Mountain Greenery; Green Sierra foothills

Mountain Greenery

Still on my Spring Break and reveling in some quiet time. The Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to share images that are green this week with the theme It IS Easy Being Green! Not that difficult since green is my favorite color! Some of the photos of Yosemite were taken at this time last year when…

Bright orange door graces Sutter Creek Inn

Thursday Doors: Green Doors in Sutter Creek

I am celebrating my spring break from teaching with some down time! We took a short, 45-minute drive to the Gold Country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Northern Californians know where I am talking about, as popular must-see’s along the scenic, historic drive of Highway 49 include Sutter Creek, Daffodil Hill, Jackson Rancheria…

Raindrops sit delicately atop a spring rose bud

Atop: Raindrops on Roses

Atop , this week’s photo challenge theme, can mean so many things and provide hundreds of different perspectives. I decided to go macro and explore raindrops atop roses. The featured image of this American Beauty rosebud is also submitted for the Macro Moments Challenge: Week 34 “Spring Has Sprung,” hosted by Musin’ with Susan. Just for…

Spending time with our precious family

Wishing for More Time with Elderly Loved Ones

I recently led a discussion with my university students on the subject of aging and leisure and the physical and mental effects of aging on our bodies and on our society. When we age, of course our bodies naturally slow down. My students took a short, online assessment “How Long Will I Live?”  and had to…

Who says there are no ocean waves in the desert?

The Road Taken: Desert Waves

This week’s photo challenge asks us to share a surprise on The Road Taken. Imagine my surprise when we saw ocean waves in the Mohave Desert on Hwy 395. Well, OK, not real waves, but clouds that look like waves. Have you ever seen anything like this before? We visited some windsurfer friends who live…

Clover Close-up

Macro Moments Challenge–Week 32: Clovers

I’m excited to submit this macro photo of these clovers  for Musin’ with Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge. This photo was taken with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone. I cropped, added contrast and HDR, framed, and watermarked with PicMonkey premium. Wild clovers grow in my backyard. Right now, due to all the rain, my backyard is mostly…