Sunday Stills Monthly Color Challenge: Views in #Violet

purple daisies

I’m back to hosting Sunday Stills! A huge thank-you to my friend Marsha at Always Write for taking the reins for three weeks while we moved into our new house. I certainly missed you all while away from blogging although I tried to follow some posts when possible. We are still without an internet connection in the house.

This week’s photo challenge is to explore the color violet and other shades of purple. Here is an example to get you started.

A bright violet square for Becky B!

But before I share my other violet interpretations, I want to share my versions of “emerging” which was the theme from last week. When I originally chose that theme for March 28, I wanted to celebrate my emergence from winter to spring as well as emerging from living in temporary housing conditions to our new home. Strangely, I had no idea that we would be able to move in on March 22, but fate and kismet seemed to work in my favor to some degree.

I read many of your emerging posts, and I was really excited to ready Donna’s post. She is a planner and wanted to finish off March with her take on emerging. Marsha’s post on emerging also inspired mine as we have both moved away from California to new states to begin new lives.

Please indulge me as I share some of my emerging images. As many of us are still somewhat restricted to travel, I looked through my archives for theme inspirations. I found this image of a molting adult dragonfly emerging from its old exoskeleton a few years ago. Many of you have seen this image, but I wanted to share it again as it epitomizes emergence and changes in nature.

Dragonfly nymph sheds into adulthood
Molting Dragonfly

Susan at Musin’ with Susan also shared a video of a butterfly emerging.

Once we moved in, we emerged from uncertainty and impatience to a rural neighborhood with lovely neighbors and a relieving sense of peace. Oh, and the quiet! Even the deer emerged out of the forest to welcome us the next morning.

Spring gets a slow start here in Northeastern Washington state, with overnight April temps still just above freezing. Warm days ensure welcome sights of tree and flower buds as well as a variety of birds. Despite the absence of blooms, the morning light paints an amazing picture of the actual Nine Mile Falls!

My pinkish-violet tulips emerged and brightened up our home.

We celebrated Easter Sunday at our new church and enjoyed their tech displays during worship.

April was the month when we traditionally moved our RV to its summer home in the Sacramento delta as windsurf season ramped up. Plenty of violet sunsets in the spring. Yes, my hubby misses it a little now that we are in Washington.

Who doesn’t love a field of violet daisies?

A view of my daughter’s purple room in our old house.

A House is Now a Home

At least my blouse is purple!

Many of you saw on Facebook that we got the keys to the house on March 22. Has it only been 4 weeks since we moved in? I don’t have too many pictures to share just yet, as we are living among boxes while we await the pole barn/garage to be built. Once that is completed, we can move a lot of boxes into that space and decorate the house appropriately.

The tulips look bright and beautiful on our new dining room table!

Tech Woes

Since we are still without wi-fi, I can use my phone hotspot to access the online world. My mobile phone has also given me some trouble in trying to access WordPress posts. I have had to go through the Reader rather than my e-mails or else I have to log in to WP each and every time just to leave a comment! Never fear, with your direct links to my blog and in the comments, I can still read and comment on your posts without having to log in!

Without wi-fi, I have trouble syncing my Dropbox to my phone where most of my photos reside these days. My work-around? I posted some images to Facebook and saved the images to my desktop and simply uploaded them into my WP media file. The few I did not post, I started a post draft on my WordPress app and dropped a few images from the phone into the media file. Clever? Desperate? Yep!

Florals posted for Cee’s Flower of the Day, and Becky B’s Bright Squares.

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

  • Please create a new post for the theme or link a recent one.
  • Title your blog post a little differently than mine.
  • 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 into the comments.
  • Entries for this theme can be posted all week.
  • Use hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.

Next Week

Next week’s theme is images of kids and pets to acknowledge National Kids and Pets Day. No kids or pets? Improvise! Images of other’s kids or grandkids work, as well as any kinds of images of animals, birds, reptiles, fish or critters. I always felt “my” Anna hummingbirds were my pets since I provided a safe backyard and food for them over the years so I’m sure you will see a hummer or two along with my dogs.

Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Each week I will share the links from the previous post so you can continue to meet and support each other.

Last Week’s Emerging Posts

For this week, I can’t wait to see your versions of violet and look so forward to engaging with you all in the blogosphere! Many thanks to you who supported Marsha while she hosted Sunday Stills!

Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday Stills: #Yellow Discoveries in the Golden State

sunflower

The color yellow and all things associated with it is the theme for this week’s Sunday Stills photo challenge.

I had a slightly different post planned, but my journalist tendencies would not allow me to bury the lead.

Blogger Meet-Up

Two Bloggers

This week I got to spend a day with my blogger pal Marsha Ingrao of Always Write at her lovely home near Visalia in the Central Valley of California. Driving to the small town of Woodlake, I discovered the charming, nearby town of Exeter, amid the golden yellow foothills.

As we drove around the area, we spontaneously took the short drive through the foothills into the south entrance of Sequoia National Park! Sequoia is known for its giant redwood forest, home of the General Sherman tree, Moro Rock, and other natural wonders of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Range. And she lives so close to the park!

I was 12 years old the last time I visited Sequoia and nearby Kings Canyon NP. This was a treat!

We drove the winding roads and stopped along vista points to capture the scenery. Yellow leaves and dry grass help frame the jagged peaks. On a clear day, you can see Mt Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous U.S. at 14,505 feet. We walked a little for more photo ops, but I will leave that for Marsha to tell you.

Yellow leaf vista of Sierra Range

As we drove toward the park exit, a black bear stood in the road begging for a photo op. By the time I got out my phone (I left my camera in my overnight bag), he had lumbered off the road amid the yellow grasses, the late afternoon sun highlighting his coat a golden brown.

Golden Black Bear

Why California is Golden

In Northern California at the end of July the grasses have turned yellow as vegetation dries out and temps heat up.

While walking in the delta last weekend I found these beautiful yellow wildflowers growing along the levee.

Delta Yellow Wildflowers

Summer flowers show a variety of colors but none so recognizable as the sunflower. Indulge me while I share a few with you this week.

Another golden bear, this time a Teddy Bear sunflower!

Teddy Bear Sunflower 2020

As of this post, I have a whopping 13 sunflowers in my small garden. These are two of the five varieties I planted from seeds from last year’s crop. I recently caught this one opening up.

Square photos of varying perspectives are partially inspired by Becky B’s July Square Perspectives and Cee’s Flower of the Day challenges.

Blogging Break

Please note that after this week, I’m taking a six-week break for travel and family events while focusing on packing and working on our house to ready it for sale in October. I also need to focus as I prepare to teach my university classes online for the Fall semester at the end of August.

Sunday Stills will be in the capable hands of Cathy Ryan of PictureThis who will take hosting duties during August, while Hugh Roberts of Hugh’s Views and News will host September 6 and 13th. Please visit and follow their blogs to stay updated for the challenge. You can find their themes and links to their blogs on my Sunday Stills Page.

I will be back on Sept 20 with new themes. Please stay tuned. Please follow me on Instagram as I travel around Mammoth Lakes and San Diego.

Please link your yellow posts to today’s post so I can read, comment and share. You can link all week; however, by Thursday I will be driving to Mammoth Lakes and may not get to your post right away.

I appreciate all of you who take the time to read and comment on my posts and photography, and those who take part in Sunday Stills each week. Photo challenges are fun and offer a chance to be part of a wonderful blogging community. Who knows? You might also meet a fellow blogger in real life, too!

All my best as you enjoy the rest of your summer (or winter)!

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Sunday Stills: The Power of Fantastic #Florals

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

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

Purple hibiscus flower
“Blue Bayou” Hibiscus hybrid

Calming Florals

If you haven’t read Cindy Knoke’s incredible photo-blog, please view her post, Pandemic Anxiety Busters, where she not only shares her stunning florals, but also her expertise as a psychotherapist.

Last spring’s hydrangea.

Blue and purple hydrangeas

Did you know that merely looking at photos of nature will calm your stress levels?

“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” Luther Burbank

Flower Power

Plumeria blossom
Plumeria Close-Up
Black and White Sunflower Bud

Be as creative as possible: show us a field of flowers, or an extreme close-up of your favorite flower. Try a new angle to create a fantasy look to your flower.

These tree blossoms looked like snow after a spring storm!

Tree blossoms scatter on top of walkway

Or use your photo-editing skills to show us a fantasy flower.

Painted Plumeria

This one was created from the Painnt Filter I describe below.

Drops on Top

I am linking some of my square florals of raindrops on top with Becky B’s new April Squares Challenge, Top.

Geranium Drops
Raindrops on top of my geranium.
Drops on tops of rosebud
Droplets on my American Beauty Rose
Drops on Top
My backyard plumerias enjoy Northern California’s rain and heat
Last teddy sunflower of the summer

Digital Floral Art

I love the Painnt-Pro Art Filters (for android and apple) for editing images into something different.

Painnted Hibiscus flower

I also enjoy the digital coloring app Oil Painting by Color Planet. I LOVE photography, but I also like to color! I find this to be very relaxing.

Sunflowers Graphic
Fantasy FLorals

I use my photo editing clone feature to make the logo disappear.

You can save your creations from both apps to your devices for a variety of uses: wallpaper for devices, photo-editing, etc. Both apps can be found in the Apple store and Google Play for Android users. They are free if you don’t mind the ads.

Painnted Plumeria
Painnted Sunflower

For Sunday Stills challenge this week, it’s OK to use flowers from your media files, if you can’t get out and find new images. All of these flowers and their fantasy counterparts were grown in my backyard!

And most of these images were taken by my various Samsung Galaxy series mobile phones!

Join the flower power by linking with Cee’s Flower of the Day! She loves flowers, too!

The sky is the limit this week and I can’t wait to see what you have to share.

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

It’s #Time for Sunday Stills!

time for fitness

Oh boy, we are going to have a great time with the theme of TIME this week! A vague concept chosen on purpose with multiple meanings for everyone.

Time for Fitness

exercise equipment

Do you allow time for fitness daily, weekly monthly, or…? I schedule it on my outlook calendar but I guilt myself into exercise enough that I don’t need a reminder. Although this image doesn’t scream “time,” I suppose the exercise balls represent the cyclical nature of time.

Daylight Saving Time

Finding Serenity in a Desert SunriseHere in California, Daylight Saving time ended today. It will be lighter in the mornings (instead of dark until 7:30am here in Northern Cal), but dark by 5pm. Many folks hate the end of daylight saving time, but I prefer my mornings lighter! It’s almost winter, it’s supposed to be dark in the evening!
Ironically Californians vote on whether to make DST permanent beginning next year. Many states and countries do not recognize it any way.

How Time Flies!

wordpress logoI was notified by WordPress of my 7-year blogging anniversary on October 31, 2011. Seems like forever, but I didn’t start consistently blogging until September 2014. Image provided by WordPress.

Another image denoting the passage of time in the form of temperature and seasons.

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Time for Change

Speaking of time, there are some changes coming to the Sunday Stills challenge.
Beginning January 1, I am discontinuing my InLinkz account for the link-up. Not all bloggers use the link-up, and I pay a small monthly fee to use the service. You can still link up through December 23. Let me know your thoughts on this.

I have not yet published the December dates, but due to extensive travel in late December and into January, there will be no challenge for Dec 30.

Because of this travel time, I’m also looking for a temporary host for the month of January. Since we will be on the road for 2-3 weeks, I’m betting Internet connection will be sporadic, and honestly, I could use a little break from the computer screen.

Please PM me (see menu About Me/Contact) and let me know if you would like to host for one week or 3-4 weeks. I can provide more details with you. I will have the themes chosen and announced on my page in advance, and also short posts from my blog pointing to whomever will co-host. This also can be shared with 2-3 folks.

If no one is interested, we will just take that month off from the challenge.

Welcome 15 New Bloggers to October Sunday Stills Challenge!

A Young Retirement

Venezia E Il Veneto

Sharon’s Blog

Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After

Donna Maria

Bend Branches

Over 50 Travel Blog

Musings from the Cold

River Valley Wanderer

Lady Lee Manila

Jodie’s Touch of Style

Deb’s World

Quaint Revival

Dandelion Fuzz

Frost on the Moose Dung

I am so happy you could join us today and all this week with your images, stories, poems, or anything that denotes the theme of TIME!

Link up here and/or ping-back to this post. Use the tag time or #Sunday Stills when you publish and share!

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