Sunday Stills: #Signs of …Autumn? Spring?

Little Spokane River nature Trail

This week, as the Autumnal and Vernal equinoxes we experienced on Sept 22 have brought the planet to equal days and nights for a moment, I’m sure we are seeing weather and temperatures play out as such! In either hemisphere signs of the seasons are already playing out depending upon where you live.

Fall Has Fallen and Spring Has Sprung!

Hint of Autumn in the Aspen trees
Hint of Autumn in the Aspen trees

“Autumn calls the forest to rest, to exhale in a flood of colors rubbed to a fiery warmth on the hearth of both hill and plain before nodding off to a winter’s slumber.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

As I shared in June about the summer solstice making our days a minute shorter each day in the northern hemisphere, Autumn really shows the impact as nights are longer than the days and glorious colors begin to pepper the landscapes. The shortening of daylight will continue through the winter solstice.

Smoky Spokane in September 2020
Last year’s smoky September in Spokane, Washington

All at once, summer collapsed into Fall.

Oscar Wilde

Ah, darkness. As a sun-lover, I appreciate early morning sunshine and late evening sunsets, especially here in Northeastern Washington. Already, I switch the lights on when I awake at 6-ish and back on by 7pm. By December it will be dark here by 4pm, which is what I’ve already experienced when we moved here in December 2020! Oh well, l hope the glow of the reflected light off the snow will help illuminate what daytime hours we do have.

As we are finishing the month of September, the warm days (mid-70s this week), but colder nights are teasing us with signs of Autumn. Here in the Spokane, Washington area, Autumn colors reach their color peak about mid-October, with reds dominating the vibrant colors, mixed with abundant evergreen trees. A stunning sight to see!

According to my favorite meteorologist, Jeremy Lagoo, on KREM news (Spokane), he says, “Enjoy it while you can…” This image tells you what we are expecting! Brrr!

Those temperature drops each month bring the promise of this…by mid-October.

Glowing Auburn leaves

For the time being, September gives us these signs of Autumn:

What are the signs of the season changing where you live?

Fall Florals

Early Autumn shows off her sense of humor with spent sunflowers, heavy with seeds:

Spent Sunflower
Spent sunflower heavy with seeds

Or, Fall Asters, a purple contrast to the yellows and golds.

Purple Fall Aster
Purple Fall Aster

Apart from the obvious plant life changes, other signs of Autumn include:

  • September’s Harvest moon
  • Migrating birds
  • Crisp, clean air
  • Less daylight
  • Cool (and cold!) temperatures
White Teapot on black stove

Fire in the wood stove or fireplace
-Smell of smoke from chimneys

Cozy blanket Autumn Decor

-Cozy blankets

-Seasonal home décor

Retail pumpkins signs of autumn

-Store displays for Halloween and Christmas(!)
-Lots of apples, pumpkins and squash

Inspired By Other Bloggers’ Photo Challenges

This week I’m linking with the following bloggers who offer their creative photo challenges:

Cees Flower of the Day; Dawn’s Annual Festival of Leaves; Marsha’s WQWWC: Communication; JohnBo’s CellPic Sunday, Jude’s Life in Color: Gold, and Lens-Artists Challenge.

For those in the Southern hemisphere, spring awakens from its winter slumber to the promise of warm days, green pastures and riots of colorful flowers and blossoms.

October themes for Sunday Stills can be found on my Sunday Stills Photography page.

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Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

  • Please create a new post for the theme or link a recent one.
  • Title your blog post a little differently than mine.
  • Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post. I also recommend adding your post’s URL into the comments.
  • Entries for this theme can be posted all week.
  • Use hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.

Fall Has Fallen and Spring Has Sprung

Share your season’s signs of changes this week. Any type of creativity is welcomed, with your images, stories, poetry, etc.

Golden Bloggers’ Links

Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Below are the last week’s links from bloggers who shared their favorite golden moments. Please stop by if you haven’t yet.

Bushboy’s World

A Day in the Life

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Cath’s Camera

Cee’s Photo Challenges

Deb’s World

Denyse Whelan Blogs

Easin’ Along Image in Comments

Graham’s Island

Heaven’s Sunshine

Hugh’s Views & News

Kamerapromenadar

Light Words

Light Write Life

NEW Linda Schaub Blog

Loving Life

Natalie the Explorer

Priorhouse Blog

The Day After

This is Another Story

Tranature

Wind Kisses

Woolly Muses

Working On Exploring

Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday Stills: The Legacy of Favorite #Places

Tuolumne Meadows

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 people were out and about, enjoying their front yards, walking their dogs, even some riding bikes around the neighborhood. I feel this crisis, just like 9-11 in 2001, will bring community together even more so.

This week’s theme is Favorite Places

A Favorite Backyard

To spark the creativity for this post, I share a previous photo of my lovely sunflower from last year. You might remember I was home bound for two months recovering from foot surgery last summer, so my back-yard, lush with sunflowers and plumerias was my favorite place for a while. I guess it will be again while we languish at home.

lazy opening of sunflower petals

A Leisure Legacy of Favorite Places Instilled

Some of you may know that my mother passed away in early March. While I am sad and still find myself weeping for no reason, I am content that she is at peace.

For recreation, Mom always insisted we all go somewhere every Saturday or Sunday, whether it was to church, the beach (we lived in San Diego), the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Sea World, or trips to the Cuyamaca Mountains to enjoy winter snow or summer picnics.

Summers found us all at La Jolla shores beach or tide pools. During my younger teen years, we also enjoyed weekly warm summer evening excursions to Pacific Beach after a quick dinner at Wienerschnitzel or Taco Bell.

Pier at Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach Pier

My mom and dad loved camping and spent two-three weeks each summer enjoying the Sierra Nevadas. When we kids were old enough, we joined them.

Woman Hiking
Mom at 41, hiking in the Sierras

I just love seeing this photo of my mom back in 1981, when she was healthy.

Before our 2-week camping trips, a trip to the local library was in order to stock up on books. We did a lot of reading on those 8-hour road trips and read on our down time at the campsite.

We camped in Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, but always seemed to land in Tuolumne Meadows, in Yosemite’s high country. Less crowded than the Valley, with its onslaught of tourists and hot summer temps, Mom preferred Tuolumne’s campground, with Ranger-led evening campfires, endless hiking trails and daily fishing!

Tuolumne Meadows
Tuolumne Meadows

A Leisure Legacy of Favorite Places Continues

“Our camping trips and excursions instilled a strong leisure ethic in me that exists to this day and has been passed down to my daughters, my brothers and their children.”

A Disappointed Daughter’s Perspective
Family enjoying a hike on mountain
Sunset Walk on Lembert Dome, Yosemite, with my daughters and my brother

I had the honor of writing and preparing her obituary for publication in a local San Diego area newspaper. Diane loved her community of Lemon Grove. Services will be conducted in early June, around the date of what would have been her 80th birthday, in a beautiful park near the home where she grew up.

Obituary Image

We have obtained a permit to scatter her ashes in her beloved Tuolumne Meadows, in July, where she loved to fish in the meadows, where we hiked as a family for over 15 years.

At last, she will be at peace in her favorite place.

Today’s post is chattier than usual as I remember my mom and her legacy. Remember, your post should focus on the theme rather than reflect on what I’ve written.

Sunday Stills is taking a one-week break March 29. I will be back to the blog in April to participate in Becky B’s April Squares and resume Sunday Stills on April 5.

Sunday Stills: A Spiky #Spring Has Sprung

Catfaced Orchid welcomes Spring

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, spring officially sprung on March 20…also known as the vernal equinox! While perhaps it does not feel like spring yet where you are, just know that the days are getting longer than the nights by 2 minutes a day.

“In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”
— Mark Twain

If you have not guessed, “spring” is this week’s theme for Sunday Stills.

I am also linking some images in this post to Becky B’s Spiky March Squares.

I may have a slight advantage since I enjoyed spring on the Hilo side of the Big Island of Hawaii this past week. I spent the first day of spring at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden just north of Hilo with none other than Graham, from Graham’s Island! He graciously drove 2 hours from the north side of the island to hang out with me! More about this next week!

For your spring viewing pleasure today, I have several photos taken around the Hilo, Hawaii area this week.

Here is a little preview of one of the orchids I photographed while visiting the botanical gardens. Do you see the little orchid’s perky face as she welcomes spring?

Catfaced Orchid welcomes Spring
Cat-faced Orchid welcomes Spring

The plumeria is my favorite Hawaiian flower. My last visits to Hawaii were in January and plumeria do not bloom until spring. Last week I looked everywhere for plumeria then accidentally found the naked tree with a few blossoms that had just flowered on the first day of spring. I usually recognize the plant by its dark green, leathery, spiky leaves, so it took a moment to realize what I was looking at. This plumeria bloom was captured with the long lens of my camera at the top of the tree from across the street!

Plumeria welcomes spring
First plumeria getting ready for spring!
pink plumeria
What plumeria should look like!

I need to time my Hawaii visits to when the plant is in full flower!

On one of my walks around the neighborhood on Hilo Bay, I spied an elementary school with the beautiful pink ginger plants that grow wild, as well as the hibiscus plants. Nothing like an education among all that floral beauty.

Wild ginger and hibiscus at local school
Pink, spiky ginger plants grow wild along the school fence.

Closer to home, spring means we get ready to head back to the Sacramento River Delta to our windsurf club’s campground. As I drove along the river last April (2018), I couldn’t get over the calm water and its brown reflection. Reminds me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s chocolate river!

Chocolate River
Chocolate river ready for…?

If you are not yet feeling springy or if you just fell into Fall in your part of the world, you can spring into action, spring into Fall or use some other spring idiom to get your creativity flowing!

Meanwhile I will leave you with two more inspirational quotes:

“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.”
— John Muir

The promise of spring's arrival

I can’t wait to see the virtual “spring in your step” as you share something springy for Sunday Stills!

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#Jagged Edges–Signs of Spring

Spiky Spring Flower

Despite Northern California’s torrential rains and flooded rivers, Spring is gradually making an appearance.

Walking the dogs around my neighborhood in between rain showers, I discovered these lovely flowers, some kind of daisy?

Spiky Spring Flower

Right outside my front door is my American Beauty Rose bush showing signs of spring after yet another shower.

Delicate Drops and Spikes

I admit this photograph is off square just a little to capture the jagged edges of the brand new leaves.

These lovelies were taken with my trusty Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phone.

I am having some fun with Becky B’s March photo challenge, Spiky March Squares. I’m also sharing the daisy for Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge.

my signature w/ hibiscus

Sunday Stills: A #Fresh Look

Hawaiian Honeysuckle
Hawaiian Honeysuckle
Hawaiian Honeysuckle

For many, Spring is just around the corner. February has been a challenging month for severe weather! Are you as ready as I am for spring’s beautiful colors and the warmer weather it brings?

I got a great shot of this honeysuckle close to our B&B after some rain in Hawaii last year.

Here in Northern California, after at least two months of gray, cold weather, we are happy to see some trees beginning to bud. Many of our fruit and nut trees bud around the middle of February, showing us the promise of spring!

Pink Tree Blossom

“Fresh” is this week’s Sunday Stills theme.

While we are waiting patiently, here are some more photos to help inspire your creativity to the challenge.

Another fresh look includes a close-up of these beautiful tomatoes found last Fall at a local farmer’s market.

Macro view of tomatoes

I love taking close-ups and macros of flowers. I am always intrigued by the tiniest details found inside the petals of a flower.

Macro white blossom

I am also sharing these beautiful blossoms for this week’s Lens-Artists photo challenge: Nature and for Cee’s Flower of the Day!

For this week’s Sunday Stills challenge, show us a fresh perspective on something, some fresh food or flowers, even fresh snow (if you must). In the middle of February, show us the promise of spring. I can’t wait to see what you have to offer!

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Evanescent Spring Snow

Snow in May creates a fleeting moment.

Snow falls for a brief time in Lake Tahoe in May

The weekly photo challenge suggests sharing our fleeting moments, those memories that will soon disappear and pass out of sight.

“It’s a moment that I am after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment!” Andrew Wyeth

When spring and summer descent upon Northern California, you know it! But when winter descends onto a perfectly sunny late spring day in Lake Tahoe, it is Evanescent!

Snow in May creates a fleeting moment.

 

May is National Water Safety MonthIn the U.S., Memorial Day weekend begins today and ushers in summer fun! This is my last plea to ask people to be safe in and around any bodies of water (even chilly Lake Tahoe–the snow is melting quickly)!

 

May is National Water Safety Month! Please wear a life-jacket!

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 34–Papery Poppy

Macro photo of poppy

My new camera and I are getting along just fine! Still have a lot to learn, but the macro close-ups are FUN!!

I couldn’t resist submitting another #April Flower for my Seasonal Sensations link-up, still going on! If you tried to link Friday, Inlinkz was having issues with my account. Everything is working perfectly, so head over to my link-up page.  if you want to link your floral-themed posts.

Happy spring poppies!The above photo of a poppy in my neighbor’s yard looks different than the California poppies we now see “popping out at parties” (as a drunk Lucy Ricardo would say after taste-testing Vitameatavegiman).

My eye saw something different, but when I downloaded the photos, apparently I had changed the filter setting to HDR and got this papery effect.

Other than a little post-editing with PicMonkey, frame, crop, and a little more contrast/shadow, the accidental effect and it’s beautiful orange colors are au naturel.

This photo is submitted for Musin’ with Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge, as well as the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge Dense.

As always, I appreciate you stopping by! Don’t forget to link any floral-themed posts!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Densely Blue

A photographic study in blue densely packed flowers.

A photographic study in blue densely packed flowers.

The month of April is a great time to photograph flowers, with the vast array of beautiful colors and floral types from which to choose. I discovered these densely-packed blue flowers in my neighbor’s yard and couldn’t resist stealing a shot (with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone).

This is submitted for the WordPress weekly photo challenge Dense.

I opened my Seasonal Sensations April Flowers link-up today and I am submitting this into the cyber-garden we can all create together. Please join!

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Spring Poppies

Freshly opened California poppy droops with recent raindrops.

Freshly opened California poppy droops with recent raindrops.

I dearly love photography challenges and just discovered a “new” one (to me!) hosted by blogger Dutch Goes the Photo! Frank posts a new challenge every Tuesday. I just made it under the wire with my submission of California Poppies, wet and dry, for the “spring” theme!

This freshly opened poppy enjoyed a spring shower as it struggled to open last week under the heavy raindrops. California Poppies are the state flower and flourish this time of year everywhere! One can find them on hills, the sides of the roads and freeways, providing pops of orange against the beautiful, fresh green landscapes we see here in Northern California.

When it is sunny and warm, like expected to be this week in late March, happy poppies look like this:

Happy spring poppies!

Top photo was taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ300 camera in macro mode. Bottom photo taken with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone. Both post-edited in PicMonkey (crop, contrast, frame).

Enjoy a bit of early spring from Northern California!

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Seasons Beneath My Feet

Step carefully, spring green beneath my feet, but watch out for the ladybug!

“I think that to one in sympathy with nature, each season, in turn, seems the loveliest.”
― Mark Twain

For the weekly photo challenge, my photos show the Seasons  beneath my feet.

Step carefully, spring green beneath my feet, but watch out for the ladybug!
Step carefully, spring is green beneath my feet, but watch out for the ladybug!

“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“Winter brings a colder palette with more heavy blue and violet, Fall has substantial more reddish and brown, Summer brings a variation of pastel colours and Spring fresh green and tangerine.” ― Siren Waroe

“In the summer heat the reapers say, “We have seen her dancing with the autumn leaves, and we saw a drift of snow in her hair.”
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Spring Cycling

Recumbent bike

Recumbent bike
Cyclists zoom by

Spring has sprung in the northern hemisphere and it came in with cool mornings and warm afternoons. Spring also brought tree pollen which aggravates my allergies. With hankie at the ready, and the American River Bike Trail calling my name, I set out for a one-hour morning ride.

I use the app, Map My Ride, which records my workout. I am always amazed at the stats, like how many miles I ride, how many calories I burn, my speed, and it provides a map of the ride. At the end of my ride, I had logged 15 miles, averaged 13.5 mph, and burned 1077 calories!

The American River Bike Trail (a.k.a. the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) hugs the banks of the American River as it flows through riparian habitat preserved by the American River Parkway. The trail runs for 32 miles between Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and Folsom Lake’s southwestern banks at Beal’s Point.

The two-lane trail is completely paved, with mile markers, trail-side maps, water fountains, restrooms and telephones along the way. There are also plenty of places to stop to eat, rest or enjoy the scenery. Most of the trail is shaded and level, although the route does traverse some rolling terrain. Along the way you’ll pass through several parks and swimming areas, as well as through the suburban enclaves of Sacramento.

About 2 miles of the trail is on-road in a designated bike lane. In addition, the popular trail is shared by many different users, including in-line skaters and equestrians.”

As I rode the first 30 minutes, I made some mental notes of the spots I wanted to photograph on the ride back. You can see by the photos what a glorious morning it was. As I started out, it felt like I was the only one on the trail. Gradually, other cyclists and walkers joined me on the trail. When I normally ride on weekends, there is a lot of company, so it was refreshing to ride on this weekday morning with fewer people.

One of my favorite sights was seeing a large group of seniors riding along in a large group. (See the top photo). I assumed it was an organized riding club.

Because the bike trail is a sanctuary for wildlife, there is a large variety of birds, including snowy egret, seagulls on the river, wild turkeys, geese and ducks. Squirrels cavort everywhere (nearly ran one down) and wary deer suddenly appear from behind trees, then go back to grazing. On one trip I saw a coyote bounding off into the woods!

I am fortunate I live so close to this bike trail, and it is such a thrill to get out and ride. I hope you get the chance to get out and exercise on this spring weekend.

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Re-FRESH-ing

Tuolumne-Meadows-River

River
Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River runs near the campground (Yosemite National Park). Lembert Dome in the background.

Fresh

Celebrate the first day of Spring, the Vernal Equinox. Cosmically, there is a lot going on as described in this article excerpt by the Washington Post.

At 6:45 p.m. EDT on March 20, the sun appears directly overhead at Earth’s equator, marking the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the spring equinox has the unusual distinction of coinciding with both a supermoon and a total solar eclipse. According to timeanddate.com, there has not been a solar eclipse on either the March or September equinox since 1662!

The spring equinox is one of only two days of the year when all places on Earth (outside the polar regions) see the sun rise at due east and set at due west along the horizon.  (Washington Post, March 20, 2015).

The Weekly Photo Challenge is all about FRESH this week. In the photo above, the icy freshness of the river running through the campground in Tuolumne Meadows, in the high country of Yosemite, nearly froze our feet as we tested the water. This photo was taken in July, 2011 when the Sierras experienced record snow and rain, filling the rivers and lakes to capacity. To visit Tuolumne Meadows, you must wait until late June to be able to drive through Tioga Pass on Hwy 120.

For good measure, I had to add two flower photos from my yard.

cyclamen
Macro view of my cyclamen

Fresh Azaleas
Close up of azaleas

Happy Spring! If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it!