September’s Sunday Stills color challenge is harvest gold.

harvest gold graphic

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

JRR Tolkein, The Fellowship of the Ring

As I enjoy an Eastern Washington Autumn with all the golden colors so typical in September, I recall countless years spent in Sacramento enjoying Autumn’s much slower start. Late August boasts field of sunflowers a few miles from our new home in Washington.

In Sacramento, September was the month to experience that golden sunlight that warmed the land. Sadly, I believe that golden light was caused by smoke from wildfires, and late summer dry conditions.

leaf reflections
Harvest gold and citrine adorn the American River in Sacramento
wedding ring

Citrine is also another choice for this week’s color challenge. The color of Citrine can range from a pale pastel yellow to a strong orangey-yellow. My sapphire wedding ring is an example of the citrine color.

While you contemplate your harvest gold and citrine images to share, please enjoy this gallery of images to get you started.

In a few weeks, the northern hemisphere falls back into standard time and the nights will get Llooonnger! The first day of Autumn is September 22. Folks in the southern hemisphere–I’ll bet you are looking forward to your spring! For now enjoy this gallery of sunrises and sunsets showing off shades golds and citrines.

Golden Moments of a Sedona Wedding

Thank you so much for your thoughts and comments last week as I shared some preview wedding photos of my step-daughter’s wedding in Sedona, Arizona. As promised, I’m sharing more images from the wedding that took place on Monday, August 23.

The bride and groom shared their vows, then signed the wedding forms in front of the iconic, golden-hued peaks of Sedona.

Wedding vows in Sedona
Sharing their vows
Mr and Mrs Thompson
Mr and Mrs Thompson

Golden moments at dinner. The bride contemplates her array of special beverages.

Golden hues of the L’Auberge de Sedona Resort lobby. Citrine Sedona rocks and me!

Time for cake!

Cutting the wedding cake
Have some cake!

Today’s images are also shared and inspired for the following challenges: Cee’s Flower of the Day; Gold Life in Color; Johnbo’s Cellpic Sunday.

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

  • Please create a new post for the theme or link to a recent one.
  • Title your blog post a little differently than mine.
  • Include Sunday Stills tag in your post.
  • 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.

I look forward to your gold and citrine images for this month’s color challenge. Next week’s theme is “Signs of Autumn (or Spring). Dawn’s Festival of Leaves prompt begins September 23, another great place to share your Autumn posts!

Bloggers Who Dared to Go Back

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 “going back” photos.

A Day in the Life

Denyse Whelan Blogs

Graham’s Island

Heaven’s Sunshine

Hugh’s Views & News

Light Write Life

Loving Life

Natalie the Explorer

Stevie Turner

NEW This is Another Story

Travel with Me

NEW Wind Kisses

Woolly Muses

Working on Exploring

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111 thoughts on “Sunday Stills Monthly Color Challenge: All that is #Gold

  1. Lots of beauty in this post, Terri. Those sunflowers–I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a large field of them! I think of them as onesies. And your daughter–such an elegant, sophisticated dress and look. Love the ‘bonus mom’

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      1. I have to say that late fall into winter is the time here I’m most familiar since we spent many Thanksgivings here over the years. We moved here last December to snow on the ground, so we’re ready. I’ve already got a snowshoe trail figured out down the street. Bring it on, I say, but I’m willing to wait for a good, long fall.


  2. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, Terri! These sunflowers are amazing, and the field is only a few miles away from you house. I love the wedding images you captured, incrdibly beautiful.


  3. Hi Terri. Those are great images. I love the field of sunflowers and your step-daughter’s wedding photos. Apologies, I didn’t get round to challenge this week. Hopefully next week.


  4. What a great collection of all things gold and glittery Terri. I love the wedding photos and how they fit into the theme! All your yellows and golds are just delightful and show an array of countryside, scenery, not to mention beautiful! I love the sunflowers and the golden capture in the goblet plus the background of tat gorgeous wedding shot! How perfect.

    My post is all about my love of colour.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed my choices, Debbie. Mine may be softer compared to your bold choices 🙂 which suit you so much! I never know when I assign these color challenges, what I may end up with from my own examples. This morning I was out looking for signs of autumn and the color burlywood is still in abundance here, LOL!

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  5. A wonderful array of golden objects and lets hope the couple make it to their golden anniversary.
    I have linked as requested. Yes a bit of coordination among bloggers is good 😁 Sometimes I get it right other times, being ahead of the rest of the world I miss out and have to go back. Too eager to post after my enforced week long hiatus 🙂

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  6. What a beautiful and golden look at life via your lens Terri. I loved the softness and the gold and light in particular. Yes to disliking the skies hues via bushfires..It was a horrible Spring & Summer in Australia in 2019 into 2020. I remember my relief when finally blue skies appeared weeks later. Yes, we are truly into Spring here as we do the change via the calendar. Today we are inching towards ‘freedoms’ that we had in life back in June. Covid lockdown has been OK but I sure am ready to get a haircut and drive to Sydney to see my Dad. My engagement ring is a blue sapphire. I did not know they came in citrine too!
    Warm wishes across the (huge) ocean!


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    1. Thanks, Denyse! We bought my wedding ring from a consignment jeweler. It was new but the original stone was an orange garnet. It got scratched over time and we replaced it with the orange sapphire. They even have white sapphires that resemble diamonds.
      I’m glad your lockdowns are easing, finally. Just in time for spring!

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  7. You definitely covered the gamut with this one Terri – oh my those sunflowers are gorgeous!! I’m so sad to see summer end. Here in the south the warmth goes on for another month or two and the colors never really change but I suppose we enjoy lower humidity for a while before winter sets in. Loved the wedding shots, looks like a great time was had by all!

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  8. Hi Terri – I enjoyed your gallery for gold and variations of this yellowish hue!
    then ending with the joy of mr and mrs Thompson brought a smile
    – the bride is so natural and elegant and the groom was sharp in his blue and cool shoes
    gosh, new love is so wonderful to see

    be back with my link – I am dong a flowers post to join in with this color challenge

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  9. Terri,
    Sunset, sunrise, and sunflowers–unbeatable combo, and all of your pictures capture them well. I’m certain the wedding was a lot of fun because the bride and groom look so happy. Your stepdaughter made a beautiful bride. I’m submitting a picture of sunlight reflecting off the Gallatin River. Not perfect Harvest Gold, but close enough. Have a great week! Joe

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    1. I couldn’t believe how perfect the colors ended up being for the color challenge, Susanne! As for my ring, when we decided to replace the orange garnet which was a softer stone that scratched easily, I flirted with the idea of a chocolate diamond—nope! Sapphires’ hardness is just one level down from a diamond, so all good!

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  10. Terri – I love everything about Autumn, especially the jewel-toned mums and colorful leaves, but especially the sunflowers which have finally reached perfection. For Wordless Wednesday last week, I posted these sunflowers which were not quite peak yet as to the seeds, but their colors were gorgeous. Yvette Prior suggested I send you the link for this post on harvest golds:

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      1. Terri – this year, I welcome not only the colors, but the crisp mornings and a break from this relentless heat and humidity. As a walker, it’s been no joy this season, but then I will complain mid-Winter about the ice and snow (the cold not so much as I dress for it), so perhaps I am just a malcontent. 🙂

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      2. Yes, I shouldn’t even complain about our heat when I see what the west coast has and the wildfire smoke on top of it. We had many gray mornings as a result of the wildfire smoke that traveled all the way to Southeast Michigan. Our weather is crazy – it will be 20 degrees cooler tomorrow and going to the 40s at night and two days of torrential rain. It was hot and humid like Summer when I went out on my walk this morning.

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  11. Congratulations to the newlyweds and the mother-of-the-bride, too. Gorgeous site for the ceremony. And what a dress!! Yours and hers. Beautiful, special day.

    Need to catch up on Sunday Stills, missed August so will combine it with September. Now to get busy snapping pics. The colors you have chosen are inspiring. Thankful that our temps are finally below 90* today. Fall is coming!!


  12. What a beautiful wedding your step-daughter and new husband had! A truly lovely setting, and her dress is gorgeous!! I’m taking a break from Sunday Stills this week as I’ve been away and have loads to catch up on, but I’ll be ready for your autumn theme next week 🍁🍂


  13. I love your autumnal photos, Terri. As you know, it’s my favourite time of the year (even beats (Christmas).

    Lovely to see more photos of the wedding. That cake looks amazing. I bet it was yummy. It’s the only reason I go to weddings – for the cake (and maybe a glass or two of bubbly and a bit of. dance).

    We’re already getting lovely autumn sunrises and sunsets. It’s beautiful to see them in your post. Enjoy every moment of this magical season.

    Enjoy the rest of the week.

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    1. Thank so much, Hugh, I do love Autumn and I’ve been blessed to have lived in Northern California so many years where Fall really puts on a good show, and of course now, here in the Pacific Northwest. We have warmer days for another week, so fall leaves are on the verge, but signs of Autumn are here as you will see in next week’s post!

      Yes, I agree that wedding went down in the books for one of the best I’ve attended. Maybe the venue, maybe the small gathering, not sure, but I would say seeing my hubby walk his daughter down the “aisle” was THEE moment for me. And I was happy to be there as “Bonus Mom” as she calls me 🙂 And yep, that cake was good!!


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