Spring is in the air, and it is a great time to get out there and appreciate nature’s beauty. There’s been a few storms, but nothing major for southern California. It still brings about wonderful scenery and makes for a great visit to the harbor or the zoo, where I found plenty of natural curves for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #191 – Curves.
The first picture was just after a spring shower, when a rainbow–with a natural curve!– appeared over Point Loma in San Diego, California. The sun was still rising behind me as I stood on my hotel balcony in my pajamas with my Nikon camera and cell phone, providing great lighting for photos. The moon’s curve and all of the storm clouds were highlighted by the sun, making for a peaceful start to the first day of spring; captured with iPhone 12 Pro Max for John’s Cellpic Sunday.
The first day of spring also provided great shots of brilliantly colored bush lillies, which I am sharing for Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD).
Not to be outdone by the nearby flowers, these flamingos were showing off their plumage; whether they were showing off to the other birds or for visitors, I could only guess. They sure were noisy either way!
The flamingos were not the only birds causing a commotion at the zoo. Many birds–males in particular–were on a one-track mission to build their curvy nests. It was quite lively and entertaining, and as a bonus, their feather colors and mating songs were mesmerizing.
While I had to duck a few times for the weaver frantically flying from the grass to his nest to grass and back again, this male red-cheeked cordon-bleu bird was a little more methodical and slow-paced at collecting grass for his nest.
On this first day of spring, some mammals were also deep in thought. This colobus monkey –with curvy hair!–was sitting in the sun; perhaps he was contemplating which fruit to steal from the nearby group.
And while the colobus monkey was hard at work thinking, this male baboon, with his own curvy hair, took time from staring at his patch of grass to give me the evil-eye. Not sure what he was thinking, but I am glad he was up on a hill away from me.
The giraffes at the zoo certainly decided to chill and take naps–maybe it was the springtime air. Despite what some might think, giraffes are pretty flexible and can curve their necks to do many things, including staring at the photographer. I also noticed that the giraffes’ patches were quite curvy and not uniform, a great adaptation that allows them to blend in together (and comes in handy during naps). The first photo is of baby Mawe, born in December and first mentioned in this blog post. She has the cutest curvy eyelashes.
And last, but not least, I cannot go without mentioning my favorite polar bears. The girls were chilling and taking naps. I got a close-up of Tatqiq taking a nap–look at her curvy claws!
I hope everyone had a peaceful weekend and enjoyed the first day of spring.