred months after the first sea lions had arrived at Pier 39. It is likely that the sea lions feel safer inside the Bay. (From Wikipedia)

A Bridge (#46)

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridgespanning the Golden Gate strait, the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bayand the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County, bridging both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  (From Wikipedia)

This is a three image HDR processed in HDR Efex.


Open Heart (#20 Heart)

"Open heart" was hand-painted by local artist Patrick Dintino, a San Francisco native whose mother’s life was saved more than a decade ago by open heart surgery. "Open heart" represents the larger idea of love and understanding self-concept—of opening our hearts and seeing what’s inside, what makes us tick,” said Dintino. “It symbolizes the openness of our city’s heart, as well as the idea of falling in love with and leaving your heart in San Francisco.”

Club (#18)

The Club, a tattoo, piercing and jewellery place along Pier 39 at Fisherman's Warf in San Francisco.  I am pretty certain many people thought I was a little backwards as most people were taking a picture of the Sea lions behind me!

This is a single image processed in Colour Efex.