Welcome to the last monthly color challenge of 2022! Cobalt Blue is the color we shall explore this week.
I tend to gravitate toward the rich, deep tones of cobalt blue. It is such a vibrant and mesmerizing shade of blue. Cobalt is a strong color but seems to mimic a dark, clear blue sky and deep waterscapes found in nature.
“Blue, blue, my world is blue…” ~songwriter John Boulter
Cobalt Blue in Nature
But first, a little fun for Cee’s Black and White Challenge: After a good snowfall in early December, the sky was a cobalt blue reflected in the depths of the snow. I desaturated the colors to suggest a hint of cobalt. All those lines you see are deer trails–right next to our house.
Clear and Stormy Skies
“If snow melts down to water, does it still remember being snow?” — Jennifer McMahon
As I prepared images for this photo challenge this week, I saw that the theme for Lens-Artists is “patterns.” As a photographer, I see patterns in almost everything my eye is drawn to, and I hope you see the various patterns in many of these images as well.
“The natural world is built upon common motifs and patterns. Recognizing patterns in nature creates a map for locating yourself in change, and anticipation what is yet to come.” — Sharon Weil
“My experiences remind me that it’s those black clouds that make the blue skies even more beautiful.” – Kelly Clarkson
“Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean.” ~Lord Byron
“Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came to thy dazzling hue?” – James Montgomery
Did you know? Unlike other colors in nature, blue pigments are very rare in flowers. Natural blue flowers are uncommon to find. Sources say there are about 40 floral species worldwide.
Blue Light Specials
Cobalt blue is frequently seen in holiday lights.
There sure were a lot of deep blues at our local Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony last weekend.
Inspiring 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 Black and White Challenge Challenge
- Cee’s Flower of the Day
- Hammad’s Weekend Sky
- Johnbo’s CellPic Sunday
- Lens-Artists: Perfect Patterns
- Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share and Link-up
- Marsha’s Writers Quotes Wednesday: Winter Wonderland
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 cobalt blue photos. I add these all week as new links are posted.
- YOUR BLOG’S NAME HERE!
- Always Write
- Beachwalk Reflections
- Between the Lines
- Cats and Trails and Garden Tales
- Cees Photo Challenges
- The Day After
- Easin’ Along Image shared in comments
- Equipoise Life Image shared in comments
- Geriatrix Fotogallery
- Graham’s Island
- Hugh’s Views and News
- Light Words
- Loving Life
- Natalie the Explorer
- Now At Home
- Philosophy Through Photography
- Quaint Revival
- Still Restless Jo
- This is Another Story
- Travel With Me
- Woolly Muses
- Working On Exploring
I am also sharing for Natalie’s second-to-last Weekend Coffee Share of 2022. This is my last Sunday Stills post before I go on a break. I’ll have a Wordless Wednesday post on Dec 14th.
I will see you all back at Second Wind Leisure on January 1st as we look back at the year 2022! What did YOU do in 2022?
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