Sun sets on Hilo Bay fisherman

Sunday Stills: The Rise and Set of the Sun

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. “There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss …

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Sunday Stills: #Lazy Days of Summer

We are almost at the midpoint of August which means for many, summer is nearly over. Sure the weather will still be warm in the northern hemisphere, and maybe too hot on the West Coast (the wildfires aren’t helping matters), but school starts for many youth, teens and young adults in mid- and late-August! The …

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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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Winter Sunrise over swimming pool

Inspiration of a Morning Sunrise

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 …

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

Photographing the Textures of Our Lives

A late spring storm paints beautiful textures in the sky, the water and the land. "A subtle amount of texture attracts the eye." Clyde Aspevig As the weekly photo challenge suggests, Textures in photography feed our tactile perceptions. A delta sunset captures textures in the sky and water. The textures of this splint on my …

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Rosy sunset

Rosy Sunset

This un-retouched photo (except for cropping) depicts a sunset with a rosy glow. I took this photo at the Sacramento delta late last summer as a storm front moved through, which gave us a beautiful show! I am posting this photo today for two photo link-ups: Julia's Red Page: Camera Lucida and Lucile de Godoy' …

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Thunderstorm

Stormy Sunset: Sunday Stills

Friday night in Northern California was alive with thunderclouds, lightning and spectacular sunsets. I captured this from the top of the levee on Sherman Island in the Sacramento delta. This scene looks northeast toward Sacramento (an hour's drive). Friends in town said there was lots of lightning, thunder and enough rain to get cars good …

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Solar-Eclipse-Reflection

Reflections of a Solar Eclipse

For Jennifer Nichole Wells' One Word Photo Challenge, I am submitting these photos for the theme of "Sun." In 2012, there was a solar eclipse visible in Northern California. The conditions were right for us to watch this rare cosmic event through the filter of the trees in our front yard. A few moments later …

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San-Diego-Skyline

San Diego’s Pacific Beach and Downtown Skyline

We are enjoying a short vacation in beautiful San Diego. Spent Sunday morning on Mission Bay, stand-up paddling with my husband, step-daughter and step-son. After paddling we had lunch at a little Greek bistro, then walked over to Pacific Beach boardwalk. Later we went to dinner in Point Loma at a wonderful seafood shop and …

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Sherman Island

Sunset on Sherman Island Marina

Sherman Island, in the Sacramento River Delta, is a hidden paradise for boaters, picnickers, photographers, anglers and watercraft enthusiasts to enjoy. The small marina houses docks where boaters may rent short or long-term. RV parking and camping is also available. The Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta is an expansive inland river delta and estuary in Northern California. The …

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Serene Sail Salute

As the sun set on the Sacramento River Delta, we held a memorial service in honor of a fellow windsurfer who passed away after a long illness. We laid our windsurf sails down in salute along the levy where we launch as a testament to his life. A windsurfer contemplates the moment. Serenity