Dogwood Trees bloom in May

Sunday Stills: #Plant Life Grows Around Us

This week’s Sunday Stills photo challenge is all about plant life. Many folks are still limited to where they can go, but we can all walk in our backyards and gardens and enjoy plant life. While there, why not snap a few new pics to share with us this week? To plant a garden is …

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Color Planet

Sunday Stills: Life in a #Waterworld

Memorial Day in the US is the traditional start to summer, which brings throngs of people to lakes, rivers and oceans. Perhaps, but not in 2020… ...as the threats of exposure and illness from the coronavirus keep people home and away from their favorite leisure spaces. Even as most US states have opened up for …

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Hobbies

Sunday Stills: #Awakening of Leisure

Have the last few weeks of staying at home awakened something in you? The dictionary describes awakening as a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something. The example? a rude awakening to the disagreeable facts. That about explains it! Awakening can mean the revival of an old interest or trying a new hobby. Lately, …

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Walking into the Slot Canyon in Valley of Fire

Walking in the Valley of Fire

Hello fellow walkers! Walking is about the ONLY exercise I have engaged in since California’s Stay-At-Home order on Friday, March 20. Believe me, I am happy and grateful to walk outside in my neighborhood, and my dogs never complain, but why does it feel like it’s been longer than 9 days? Thankfully, we can ride …

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hummingbird ready to feed

Sunday Stills: For the #Birds

What’s up with the expression “for the birds?” Easy enough to google…it’s an expression that “became army slang for anything that was pointless, ridiculous, or simply without value to any but the most pathetic or least capable.” Someone who announces, “that idea is for the birds” is saying the idea is useless or meaningless. A …

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South Rim of the Grand Canyon in snow

Winter Road Trip Preview: Walking in the Desert Light

Join me today as I share a preview of my winter road trip and where some of my walks took me. With a camera and phone in hand, I took loads of photos on my daily walks. I managed to walk over 10,000 steps a day as recorded by my Fitbit. I needed to with …

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celebrating a birthday

Sunday Stills: Sixty #Birthdays

This year, 2019, marks 59 years of my existence. I was born in December, so for most of 2019, I am 59. Being that I was born in 1959 makes this my golden year, I’m told. I have to admit that it has been a golden year, albeit a little tarnished with stress and surgery, …

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summer's end signs of autumn

Sunday Stills: Signs of #Autumn

The official start to fall begins with the Autumnal equinox on Monday, September 23 this year. Not much in the way of fall leaves just yet here in Sacramento, Northern California, as we are still experiencing our normal warm temps (upper 80s, low 90s). Luckily, the heat only lasts a couple of hours each day. …

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SUP session at the delta

Sunday Stills: Your Favorite #Sport or #Hobby

This week’s Sunday Stills photo challenge is all about showcasing your favorite sports and/or hobbies. Your images of sports might show others participating or yourself engaged in one. The same is true for your hobbies. Please share any image depicting doing what you love and engaging in leisure! I will start you off with some …

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Boats in San Diego Harbor

Wordy Wednesday: Summer Blues

The middle of July finds me reflecting on the fact that half of my summer is gone! Most of you know, it has been a very different summer for me as I recover from foot surgery, spending almost two months in a cast. Prior to the early June surgery date, I spent a few weekends …

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Boogie Boarder

Blue July #Squares: Surf’s Up in Hilo

I caught these young surfers shredding waves on Hilo Bay last January. Three boys and one girl surf and boogie board on a warm winter’s day. It was a school holiday; the temps were warm and who wouldn’t surf if they could? Even more amazing was how they managed to dodge the large lava rock …

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Aero Birthday

Wordless Wednesday: Aero’s Square Birthday

I normally don’t post on a Wednesday, but I couldn’t resist sharing square images of my precious pup, Aero. Today is his 9th birthday, Why square images? I am submitting these for Becky B's month-long July blue squares photo challenge. In the photo above, Aero romps around San Diego's Ocean Beach dog park. He also …

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Blue and purple hydrangeas

Celebrate #Blue with Flowers

These blue hydrangeas have inspired me to share their loveliness for not only two photo challenges today, but to introduce a daily journal challenge for the month of July. Journaling in July Journaling has been a challenge for me most of my adult life. I did keep a journal when I was between 18-20 years …

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Great Outdoors American Flag

Sunday Stills: The Great #Outdoors

The last day of June 2019 is a wonderful way to spend in the outdoors, our theme for this week’s Sunday Stills photo challenge. June was National Great Outdoors Month, which seems appropriate as many folks begin their summer vacations. To help inspire you, today I am sharing some of my favorite photos of this …

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Curiosity Leads to new Paths Quote

Sunday Stills: Veering off the #Path

I’m ba-a-ack!This week’s Sunday Stills theme is “paths.” When I think of a path, my literal brain takes me to pathways, roads, and trails. As we celebrate Father’s Day in the U.S. this Sunday, I think of how my own father blazed trails in our leisure lives and set in motion the way we choose …

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