Sunday Stills: Celebrating #Pets and #Kids

Aero in sweater

Monday, April 26 is National Kids and Pets Day, so let’s share our favorite images of kids and pets. Last week I hinted at some ideas to get you thinking:

No kids or pets? Improvise! Images of other’s kids or grandkids will work, as well as any kinds of images of animal, bird, reptile, fish or critter. Anything goes, so have fun with this theme.

My kids are all grown up, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t celebrate them. Now that we live two states away, I miss my daughters, but we talk regularly.

For my only photo of little kids, I captured my grand niece and nephew last fall playing joyfully in the garden in grandma’s front yard. They gleefully unearthed roly-polies and made little leaf houses for them, at least the ones that didn’t flee. I used to love playing in the dirt, how about you?

My “kids” nowadays happen to be our sweet dogs Aero and Brodie. They love carousing around their new half-acre backyard chasing balls and sticks.

Aero prefers his sweater when visiting our nearby relatives.

Brodie on alert in this image taken in Bend, Oregon, where we got the good idea to eventually build a rural or pine-pole fence around our place. Five to six feet high fences are designed to keep the dogs in and the deer, coyotes and moose out!

Aero sort of photobombed this shot of our new welcome mat sent from my brother.

A “painted” version of Aero enjoying a warm RV a couple of months ago.

Brodie remembering the good times playing in the river at the Sacramento delta.

Wind blowing dog's ear

Are Backyard Birds Pets?

For years, while living in Sacramento, I enjoyed a wide variety of birds that regularly visited my backyard. I enjoyed several generations of kites, members the hawk family, for more than 20 years. The kites nested in the huge pine trees in our yard.

Bird of Prey Kite

Every once in a while I would get an unusual bird like this black-headed grosbeak, a “fake finch,” which surprisingly belongs to the cardinal family. Sharing for Lisa’s Bird Weekly, Birds with letter F.

Black headed Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak

By far, I enjoyed generations of Anna’s hummingbirds that fed and nested in my backyard. They got quite tame and “let” me take their pictures! I put out some bird feeders in our new backyard, but no hummers yet! I miss these little guys!

The Lens-Artists challenge invites us to explore the relationship with those things that are dear to us and how they affect us. As you have read, my dogs are an integral part of our lives. The birds I have photographed over the years are beloved to me as well and I thank God for nature and this beautiful world in which we live.

House Happenings

Since I’m still struggling along without wi-fi in the house, my photography has slowed down. I managed to upload these two images of our home using the WordPress Mobile app then edited on the laptop using the hotspot. This process works for now. I have 100s of images that need to be uploaded and edited and I need to hang out at a neighbor’s house to use their wi-fi. Soon.

Today I share two quick pics of our finished dining room and a view from our back deck into the house.

Aero managed to photobomb yet another picture. All about pets, right?

View from dining room, and living room from back deck

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.

Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. I sure enjoyed catching up with everyone last week! I was so thrilled to see so many purple/violet/lavender images shared by you all.

“No Shrinking Violets” from Last Week’s Links

May themes are listed on my Sunday Stills page. May 2nd’s theme is water. If you followed my blog long enough, you might remember that May is Water Safety Month, and my former identity as an aquatics director rears its head as I still enjoy promoting water safety. Water in any form, from droplets to oceans will be welcomed.

Sharing for Becky B’s Bright Squares

Looking forward to seeing your images of kids and pets! Have a great week!

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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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