In September, I had the pleasure of driving to Portland, Oregon to meet up with Marsha of Always Write where we spent 6 days there together then another three in Spokane, WA. A memorable trip indeed!

“A good friend listens to your adventures. Your best friend makes them with you.” ~Unknown

And your best friend tolerates your stress while driving in Portland traffic!

Not only did we have a great time exploring areas of Portland and the Oregon Coast, but we also drove north to Vancouver, Washington to meet with Kirstin of Loving Life. Kirstin is a loyal photo challenge participant and all three of us snapped away armed with our mental list of upcoming photo challenges.

We found some great examples for this month’s color challenge: leather, or shades of brown.

I love the color brown and all its shades.

Marsha said this was her favorite photo of leather–because I said it was compelling (our continuing photo op joke).

Leather hook
Leather hook

In case you are wondering about the featured image, it was taken at Fort Vancouver. The pelt belonged to a black bear.

As we strolled the grounds of the Fort Vancouver historical site, there was literally leather and beautiful textures everywhere.

Rustic hook
Rustic hook
Animal Pelts
Animal Pelts
Hudson Bay Crest
Hudson Bay Crest (est 1670)

Last weekend I traveled to the Sacramento area to attend my former Mother-In-Law’s funeral. I always loved the rich brown tones of this church’s interior. I married my first husband in this church over 40 years ago, so it felt slightly odd to be back in this church again with his family. It was nice to see his side of the family again, and of course, my own Webster side as we said a final goodbye to my MIL.

Church Sanctuary
Rich brown tones of church sanctuary

Browns in Nature

“Brown is the color of Mother Earth.” ~Suzy Chiazzari

Layers of Fallen Autumn Leaves

Western larch is found primarily in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, as well as British Columbia. Indulge me as I share one more Western Larch.

Yellow larches, brown fences
Yellow larches, brown fences

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

While walking around my neighborhood, I see plenty of homes sporting shades of brown.

And I am mostly done painting my eagle/bear totem pole. By spring it will be displayed outside in our backyard.

Eagle and Bear Totem Pole
Progress on the Totem Pole

“Brown exudes the feeling of simplicity, endurance, stability, home, and nature.” ~Joen Wolfrom

Inspiring Photo Challenges

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

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

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 photos depicting the shades of the color brown. I add these all week as new links are posted.

Wishing everyone who celebrates this week, a Happy Thanksgiving filled with gratitude and grace. Please join me for next week’s Sunday Stills as we explore the theme “VIVID.”

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115 thoughts on “Sunday Stills Monthly Color Challenge: #Leather and Shades of Brown

  1. It’s surprising how much brown hues there are around when you’re looking for it. Great selection, Terri and I love your totem pole. I hope your mother-in-law’s funeral went as well as possible.

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  2. Wow Terri! You have some very interesting textures among your photos. If I had to pick one it would be that leather hook. And I love your totem pole. Thanks for linking to the Textures challenge.
    Jude xx

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  3. Lots to love in this one Terri. I too am a big fan of all things brown so especially enjoyed your post this week.Your Totem pole is looking fabulous and it’d been great watching it from the start. Finally, loved your comment on my post about the bark – as I wasn’t exactly sure that was what it was but it’s what I’m going with LOL. Here’s a link to the post which features brown more than once.

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      1. I get that. Last year I spied a patch of yellow aspens or maybe they were larches and it was gorgeous. I tired to return this year but it wasn’t quite the same. But I still remember the JoY from last year’s sighting.

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  4. I like brown too, Terri. Living in a log home in the woods, our theme is brown. Lol. It’s a color that goes with everything! Your totem looks great, too. I’m looking forward to seeing it in your backyard some spring. And those yellow larches! Brilliant.

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  5. This was a great selection of browns Terri and I was surprised to find so many browns in my photos especially when I went looking. That’s what I like about challenges like these, it makes me think, gets me out of my own particular rut and keeps me curiously looking at the world around me. I also learn things from others and see the world from their perspective which opens my mind as a result. In other words, it makes me think!! Thanks so much for all you do. Your variety of browns were interesting and informative.

    Not quite 50 shades of brown for #SundayStills

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, I’m glad you enjoyed my touches of brown and that the challenge actually challenges you–it does me too! It was nice for me to snap pics in other areas like Oregon and SW Washington for a change. I wish you a pleasant week ahead!

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  6. OOOh lala. Your totem is almost finished! It looks great! You did a fabulous job on it. I have no idea how you found time to paint it, write articles, do your blog and all the millions of other things you do! I love seeing all the leather colors especially little Aero. I’m working on my response to PPAC and SS right now as I stand at my new standing desk in the kitchen at Cindy’s. When I get tired I can put the desk down, and sit in my normal couch potato position. Fun post and fun memories – even the stressful driving in Portland. If I had been driving, you could have experienced my stress level, which might have included tears. 🙂

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    1. I think Portland driving induces a lot of tears, Marsha 🤣 I look forward to your post. How cool you have a standing desk. You’ll have to take a couple pics and text me. Thanks for the kind comments about the totem and the pics. We’ll wait for late winter to put it outside, maybe on the desk next to the house.

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  7. Terri,
    When I think brown, I think “earth tones.” How about a picture of Yellowstone Falls surrounded by brown earth? P.S. I couldn’t wear brown with my red hair either. Always went with blue. Have a great week! Joe

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  8. The more challenges you take part in, the more people there are to visit, Terri. You do a great job in keeping up. I’m quite fond of chocolate browns and camel- or maybe caramel- colours, and the larches are stunning. Are there other totems where you live, or do you plan to be the first? It’s beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Jo! I enjoy the different challenges and when they mesh it makes the challenge exciting! Yay, a fellow lover of browns, I’m with you on the chocolate browns–so rich and coincidentally the color of my dogs. I’ve seen a few totems in public places, but none at homes. This will stay in the backyard for us to enjoy.


  9. I love the colour brown too, Terri, and at this time of the year, we are surrounded by so many shades of brown.

    Your Totem Pole is amazing. Am I right in thinking it has wings? It’ll make a spectacular display come spring. The winter months will give you plenty of inside time to finish painting it. I hope it’s heavy enough not to disappear from your front porch mysteriously. Did it come as a kit, or did you buy it like that?

    I’ll be joining in with my Wordless Wednesday post.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, and Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday. I hope you have a super day.

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    1. Brown is a surprisingly nice color but sorely taken for granted. I bought the 6 ft tall totem unfinished at a rustic furniture store in Idaho. I treated the naturally occurring cracks with polypropylene spray then did all the painting. I have some detail to add to the wings still. Thank you for asking, Hugh. We spend our time in our backyard so the pole will stay in the backyard so I can see it. I’ll see you on Wednesday. I’m excited to be with family this week to celebrate Thanksgiving. 🤎🍗


  10. Glorious browns! Indeed it should be more loved than it is. I have always loved brown – in all hues and shades. But – green is my favourite. Loved so much the larch trees, their yellow goodbyes are breathtakingly beautiful.

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  11. Brown has always been my favorite color too Terri. The rich warm tones and there are so many shades of brown. Years ago, I had a brown leather skirt and vest. It may sound like a cowgirl outfit, but it was just the most buttery-soft leather and I can picture wearing it with a pumpkin-colored shirt. I loved this quote as well: “Brown is the color of Mother Earth.” ~Suzy Chiazzari

    It sounds like a wonderful trip you had. You had so many photos here – all of them enjoyable to scroll through, image after image and I wondered about, but did not guess, it was a bear pelt in the featured image.

    I like that eagle photo – what a great closeup of the eagle feasting.

    You sure are making progress on that totem pole.

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      1. Yes, I’ve never been a pastels person, a girly color, just brown for me please. 🙂 Thank you Terri. We are back to warmish temps, so I made the most of it working outside and walking five miles today.

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