Aero in sweater

Sunday Stills: Celebrating #Pets and #Kids

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 …

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hummer on wire_spring green

Sunday Stills Monthly Color Challenge: Spring #Green

Just in time to celebrate the spring equinox and last week's “wearin’ o’ the green” for St. Patrick’s Day, this week's Sunday Stills theme is all about the color green. Not just any green but “spring” green as seen below. Think of fresh, lively greens as dormant plants and trees open their sleepy blooms to …

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Rosy Quince blossom

Sunday Stills Color Challenge: A #Rosy Outlook

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 …

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Hummingbird ready to feed

Sunday Stills: Kinda Backyard #Birding

This week’s Sunday Stills’ post is partially inspired by Lisa’s Weekly Bird Challenge. What kinda birds live or visit in your backyard? As you read in my post last week, I have enjoyed my backyard as a happy place. Not a huge backyard, but it does the job with the 5 redwood trees I planted …

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Dried and gone to seed

Sunday Stills: Kinda #Dry

If you haven’t guessed it, this week’s Sunday Stills theme is DRY. I’m using the literal version of dry, as in lack of water, to share my version of dry. This post marks my first entry to Becky B's October Kinda Squares Photo Challenge. Many of my photos today are square, some are not. Last …

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Hummer Straight Beak

Sunday Stills: Let’s Get Something #Straight

Straight is this week’s theme for Sunday Stills photo challenge. Thank you to Graham of Graham’s Island for the theme idea! Straight conjures up endless meanings in phrases like “Let’s get something straight,” as my post suggests. Or "on the straight and narrow"…you get the idea. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look …

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hummingbird ready to feed

Sunday Stills: For the #Birds

What’s up with the expression “for the birds?” Easy enough to google…it’s an expression that “became army slang for anything that was pointless, ridiculous, or simply without value to any but the most pathetic or least capable.” Someone who announces, “that idea is for the birds” is saying the idea is useless or meaningless. A …

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two-headed hummingbird

Sunday Stills: Is Anything #Scarier than a Two-Headed Hummingbird?

This week’s theme is all about “something scary” since Halloween is right around the corner. Aside from the requisite ghouls, ghosts, witches and other scary things we associate with the season, I admit that there are scarier things! To answer my own question, “is anything scarier than a two-headed hummingbird” I would have to answer…probably! …

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Pink Lady Butterfly

Sunday Stills: Creatures and Critters with #Wings

This week’s Sunday Stills photography challenge is all about creatures and critters, big or small, insect or mammal, bird or reptile, ugly or beautiful. I’m choosing to add creatures with wings to my selections today, well, just because. They need to tell their stories. Pink Lady Butterfly On a recent trip to the Sierra Nevada …

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Molten Delta Sunset

Sunday Stills: #Stillness of Summer

If you reside in the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice arrived on Friday, marking the longest day of the year. I acknowledge my friends in the southern hemisphere as midwinter has arrived! Is the notion of stillness even possible during the summer? For most of my adult life, summer was constantly go-go-go, with work demands …

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Island Gecko

Sunday Stills: Show Us Something #Green

Tis the season for showing us something green, if you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Even if you don’t, the color green is all around us. If you want to get creative, you can use and interpret green idioms as in “green with envy,” or “going green” (environmental). Show us your version of green!

Macro view of sunflower

Sunday Stills: #Macro or Close-Up Photography; Is there a Difference?

This week's Sunday Stills theme is "macro-anything." Now what does this mean exactly? Macro photography is also considered close-up photography. However, using a true macro lens yields the sharpest, tiniest details whereas a closeup may not show each detail. I got a close-up shot of my resident Anna hummingbird perched after feeding. She was quite …

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Whale shark also plays peek-a-boo

A Peek at Creatures Great and Small

What is lurking just below the surface of the water? Why, a gigantic whale shark, of course. Would you like to play Peek -a-boo with the largest animal on planet Earth? C'mon, there's nothing to it! Almost two years ago, I had the opportunity to swim with whale sharks on our vacation in Mexico in …

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Blue jay contorts to get some yummy treats!

Triple Satisfaction

Nothing satisfies a hobby photographer more than capturing great close-ups of birds feeding. Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life. Linus Pauling, Scientist     "Satisfaction is not always the fulfillment of what you want; it is the realization of how blessed you are for what you have." Unknown

Hummingbird enjoying his shower

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 30–Birds

A few weeks ago, as the never-ending much-needed rain trickled to a drizzle, my resident hummingbird enjoyed fluffing his feathers after a well-deserved feeding. We are all used to seeing hummingbirds in flight, we may forget they actually perch! Submitted for Musin' with Susan's Macro Moments Challenge Photographed with my Panasonic Lumix FZ300 in full …

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