Water fall on the Feather River

Sunday Stills: Your Favorite #Landscape

We all love landscape photography. When you first began snapping photos, perhaps you naturally gravitated toward landscapes (or waterscapes—same thing), due to their ease of accessibility. Who doesn’t stand in awe of a wonderful vista and wish they had their phone or camera handy? This is an easy challenge this week as you share your …

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Bald Eagle in the Tree

The Eagle Has Landed

Last weekend, I'd read in a local Spokane publication that bald eagles winter in Idaho's Lake Couer d'Alene in search of spawning Kokanee salmon. Sunday, we drove the short 30 minutes to the area and stopped at Higgins Point where the eagles are known to feed. Armed with my Lumix camera, our dogs, and wearing …

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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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Sunset over wind turbines

Sunday Stills: #Towering Turmoil

Welcome back to Sunday Stills! I am pleased to be back to the blogosphere after my 6-week blogging break. Thank you to all who continued to share your photography with Cathy at Picture Retirement for the month of August and with Hugh at Hugh’s Views and News in September. I’m sure you are dying to …

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Pinnacle Peak

Sunday Stills: #Perspectives on …

Don’t you love photo challenges? Even if you are not a photographer yourself, I’m sure you appreciate the lovely images your fellow bloggers share. Over the years, I’ve been inspired by the perspectives and stories of their images. This week’s Sunday Stills theme is “perspective.” Yes, I borrowed the theme from Becky B’s Squares July …

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Let Freedom Ring

Sunday Stills: Let #Freedom Ring

Freedom. I chose this week’s theme with some trepidation if only to be challenged myself. The uncertainty of Covid-19 still looms, and civil unrest continues to make tragic headlines world-wide. As many countries are still confined to “stay-at-home” orders, we may feel anything but free. States and counties continue to impose public safety guidelines for …

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Sun sets on Hilo Bay fisherman

Sunday Stills: The Rise and Set of the Sun

Sharp-eyed bloggers may remember this theme offered by the now-defunct WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge a few years ago. I thought it would fun to challenge ourselves again by sharing our images of sunsets and sunrises as we celebrate yesterday’s solstice. “There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss …

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Sunday Stills duck banner

Sunday Stills: Reflections of a Mother’s #Giving

Today is Mother’s Day in the US. In our current state of the world, many mothers will not see their families in person today. This is the first Mother’s Day I am without my own mother. Many of you know she passed away on March 3rd, thankfully before the coronavirus prevented folks from spending time …

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Hobbies

Sunday Stills: #Awakening of Leisure

Have the last few weeks of staying at home awakened something in you? The dictionary describes awakening as a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something. The example? a rude awakening to the disagreeable facts. That about explains it! Awakening can mean the revival of an old interest or trying a new hobby. Lately, …

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Sacramento River Delta Clean Up

Sunday Stills: Honoring Mother #Earth

In a normal universe, we would likely be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22) outside, perhaps at a large event venue. Even before this popular annual event, volunteers typically gather in various locations during April to clean up litter in the parks, rivers, creeks, and beaches. Doing my part for the Delta …

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Sunday Stills Lifted Spirits

Sunday Stills: Lifted #Spirits

Last Tuesday, as I mused over what images I could use to depict this week’s theme “Lifted Spirits,” something wonderful happened which lifted mine. April is usually the month we move our travel trailer to our windsurf campground for the summer. Of course, this is on hold since the campground is closed until further notice …

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Tuolumne Meadows

Sunday Stills: The Legacy of Favorite #Places

Friday was the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of the official state legal lockdown here in California. It was a beautiful sunny day with mild temperatures. My neighbor and I walked our dogs, of course keeping the appropriate 6-feet of social distance. I was struck by how many …

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Lighthouses from Afar

Sunday Stills: Photographing #Near and #Far

This week, our Sunday Stills photo challenge is to photograph something from afar, then get close to the object or scene and take a close-up or image from a reasonable distance to show more details. Reach into your archives or take some new photos for the challenge. This week’s challenge was inspired by the following …

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Winter Yin-Yang

Sunday Stills: The Light in #Yin-Yang

I am pleased to be back to hosting the Sunday Stills Photo Challenge and appreciate everyone who took part in Hugh's themes over the last two weeks! We are back with what I thought was a difficult theme: Yin-Yang. So difficult, I had to google it for definitions and hunt up some example images! I …

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