Sunday Stills Color Challenge: A #Rosy Outlook

Rosy Quince blossom

It is time for another Sunday Stills monthly color challenge! This one is rosy red. Just in time for Valentine’s Day (if you celebrate), you can show us your favorite things that are rosy red. “Rosy” implies a little pink in the red, but the range can be dark pink to deep burgundy for this challenge.

Here’s an actual rose to get you started!

Rain-soaked rose glistens
Rainy rosebud

Rosy Florals

All the years I lived in Sacramento, mid-February was the time that many species of trees would bloom, breaking up the dreary, gray landscape with the promise of spring, and thus providing that rosy outlook. Few, if any were red in color, except this one of a Flowering Quince blossom that I took two years ago in February.

Rosy Quince blossom

Living here in Spokane, WA, where winter holds on tight, I won’t see many blooming trees until April or May.

In the meantime, I will share some of my favorite florals from past posts. Bougainvillea are beautiful climbing plants that thrive in warmer climates. Just about any time of year, I would see them while visiting San Diego.

Pink and white bougainvillea
Beautiful bougainvillea

Two years ago, I bought plumeria stalks to plant at home. The pink one flowered within three months of planting (almost unheard of!). I enjoyed its rosy pink blooms for several months, taking endless photos of them.

Rosy pink plumeria

I was quite proud of the plant and the seemingly endless blooms it produced. Last year, the same plant did not flower at all but grew nicely in its pot. As our pending move to Spokane loomed, I re-homed the two plumeria plants, the other a yellow one that never bloomed, to my daughter’s home in San Diego. Plumeria LOVE it there and the plants, especially the pink and yellow variety, thrive in the temperate climate.

All florals are shared today on Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Riotous Red Leaves

“Rebellious leaves going out in a blaze of glory, setting trees aflame in riotous color.”

John Mark Green, Taste the Wild Wonder: Poems

I had a beautiful Japanese Maple planted in my front yard in my former house in Sacramento. The tree never failed to impress me with its magnificent, rich rosy-reds. I will miss this tree I planted 20 years ago.

Red Maple Square

But I have stunning maple trees to enjoy once we get into our new home and can begin landscaping. This one lives in my sister-in-law’s backyard.

Red Maple
Red Maple

Maples, aspens, and pines are my trees of choice and will do well in the various climates here in Eastern Washington.

My Birdy Valentines

I’ve been remiss in joining Lisa’s Bird Weekly lately. This week, her challenge is “birds you love.” So of course I have to share one of my Anna hummers at the red feeder …

hummingbird ready to feed

I dearly loved this little family of hummingbirds. They stayed around all year (in mostly mild Northern California) and nested in the trees with the promise of new generations to visit the neighborhood feeders.

… and while we are on the theme of rosy red, I had to share this redheaded woodpecker from my archives. Captured when I was learning to shoot with my Lumix!

Redheaded Woodpecker

A Rosy Outlook

Despite the bitter cold snap we are having this week, and managing to do so in our RV, a rosy outlook is at hand!

Rosy sunset RV park

As we settle in to accept the slowness of the building of our manufactured home, we have an appointment with an engineer from the local power (electric) company this Monday. Hopefully, this next step to get power officially connected to the home will go swiftly!

I’m also linking this to Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share!

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.

I like to think Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Each week I will share the links on the following post so you can continue to meet and support each other. And with that…

New Bloggers to Sunday Stills I Failed to Welcome:

A Fallen Round-Up

Please visit and connect with other bloggers who participated in Sunday Stills last week.

I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend here in the US, or at least Valentines Day today. I’m looking forward to your creative ideas for rosy red!

have a good week

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Sunday Stills: Monthly Color Challenge—#Glacier #Blue

macro water bottle

Welcome back to the Sunday Stills Monthly color challenge. Last October and November I thought it would be fun to share images based on a color theme. For January, “glacier” blue seems like a good choice.

If you have seen a glacier, there is a particular color of blue, almost turquoise, that is found within the compacted ice. Some reference glacier blue as a décor choice which is more of a grayish-blue. Think of icebergs floating in cold arctic waters.

In this image I borrowed from Unsplash, you can get the idea of the colors.

Glacier Blue
Photo by Valdemaras D. on Unsplash

Perhaps you are lucky enough to have pictures of a glacier or icebergs in your archives. Once again, we are going for the color, not necessarily an actual image of a glacier.

Let’s take a look at some ideas of the colors from my perspective.

Staring right at me while composing this post was a bottle of water. I shot this macro to show more of the glacier blue color. Coincidentally, the brand shows a glacier-like image.

macro water bottle

At a neighbor’s Christmastime wedding two years ago, I photographed their lovely decorations.

Christmas blue decorations

I had this image of blue flowers, known as lithodora, in my archives, from a neighbor’s home in Sacramento. Did you know that blue is the rarest flower color? Various shades of blue are seen on only 10 percent of the 280,000 flowering plants on Earth.

A photographic study in blue densely packed flowers.
Lithodora

Submitting for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

House Update Uplift

I know it’s a stretch but my house color exterior is grayish-blue. It’s a good excuse to share an update. In this photograph, the house was set onto the foundation and put together on January 4. Our spirits were “uplifted” to be able to walk around inside, even though a lot still has to be done before we can move in. We selected this house purely by floor plan and online photos, so we are pleased with the roominess and layout.

manufactured home set

As soon as temporary power is available, the contractor will continue work on the outside of the property. Simultaneously, the home construction crew can finish the interior, which still may take up to 4-6 more weeks. We are pleased with the progress so far, and marvel at the work being done even under these cold conditions.
This section is partially inspired by Becky B’s SquaresUp challenge.

I am looking forward to your interpretation of this week’s color challenge. Next week the theme is fog and clouds.

Join me Monday for my review of Jacqui Murray’s book, Against All Odds.

Camera graphic


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Sunday Stills: Fall Color Challenge—Shades of #Auburn

Auburn leaf carpet
Auburn Color Graphic

Welcome to this month’s Fall color challenge. In October we explored the color ochre and its myriad interpretations. We aim to discover the various shades of auburn this month. In the image above you get an idea of the range of Auburn shades.

November, with its Autumn colors, seems like a great month to enjoy nature’s color schemes. Even if you are in the southern hemisphere, the rich tones of auburn may be evident all around you. While I would love to bore you with autumn leaves from this year and years past, I should set some different examples for the color challenge!

But who doesn’t love a tumble of leaves that have fallen?

Auburn leaf carpet

My sis-in-law always has a beautiful seasonal display in her dining room window. I caught this just in time for the late afternoon sun to peek through the tiny house window that illuminated the glow of the auburn leaves in the background.

Catching the light

Now for some other images of auburn created in nature. Within the past two years I was happy to be able to visit Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada and be surrounded by the auburn rock formation.

A walk through the narrows

I also visited Sedona in 2018 and the Grand Canyon in 2019 where vivid red rocks were the norm.

Winter View of Grand Canyon
A cold day at the South Rim!

Sunsets and sunrises also give us variations of auburn.

Some auburn photos are shared for Cee’s Flower of the Day and for Dawn’s Festival of Leaves.

I want to thank all the bloggers who have joined Sunday Stills for the first time in the past two months and shared their wonderful images. Please stop by and support their efforts!

Of course I must “leave” you with another auburn view of Autumn.

Glowing Auburn leaves

I am looking forward to how you interpret the color auburn!

Autumn SIGNature

You may also like these posts from last year.

sunshine yellow leaf

Sunday Stills: #Yellow Leaves of Autumn

This Veteran’s Day weekend finds me relaxing at home amidst the changing Autumn landscape here in Sacramento. As a city with a large urban forest and a “City of Trees” distinction, Sacramento’s Autumn show does not disappoint once the leaves begin to color. Between Vet’s Day and Thanksgiving (barring any crazy wind or storms) the … Continue reading Sunday Stills: #Yellow Leaves of Autumn

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Sunday Stills: Fall Color Challenge–Acres of #Ochre

Banner yellow ochre color challenge

I’m introducing some color into the Sunday Stills photo challenge! Once a month, I will feature a seasonal color, which I hope will spark loads of creativity on your part as a photographer or writer.

Photo by Adonyi Gu00e1bor on Pexels.com

October’s color is ochre, a brownish yellow, as shown above, but can range from yellow to deep orange. Perfect for showcasing your Fall colors!

I dug into my archives to find images of the range of colors seen in ochre.

Seeing the Fall display of leaves is what I miss by not being on the university campus these days. By late October the ginkgo trees have shown their glorious yellow leaves. Once the leaves fall, the groundskeepers arrange them into circles and other shapes.

ginkgo leaf display

This next image isn’t very exciting but it shows yellow ochre in the form of saffron fields grown in the Central Valley of California.

saffron field of ochre
Saffron Fields

I managed to find an image of a yellow Anna’s hummingbird, perfect for Lisa’s Bird Weekly Challenge, starting with letter A. I have to admit, I’m not sure hummers have yellow feathers; it may have been a trick of the light. I did not change the color, but it sure works!

yellow Anna hummingbird

These dried marigolds could have been the star of last week’s “dry” theme. They show a nice range of the ochre color.

dry ochre marigolds

On my last visit to the Big Island of Hawaii, I captured this gorgeous peachy-orange hibiscus on my walk with Graham at Hilo’s Hawai’i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden. Both floral images are submitted for Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge.

Orange hibiscus
Orange hibiscus

What do I miss now? Having my fall decorations on my fireplace mantel. They are packed away!

hello fall

The rusted yellow sun is still hanging from my backyard shed. Why haven’t I packed it yet?

Metal Aztec sun showing a little rust

Last winter, I held some of the orange sand from Nevada’s Valley of Fire in my hand. I was surrounded by this rich ochre color.

Valley of Fire's Sand
Reddish-orange glow of sand

In November, the show begins in my front yard with the reds and oranges of my Japanese maple juxtaposed onto my mulberry tree’s yellow leaves.

Autumn Peak

These leaves and the ginkgoes’ are submitted for Dawn’s Festival of Leaves challenge!

I hope you enjoyed the color challenge today and that I sparked your imagination! I attempted to show each image from ochre’s lightest hue to its darkest. I’m looking forward to your version of ochre!

Autumn SIGNature

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