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5th Jun 2017 – Clownfish Trio

Clownfish Trio at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Clownfish Trio at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Snapshot from 2011 of three clownfish (or anemonefish) swimming at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. Not going to lie- getting a good shot, with enough light, of small, moving creatures through different mediums, (glass, air and water), is a bit of a challenge…

28th Nov 2016 – Pomegranate Among the Grasses

Pomegranate Among the Grasses

Pomegranate Among the Grasses

One of my dear friends has some pomegranate trees in her yard; and as she knows I am something of a pomegranate fanatic, she lets me clean her trees of the culturally-significant fruit at my leisure. One day, I did notice how the reds of the fruit does stand out strikingly from greens of the grass, and decided to take a few pictures…

June 29th, 2015 – Pacific Gold

Pacific Gold

Pacific Gold

Sunset on the Beach in Malibu

May 25th, 2015 – Motherhood Among the Reborn Warriors

Motherhood Among the Reborn Warriors

Motherhood Among the Reborn Warriors

Sometimes, you just get a great shot…

A picture of a mother hummingbird feeding its child, taken on Mother’s Day 2015.

If you are wondering about the title, allow me to quote from an earlier post: Hummingbirds are one of my favorite subjects to photograph. Setting aside their mythology, (such as the Aztec belief that they embody the souls of fallen warriors, and being honored by the Navajo alongside the wolves and mountain lions), they are simply beautiful and energetic creatures. The energetic aspect is part of the fun- they are fast, darting to and fro, rarely stopping for a moment. And their duels with each other, for food, mates, or apparently just because, adds to this frantic nature. All this means that photographers are challenged to find great shots of hummingbirds in the split seconds they can- which means it can be a game as well.

Jun 9th, 2014 – Joshua Tree and a Lens Sky

Joshua Tree and a Lens Sky

Joshua Tree and a Lens Sky

A snapshot at the edge of the Joshua Tree National Forest in Southern California with the eponymous plant on the left side and a tranquil desert sky above…

April 28th, 2014 – Wedding Nuzzle

Wedding Nuzzle

Wedding Nuzzle

A private moment on a wedding day on the California coast line…

April 7th, 2014 – The Statue of Santa Monica

Saint Monica of Santa Monica

Saint Monica of Santa Monica

The Statue of Saint Monica in Santa Monica is a often overlooked site in the beachfront city. After all, the city was named after the 4th Century mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. The statue stands at the end of Wilshire Boulevard in Palisades Park, facing inland from the Pacific Ocean. This shot was taken as the sun was slowly setting, giving the statue a halo- as befitting a saintly visage.

Saint Monica (312 – 387 AD) (or Timaniket in the Berber language, her likely ancestry), who also known as Monica of Hippo, was an early Christian saint and the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. She is honoured in the Roman Catholic Church where she is remembered and venerated for her outstanding Christian virtues, especially the suffering against the adultery of her husband, and a prayerful life dedicated to the reformation of her son, who wrote extensively of her pious acts and life with her in his Confessions. Popular Christian legends recall Saint Monica to have wept every night for her son Augustine.

Fun Fact- Santa Monica was called Kecheek in the Tongva language, who lived there long before Europeans colonized the area.

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