Sunday Stills: A Solstice #Sunrise-Sunset

Sunday, June 20th marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. What a perfect week to show off our sunrises and sunsets!

But First, The Solstice!

If being celestial two weeks ago wasn’t enough “geek” for you science buffs, let’s talk about the solstice.

The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (“sun”) and sistere (“to stand still”), because at the solstices, the Sun’s declination appears to “stand still”; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s daily path (as seen from Earth) pauses at a northern or southern limit before reversing direction.

Wikipedia

It’s hard to believe we will lose two minutes of daylight a day in the northern hemisphere for the next six months as we head into Autumn and Winter. As the southern hemisphere experiences their winter solstice Monday, folk down-under will gradually see two extra minutes of daylight each day.

After years of living in both Southern and Northern California, I got used to summer nights lasting until 8:45pm or so, with first light around 5:30am. One year I spent the 4th of July celebration with my Dad in the town of Alturas, in the most northeast corner of California. The fireworks didn’t start until 10:30pm when it finally got dark! As much as I thought that was impressive, Spokane (Nine Mile Falls), WA, sees 16 hours of official daylight on the summer solstice.

Image screenshot from Weather Underground App

You can google more information here if you are interested in seeing your own daylight hours.

There is also something called “Civil Twilight,” where light begins or remains in the sky before the sun rises or sets. Spokane’s begins as early as 4:10am and the light in the sky ends at 9:35pm, that’s about 6.5 hours of darkness. I know many of you live in more northern latitudes (Alaska, Canada, Sweden, etc) and it would be interesting to know what your sunset time will be on the solstice.

For you in the southern latitudes, what time did the sun go down on this cold winter day?

The construction crew is slowly building the polebarn/shop. This was taken at 10:00 pm a few days ago. Still a lot of light in the sky, enough to hide the stars.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

John Steinbeck

And so the world turns.

Now that all the science is out of the way, how do you celebrate the solstice? In my world, and for this week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme, we will simply enjoy sharing our favorite sunrises and sunsets.

The Heat is On

Similar to our experience with the summer solstice is the heat that comes with enjoying what summer brings. Marsha at Always Write challenges us this week with “heat” for her Writers Quotes Wednesday Writers Challenge. Marsha has a series of hilarious quotes you don’t want to miss. I found a few of my own to share. But I thought this one seemed appropriate since we just read about daylight hours.

“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”

Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

“Dear weather, stop showing off… We know you’re HOT!!!”
“I’m glad it’s finally hot enough to complain about how hot it is.”

Authors Unknown
Weathered sun

And with Summer’s Heat Comes…

To me sunflowers are a wonderful representation of all things “sun.”

red gold sunrise sunflower

The sunflower’s name comes from its tendency to reposition itself to face the sun. It’s genus, Helianthus, is rooted in two Greek words — “helios” meaning sun and “anthos” meaning flower. Here is really great article about sunflowers if you want more information…

I miss my sunflowers, the ones I planted from seeds back in my former home in Sacramento. I spent hours taking photos over three summers. I even got great close-ups of bees seeking pollen!

As I’ve mentioned before, I now live in Eastern Washington where sunflowers and their close cousins, coneflowers, grow wild on our property among the pine trees and lupines.

As always, my sunflowers are shared for Cee’s Flower of the Day!

Ready for Some Sunrises?

It has been a few years since we visited Baja Sur, Mexico. We typically went in late December and early January. Sunrise was at 7:00 a.m. and I made sure I set my alarm to enjoy the spectacular sunrises over the Sea of Cortez. A real treat to see the sunrise over the ocean instead of the sunset expected on the US West Coast over the Pacific Ocean.

Sunrise over Sea of Cortez
Sunrise over Sea of Cortez
A sunrise brings a new day and a renewed chance of happiness.

How About Some Sunsets?

A sunset over the Sacramento River Delta never failed to inspire.

Clouds and waves combined with a sunset provide lovely textures in nature

After a warm, windy session windsurfing, sometimes a sunset sail is the most memorable.

Summer Sun sets on windsurfer getting the last bits of wind.

“Wind is God’s way of balancing heat.”

Author Unknown

Or how about a sunset in the Yosemite high country?

Half light of Tuolumne Meadows sunset

Turn around and even better, alpenglow appears on the opposite horizon from the setting sun!

Alpenglow Yosemite Tuolumne Meadows
Unlike the direct sunlight around sunrise or sunset, the light that causes alpenglow is reflected off airborne precipitation, ice crystals, or particulates in the lower atmosphere. source

A look at my world during the summer. Linking to Lens-Artists challenge “World.”

In case you need ideas, consider sharing anything anything related to sunrises and sunsets: sunflowers, glow, lighthouse, brilliance, alpenglow, dusk, twilight, dawn, rooster crowing, Stonehenge, stone circles, sun god, ancient myths, etc.

In the Pink Blogger Links

Color challenges seem to be waayyy popular! Bloggers shared 17 links just on Sunday alone with a grand total of 33 by Saturday! Thank you for your continuing support and I hope to see a lot more for this week’s prompt!

I am also “sharing my snaps” over at Denyse Whelan’s blog this Monday!

I’ll sign off with this image of me from 2019 enjoying a very boozy sunset Mai Tai at the Bali Hai restaurant in San Diego in Fall 2019.

Terri enjoying a beverage at Bali Hai

Next week, we explore the Great Outdoors (June is Great Outdoors month somewhere). I will share a sneak peak perspective of Becky B’s July Squares: Trees.

Enjoy the solstice and have a wonderful week ahead!

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Sunday Stills: The Rise and Set of the Sun

Sun sets on Hilo Bay fisherman

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.

Winter Sunrise over swimming pool

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”

Jo Walton

I scoured years of images from my Dropbox files to find a variety of sunrises and sunsets. Apparently, I capture many more sunsets than sunrises. This time of year, in Northern California, sunrise comes quite early, 5:40am! I rise at about 6:30am most days in the summer. Sunset on the solstice was 8:33pm, with last light at 9:05pm. Plenty of time to capture sunsets.

To help inspire you, I’ve chosen new and previous images of sunrises and sunsets.

Sunrises

“The secret to a good morning is to watch the sunrise with an open heart.”

Anthony T. Hincks

How about a foggy Malibu sunrise to start your day?

Malibu Sunrise

I shared a version of this sunrise from Spokane, WA in February. This was post-edited with the Painnt app.

Pixelated Sunrise

Sometimes a sunrise looks best with its light shone on the subject and reflected in the windows as depicted in this sunrise in Baja, Mexico.

Sunrise in Baja Mexico

This one shows the sunrise in the Mojave Desert near Victorville, California. We stayed with friends at their home on Silver Lake. The countless ducks enjoyed feeding on insects common with the sunrise.

Mojave Desert Sunrise

Sunsets

“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

My sunset images have a theme…they show the setting sun over water. The first photo is the Painnt version of a sunset in the Sacramento River Delta.

Delta Sunset Painnted

Another delta image shows us enjoying a sunset paddling session near the end of summer. Notice there were no wind turbines in the nearby hills then.

SUP Sunset

In this view of San Diego’s harbor, the setting sun highlights the downtown high-rise windows and creates a gentle reflection on the calm waters of the bay’s surface.

San Diego Harbor Sunset

The final image is one of my favorites, from Hilo Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. I called a similar image “The Lonely Fisherman.”

Sun sets on Hilo Bay fisherman

I used LightRoom to edit the lighting in this photo and added a sunflare in the post-editing process.

To sum up the idea of Rise/Set, I offer this quote by John Muir:

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”

Did you know the WordPress Weekly Challenge Photo pages are still available to view? Here is the link to 2018’s Rise/Set.

Does a sunrise or sunset bring you a quiet moment? I’m pleased to link this post to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, A Quiet Moment.

What is your favorite time of day? Does the sunrise kick start your day and provide you with inspiration? Or are you an evening person who chooses to linger over a sunset with an adult beverage? Saturday’s solstice meant you had to be up very early or stay up rather late to see the sunrise or the sunset. Did you see both?

If you enjoyed seeing sunrises and sunsets, you might like these previous post:

I can’t wait to see your favorite sunrises and sunsets!

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Sunday Stills: #Early to Rise

Winter Sunrise

The word “early” invokes a variety of quotes, phrases, and conditions. Let your mind run wild with these concepts of early:

  • Are you an early-bird, an early riser, or just love being early to events?
  • Were you highly intelligent at an early age or naïve in your early years?
  • Perhaps you are a “later-in-the-day” person and dread the early morning hours.

This week’s Sunday Stills photo challenge theme is EARLY.

If you are five minutes early, you are already ten minutes late.

Vince Lombardi, American Football Coach

Being a very time-conscious person, in most cases I tend to be early to appointments. Ironically, every Friday morning I rush out the door at 7:45am to get to my 8:00 am yoga class. Sort of defeats the purpose! Although I am only a few blocks away from my gym, I do try to arrive by 10 minutes before the hour to get a good spot and unfurl my yoga mat.

Arriving early to something gives me time to relax a bit and breathe if I’ve had to rush to get somewhere. I am always early to get to my campus office hours and classes. I like that 10 minutes of classroom prep time to gather my thoughts and get media ready for the lecture.

University classroom
Early to arrive in the classroom

Although I don’t claim to be a morning person, I have never complained when I am up early to see these sunrises!

This lovely winter sunrise was taken earlier this month while I was visiting in Spokane, Washington. I got up earlier than everyone, started the coffee and saw THIS out the kitchen window. Despite the COLD temps, I rushed out into the street in my PJs to capture the dramatic textures and colors.

Winter Sunrise

This image was from a few years ago in Baja, Mexico on the Sea of Cortez. Always strange to see the sunrise over the water. We west-coasters are used to seeing sunsets over the water!

Baja Sunrise
Early Baja Sunrise

Back in January, I complained about the gray foggy days typical in Northern California. February tends to be a cool, rainy month, but as of today, we have had NO rain in this area. These warm sunny days are ushering in an early, dry spring which translates into early flowers.

Here is a pic of my neighbor’s poppy.

California Poppies

These California poppies normally pop out in March, but with all this sunshine, I have already seen them along the side of the highways earlier this month. The other day I went to buy some birdseed for a new feeder and found these lovely Icelandic poppies in the garden section. They provide some beautiful color to my front porch.

The poppies are submitted for Cee’s Flower of the Day

Get an early start for March photo challenges! March themes are already posted on the Sunday Stills Photo Challenge page.

What does EARLY mean to you? Show us your take on early with photos, poems, stories or music! Remember, my blog posts early Sunday mornings at 7:00 am (Pacific Time)!

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Sunday Stills: Mellow #Yellow

yellow bee sunflower

Isn’t yellow a lively, cheery color? When I think of August, I think of heat, which makes me think of cloudless, sunny skies, at least out here in the West. I’ve always associated the month of August with the color yellow.

You guessed it, this week’s Sunday Stills theme is anything yellow.

I added “mellow” to my yellow to take the edge off, but our summers here are anything but mellow. Maybe it won’t seem so hot!

Jennifer Bourne, fellow local blogger and co-producer of the Sacramento WordPress Meet-Up and lead organizer for WordCamp Sacramento shared:

“Studies show that the meaning of the color yellow can be warmth, cheerfulness, increased mental activity, increased muscle energy. The color yellow helps activate the memory, encourage communication, enhance vision, build confidence, and stimulate the nervous system.”

https://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-yellow/
sunflower garden

Lest you think this post is all about my backyard sunflowers, I assure you there is more to see.

This busy bee was anything but mellow as I watched her pollen-laden body flit among the sunflowers last week. I luckily caught her in flight!

yellow bee sunflower

Even my miracle pink plumerias have stolen a little sunflower yellow!

To keep us cool in the hot August heat, I share these images of fun in the sun on and near the water.

A great start to the morning. Sunrise over the Sea of Cortez in La Ventana, Baja Mexico.

The difference a new day makes in our quest for change

Windsurfer getting the last of the wind and golden rays before sundown.

Sunset Sailing Session
Sunset sailing in Sacramento River Delta

These kayaks and yellow stand-up paddleboards at Lake Natoma beckon visitors to come take a ride and cool off!

Reflections of yellow SUPs

These boys had the right idea of playing on the beach in Coronado.

Playing on the beach

Later in the Fall, the color yellow will be everywhere. This is a look at last Fall’s ginkgo trees on the Sacramento State University campus.

yellow ginkgo leaves

Flower images are inspired in part by Cee’s Flower of the Day photo challenge.

Welcome new Sunday Stills participant IBall Round the World!

Are you feeling mellow yellow? Show us your images of something yellow, tell us a story or share a poem with yellow as the subject, or why yellow is your favorite color!

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Sunday Stills: #Daylight Hours

Day is Done

Today marks Daylight Saving Time in North America and 81 other countries in the world. We “spring forward” in March and lose that precious hour of sleep in order to get more daylight in the afternoon.

Quote coffee
Original photo by Lexi Ruskell on Unsplash

I preferred DST to begin in April and end in October like it used to. It is so dark in the mornings!

As a result, I feel that hour difference for as long as 4 weeks. Even my dogs look for their dinner when the sunlight hits the sky at a certain angle.

DAYLIGHT is this week’s theme for Sunday Stills.

Enough complaining though…let’s celebrate daylight with some fabulous photos!

There is nothing like starting the day with a glorious sunrise!

Sunrise over Sea of Cortez
Sea of Cortez, in Baja Sur, Mexico

Daylight casts shadows…

Shadow of the dog walker
Long shadows, short dog!

Aero casts a shadow and a reflection!

Aero cavorts on dog beach accompanied by his shadow and reflection
Aero loves the beach!

How about a sunset paddle?

sunset paddle session
Sun sets on stand-up paddlers on the Sacramento River in the Delta

Daylight would not be complete without a beautiful sunset!

Day is Done
Spring delta sunset

The sunset on the wind turbines is my entry to Becky B’s March Spiky Squares.

Please share your original images, poems, favorite quotations, and more that depict what daylight means to you.

And if it applies, I hope you remembered to set your clocks forward (yes, I have several manual clocks that need to be re-set). Enjoy the daylight!

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Inspiration of a Morning Sunrise

Winter Sunrise over swimming pool

Winter Sunrise over swimming pool

There is nothing like a gorgeous sunrise to kick-start one’s day into full motion (perhaps with some caffeine to help it along)!

WordPress posted the theme Rise/Set for the weekly photo challenge.

I am a photo addict of sunrises and sunsets, so I couldn’t pass this one up while on my continuing blogging break. The timing was perfect to coincide with the publishing of my new page.

I am happy to announce that fellow blogger and photographer, Aixa from MuchoSpanish, and I have each published pages for the Sundays Stills photo challenge as we introduce this new feature. Aixa will be my co-host for the feature which will also be a continuing link-up.

Please click here for more information!

Photo credit goes to my hubby who took this photo while at work last winter at one of the public swimming pools he services. Talk about a great inspiration to the workday!

Happy Easter to those who celebrate!

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Glorious

Glorious… “having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration.”

Glory comes in the form of a Baja sunrise over the Sea of Cortez.

After every dark night comes a glorious morning of a new day

 

“After every dark night comes a glorious morning of a new day”― Sunday Adelaja

Glory also comes with admiring a view of lower Yosemite Falls in the spring time.

Lower Yosemite Falls

 

“Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where.” – John Muir

 

Glorious is the theme for Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and admiring the glorious views!

Images and content ©2016 Terri Webster Schrandt. All Rights Reserved.

Optimism of a Brand New Day

A sunrise brings a new day and a renewed chance of happiness.

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. Bernard Williams

The Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to demonstrate what optimism looks like to us. I cannot think of anything more promising for good things to come than witnessing the sunrise of a new day.

A sunrise brings a new day and a renewed chance of happiness.

This photo was taken while I was in Mexico. As someone who lives on the West Coast, seeing the sunrise over the ocean is virtually impossible. We stayed on the Baja peninsula south of La Paz, where the sun rises over the Sea of Cortez.

The sunrise and the empty beach chair to me suggest optimism in the form of relaxation and leisure opportunities.

Optimistic

Foggy Sunrise

Foggy-Sunrise-at-Malibu-Pier

Foggy is the theme for Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge.

The fog rises slowly in Malibu in August, creating an ethereal quality in the air. Off camera were lines of morning surfers eagerly awaiting the waves.

Foggy-Sunrise-at-Malibu-Pier

In a similar photo taken a couple of years later in December, a foggy winter sunrise brings the promise of a very cold day.

Foggy-Winter-Sunrise

Feel free to join this photo challenge at any time!

Sunrise Through the Window

Sunrise-Through-the-Window

Sunrise-Through-the-Window
Window Sunrise in La Ventana

In La Ventana (window in Spanish), Baja Sur, Mexico, the sun rises about 6:45am in January over the Sea Of Cortez. I set my alarm while on our windsurfing vacation because I knew I could capture shots like this one.

Notice the molten sunrise reflected in the window.

Being a West coast dweller, seeing a sunrise over an ocean is rare for me.

I hope you enjoyed this photo submitted for the Weekly Photo Challenge!

Early Bird

Melon-choly Dawn

Baja-Sunrise-in-Melon

With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves. Eric Hoffer

Baja Sunrise in Melon
A lonely beachcomber strolls in the melon dawn.

Feel free to join Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge.

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Nothing Rhymes with Orange

egg cups

Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?

Seems that one-third of my photo gallery has photos with the color orange. Even my non-traditional wedding ring (second time around) sports an orange sapphire.

Being a redhead, heaven forbid I wear bright orange, but I love the muted shades of rust, peach, salmon and even copper. These colors make me happy. I hope they brighten your day!

Photography 101: Pops of Color

How does color tell a story in your photo? The first image is of the sunrise over the Sea of Cortez in La Ventana, Mexico. Although the surrounding colors are muted, the window is on fire as it reflects the sunrise.

Window Sunrise
Window Sunrise

The next image is the sunrise that was captured in the window! The sky and sea are aglow, while the beach is dark.

Sunrise over Sea of Cortez
Sunrise over Sea of Cortez

And just for fun, I had to include my little volunteer cyclamen that decided to make its home in the bricks.

Volunteer Cyclamen
Volunteer Cyclamen