Sunday Stills: In Your World of #Blue

I am on the catwalk

Sunday Stills this week is all about “Blue.” Why? Because I am helping Becky B promote her July Squares photography challenge, which is, you guessed it, BLUE.

I am also continuing with Journaling in July hosted by Sue of Sizzling Toward Sixty.

The journal prompt for today, July 7th is “My Favorite Quote and Why.”
I thought about this for a while. As a blogger, I get inspiration from my own images and many inspire a quotation. I love John Muir quotes as you know, but two quotes really stand out and have been anthems for my life.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

When I attempted to learn how to windsurf at age 49, I thought I would die trying. I wanted to be a part of my new husband’s (then boyfriend) life, so I took on the challenge at the expense of various body parts. Sailing in the delta is challenging enough, but in Baja, Mexico, the waves can crash over your head.

Windsurfing in Baja
Windsurfing in blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico

In this photo, you might not see my body language quaking in fear as I’m already in waist deep water navigating the shore break and kite surfers. But I got myself into a water-start position, as the wind pushed up the sail, which pulled me up and onto the board. I had a great time!

Do I do something every day that scares me? Probably not, but that quote is a great source of inspiration to get off my a$$ and learn something new.

This next quote resonates strongly with me as I get closer to 60. I have taught university classes in leisure and lifestyle development and love to see the lightbulbs go on when we talk about aging and leisure in class.

“Man does not cease to play because he grows old, he grows old because he ceases to play.”

George Bernard Shaw
I am on the catwalk

In this photo, I’m walking the catwalk on the campus challenge ropes course. This catwalk is 30 feet high, situated between two tall pine trees and anchored by telephone poles. I don’t know why the students are always so fascinated when their professors take part. I’m not afraid of heights and we are harnessed in. A trained Challenge Course staff person is below belaying the line, but it’s nerve-wracking for sure.

Facing our fears is healthy especially done in the context of play and leisure.

My last photograph simply shows me doing my photographer thing. Ironically, I took none of these photos for the challenge today and I ended up being the subject.

Photographer in Blue

Oh yeah, and they are all blue!

I’m making my photos square today to submit to Becky B’s Blue July Squares.

Say hello to our new bloggers who have joined Sunday Stills in June! PhotographyOCD and Savoring Sixty and Beyond. Big thank-yous to all the faithful bloggers who participate each week!

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

  • Please create a new post for the theme.
  • Title your 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 shared all week. Use hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.

Show us your world in blue this week!

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Celebrate #Blue with Flowers

Blue and purple hydrangeas
Blue and purple hydrangeas

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 old and still have the books. Nowadays I like to think of blogging as a way of keeping a journal, as I share thoughts about photography, fitness, and leisure.

With that said, I am joining other bloggers for Sue’s Journaling in July, with 31 days of journaling prompts to inspire our creative ideas. Each Saturday, you can link up with other bloggers and share your journal prompts. Please visit Sue’s post for more information.

Journaling in July

How Will I Do This?

Each week as I post for Becky B’s Blue Squares in July and my weekly photo challenge Sunday Stills, I intend to share within those posts, the journal prompts that inspired me that week. We can all use some extra inspiration, so for me, combining these challenges into two posts a week sounds like a great way to spend the month of July as I continue to (impatiently) recover from surgery.

This week I share the journal prompts that resonated the most with me.

July 3 What Makes Me Feel Happy

At our ladies retreat in early May, we also had opportunities to journal over that weekend. A similar question “What feeds your soul” had me answer similarly that I love photography and usually take a picture of something when I see it. The hydrangeas pictured above symbolize my happiness as I enjoy a bit of gardening and can see my potted flowers grow and thrive in the warm California sun. Of course, I will shoot the flowers with my phone or camera so I can enjoy looking at them throughout the day, week or month.

July 5 What I Did Today

Since I’ve committed to gardening, the simple act of watering my flowers and plants daily is gratifying while I am staying close to home. The things we do each day needn’t be glamorous or electrifying, and I am rather grateful to have this downtime. But I admit that watering the front and back yards with a hose while walking with crutches is probably the most challenging thing I did all day!

If I had been asked this question this time last year, I would have written that my hubby and I spent the weekend at the Delta playing on the water, on our windsurf- or stand-up paddleboards. I am counting the days to July 26th when my cast comes off!

4th of July Weekend 2018

If you are craving some blogging inspiration, visit Becky and Sue at their links in the post. I’ve also submitted the hydrangeas for Cee’s Flower of the Day photo challenge.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Densely Blue

A photographic study in blue densely packed flowers.

A photographic study in blue densely packed flowers.

The month of April is a great time to photograph flowers, with the vast array of beautiful colors and floral types from which to choose. I discovered these densely-packed blue flowers in my neighbor’s yard and couldn’t resist stealing a shot (with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone).

This is submitted for the WordPress weekly photo challenge Dense.

I opened my Seasonal Sensations April Flowers link-up today and I am submitting this into the cyber-garden we can all create together. Please join!