Beware! This post has something for everyone today, including cute dogs, pumpkins, and lots of orange!

I don’t know what it is about October that it seems to represent the various shades of orange. Perhaps it’s the variety of the fall leaves, pumpkins and Halloween jack o’ lanterns. Hence our color challenge this month, focusing on burnt orange or blood orange. Those names just sound like October!

Burnt or Blood Orange Pallet
Orange Color Palette

Any shade of orange will do! I’m easy. I read somewhere that orange is the color of joy and creativity. I definitely agree.

Orange is the happiest color.

Frank Sinatra

Sinatra was right, especially when this image of my orange kettle smiled at me!

Smiling orange teapot
Do you see its smiling face?

That Hometown Feeling

We were ecstatic to learn that there is a local nursery/farm down the street from our house, about a quarter of a mile away—easily within walking distance. The owners sell trees, plants, shrubs, etc, and we have purchased a few items from them. When I discovered the farm puts on a harvest festival every year, four weekends in October, I almost died from excitement. The manager asked us to volunteer which gets us a deep discount on the trees we want to buy and plant! Just the small town feel we had hoped for when we moved here.

A few miles away in North Spokane, GreenBluff Growers Association boasts over 60 farms, wineries, breweries and event venues. When we visited there two weeks ago, stepping into the various farms felt like we were right at home during the harvest.

As much as I enjoyed what Greenbluff had to offer, our neighborhood Fall Festival is on par with any of those farms with vendors, entertainment, kids activities, pumpkins and food. Did I mention their homemade pumpkin donuts? Amazing!

Dogs Love Orange Too!

My liver brown dogs look darling in their orange attire. Aero seems to love his orange harness…because he know it means a walk is imminent…

Aero ready for walkies

I’m not sure Brodie is too thrilled pictured here 4 years ago in his life vest. Now he swims without it. He loves the water.

Brodie, Boykin Spaniel in life vest
Brodie not too sure about his life vest

Needing More “Orange”-spiration?

Smoky Suns

Smoke during the summer from nearby and distant fires in the west gave us unhealthy air quality but strangely beautiful orange sunrises and sunsets. Our firefighters worked overtime and we are grateful for their efforts.

Fabulous Flora

The trees and wildflowers are showcasing their orange right now. My neighbor’s maple tree is orange now but will turn bright red in a matter of days.

Even the Rocks Cry Out in Orange

While we visited Sedona, Arizona, in August, the “red” rocks for which Sedona is famous, showed their joyous orange hues in certain lights.

A Past Look at Orange

October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter.

Nova Bair

Photography Challenges this Week!

As always, I appreciate the inspiration and dedication necessary by bloggers who host their weekly and seasonal photo challenges. This week I’m inspired by the following challenges:

More Fun

A shout-out to successful blogger (and friend) Janice Wald at Mostly Blogging in her article Blogging for Fun . Last week I posted about leisure, sports and hobbies and most of us who blog fall into the category of hobby blogger. We do this for fun and a variety of other reasons. And its nice to get validation from Janice. Her blog started out as a hobby blog but moved on to helping bloggers with her experience and words of wisdom.

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 if you share on social media.

Busy Bloggers’ Who Love Their Hobbies

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 photos of their hobbies, sports, and leisure pastimes.

Bushboy’s World

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Deb’s World

Equipoise Life Image shared in comments

Graham’s Island

Geriatrix Fotogallery

Hugh’s Views and News Image in Comments

Jacquie Biggar Author


Loving Life

Now At Home

Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After

Picture Retirement

Stevie Turner

This is Another Story


Woolly Muses

Working on Exploring

A Young Retirement

I can’t wait to see all your joyful orange colors this week! Remember you can link to Sunday Stills all week and feel free to link to other challenges in the same post. Next week we’ll be “in the pink” as I make my annual nod to Breast Cancer Awareness Month with current and past pink images. Pink works for Becky B’s Past Squares challenge, too. Have a wonderful week!

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117 thoughts on “Sunday Stills Monthly Color Challenge: Burnt or Blood #Orange

  1. Terri,
    We LOVE festivals, and there is no festival better than a fall festival. I understand your excitement. Fall lingers in our hills, whereas spring disappears in a couple of weeks, making fall my favorite time of the year. Halloween and Thanksgiving are always a lot of fun. My contribution this week is a Jack-O-Lantern I carved for my Mom. They are having a carved pumpkin display in her retirement home and she needed an entry. Have a great week and enjoy the season! Joe

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  2. Great shot of the kettle. The knobs on the stove look like eyes, and the knob on the kettle lid like a nose. Was that a happy accident or did you plan it out that way?

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    1. Aww, thank you, Jo! It is easy to be so happy here, with everything so festive for fall and being around joyful folks. It’s very infectious and we are so grateful to develop these new relationships and meet new people. Glad you enjoyed my smiling kettle and my happy dog!

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    1. When I thought of orange for October’s color challenge, of course I thought of you, Debbie! I like small pops of orange around me but I can’t wear it too bright or it clashes with my red hair. But you look amazing in it! Greens are my wearables. Glad you liked the kettle–loved that happy accident.

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  3. Terri – Well, orange you lucky to discover all these orange items to fill your post with and the happiest orange was your teakettle and even the ceramic container behind it. Your sunsets are exquisite, the orange of pumpkins and flowers are why both of us love the Autumn so much. Looking forward to your pink post next!

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    1. I was indeed lucky, Linda. I wasn’t that big of fan of orange until I got my non-traditional wedding ring (an orange sapphire, second marriage) which started me on my love for pops of orange in my house. Still don’t wear it much, although rusty tones work well for me. Thanks for stopping by.

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      1. Terri – my favorite color for years has been brown. People would say “but brown is so drab!” Not at all – there are so many warm tones. I have a cherry red enamel teakettle which brightens up the kitchen.

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    1. Thanks, Stevie! Next week we’re doing pink, so a bonus color challenge if you’re interested. I’ve read that so many westerns were filmed near Sedona and also in Nevada where red rocks abound, and near the Valley of Fire State Park. Hope you get to see them some day!

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  4. Pumpkin doughnuts? I’m not so sure, Terri. We don’t see a lot of pumpkin stuff in the UK, apart from Halloween week. I did try pumpkin pie once but wasn’t taken by it. However, where I worked, somebody had made it, so perhaps it was the cook rather than the pumpkin? I don’t even see pumpkin spiced coffee anymore. It’s more about cinnamon or mulled wine flavoured coffee at the moment.

    I love the fun photo of Hans driving the children’s ride. He must have had a great time. And the photos of the farm are precisely how I think farms are like at this time of the year in your part of the world. Haloween isn’t as popular in the UK, although the shops still sell plenty of Halloween goodies. Years ago, I dressed up and went to Halloween parties, but many have been cancelled again this year because of the pandemic.

    Here’s a spooky orange photo for my entry this week.

    Luckily, I never did find out who was trying to get out.


    1. Pumpkin spice anything is crazy popular on the west coast, to which I can attest, Hugh. We’ve been lucky with warmer than average fall temps which just adds to the ambience of Autumn. After 9-11, Halloween truck or treating died down drastically in our old neighborhood. Not sure what to expect here yet. And of course, covid has reduced the indoor parties.

      Great shot and spooky photo for sure. Or maybe someone trying to get in, lol! Thanks for the comment and image!

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  5. You are so very lucky having a nursery farm so close by! Wow. I know for me that would be very expensive though…it’s impossible to just visit a place like that. Wonderfully inspiring fall pictures Terri. Thank you for sharing ❤

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