What is black, brown, and orange all over? Why, your photos, of course. Welcome to October’s Monthly Color Challenge!
As much as I love orange tones during Autumn, I thought we could mix orange with dark brown and black found in lava—whether rocks, flowing lava, or glowing coals within a fire. Or anything else!
You don’t need pictures of lava for this color challenge, just a combination of brown, black and orange or pick one of these colors!
Lava Flows in Hawaii
To get you started on this color challenge, in case you need natural lava to inspire you, take a look at a gallery of images taken in 2018 and 2019 when we visited the Big Island of Hawaii. The entire chain of Hawaiian islands is made of lava rock through millennia of volcanic eruptions. Tens of thousands of years of erosion have created rich soil where life flourishes. There is still volcanic activity on the Big Island. Graham of Graham’s Island is the resident expert and photographer of active lava.
Most of you know I spent 10 days with my bud Marsha Ingrao in Portland, then at my home, where we together, must have taken 10,000 photos! While in Portland, we visited the rose garden, Fort Vancouver in Washington, and places in between. We also put in a lot of steps on our walks.
Kirstin, Marsha, and I spent some time wandering the Fort Vancouver Living History area and watched as a volunteer baked bread over coals. On the table was a plate of black tea in cake form.
Marsha and I spent a few hours at Portland’s Washington Park which houses many attractions including the Elephant House on which this mural was placed. The next stop was the Rose Garden area.
Orange You Glad For Orange Flowers?…
…Instead of black or brown ones? If you are a floral photographer, let’s see your orange flowers! These glorious orange flowers were taken in my cousin’s Tigard, Oregon neighborhood, and at the Portland International Rose Garden.
And a beautiful orange hibiscus from Hawaii.
I did a little photo-editing in this image for a project I’m working on…
Memories of a Little Brown Dog
In an ironic twist of fate, I’m also sharing pictures of my sweet, little brown dog, Aero, whose cocoa-brown fur and calm demeanor made him a very popular dog with my family and friends.
Aero passed away peacefully last Wednesday.
At age 12 he was healthy and full of life. Sunday night he started panting heavily. Suspecting congestive heart failure, I took him to the vet on Tuesday where he was diagnosed via chest x-ray with lung cancer! His entire chest cavity was full of cancer, and we opted to not let him suffer.
He looked healthy in these pictures, but he hadn’t eaten or pottied since Tuesday afternoon. He breathing was labored and shallow. It was time.
“It is the most unselfish act in all of life to let one go that we have found beloved. ~Kate McGahan
His sweet spirit now romps pain and cancer-free with his older brother, Gideon, in the eternal home God provides for all his creatures. Thank you to those who sent virtual hugs and condolences through Facebook. It’s been a tough week.
Please enjoy my gallery of Aero as we celebrate his life and the colors of brown, orange, and black.
You can see how much I loved this little dog by the number of media file images in this thumbnail sketch.
“It is the burning lava of the soul that has a furnace within–a very volcano of grief and sorrow–it is that burning lava of prayer that finds its way to God.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
Rest in peace, little Aero.
For those of us who have said a sad goodbye to our beloved pets, I offer this wonderful meme someone sent me.
Sorry to make you weep.
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.
- Cee’s Flower of the Day
- Dawn’s Festival of Leaves
- Johnbo’s CellPic Sunday his image fits the lava theme this week!
- Jo’s Monday Walk
- Marsha’s Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC)
How To Participate in Sunday Stills Photo Challenge
Sunday Stills weekly photo 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 to the comments.
This Week’s Featured Bloggers
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 colorful photos featuring orange, black, and brown. I add these all week as new links are posted.
- YOUR BLOG’S NAME HERE!
- Always Write
- Between the Lines
- Calling All Rush-Babes
- Cee’s Photo Challenges
- The Day After
- Deb’s World
- Equipoise Life Image shared in the comments
- Geriatrix Fotogallery
- Graham’s Island
- Hugh’s Views and News Image shared in comments
- Loving Life
- Middleton Road
- Natalie the Explorer
- Now at Home
- Peaceful at Dawn
- Philosophy Through Photography
- Picture Retirement
- Quaint Revival
- This is Another Story
- Travel With Me
- Wide Eyed Wonderings
- Woolly Muses
- Working On Exploring
I am volunteering at the neighborhood fall festival this morning and will read and share your links Sunday afternoon.
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I can’t wait to see how you interpret the colors of orange, brown, and black this week! Join me next week as we explore the theme “Fleeting Moments.”
Happy Thanksgiving to friends and family in Canada! Have a great week and know that, although I have moments of sadness, I am doing OK.
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