7-day nature photography challenge: day 2

My blogging friend Lois at On Pets and Prisoners has invited me to participate in the 7-Day Nature Photography Challenge. (Please stop by Lois’ blog and say hi 😉 The mission is to post a nature photograph for 7 days and to nominate a fellow blogger each day.

I would like to invite Suyash Chopra to participate this challenge. Suyash is another photographer that I admire. I know Suyash is quite busy, but I hope he will take time to do this (I can babysit if that helps. 😉

“Let’s go out to shoot some photos,” I said to my husband this morning. He was surprised because I haven’t been willing to go out for a couple of months.
“Where?” he asked.
“Some place has flowers. I need to send flowers to a friend.”
I rolled my eyes. “No, it’s for nature photography challenge. Do flowers in the flower shop count?”
“You mean outdoor? You must be kidding. Have you seen any flower in our neighborhood?”
“But, if it is time for Cee’s tulips to leave, we must have something, don’t you think?”

My husband didn’t think so, but we drove to Quarry Hill Park anyway. To my surprise, NO flowers, not even a tiny wild one. I guess I had to settle for new leaves.


Then we saw some mandarin ducks. “Maybe you can hang my message on duck’s neck?” I said to my husband. He ignored me. (His fault, Lois.)


On our way home, I saw one house, two blocks away from our house, has some flowers. But I thought I would check my neighbor’s garden first. My neighbor told me their flowers hadn’t come out yet. But he took me to his neighbor’s house, pointing at a bush and said, “This will have beautiful purple flowers soon.”

I took a photo to make him feel good.


I walked (it is a nice day, by the way) back to that house two blocks away, and rang the doorbell. The lady lives there gave me the permission to take a photo of her flower. Yeah. Mission accomplished!


Thanks for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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20 Responses to 7-day nature photography challenge: day 2

  1. loisajay says:

    Helen, you are so funny! This is wonderful–mission accomplished. Thank you so much.

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    • Helen C says:

      You’re welcome, Lois.
      You know, people say the ability of speaking or writing a second language is the first thing to go when you age. 😉 I thought something wasn’t quite right when I wrote “mission completed”, but at that moment, I didn’t know what 😉 Thanks.
      I wish I could draw better. Ha.
      Have a great day.

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  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Another real fun set of nature photos. I like the daffodils the best. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Cee. I am a one-lens person. Sometime the one I had was not the right one 😉 The daffodils and the duck turned out okay. I included the other two only because I want to get some credit for my hard work. Ha ha…
      Have a great day.


  3. Amy says:

    A fun, delightful, and lovely post, Helen! Sound like flowers are coming late for you guys. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

  4. neihtn2012 says:

    Poor you, no flowers yet! Become a snow bird, move South!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Adhika says:

    Haha. So funny! I really love seeing this play on nature photography. It looks really fun! 🙂 In any case, those mallards could be baited using a loaf of bread, Helen. Then it’s a matter of trying not to get bitten. 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Actually, place the note around mallard’s neck is not too bad. Take it off, however, may be difficult. They didn’t stay at same spot long. They walked to the shore and then ran or flew back to the lake almost right away. 😉
      When I was little, I was chased by geese a couple of times. I am still afraid of any of those that looks like a goose.
      Have a great day.


  6. Becky B says:

    Brilliant . . . can’t wait for day 3 and going to follow you to make sure I don’t miss it 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Becky. It does get a little harder 😉
      I am going to follow your blog too, so I won’t miss any. I love reading Jo’s Monday walk. They take me to wonderful places and make me feel peaceful.
      Have a wonderful day.

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  7. Meghan says:

    This is lovely. I especially like your sign for Lois in the photos. I might steal your idea – I think it’s a lovely way to send a ‘thinking of you’ to a friend 🙂

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