Half Dome View from Glacier Point

Sunday Stills: The People’s National #Parks

Did you know that today, Sunday, August 25th is the National Park Service Anniversary? So what, right? The NPS celebrates this day along with two other days with FREE entrance to all US national parks! “For the first time in human history, land—great sections of our national landscape—was set aside, not for kings or noblemen …

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I am on the catwalk

Sunday Stills: In Your World of #Blue

Sunday Stills this week is all about “Blue.” Why? Because I am helping Becky B promote her July Squares photography challenge, which is, you guessed it, BLUE. I am also continuing with Journaling in July hosted by Sue of Sizzling Toward Sixty. The journal prompt for today, July 7th is “My Favorite Quote and Why.”I …

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Great Outdoors American Flag

Sunday Stills: The Great #Outdoors

The last day of June 2019 is a wonderful way to spend in the outdoors, our theme for this week’s Sunday Stills photo challenge. June was National Great Outdoors Month, which seems appropriate as many folks begin their summer vacations. To help inspire you, today I am sharing some of my favorite photos of this …

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Curiosity Leads to new Paths Quote

Sunday Stills: Veering off the #Path

I’m ba-a-ack!This week’s Sunday Stills theme is “paths.” When I think of a path, my literal brain takes me to pathways, roads, and trails. As we celebrate Father’s Day in the U.S. this Sunday, I think of how my own father blazed trails in our leisure lives and set in motion the way we choose …

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Yosemite Falls John Muir Quote

Sunday Stills: The #Spirit Moves Us

There is much we can do with this week’s Sunday Stills theme: SPIRIT. Humankind yearns for spiritual connections, whether to nature, to other people, to the God of the Bible or to an un-named higher being. I want to take a moment to acknowledge this week’s devasting news about the horrific fire that all but …

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Pergola Gate with Quote

Sunday Stills: #Gates to Fun

Today’s photo challenge is that indeed, at least for me. I had a whopping total of five gates in my vast digital photo file, including one I had posted over 4 years ago! I found lots of doors, windows, fences, and marinas with ramps, but few gates. To assist with inspiration for this week's Sunday …

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Windy clouds at sunset

Sunday Stills: Can You Capture the #Wind?

Today's Sunday Stills theme challenges you to capture the wind! Wind is a very broad theme which is open to much interpretation. Like last week, I challenge you to get creative with your photography or other projects! Perhaps you captured the wind in a poem, a song, a quote. I'm sure there are hundreds of …

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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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May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.

Where are You Going? Here’s to Strong Women

With all the turmoil and sickness plaguing us these last few weeks, I want to take a moment to celebrate my daughters’ January birthdays. If we were having coffee today, I would invite you in for a hot beverage of your choice (coffee’s ready!) and perhaps some virtual birthday cake. Today is my oldest daughter’s …

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Columbine flower found at alpine altitudes

A Rare Anniversary: National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years

Who knew that my backyard would celebrate its 100-year anniversary? That’s right, I consider Yosemite National Park to be MY backyard, although it may be a little far away from my actual house. Because of the efforts of visionary leaders like Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir, the National Park Service was created to preserve and …

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Guard well your spare moments...

Can You Spare 500 Moments?

What is your leisure time like? Do you even have any? So many of us are struggling to find some spare moments in our busy, hectic lives. In the above photo, a small fishing boat floats serenely beneath the huge wind turbines. This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson sums up this idea... Guard well your …

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Thursday Doors: Earthen Tunnel Opens Onto Grandeur

  "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." -Rachel Carson What is better than a view of Yosemite Valley? Not much really, unless you drive through the nearly mile-long Wawona Tunnel carved out of solid granite...which bursts open to this view of …

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Half-Dome in the Half-Light: Come forth into the light of things...

Half-Dome in the Half-Light

Another entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light. While recently in Yosemite National Park, I captured several photos of Half-Dome. The image of Half-Dome is the well-known icon of Yosemite. I usually visit in the summertime, so it was nice to get my own photos with snow on the peaks. "Come forth into the light …

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Let your life lightly dance like dew on the tip of a leaf

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rain Dance

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time, like dew on the tip of a leaf. -Rabindranath Tagore Dance is the theme for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. Plenty of rain in Northern California and a couple of new tricks with my Samsung Galaxy gave me new perspectives of rain droplets on leaves and …

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