Sunday Stills: Your #Happy Place

If you have followed my blog for very long, you know that I write about the concepts of recreation and leisure and our ultimate pursuit of happiness. The year 2020 has shown most of us that, like it or not, we are living in a new normal. Oh, how I resisted that notion! After all, …

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Banner yellow ochre color challenge

Sunday Stills: Fall Color Challenge–Acres of #Ochre

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 …

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Sunday Stills: Walking Through the #Calm Before the Storm

One View of My Weekly Walk Despite the cliché post title, this week for me is seriously the calm before the storm! Not only are we making the 15-hour drive in one day up to Spokane Washington this Friday, but I also have 80 final papers to grade to the tune of 135,000 words, over …

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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 …

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Sunday Stills: Honoring #Pink

October has always been a reflective month for me. For one, many family members share birthdays this month (more about this in next week’s Sunday Stills challenge). Secondly, I enjoy the visible weather changes in October, with Autumn finally making a more-than-vague appearance, the cooler days and sometimes cold nights, and the overall feeling that …

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Sunday Stills: In Your #Town

Something about the month of December invokes images of quaint towns decorated for the holidays, like you might see in Norman Rockwell paintings. The theme for this week’s Sunday Stills challenge is “In Your Town.” What is special about your hometown or the town in which you currently reside? Last week, on the way to …

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Friday’s Frosted Festival of #Leaves

As Autumn begins to wane in most places, I wanted to share two photos of what was left of Autumn in Spokane, Washington, from our visit last weekend. In the featured image above, the last of the leaves abruptly fell overnight after the snow. Before the snow fell, it was a brisk 29 degrees when …

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Pink Autumn Leaves

Flowers of the Day are Festive Autumn Leaves

Today seems like a great day to add my Autumn leaves to Cee's Flower of the Day Challenge! What intrigues me about the colors are the pink tones, found in nature no less! This little tree was already decked out for Autumn while the rest of the tree is still green! Still waiting for Autumn …

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Textures of autumn flags

Sunday Stills: #Texture is All Around Us

This week's Sunday Stills Photography challenge is all about texture. Textures occur both in nature and in human-made materials, and it all around us. A random photo of a mundane item can yield extraordinary textures you might not have noticed with just the naked eye. In texture photography, it’s all about patterns, colors and depth, …

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Festival of Leaves: An Inspired Start to Autumn

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know I love posting photo challenges on Fridays. I have gotten used to the fact the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has gone the way of the dinosaur, but we photo-bloggers have found continuing inspiration with each others' challenges. Having joined the pink party …

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From tree to tree for "Sunday Trees"

Sunday Trees: Autumn’s Transformation

As long as it is autumn, you will see a few more autumn-themed posts from me, and today is no exception. Both images are from my front and back yards. That redwood was planted 28 years ago (from a seedling I received at Cal Expo State Fair). It is the tallest tree in the neighborhood …

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Backyard porch light illuminates delicate Fall leaves

Experimental Autumn Perspectives

For a photographer, perspective means everything. Many photographers have their specialties, whether it is landscapes, macros, portraits, street, action,...well, the list goes on. I don't feel I have a particular specialty, but my eye tends toward landscape and macro photography...and color! I prefer color but I appreciate the black and white images that I have …

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Autumn Birch Tree

A Festival of Leaves and Some #FREE #Photos

If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you probably know I LOVE photography and combine that with my love for Autumn! Growing up in San Diego, there wasn't much to see in the way of Autumn leaves as the palm and eucalyptus trees didn't yield to Fall's changes. Once in a …

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