Playing in the Trees

Students hanging out in the trees

Students hanging out in the trees

Mid-October finds me longing for trees decked out in Autumn splendor. Here in Northern California, as the nights get cooler and the day time temps hover in the upper 70s, the leaves have a couple more weeks to go before we see significant color changes.

For now, as I post for Sunday Trees hosted by Becca at “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea,”  I will have to settle for some photos of leisure and play time in the trees.

Last weekend, I had arranged for one of my recreation classes to participate in the campus Peak Adventures Ropes course. Facing their fears, they embraced their opportunity to climb up trees over 40 feet in the air to a platform, rope or pole from which to execute the challenge.

In spite of them being harnessed in and belayed by professional staff, students reported the lasting affects of the adrenaline rush of walking across a wobbly rope while looking down on fellow well-wishers.

Student scales a tree showing perspective

And…she jumps!

Student takes the "leap of faith" 40 feet in the air at the Peak Adventures Challenge Ropes Course in Sacramento.

I can’t wait to read their reaction papers!

I am also including these for the Weekly Photo Challenge Scale! Please feel free to participate in these photo challenges!

What did you do this weekend?

My signature


Drinking It All In

Fun with Photography
Fun with Photography
Taking a little drink of water…fall.

I thought I would have some fun with this challenge using a photo of myself appearing to drink up Yosemite Falls.

“When you drink in nature through your senses, you deepen your awareness of the great silent intelligence flowing through all things. You nourish your mind, body, and spirit as you connect to the divine love of Being.”
— Deepak Chopra

According to Erika for this week’s WordPress photo challenge, “Photography, and any visual art, is all about perspective. For this week’s challenge, make use of sizing, placement, and Scale in your photos. Have some fun with perspective and show just how big, or little, the world can seem.”

To give you more perspective as the challenge suggests, here is a photo of my hubby (in green bike helmet) about a mile from Yosemite Falls.

Green helmeted cyclist (my hubby) admires stunning view of Yosemite Falls Spring 2016
Green helmeted cyclist (my hubby) admires stunning view of Yosemite Falls Spring 2016

More scale and perspective fun as we took turns photographing each other appearing to hold Bridalveil falls in our hands.

Can you hold a waterfall in your hand?
Can you hold a waterfall in your hand?

As you can see, a slightly wrong perspective can change the tone of the photo to something comical. Hubby did not have enough towels to dry Yosemite Falls from his cap.

Fun Photography from slightly wrong angle.
There’s a waterfall leaking on your head!

No matter your perspective or how grand the subject of the photo, we humans will always appear as tiny blips on the immense scale of nature. And once you are in tune with nature, your five senses will thank you for the gift!

“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.” John Muir

"As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing." John Muir

My signature