Welcome to the November monthly color challenge! This month’s color is “ruby wine.” Think rich burgundies, deep red fall leaves and loads of florals, food, maroon automobiles, animals… well the list is endless. This image shows the color that heads toward the brownish-red part of the spectrum but any color that is close will do!

Color palette burgandy
Ruby Wine palette

I have included in my images the last of the autumn leaves as well as other ruby-wine images to inspire you.

“Mother nature colors the season of dying with such beauty; I think she was very wise.”

D. Wallace Peach, Blogger & Author

About that quote from Diana…she left that comment on my post from last week (trees and leaves) and her words inspired me to use them as a quote (with her permission).

Here are a few more images of Autumn’s blush. I have quite a few images of my Japanese Maple that stayed behind in my former house in Sacramento.

There is Silence in Late Autumn

Last week I commented on Marsha’s WQWWC/Sunday Stills post about the experience of “listening” to the silence of falling leaves. In that same silence, I love hearing the crisp leaves skittering across the street with a whiff of wind, knowing that fall was either near or at its end.

“I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like Silence, listening to Silence.”

Thomas Hood

Early this week, we had some morning frost that lasted until noon. The young manager of the nursery/farm down the street offered to get our trees and plant them as a thank you for all the volunteering we did at the Fall Festival in October. He planted two maples, 3 quaking aspen, and one ash. The willow and dogwood are on their way. Trees were planted Tuesday; frost on Wednesday and snow on Thursday! He assures me that the trees are well-insulated and will thrive and grow in their dormant state. The last maple leaves put on a show!

And THIS happened Thursday, overnight! There is something so quiet and silent about a snow-covered earth.

Textures of Ruby Wine

This time last year we were packing and saying goodbye to my former home in Sacramento. For the real estate photographer, I dressed her up for the prom, with this image of the main bedroom.

Main bedroom
image by Rich Baum Photography

Some more colors to inspire you, here in linens and decoration.

Actual Wine

Do you drink wine? I do so occasionally but prefer white or rosé. I poured this glass pictured just for this challenge, for photograph purposes of course.

Glass of Cabernet

I thought this quote fit the bill…

Burgundy makes you think of silly things; Bordeaux makes you talk about them, and Champagne makes you do them.

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Photo Challenges this Week

Each week I am inspired by my fellow bloggers’ photo challenges. I find it fun to try to incorporate these into my Sunday Stills weekly themes.

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

  • Please create a new post for the theme or link a recent one.
  • Tag your post “Sunday Stills.”
  • 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.

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 leaves and trees! Welcome three new folks to the Sunday Stills family!

Always Write

Bend Branches

Between the Lines

The Bloggler

NEW Calling All Rush Babes

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Cath’s Camera

Cee’s Photo Challenges

The Day After

Deb’s World

Easin’ Along Image shared in comments

Equipoise Life

Frost on the Moose Dung

Graham’s Island

Hugh’s Views and News Image in Comments

NEW Just Blue Dutch


Life Lessons

Loving Life

Musin’ With Susan

NEW My Camera and I

Natalie the Explorer

Now At Home

Philosophy Through Photography

Retirement Reflections Image shared on Instagram

NEW Serendipity Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

Stevie Turner

This is Another Story

Travel With Me

Woolly Muses

Working on Exploring

I hope you enjoyed drinking in these rich rubywine colors today. Join me next week when we get “cozy,” then the first Sunday of December is Christmas song lyric photo challenge. I may be a little slow on approving your linked posts on Sunday…please bear with me as I am chasing eagles at Lake Couer D’Alene in Idaho this morning! If you celebrate Thanksgiving in the US, I wish you a wonderful time gathering with friends and family.

Have a beautiful week!

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112 thoughts on “Sunday Stills Monthly Color Challenge: Drinking in the Ruby #Wine

  1. Oh my Terri, quite an abundance of red in your world! I must admit, just the thought of snow chills me to the bone. (altho I loved your frosty images!!) At the moment we have 60 degrees and beautiful sunshine and I STILL find it too cold as my now-southern blood prefers 85 and humid 😊. This week I have to stretch for my link to your post but happily my one image of the ruby red Japanese maple (actually my favorite this week) fits you quest for color. https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2021/11/20/lens-artists-challenge-175-follow-your-bliss/

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    1. Thank you so much, Tina, and I’m so excited to see your link today! I had just sat down to read yours and a few others, so off I go in a moment! I don’t blame you for preferring warm weather. I think cold weather runs in my blood, because I seriously hate being hot.


  2. A beautiful post, Terri, and I’m tickled that you included the quote. Thank you. I love your ruby photos, especially the frost. What amazing beauty. Once again, mother nature decks her forest halls for Christmas. And the Brillat-Savarin quote cracked me up. I hope the wine didn’t go to waste. 😀

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  3. Terri, I love this post! Your photos are stunning. You get better each week. The red branch with the snow is scrumptious. I have written my Sunday Stills and Lens Artist post to align with my next week’s WQWWC theme: Forgotten. I think you will love it. I had so much fun weeding photos out of my “red” collection. The red leaves are almost gone here, but no super cold weather. It gets into the 70s during the day and is fabulous for walking. Puppy Girl and I did just under 10,000 steps yesterday, walking all the way down the hill to Prescott Lakes Parkway. She’s 12.5 so that is quite a little hike for her. I brought her home and kept walking. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving this week. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Marsha! I’m so happy you took such a long walk, good for you!! 70s sounds quite wonderful. We’re on our way to Idaho to see eagles! I’ll look forward to your “forgotten reds” this week. And happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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  4. Hi Terri. Those red maple leaves are amazing. Also the red and the snow contrast so well. But, my favourite is the enticing and comforting red wine in the crystal glass. Cheers!

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  5. What an awesome quote of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. It made me chuckle, for sure. I hope someone drank that glass of burgundy wine and it didn’t go to waste! Lovely photos, as always, Terri. I do remember your bedroom in Sacramento! Nice job dressing her up. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!


    1. Thanks so much, Liesbet! I had to include that quote and it inspired me to pour a small glass and take the pic! I sipped it all myself and enjoyed it. I was so pleased with our professional home photos–the house sold very quickly if you recall. I’m sure you will enjoy a warm Thanksgiving wherever you are now and say hi to Mark and Maya!

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  6. Gorgeous burgundy all around 🙂 How awesome to have created a great relationship with the nursery down the street! Good for you! Fall is a great time for planting, I am sure your trees will thrive this spring when they wake up. Has it already been a year since you packed up your old home? Where did this past year go? Have a great new week my friend ❤


    1. Thank you, Jez! We love having a nice Gewürztraminer with holiday dinners. This year I’m making a sangria to share with our neighbors for our Thanksgiving this Thursday. I have no problem taste-testing for blog purposes, LOL! Great to see your link!

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  7. Terri,
    Your Ruby-Wine photographs are incredible! My favorite is the Frosty Pine Cone with the frozen crystal cover–very artistic! I’m so glad you stopped by Easin’ Along. Frankly, I was stumped for a contribution this week. Lo and behold, I had one right under my nose (or over my head). Thanks for the suggestion! Below is a photograph of the recent lunar eclipse (Beaver Moon) taken on 11/18/2021 at 4:06 am EST. It may not be a Ruby, but it is a nice Rose`. Wishing you and Hans a blessed Thanksgiving! Joe

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  8. This was an interesting challenge! I thought I would find very few photos in my files but in fact there were quite a few, although I stretched the ‘brownish’ requirement a little. I figured if the colour resembled any sort of red wine it would do! https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-whats-in-a-name-burgundy-beaujolais-ruby-reds/

    You have some especially beautiful leaf colours in these images, and you really do know how to dress a room – it looks lovely!

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  9. The richest colors of Fall are ruby and burgundy – Mother Nature and her Maples do put on a show don’t they Terri? The leaves were beautiful and when you added a little frost and some snow, wow! I like the Burgundy/Bordeaux/Champagne quote at the end which paired nicely with your photography experiment. 🙂

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  10. I hadn’t realised just how often ruby wine features in our lives, Terri. You’ve great examples, and when looking through my photos, I was surprised by how many times I saw the colour.

    My photograph was taken the day after Christmas last year. I think I was drinking cranberry juice while eating my fresh fruit salad. Very healthy for Christmas, don’t you think.

    I hope your new trees do survive the cold weather. I know that some planets crave the cold weather to be able to bloom in spring and summer. I can’t believe it’s a year ago since you were packing up and moving home.

    I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

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    1. It is quite the striking color and prevalent during the holidays, Hugh, as evidenced by your picture! Healthy indeed! Despite snow last week, now melted, these new trees are loving being planted and can grow as much as 3 feet in one year according to the nursery GM.
      Strange still to think we have been in our new area for almost a year. Thanksgiving was a blast with our next door neighbors and their family and a first for us not being with our own family.

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      1. That’s good news about the trees, Terri. 3-feet in one year is a lot of growing.

        I thought you may have had visitors over Thanksgiving, but great to hear you paired up with your neighbours and are getting to know them. Having nice neighbours is something I never take for granted.

        Happy Advent!

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      2. It’s the day I start playing Christmas carols and music, Terri. I always look forward to it. For me, Advent Sunday is the beginning of the festive season, right up until Twelfth night.
        I’m looking forward to seeing your Christmas decorations this year.

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