In keeping with inspiration from July square trees, this week, Sunday Stills focuses on the color evergreen for the monthly color challenge.
You will remember I am now surrounded by evergreen trees, and I couldn’t be happier. Evergreen is considered a dark green and also the name we ascribe to most pine trees and other trees that stay green year-round. Also known as conifers (cone-bearing) their needles are small and waxy enabling pine trees to stay green all year long, unlike deciduous trees that lose their leaves seasonally.
Here is an example to get your creative ideas going. As we headed to Sandpoint, Idaho, we drove by this lovely spot. I love the shape of the towering sugar pines. Image enhanced with Painnt filter.
Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge
This week Marsha invites us to explore “exploration!” I can’t think of too many places to explore locally that doesn’t include seeing evergreens! I found this quote and it begged to become a meme created from a previous image of mine.
An orange dragonfly explored my former garden resting on the evergreen stake.
Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods.John Muir
Come explore my backyard and neighborhood with me today…most of the evergreens you see are Ponderosa Pines.
Even the Birds are Evergreen…sort of…
Some new-old pics from my archives of my sweet hummingbirds. Perhaps not truly evergreen in color, but the second one is surrounded by actual evergreens. These are my headshots for Lisa’s Bird Weekly.
Update: Journey the Bald Eagle, An Ageless and Evergreen Story for Our Times
Journey the juvenile Bald Eagle was rescued three weeks ago when he fledged too soon due to the extreme heat here in Eastern Washington. See my post here.
Thanks to the efforts of staff at Birds of Prey Northwest, he was safely placed in a large aviary and treated for heat exhaustion and dehydration. He exercised his wings daily and once our weather “cooled,” he would be ready to fly back to the nest where his parents are waiting for him.
Well…Friday, July 16th was the day! KREM 2 news in Spokane, WA, covered the story as Diana G of Bluebell Court Eagles (on Facebook) and Janie Veltkamp, MS, Biology, and director of BOPNW, was there to enable Journey’s first flight since he was rescued. He was launched off Diana G’s deck…
Eagle images are shared by Diana G with her permission.
…he flew strongly and purposely, never losing altitude, to a nearby pine tree (evergreen!) in the shade. Janie assures us that Journey will return to his nest close by, where his parents will continue to feed him and teach him to hunt!
Another dedicated volunteer of Birds of Prey Northwest, Tina Penny, shared the following images on the Facebook page, Bluebell Court Eagles. She graciously gave me permission to share them.
You can view Journey’s flight here.
As of Saturday afternoon, we are still anxiously waiting if Journey was reunited with his nest and parents.
There are thousands of people following Journey’s story all over the world. The rescues of early fledgling birds of prey has ignited our concern for climate change and our ability to be the stewards of God’s creatures while we all inhabit Planet Earth. BOPNW reported that they have rescued over 20 raptors in the last 2-3 weeks due to the extreme heat. The organization averages 1-2 rescues a YEAR under normal weather circumstances in addition to the other work it does.
If you can, I urge you to donate to your local animal rescue organization or the Birds of Prey Northwest. Journey’s story has opened our eyes to the wonderful folks who give of their own time and resources, like Birds of Prey Northwest, to rescue and reintroduce our incredible (some endangered) raptors back into their own habitats.
And as Sheriff Andy Taylor told us last week, “But Don’t the Trees Seem Nice and Full?”
Also sharing for Lens-Artists Challenge: Getting Away
Last Week’s Links Under the Trees
Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Below is the last week’s links from bloggers who shared their favorite photos under the trees. Please take a moment to visit a few, especially those new to Sunday Stills!
- Always Write
- And Miles to Go Before I Sleep
- Cats and Trails and Garden Tales
- Cee’s Photo Challenges
- NEW Cool Esse
- Deb’s World
- Denyse Whelan Blogs
- Easin’ Along Image shared in comments
- Geriatrix FotoGallerie
- Graham’s Island
- Heaven’s Sunshine
- Hugh’s Views and News Image in Comments
- Jacquie Biggar Author
- Light Words
- Light Write Life
- Loving Life
- Now at Home
- One Million Photographs
- The Platinum Line Blog
- Photos By Jez
- Priorhouse Blog
- NEW Robert’s Snap Spot
- The Day After
- BACK again Tranature
- Stevie Turner
- Whippet Wisdom
- Working on Exploring
- Woolley Muses
Thank you for reading this week! My dad just celebrated his 85th birthday and is visiting this week from Northern California for the first time! I look forward to your creative evergreen images!
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