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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Hummer Straight Beak

Sunday Stills: Let’s Get Something #Straight

Straight is this week’s theme for Sunday Stills photo challenge. Thank you to Graham of Graham’s Island for the theme idea! Straight conjures up endless meanings in phrases like “Let’s get something straight,” as my post suggests. Or "on the straight and narrow"…you get the idea. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look …

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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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Sunday Stills duck banner

Sunday Stills: Reflections of a Mother’s #Giving

Today is Mother’s Day in the US. In our current state of the world, many mothers will not see their families in person today. This is the first Mother’s Day I am without my own mother. Many of you know she passed away on March 3rd, thankfully before the coronavirus prevented folks from spending time …

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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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SUPping with Aero

Sunday Stills: Who’s Your Top #Dog?

Today is National Pet Parents Day, but you don't have to own a pet or even a dog to participate in this week's Sunday Stills Photo Challenge. Our pets give us comfort with their unconditional love in times of need and uncertainty. If you have followed my blog very long, you know I have been …

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Sacramento River Delta Clean Up

Sunday Stills: Honoring Mother #Earth

In a normal universe, we would likely be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22) outside, perhaps at a large event venue. Even before this popular annual event, volunteers typically gather in various locations during April to clean up litter in the parks, rivers, creeks, and beaches. Doing my part for the Delta …

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Sunday Stills Lifted Spirits

Sunday Stills: Lifted #Spirits

Last Tuesday, as I mused over what images I could use to depict this week’s theme “Lifted Spirits,” something wonderful happened which lifted mine. April is usually the month we move our travel trailer to our windsurf campground for the summer. Of course, this is on hold since the campground is closed until further notice …

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American Beauty Rose, "The Earth laughs in flowers." Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday Stills: The Power of Fantastic #Florals

This week, for Sunday Stills, let’s blow up WordPress and the rest of the Internet with gorgeous flowers! We all need some hope and beauty in our lives. Linking to Sunday Stills this week will be like we are sending each other wonderful bouquets. From Hawaii Botanical Gardens in Hilo, 2019 "Blue Bayou" Hibiscus hybrid …

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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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Tuolumne Meadows

Sunday Stills: The Legacy of Favorite #Places

Friday was the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of the official state legal lockdown here in California. It was a beautiful sunny day with mild temperatures. My neighbor and I walked our dogs, of course keeping the appropriate 6-feet of social distance. I was struck by how many …

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clover and rain drops

Sunday Stills: Up #Close and Personal to #Green

This week’s Sunday Stills Photo challenge has you getting THISCLOSE to something green! I always think of March being a “green” month what with St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th and all. We can expect spring to show its glory with colorful florals and wondrous greens! “If the subject you are photographing is small and …

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California State Flag Graphic

Sunday Stills: Your State or National #Symbol

Today’s theme should be an interesting challenge. In the US we have state symbols of birds, trees, animals, flowers, flags, etc. Outside the US, your own country may have its symbols that represent your country and its people. Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash Now whether you have your own image of one may be …

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Lighthouses from Afar

Sunday Stills: Photographing #Near and #Far

This week, our Sunday Stills photo challenge is to photograph something from afar, then get close to the object or scene and take a close-up or image from a reasonable distance to show more details. Reach into your archives or take some new photos for the challenge. This week’s challenge was inspired by the following …

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Winter Sunrise

Sunday Stills: #Early to Rise

The word “early” invokes a variety of quotes, phrases, and conditions. Let your mind run wild with these concepts of early: Are you an early-bird, an early riser, or just love being early to events?Were you highly intelligent at an early age or naïve in your early years?Perhaps you are a “later-in-the-day” person and dread …

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