Sunday Stills this week is all about “Blue.” Why? Because I am helping Becky B promote her July Squares photography challenge, which is, you guessed it, BLUE.

I am also continuing with Journaling in July hosted by Sue of Sizzling Toward Sixty.

The journal prompt for today, July 7th is “My Favorite Quote and Why.”
I thought about this for a while. As a blogger, I get inspiration from my own images and many inspire a quotation. I love John Muir quotes as you know, but two quotes really stand out and have been anthems for my life.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

When I attempted to learn how to windsurf at age 49, I thought I would die trying. I wanted to be a part of my new husband’s (then boyfriend) life, so I took on the challenge at the expense of various body parts. Sailing in the delta is challenging enough, but in Baja, Mexico, the waves can crash over your head.

Windsurfing in Baja
Windsurfing in blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico

In this photo, you might not see my body language quaking in fear as I’m already in waist deep water navigating the shore break and kite surfers. But I got myself into a water-start position, as the wind pushed up the sail, which pulled me up and onto the board. I had a great time!

Do I do something every day that scares me? Probably not, but that quote is a great source of inspiration to get off my a$$ and learn something new.

This next quote resonates strongly with me as I get closer to 60. I have taught university classes in leisure and lifestyle development and love to see the lightbulbs go on when we talk about aging and leisure in class.

“Man does not cease to play because he grows old, he grows old because he ceases to play.”

George Bernard Shaw
I am on the catwalk

In this photo, I’m walking the catwalk on the campus challenge ropes course. This catwalk is 30 feet high, situated between two tall pine trees and anchored by telephone poles. I don’t know why the students are always so fascinated when their professors take part. I’m not afraid of heights and we are harnessed in. A trained Challenge Course staff person is below belaying the line, but it’s nerve-wracking for sure.

Facing our fears is healthy especially done in the context of play and leisure.

My last photograph simply shows me doing my photographer thing. Ironically, I took none of these photos for the challenge today and I ended up being the subject.

Photographer in Blue

Oh yeah, and they are all blue!

I’m making my photos square today to submit to Becky B’s Blue July Squares.

Say hello to our new bloggers who have joined Sunday Stills in June! PhotographyOCD and Savoring Sixty and Beyond. Big thank-yous to all the faithful bloggers who participate each week!

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

  • Please create a new post for the theme.
  • Title your post a little differently than mine.
  • Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post. I also recommend adding your post’s URL into the comments.
  • Entries for this theme can be shared all week. Use hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.

Show us your world in blue this week!


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77 thoughts on “Sunday Stills: In Your World of #Blue

  1. This is exactly why I love quotes…they are great inspiration in a short sentence. And SO true. I always think that Eleanor’s quotes really speak to me especially!!
    You are so wonderfully adventurous, Terri!! Definitely an inspiration!

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    1. Thank, Aixa! He was ecstatic when I announced on our first date that I would like to try windsurfing! We haven’t had much wind in the delta this season, so he has stayed home on his weekends off since I can’t go down there. He’s a wonderful hubby!

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  3. Great quotes (those are two of my favorites as well), and great photos – even if you didn’t take them – the subject is extra special. Oh, and my palms are sweating…I don’t know if I could do either one of those adventures. Way to go! Thanks for the links to the other challenges you’re working on!

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  4. Love this post! I try to learn new things and challenge myself regularly. I’ve wanted to try one of those rope courses. There’s one in Flagstaff that I’m eyeing. We’ll see if I can talk my daughter into going.

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    1. Thanks, Ingrid, that’s great to hear! You and your daughter should go try it. They are very safe. I took my students to the campus course for their experience and writing assignment. It was always special to read about their experiences in conquering their fears.

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  5. Hi Terri, I feel a little queasy just looking at your heading photo. I “get it” about getting inspiration from our own images. Great timeless quotes! Something about the colour blue, is always calming for me. Thanks for sharing:)

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  6. Bravo to you for participating in the campus challenge ropes course. You inspire the kids…that’s why they get so excited to see you participate! You are inspirational! They admire your spunk and vitality.

    Lovely blues. You make a wonderful subject in your vest and blue long sleeve tee.

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  7. Terri I love that you’re so adventurous and willing to give new (and scary) things a go. I wish I was a bit braver at times, but maybe some of us are destined to be the cheer squad while others are on the field???
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

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    1. Awe, thanks Sue, that means a lot coming from a fellow active lady like yourself! Perhaps instead of photography, you could use the theme for something creative. Some folks write haikus or short stories, maybe an inspiring quote with a photo you took. I even post the month’s themes ahead of time for planning. I would love to have you join when inspiration hits!


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