夏季里,很多人都会去度假,从六月到八月,上班的人们很享受不拥挤的道路,和比较懒散的节奏,尤其是接近周末的时候,如果有好天气,提早一些时间下班,去享受一下夏日午后的阳光,不去海滩,不去逛街,不去酒吧,就静静的坐在树荫下,感受阵阵暖风,也是很好的感觉,夏天即将结束的时候,八月的日子里,我还是每天照常上下班,照样用手机随拍,很快就会迎来开学季,一切又将回到忙碌的节奏中。。。

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🔸8.1.2018 Naked Lily (祼百合)🔸

A group of beautiful pink flowers have suddenly appeared on the side ramp that I drive by every day. Today I went around to have a good look. I found that the flowers looked and smelled like lilies, but there were no leaves on the straight stem, I didn’t recognize it so I checked it online and found out that they are called Amaryllis Belladonna. Naked lily is the common name.


每天开车经过的小斜坡上近日突然出现了漂亮的粉红色花朵,今日特意绕过去看个清楚,发现是一种我并不认识的花,花朵形状和香味,像极了百合花,但是笔直的枝杆上没有叶子,上网查了一下,原来这种花俗名叫做祼百合,真名 Amaryllis Belladonna。

🔸8.2.2018 Raindrops (雨滴)🔸

It’s raining, the summer plants are happy, watching the raindrops gently fall, it makes me feel great. The rain is graceful, rain is the sky descending upon the earth, without rain, there would be no life.


下雨了,夏天的植物会很开心,看着雨滴轻轻落下,这种感觉很不错,雨从天降,是恩赐,没有雨就没有生命。


🔸8.3.2018 This Afternoon (今日黄昏时)🔸
The clouds in the sky are changing constantly. Late afternoon today, I saw a large cloud trying to cover the bright sunlight. Is it going to rain again? 天上的云千变万化,今日黄昏时,遇见一大片乌云试图遮掩明亮的阳光,又要下雨了吗?

🔸8.4.2018 A Visit To The Casino (赌场一游)🔸

Today was my first time visiting the MGM casino in Maryland, the entrance had a nice view of Washington DC, and it also has a timed water fountain show. I walked around the pool and I found a good angle of the two buildings pointing towards each other.


今天第一次去马里兰州米高梅赌场,进口处的景色很不错,可以远眺华盛顿DC,还有定时喷水表演,围着水池转了一圈,发现了一个不错的视角,就是把二个建筑物的尖点对准而摄。

🔸8.5.2018 Closeup Butterfly (近拍花蝴蝶)🔸

While I was walking out of the park, with my camera back in my bag, I spotted this Monarch Butterfly, I used my phone to snap a few pictures immediately. It didn’t seem bothered by me, so I got closer and closer, I continued to track and take two more shots as it flew to the wall.


从公园里出来,相机已经收起,见到这只帝王蝴蝶, 我马上用手机拍,它似乎没有在意,我越凑越近拍了几张,当它飞到墙边,我继续追踪再拍二张。

🔸8.6.2018 A Big Sunflower (大向日葵)🔸

The big sunflower looked like it was smiling at me. So lovely. Under the strong light in the middle of the day, I tilted my phone towards the sky and photographed it.


这朵大向日葵看上去在向我微笑,很是可爱,中午的强光下,仰天而摄。

🔸8.7.2018 Waiting (等待)🔸

While waiting for friends in a fairly empty restaurant, I looked around and found this view, the vases on the sill are bright spots, I have been practicing photo shooting daily, it’s like a second nature for me now to observe the surroundings, if I see something interesting that can be photographed, I don’t want to miss it.


在饭店等待朋友的到来,环顾四周,发现这个视角不错,窗台上的花瓶是亮点,每日一照把我练就成了处处留心观察,有可拍的镜头都不放过。

🔸8.8.2018 By The Pond (池塘边)🔸
There are willow trees by the pond. Sometimes people sit under the tree, listen to the birds chirp, watch the little red fish swim in the water, and sometimes I see the Canadian geese swimming around, its a good place to relax. 池塘边柳树成荫,有时见人们坐在树下休息,听听鸟叫声,看看水中的小红鱼儿,有时还能看到加拿大鹅游来游去,一个休闲的好地方。

🔸8.9.2018 Red Table & Chair (红桌红椅子)🔸

The flowers on the back of the red chair caught my eye, and the outdoor tables and chairs were waiting for people to come. Such a design brought an easy and relax mood.


红椅背上的花朵吸引了我的视线,户外的桌椅等待着人们的到来,这样的设计带来轻松和快乐的心情。

🔸8.10.2018 Home Is A Feeling (家是一种感觉)🔸
Walking past the shopping district, I see the printed sentence on the wall: Home is not just a place, home is a feeling. To me, home is a safe harbor, a place with love, a place with good memory, a place to laugh, and a place that gives your heart a warm feeling. 经过商场外,见墙上印有这句话:家不只是一个地方,家是一种感觉。对我来说,家是安全的港湾,是有爱的地方,是有美好记忆的地方,是有欢笑的地方,家就是有这种温馨感觉的地方。

🔸8.11.2018 Summer Backyard (夏日的后园)🔸

Going to my neighbor's backyard to shoot some blooming sunflowers, I see a cluster of bright yellow chrysanthemums in full bloom in the hot August air, they are bunched together randomly,but still look good.


去邻居家的后院拍盛开的向日葵,见一丛鲜艳黄色小菊花,在八月的热空气中正在盛开,挤在一起,无规无则,却也很好看。

🔸8.12.2018 Deer In The Front Yard (有鹿在前园)🔸

Driving down a winding road in the morning, I saw two deer in the front yard of someone's house. There happened to be a parking space along the roadside, I park the car and photograph the unusual scene from across the street.


早晨行车在弯曲的小路上,突见二只鹿在别人家的前园里,正巧有一处停车地,把车停下,隔着马路拍下这不常见的景象。

🔸8.13.2018 Beautiful Creations (美的创造)🔸
While browsing on the internet, I happened to see a picture that looked like a computer generated graphic. It was so beautiful. When I looked it up, I found out that it was created by the app called Frax. By touching, sliding, rotating, and leaning with my finger, I marveled at the abundance of color and the clarity of the details, I tried and created this colorful, passionate burning fire.


偶然在网上看到一幅像是电脑制成的画面,很美,查看之后发现是用一个叫做Frax的App,通过手指点触,滑动,旋转,倾斜,而制造出的具有独特风格的画面,色彩之丰富,细节之清晰,都令我惊叹,自己也尝试着做了一个热情奔放的火焰在燃烧。

🔸8.14.2018 Amberwing Dragonfly(琥珀翼小蜻蜓)🔸

It is never easy to photograph dragonflies, because they are very small and constantly flying. Today I spotted a tiny dragonfly with amber-colored wings. It was the first time I had seen such a dragonfly. It was perched on a withered flower by the water, I was afraid it would fly away, so I shot one photo in a hurry, and waited a moment for it to stop on a blossoming flower, to make the photo look more pretty, but it did not happen, the tiny one flew away.


蜻蜓不是很容易被拍摄,因为它们非常小且飞来飞去停不下来,今天我拍到了一种很小,有琥珀颜色翅膀的微小蜻蜓,这还是我第一次看到这种蜻蜓,它停在水边一朵凋谢的太阳花上,怕它飞走,我急急忙忙抓拍到了这一张,又等了一会期待它会停在一朵盛开的花上,使画面更美,可惜未成功,小蜻蜓飞走了。

🔸8.15.2018 Spinning Out Beauty (旋转出美丽)🔸

I’ve been standing on the deck for a while, felt a gust of wind blowing which let me smell the sweet fragrance of gardenia, by looking at it closely, it seems this flower is spinning out a beautiful shape from the center.


在露天平台上站了一会儿,一阵风吹,我闻到了栀子花香,凑近细看,这一朵花正从中央旋转出美丽的形状。

🔸8.16.2018 Together (在一起)🔸

At the supermarket flower section, I saw two Calla lilies close together, couldn’t help but take a quick snap of them, the light green color, very fresh feeling, the paired flowers always give me a very warm feeling.


超市花柜看到二朵马蹄莲紧靠在一起,忍不住拍下,浅浅的绿色,很有清新感,双双对对的花总是带给我很温馨的感觉。

🔸8.17.2018 Reflection (倒影)🔸

The waterfront always has its charm, when the colorful scene appears, it is the most joyful moment, there are three little canoes grouped together, the colors are beautiful, especially in the reflection.


水边总有它的吸引力,当色彩丰富的画面出现,也是最令我开心的时刻,三只小独木舟在一起,色彩漂亮,倒影更是美。

🔸8.18.2018 Listen To The Books (听书)🔸

Have you ever tried listening to a book? I do it often, most of the time I listen to books in my car while driving, sometimes I read it after listening, sometimes listerning while reading, it seems more appealing to me when the words come with the voice, especially when it is read by a good voice, one can take you into the plot of the scene. Recently, I have finished listening to two volums of autobiographies by Mark Twain, who was one of America's greatest writers. In the book Twain recalled his interesting life experiences, life stories and philosophies in his own unique way, instead of writing in chronological order, he told the story in a natural way, with stories of each event as it came to his mind. His humor, his careful choice of words, and his wisdom in life, inspires lots of people.


有没有试过去听一本书?我经常会听书,多数的时候是开车在路上时听,有时会听完再看,或边听边看,加上声音的文字似乎更能吸引我,尤其是听有好嗓音的朗读者,他能把你带进书中的情节里,最近刚听完二本马克吐温的自传,这位美国最伟大的作家之一,以他与众不同的方式回忆他多彩的人生经历,生活小故事和人生哲理,他没有按时间顺序去写,而是用了轻松自然的说故事的方式娓娓道来,引人入胜,他的幽默,他的用字精准和人生智慧令人佩服。

🔸8.19.2018 Patunia (牵牛花)🔸
Today, I saw a pale blue morning petunia in my mother's garden. Usually, I see purple ones, this light color is very showy. The petals are paperlike and the middle dark color forms a five-pointed star. 今天在母亲的花园里看到了一朵浅蓝色的牵牛花,平时常见紫色牵牛花,这一朵浅色的就十分显眼,花瓣有纸质感,中间略深的颜色形成了一个五角星。

🔸8.20.2018 Autumn Sign (秋天的迹象)🔸
Just by looking at this photo, it seems that it is already autumn. In fact, the weather is still very hot, but the leaves on the trees are beginning to grow darker. From this angle, I can see the signs of autumn. Soon all the leaves will start to change color, I look forward to a colorful autumn garden. 单看这张照片,似乎已经是秋天,其实天气依然很热,只是树上的叶子开始变深,从这个视角我已看到秋天的迹象,很快各种树叶都会开始变色,期待着秋色满园。

🔸8.21.2018 Begonia (海棠花)🔸
The begonia flowers are small, but very bright colored, it has many different varieties and colors. This bright red one can often be seen in public places. It has a lasting blossom, is easy to take care of, and it likes partially shaded places. They add colors to a variety of corners.

海棠花虽小,但很鲜艳,品种和色彩也多样,这种红色的经常能在公共场所看到,它花期长,易打理,喜欢在半阴的地方,为各种角落添色。

🔸8.22.2018 Morning Light (晨光)🔸

The morning light shining through the tree leaves and onto the green grass. Not an unusual scene, quite common in fact, but each time it brings me joy, and makes me feel happy. I am grateful to be able to live in such an environment, breathing fresh air, watching the sun, moon, clouds and stars. Life here is unexciting, but peaceful, it makes me feel content.


晨光透过树叶,照在绿草地上,这样的景色并不出奇,常常能看到,但是每一次都会带给我好心情,让我感到幸福,我感恩能够生活在这样的环境中,每天呼吸新鲜空气,看日月星辰,这里的生活虽然平淡,却让我感到满足。

🔸8.23.2018 Hostas (玉簪花)🔸

In August garden, the garden’s sweet scent comes from the hostas. It is the late bloomer of the summer, filled my garden with freshness, colors and fragrance. I like this perennial, which is also an easy to grow plant.


八月的花园里,阵阵的清香来自这种玉簪花,它是夏天最晚盛开的一种玉簪花,为我的花园带来清新,色彩和香味,我非常喜欢这种多年生,且很容易种的植物。

🔸8.24.2018 On The Way Home (回家路上)🔸
Today is Friday, after work I want to go home quickly, but the traffic on the road is not very smooth, the main road is jammed, so I turn to the sideroads, still moving very slow. 今天是星期五,下班了,很想快点回家,可是路上的交通似乎不是很顺畅,大路上堵车,转到小路,同样的行车缓慢。

🔸8.25.2018 Farmer’s Market (农副市场)🔸

Saturday morning, I went to the farmer's market, to buy some fresh fruits & vegetables. It’s peach harvest time, they are piled up like a small hill. I bought some home, they taste really sweet, juicy and delicious.


周六日早晨,去农副市场走走,买点新鲜的蔬菜和水果,这一阵子桃子丰收,堆积在一起,成了一座小山,我买了几个回来,的确很甜,水份多,很好吃。

🔸8.26.2018 DC’s Waterfront (华盛顿DC的水边)🔸
Where is this place? If you look closely, you can see Washington's iconic landmark, the Washington Monument. Near the waterside at the southwest corner of DC, which has the long standing old fish market. After several years of development, many new buildings have been built along the waterfront, and many restaurants and shops have opened up to become attractive venues. I wandered around for a while and took a lot of photos here. 这是在哪里?仔细看,你能看到华盛顿的标志性建筑物-华盛顿纪念碑,这是在DC西南角的水边,那个具有较长历史的鱼市场周边,经过几年的发展,如今焕然一新,边上新建了许多建筑,也新开了许多餐馆和商店,变成了很具吸引力的场地,在此流连一阵拍下不少照片。

🔸8.27.2018 Beautiful Sunset (美丽的晚霞)🔸

As it was getting late at night, I was ready to close the curtains when I saw a bright red light outside. I hurried out the door and found the beautiful sunset colors, quickly captured it with my phone.


天色渐晚,准备拉上窗帘,喜见窗外红光一片,赶紧走出门外,发现今晚的晚霞色彩很浓,抓拍记录下。

🔸8.28.2018 Little Souvenir (小纪念品)🔸
I have received a small souvenir from my colleague after she returned from traveling, a turquoise green hanging ornament: dream catcher, I like the color! It's a small ornament made of string or yarn that holds a circular mesh, feather, and beads together. It's said to bring good dreams to its owner. Originally made by Native Americans. 收到同事旅游归来送我的小纪念品,一个荷绿色的挂件:捕梦者,我喜欢的颜色!这是一个用绳子或纱线编织成一个圆形的网,再用珠子和羽毛串连起来的小饰物,据说可以给主人带来美好的梦想,最初由美国印第安人制作。

🔸8.29.2018 Spinning Red Leaves (旋转红叶)🔸

It has been a long time since I took a photo by spinning the cell phone. Today, I thought of using my phone to take some spinning photos. Fousing on the red leaves, I spun the phone around and around again, trying to get a picture that satisfies me. I concluded that I had about 30% chance to get a good spinning photo.


很久没有用旋转法拍照了,今天想到转动手机拍几张,对着这种观赏红叶,转了一遍又一遍,要拍成一张较满意的,必须尝试很多次,我得出结论,我的成功率大约是百分之三十。

🔸8.30.2018 Playing With Chess (玩棋子)🔸
There are huge chess pieces out there for children to play with. It looks big, but made of very light materials, and can be easily moved by a child. Such games can let a kid spend time outdoors, its much better than holding a tablet or a mobile phone to play games all day long. 户外有巨大的国际象棋让孩子们玩,看上去很大,但用了很轻的材料制成,小孩子轻易就能搬动它,这样的游戏可以让孩子们在户外消磨许多时间,比整天手拿平板小电脑,或手机玩游戏好多了。

🔸8.31.2018 In The Garden (公园里)🔸

I went to my favorite garden this afternoon. It was still very hot in the strong sunlight. Some flowers are blooming, also there are many butterflies flying around. The sky was getting darker in the distance, and it looked like a thunderstorm was approching. I stopped to look at the shimmering water, calm lake, and all the green trees facing the sparkling waves. Such a picturesque view. I have photographed it many times, and still like it very much!


今天下午去了我最喜欢的公园,强烈的阳光下,感觉还是很热,公园里有些花儿盛开着,也有不少蝴蝶飞来飞去,远处天空渐变暗,好像要下雷阵雨,面对着波光粼粼,平静的湖面和这一群绿树,我停下脚步站了一会儿,这样的画面,我已拍过好多次,依然很喜欢!

摄影/文字:霁平 器材: iPhone 7 Plus