My last Sunday Stills Photo Challenge post of August before my short break is the popular monthly color challenge. This month’s color is burlywood, a light shade of brown, kind of like khakis. A very non-descript color in the world of browns and tans, but it seems to be a popular neutral as well.

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August Color Challenge: Burlywood

By this time of year in the Northern hemisphere as summer peaks, there is an abundance of this color everywhere in nature and beyond!

burlywood stump
The epitome of burlywood

I’m tying in water to this post for Marsha’s Writers’ Quotes Wednesdays Writer’s Challenge. How does one find light brown water—perhaps we really don’t want to know…but I did have one in my archives.

One dry, May day at the Sacramento River delta a few years ago, I saw this incredible reflection of the golden hills through which the Sacramento River flows. With no wind, the river was abnormally calm. So, I present—burlywood-brown water.

Chocolate River

In the words of Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

Mr. Salt: [about the chocolate river] It’s polluted!
Willy Wonka: It’s chocolate!

Last week I drove to a local spot in search of a change of scenery for walking the dogs. Just 6 miles away from home are some walking trails, that, to my surprise lead right to the Spokane River. While Brodie took a leash-bound swim, I managed to capture this lovely shot.

Reflections of Green and brown
Green and burlywood in reflection

Light brown is a pervasive color in nature as a common color for soil, sand, grasslands, rocks, animals and vegetation. In fact, vast regions of the planet Earth appear to be light brown from space.

John Spacey

Not to be outdone by water, nature decided to show off her burlywood colors as florals. (Sharing for Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge).

Here is a gallery of more burlywood inspiration:

And just for fun, my 10×20 foot “she-shed” was delivered on Thursday. It looks so small and plain next to the huge shop! I suppose burlywood is all the rage for sheds. Eventually we will paint her blue.

Where (and why) do I come up with these unusual names for colors? With literally thousands of colors, I like the challenge of choosing an unusual shade from the standard color wheel of six basic colors, plus black and white. I start by searching online for color photo challenges which gives me unique lists of colors. So now you know my secret.

While on My Three-Week Blog Break…

Many thanks to Natalie of Natalie the Explorer who will guest host Sunday Stills while I take a break and travel a bit. You may be familiar with her Weekend Coffee Share Feature. Natalie has chosen the themes for Sunday Stills which are as follows:
8/22 In the Garden
8/29 Afloat
9/5 Colorful Murals

Please enjoy and support Natalie as host. I will have a lot to share about my various adventures upon my return.

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

  • Please create a new post for the theme or link a recent one.
  • Title your blog 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 posted all week.
  • Use hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.

Lyrical Bloggers’ Links

Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Below are the last week’s links from bloggers who shared their favorite song lyrics or poetry with their photos. I am so impressed with the talent and lyric-inspired images from you all! We shall do this again at Christmas!

That’s my burlywood world these days. I look forward to your posts featuring the color challenge this week. By Friday, I may be slow to approve comments/pingbacks as we travel to San Diego for the first leg of the trip. Sunday, Aug. 22, please watch for Natalie’s post to go live at the normal time of 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Here is her Weekend Coffee Share post this week with more details on Sunday Stills.

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101 thoughts on “Sunday Stills Monthly Color Challenge: Walking in a #Burlywood World

  1. Wow! I’d honestly never heard of burlywood but what you have captured is gorgeous!! I especially LOVE that first shot and that will forever exemplify ‘burleywood’ to me! I hope I find some beautiful burleywood to share and if so I’ll drop by later. Enjoy your time off! 😊

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  2. Your burly wood photos are beautiful, Terri. My favourite is the Spokane River reflection. Thank you for the intro. I look forward to hosting Sunday Stills next Sunday. Have a safe and happy, happy trip!

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  3. Terri, what a fun post for your last before vacation. I’m so excited to get to see you soon. I am having surgery in about 8-10 days, and after a day, I’ll be good as new. Right now, I’m pretty pain-free and able to walk. I’ll have a date by Tuesday, so I’ll call you after I hear. I may or may not be on the call Tuesday.

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    1. Thanks, Marsha! I think we’ll be surrounded by burlywood in the desert. I can’t believe you really need surgery, what a drag! Glad you are pain free and look forward to hanging with you soon. I will not be on the call Tuesday unfortunately.

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  4. Hi Terri, I can see your burleywood colour and thank you for introducing me to a new word, I had not heard of this word or colour before. As you know beige isn’t one of my favourite colours but did see these dead flowers and wondered if they’d be considered in the colour wheel for burleywood? They have a faded beauty all of their own don’t they? I’m doing a Donna and posting a link to my Instagram post instead of a blog post today just for something different:)

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  5. Terri,
    I am a big lover of the “burlywood” color. Anyone who knows me would agree since I have worn khaki pants almost every day since high school. I love your Valley of Fire Narrows picture above. Looks like you were ready to go in! My contribution is an image taken in Bryce Canyon NP with a group on horseback in the distance. That looked like fun as well. Enjoy your break…I’m coming off a two week pause, but I needed it! Joe

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    1. It’s a great neutral and quite easy to find nearly anywhere, Joe! The Valley of Fire is a must see if you ever come out west again. What a great shot of Bryce Canyon, a definite must-see for us. We were so close in winter 2018 but got snowed-in in Sedona. Oh well, it was an adventure! Despite my break, I’ll be checking in on my= favorite bloggers. Glad you had a little rest yourself!

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      1. A great question, glad you asked. My 10×20 she-shed will be my area for storing craft supplies, and other items, maybe room for a potters bench, Liesbet. Also a place for my dogs. It will have a pet door and a 5-foot fence build around it so the dogs have a safe place in our almost 3/4 acres, which we haven’t fenced yet. The big pole-barn/garage is along way off to be finished, so we thought we’d add the smaller shed for my use. Hans will paint the exterior and insulate the walls. Then we’ll hook up electrical. It’s exciting stuff o have a large property to construct these buildings, a very common sight in rural; areas.

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    1. I try to be different when it comes to these photo challenges, Donna, I’m so glad you found something that works. We’re excited to visit San Diego and Phoenix area for a few days even if it is a whirlwind! I’ll probably pop in and visit ya !

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  6. Seriously what a “fun” prompt this one was to share! I learned a lot too. As for your Lady Shed. Awww. Sweet….. Thanks so much for your introduction to photo challenges here and for this year…and for your kind words visiting my blog. Have a wonderful break. We will see you back here in a while. Take care.


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  7. Great selection of photos Terri. I guess there’s a lot of the color around once you know what it is! It’s nice to see the scenes from you new location and I’m glad to see you’re enjoying exploring the area. Have a good break.

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  8. I can’t wait to see a lot more of burlywood appearing in the early autumn, Terri. And thank you for introducing me to something new – the she-shed. Never heard of one before. But what I want to know is who does the hair belong to next to the she-shed?

    Glad you’re discovering even more walks in your new neighbourhood. Looks lovely. I hope your upcoming break is as stunning as those views. Have a great time. See you when you get back.

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    1. I’m sure burlywood beige is abundant in the fall everywhere, Hugh. Great shot of your dog frolicking in the field. My dogs miss grass–we just have burlywood dirt for now.
      I suppose you could call the she-shed a shed…this one is just for me and my crafts, storage and other projects. It’s small enough that Hans can get it insulated, painted and put to use fairly quickly, unlike the big pole barn. We’re putting a doggy door into my shed and a tall fence around it and along side the pole barn for a dog area that is safe for them. A common sight in these neck of the woods.
      Looking forward to traveling a little next weekend in Arizona–did you know I’ll be staying overnight at Marsha’s place? Then on to Sedona. A very whirlwind trip but worth the effort. Have a great week and I will stop by your blog most likely 🙂

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      1. We’ve had a cool, wet summer (the odd hot day), so the grass is in abundance, Terri. In fact, I’ve never seen our garden in such bloom. The plants obviously like the cool, wet conditions. Dare I say that we almost switched the heating on last night. In the end, we both looked at each other and said – It’s only August! So we grabbed some pullovers to keep the chill off.

        I didn’t know you were staying with Marsha. Say hi to her for me. I know you guys will have lots to catch up on.

        Thanks for explaining what a she-shed is. Most of the garden sheds in the UK are the same size as the she-shed, but we have much smaller gardens.

        Have a great time.

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      2. I just love the word “garden” used for yards, Hugh. It implies tilling, planting, and harvesting, things I want to do on our .72 acres of raw dirt. You are lucky to have the cool summers. Those are what we expected here, at least one cool, showery day a week is the norm. After 35 days of 90 degree F here so far, something is wrong! Happy to report that it is a cool showery day here and in the 70s all week. I can’t wait to share a few photos of myself and Marsha up to mischief next weekend.


  9. How interesting to find a colour name I’d never heard of! I guess I would have called this beige or fawn or maybe coffee? I was going to search for a mix of images for you but the first few I found were all of deserts (unsurprising perhaps given how much I loved those landscapes) so I decided to pick one and cover it in depth – I hope you approve:

    By the way, I keep meaning to ask about your ‘shop’. It doesn’t look like what we would call a shop so I’m curious what it is and what you’re doing with it, if you don’t mind me asking?

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    1. I enjoy finding interesting names for random colors, Sarah. So our shop is a stand alone garage made of wood and metal siding with a cement floor. Known on the west coast as Pole Barns (made out of old telephone poles originally). So its not really a shop or a pole barn, but a place to park our vehicles, for storage and a small hangout spot. My hubby can do projects in it, etc. I got a “she-shed” so I can use it for a combination dog house and craft area. We are so excited to have enough property to construct these buildings. Very common here in rural America 🙂

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      1. Thanks for the explanation – I’d imagined you selling something, maybe growing produce to sell or similar! It looks like your shop is bigger than the whole of our back garden (what you would call a yard) – such a difference between life in rural America and suburban London!!

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