Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Camouflage – Lucky Chameleon

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s challenge is: Camouflage! – my entries for other weeks can be found here.
Lucky Chameleon by Seas Reflecting Starlight

Why “lucky” chameleon, you might ask?  Because she is very lucky to be alive!  While visiting the Big Island, my sister and I found her trapped in a spider’s web.  She had clearly struggled to try to free herself, but had only managed to become extremely tangled in the web, and had broken her tail in multiple places.  By the time we found her, she was nearly dead and seemed to have given up on life.

My sister and I used a pair of tweezers to carefully remove strands of web off of the little chameleon.  It was very painstaking work.  At first, the chameleon winced at our touch, like she was expecting us to hurt her, but she was too weak to struggle more.  Over time, she figured out that we were helping her, and started to trust us.  Once we had removed enough of the spider web that she could open and close her mouth again, the life seemed to start to come back in to her.  Before long, her once nearly lifeless form was happily roaming so much that it was hard to get her to stay still long enough to finish taking off the last few pieces of web!  Her color started coming back, and with it, a new zest for life.  Her hope had been restored.  She seemed so happy to be free , and wanted to move about and explore.  She climbed up and down our arms, and all over the area.  We tried offering her some water, but she wasn’t interested.  When she seemed ready, we released her back into the wild, feeling a lot more confident about her chances than we had when we found her.  This lucky little chameleon had her second chance at life, and she seemed ready to take it head on.

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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Overlooked – Mama Cat’s Bath Time Helper

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s challenge is: Overlooked! – my entries for other weeks can be found here.

Mama Cat's Bath Time Helper by Seas Reflecting Starlight

Moms are always multitasking, and Mama Cat’s Little Helper wants to “help” with bath time.  Are the playful little kitten’s antics ever overlooked by Mom?  Absolutely not – moms always have eyes in the back of their heads.  She patiently lets the kitten play with her tail, all the while making plans to pounce on the little kitten and give her a bath too in due time.  Multiple kittens have a way of keeping anyone’s paws full, yet moms somehow rise to the challenge with amazing grace.

Stray cats are some of the most overlooked members of our society.  But a cat lover like me can’t help but notice such cute little kittens.  These cats from a small town in central China seemed pretty healthy, so maybe some of the locals were feeding them.  Canned cat food isn’t as common in China, but I’ve seen many Chinese people donate part of their lunch to hungry kitties.

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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring – Feathered Flirtations

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s challenge is: Spring! – my entries for other weeks can be found here.

Feathered Flirtations-by Seas Reflecting Starlight

Two female mallards are checking out a passing male mallard.  One of the females is preening her feathers, as if hoping the male will notice her.  Even the water seems to reflect their mood, with the red reflections of all the koi in the lake.

Whenever I think of spring, two of the things I always think about are birds and new beginnings. These ducks seem like they are at the start of something, and there may be cute little ducklings in their future.  Spring may not be as distinct here in Hawai’i as it is in temperate regions, but there is still the feeling of something special in the air, and all the twitterpated birds add to that effect.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward – Spirited Snail on a Rainy Day

This photo is part of WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward – my entries for other weeks can be found here.

Spirited Snail on a Rainy Day by Seas Reflecting Starlight.

On a rainy day in central China, a snail scooted along an ancient stone wall.  The snail moved with a great sense of purpose, and amazingly fast for a snail.

Even on gloomy “days” of our lives, we need to keep moving forward as best as we are able.  This snail didn’t let the weather get it down – on the contrary, the moisture probably made it easier to move across the wet surface of the stone.  Perhaps that was the silver lining for the snail.

How can you best utilize the day’s circumstances to move forward in your life?

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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Green – Glimmering Eyes in Glade

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s Challenge is: Green! – my entries for other weeks can be found here.

Glimmering Eyes in Glade by Seas Reflecting Starlight

Whose eyes are these, glimmering in the shadows in the glade?  Something is peering out of the dark leaves of the foliage.

What do you think it is?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique – Red Panda

This photo is part of WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique – my entries for other weeks can be found here.
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CONTEST: What is this bird saying? (with prizes!)

This contest will be reinstated at a future date with new prizes – stay tuned!

Chattering Sparrow by Seas Reflecting Starlight

What is this talkative little bird saying?  You decide!  Post suggestions in the comments for a chance to win one of four $5 OFF coupons from Zazzle!**  Three coupons will go to the winners of the speech bubble contest, and one coupon will go to the link contest (see rules below).

This photo of a House Sparrow was taken in Kona, Hawai’i.  House Sparrows are not endemic to Hawai’i, but arrived from New Zealand in the mid-1800s.  Now they are very common on all eight of the main Hawaiian Islands.

This contest also introduces my newest Zazzle store: Glimmering Glade!  More photos of cute animals and other denizens of the glade coming soon!

Rules:

  • You may enter as many times as you like before the contest closes on January 23rd at 11:59 PM HST.
  • Keep all entries PG.  Comments are moderated, and offensive or inappropriate content will be deleted.
  • Unfortunately, the coupons are only valid on zazzle.com and might not work for people who live outside the US (sorry!)
  • Include a valid email in the comment form in the spot provided (NOT in the comment itself).  Emails will not be used for anything except to deliver the coupons to the winners. 
  • Entries without valid emails are not eligible to win.  If an email to a winner bounces, the coupon will be sent to the next runner-up.  I am not responsible for lost coupons due to incorrectly-supplied emails or full inboxes, and such coupons will not be replaced.  However if the error is mine, the coupon will be replaced.
  • Can’t think of anything witty to say?  Post a link from your blog back to this post for a chance to win one of the coupons!  Winner of the link portion of contest (1/4 coupons) will be chosen at random.  If your blog is on wordpress.com then your email will be included in the pingback, otherwise please leave a comment with a link to your post.
  • Winners will be announced by a follow-up post on January 24th – subscribe for updates!
  • Winners will receive their discount code individually by email, also on January 24th.  Check your email promptly, because coupons will expire soon!

**$5 OFF coupons valid at any Zazzle store, including my Inner Bodhisattva and Glimmering Glade stores, and apply to orders for all Zazzle products of $25 or more, excluding gift certificates. Enter promo code at checkout to receive the discount. Discount does not apply to shipping and handling charges or taxes. Any remaining value will not be refunded. Promo code may only be used once. Valid through 1/25/2013. Offer valid on Zazzle.com only.