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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Valentine's Day Goodies

Sunday Stills: #Sweet Deals Ahead

Before we begin with this week’s photo challenge, last week our theme was “shadows” and there were many fine examples of shadows. There was also debate and suggestions that some images were really reflections or better yet, projections, rather than a true shadow as the absence of light. As an amateur photographer, I am still …

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dragonfly's shadow

Sunday Stills: What Do the #Shadows Have to Say?

Shadows. This was a theme I had been considering from my long list for Sunday Stills, then realized I instinctively chose it for Groundhog Day. This seems to be an East Coast tradition, as Punxsutawney Phil, the long-lived groundhog, makes his annual weather prediction of when we can expect spring to unofficially begin. Although we …

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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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Elephant Rock, Valley of Fire

Wordless Wednesday: Afternoon De-Light

I'm sharing three photos for Becky B's January Squares Challenge today for Wordless Wednesday. The theme for these images is "Afternoon Delight" taken while on our winter road trip. Before dinner on Christmas Eve, we walked along the Sail Bay side of Pacific Beach in San Diego. The light was amazing! Afternoon Light on Pacific …

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South Rim of the Grand Canyon in snow

Winter Road Trip Preview: Walking in the Desert Light

Join me today as I share a preview of my winter road trip and where some of my walks took me. With a camera and phone in hand, I took loads of photos on my daily walks. I managed to walk over 10,000 steps a day as recorded by my Fitbit. I needed to with …

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Yard decor for Winter Wonders

Sunday Stills: Holiday #Décor with Optional Red and Green

As we near Christmas and other traditional holidays, no doubt you have managed to decorate your home or yard. Neighbor's Christmas Scene I adjusted my holiday travel plans a bit which means I combined this week's theme, Holiday Decor, with what would have been next week's theme, Something Red or Green. See end of the …

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graphic Sunday Stills

Sunday Stills: Reflections of #Peace at 60

Festive birthday table Well, I did it, I turned 60 last Wednesday. And yes, I feel peaceful about this slightly scary event! I admire and have many friends and relatives who are 60 and older, and most don’t look like the traditional perception of “60.” Whether it is their smooth but slightly weathered skin, graying …

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Lonely Fisherman

Sunday Stills: Your #Favorite Photo

With the holidays upon us, I thought I would make it easy for all of us at Sunday Stills this week to share a few of our favorite photos or some oldie-but-goodies. If you have a new favorite to share, well, go right ahead! I went to Instagram and looked at past posts from 2019 …

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Walking Along Pacific Beach Bayfront

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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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 …

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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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celebrating a birthday

Sunday Stills: Sixty #Birthdays

This year, 2019, marks 59 years of my existence. I was born in December, so for most of 2019, I am 59. Being that I was born in 1959 makes this my golden year, I’m told. I have to admit that it has been a golden year, albeit a little tarnished with stress and surgery, …

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pink autumn leaves

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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