Are you getting fresh with me? Please do!
February’s last Sunday Stills challenge finds us exploring “fresh.” Although the northern hemisphere temperatures have been downright cold of late, the cold air feels and smells fresh and clean.
“Breathing fresh outdoor air is a known detoxification protocol.”― Steven Magee
Just before our “warm” weather got cold again, the skies put on a wonderful show as gathering storm clouds entertained us every few minutes with their drastic changes.
Trust me when I say the “fresh” air got so cold it hurt my teeth to take a breath!
In my former delta days, windy days brought fresh air and long hours of windsurfing with evening celebrations to cap off a good day on the water. Freshly dressed after an afternoon of playing, we continued to play and someone asked us to pose in “Charlie’s Angels” style in the ODD silhouette shot below. You can see how windy it is. That’s me on the left.
“Close your eyes and turn your face into the wind. Feel it sweep along your skin in an invisible ocean of exultation. Suddenly, you know you are alive.”― Vera Nazarian
Temps were in the icy single digits again this past week in Eastern Washington and Idaho. Nature is a little confused, warm enough to alternately melt the ice on our driveway then flash-freeze the standing water, showing us ODD, fresh, wind-blown ice patterns.
We had similar temps in late January, too, when we visited the Grand Coulee Dam in Central Washington. A recent ice storm coated everything with frost creating an incredible winter wonderland.
Fresh Florals and a Taste of Summer
Longing for spring, I’m sharing new and old images of plants and flowers.
These freshly transplanted houseplants of varying sizes enjoy my living room.
When I lived in Sacramento, I had ordered plumeria cuttings from Hawaii. I was very lucky to see the pink ones bloom so quickly after planting. It usually can take 2-3 years to flower.
This plant was re-homed to my daughter’s house in San Diego where plumeria flourish.
In a few weeks, I can look forward to the wild sunflowers!
Looking ahead toward late spring, when I can plant my veggies and more sunflowers. Nothing tastes better than freshly grown produce!
My last refreshing thought–on Friday, we finally got our fiber internet installed and launched. Wow, to be able to stream again and watch shows at night(!) I haven’t seen in months was truly refreshing, in addition to experiencing lightning-fast uploads and downloads.
Photo Challenges this Week
Each week I am inspired by my fellow bloggers’ photo challenges. I find it fun to incorporate these into my Sunday Stills weekly themes.
- Becky B’s Square Odds
- Cee’s Flower of the Day
- Hammad’s Weekend Sky
- Johnbo’s CellPic Sunday
- Marsha’s Writers Quotes Wednesday: Writer’s Choice
Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders
Sunday Stills weekly challenge is easy to join. You have all week to share and link your post.
- Remember to title your blog post a little differently than mine.
- Please create a new post for the theme or link a recent one.
- Entries for this theme can be posted all week.
- Tag your post “Sunday Stills.”
- 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.
This Week’s Links
Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Below are this week’s links from bloggers who shared their FRESH photos and other creative endeavors.
- YOUR NAME HERE!
- Always Write
- The Blog of Hammad Rais
- Bushboys World
- Cats and Trails and Garden Tales
- Deb’s World
- Graham’s Island
- Hugh’s Views and New
- NEW Jennifer’s Journal
- Light Words
- Loving Life
- Musin’ With Susan
- Now At Home
- Philosophy Through Photography
- Retirement Reflections Image shared on Instagram
- This is Another Story
- Travel with Me
- She’s Back! Wide Eyed Wonderings
- Wind Kisses
- The World is a Book
- Woolly Muses
- Working On Exploring
March themes are available on my Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Page. This page is updated monthly and I am open to YOUR theme ideas, too! Feel free to share your ideas in the comments.
Have a wonderful week and I look forward to your fresh and creative ideas! Join me on March 6 as we explore the theme “Memories.”
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