Readers Photo Challenge: Green lighted

The subject of this month’s Readers Photo Challenge of green has been most appropriate. Green is the color of Spring and St. Patrick’s Day was just last week. As you might suspect most had something to do with things that grow. Some used green as the main subject while for others it was just a background color. Fifteen readers sent in 72 photos. Everyone who entered showed that they have the photographic equivalents of a green thumb. Here are some of the best examples.

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While visiting one of her favorite haunts around the Buckley Cove area in Stockton, Susan Scott of Stockton spotted an unusual sight. In a puddle she saw some stringy algae swirling beneath the water. With her Canon Rebel XS DSLR camera she photographed small air bubbles suspended under the water by the green strands of algae making for an alien looking landscape.

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Mike Ratekin of French Camp used an Apple iPhone 7 Plus to photograph the morning dewdrops clinging to blades of grass as the sun rose on the horizon. The warm rays if the sun and the jewel-like beads dew give his photo a feeling of fresh hope for a new day.

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For Janet Baniewich of Stockton, there wasn’t much green to find while visiting her daughter in Billings, Montana. She was greeted by grey skies and snow-covered ground. Apparently spring is much different in other parts of the country than here in California. Baniewich did manage to find some green. With her Nikon D3300 DSLR camera she photographed her 16-month-old granddaughter Rose Holland as she played on a green plastic slide in her backyard.

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Tom LaBounty of Stockton photographed a hillside while hiking Hites Cove trail near Yosemite with his Fuji XT-2 DSLR camera. As the afternoon sun skimmed down the hill, LaBounty captured the different verdant hues, from a deep forest green of the trees in the shadows to a nearly yellow of the wild grasses.

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Holly Stone of Lodi found her green subject while on a walk around her neighborhood. She used an Apple iPhone 7 to photograph a cactus plant in a neighbor’s yard. I liked how the bright green lines radiated out from the center for a dynamic composition.

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Carrie Walker of Stockton used an Apple iPad to photograph a baseball at the Madison ballpark in Stockton. The ball lies in the green grass of the outfield for her own field of dreams.

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Rick Wilmot of Lodi used a Canon EOS 5D Mk III a sourgrass blossom in El Cerrito. The bright yellow flower stands out against a field of green of stalks of daffodils.

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All the photos can be seen in a gallery at Recordnet.com. The next challenge will be issued in 2 weeks on April 6.

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