Sunday Stills: Wishing for Water, But #Droplets Will Do

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My return to blogging was fun and satisfying after a tumultuous break! Thank you for welcoming me back last week. It was great to catch up with you!

If you are confused by this week’s Sunday Stills post, we are examining the world of water droplets. In my dry, still excessively warm part of the world, if I want water, I must turn on the garden hose. Artificially produced water droplets will work!

End of summer daisy

After the few weeks of turmoil I recently experienced, I find calm and peace in my backyard garden any time of year.

During our recent visit to Spokane, a few raindrops made their presence known by the end of the week.

Evergreen with water drops

After a long, dry spell, my current library of water droplets is depleted, so please enjoy a few of my favorites from the past:

House in a droplet

My plumeria blossomed last year but no blooms this year. I’m pretty sure I blew up social media and my blog with images of plumeria last summer. Here are a couple donning their droplets from daily backyard watering.

More flowers from my backyard include the Teddy Bear sunflower and the geranium in my deck garden.

Hint: I’m sure it’s no secret, but if you need an image with water droplets pronto, use a mister or spray bottle and create your own droplets.

If close-ups of water droplets aren’t your style, I included a couple of shots of suspended water drops:

Catching a wall of water drops in Baja Mexico.

Weightless water


I have to share this one again of Brodie romping through the river, stirring up loads of droplets.

Brodie's First Water Experience

No doubt, Spring has sprung in the Southern Hemisphere along with lots of opportunities to see water droplets in action. The calendar says that Autumn is here in the Northern Hemisphere, but we won’t see scenes like this in California until November!

Layers of drops on layers of leaves

As you know I also love taking part in other photo challenges and I love it when the planets align. I have been wanting to join Lisa’s Bird Weekly Challenge since I recently discovered it. Back in August, my lens captured this cute duck family (common merganser) out for a swim on Grant Lake in the June Lake loop in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas.

Yes, it’s a bit of a stretch but my Canon Sureshot managed to capture water droplets on the feathers of the adult duck, seen best in the pic below. (Best I could do, Lisa, I think their legs are short enough)!

Today’s images are partly inspired by two other fab photographers: Cee’s Flower of the Day and Jez’ Water, Water Everywhere.

I’m hoping to live vicariously through your wonderful images of water droplets on flowers, plants, animals, whatever! Walls of water droplets cascading down from waves and fountains and other watery images also fit this week’s theme.

October themes are ready to view on my Sunday Stills page.

Original image Color Planet

I look forward to you sharing your images of refreshing water droplets in whatever form they might take. Have a great week!

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Sunday Stills: Water, #Water Everywhere, My #Paddleboard Can Shrink

SUP session at the delta

How do you typically spend your last Sunday in August? For lots of folks, August is still a hot month in the Northern hemisphere, so the beach fronts of rivers, lakes, and oceans see huge crowds spending their last summer weekend around the water.

Weightless water

Water is our “over-arching” theme this week for Sunday Stills. Since interpretation is wide, I encourage you to go with a sub-theme.

You probably know I am an avid water-sports person. Although I dabble in windsurfing, I prefer stand-up paddling (aka SUP).

Stand-up paddling is my sub-theme today.

Delta SUP sesson
Delta SUP session

In the “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the sailor expresses his disdain of being surrounded by (ocean) water but none that he can actually drink.
“Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Now you understand the inspiration for the title of my post…or do you?

With water, water everywhere, theoretically, I can use my SUP anywhere there is a body of water over a foot deep. All summer long we have had fabulous windy days at our delta campground, which means lots of windsurfing. Conditions aren’t always right for me to get out on the water with my SUP, hence my disdain over water being everywhere but the conditions are at once too windy to SUP and not windy enough to sail!

I look forward to the calm weekend days at the delta when I can get my SUP out on the water and get my dose of physical activity. SUPing is a great workout which strengthens your core, back, upper body, legs and even your feet.

SUP session in Lake Tahoe
SUP session in Lake Tahoe

Because of logistical reasons, I leave my 11-foot fiberglass, stand-up paddleboard at the delta all summer. Our campsite is a few steps away from the levee fronting the Sacramento River, making it easy to carry my board to the water. This summer at the delta I only got out on my SUP three times! I don’t have an extra SUP laying around at home, so if I want to paddle on nearby Lake Natoma or the American River near my house, I have to rent a board. Renting is fine and I have done it, but the incentive is low.

When I’ve had my SUP at home, it takes some effort to load it on top of my car and properly tie it down. That being said, try re-loading and re-tying it after one-two hours out on the water!

Exhausted much? Also, no incentive unless I have help.

Years ago, I tried an inflatable SUP but I didn’t like the bouncy, unstable feel to it. Recently, I tried a new model and it was surprisingly stable even in small waves and a little wind. Major improvements have been made using carbon stringers and other technology for stability and durability.

View of SUP
Paddler View of my inflatable SUP

Bi-annually I receive e-mails from a water-sports store in the Columbia River Gorge near Portland, Oregon about their clearance items. Recently I saw their inflatable SUPs on sale and an idea brewed in my head about how convenient it would be to have one of these available at home.

Even on clearance, these boards are pricey, so I checked out Costco and what do you know, they had an inflatable SUP package that included the board, a break-down paddle, leash and other goodies (bag and pump included), all for half the price. (No affiliate marketing going on here, just information).

SUp in bedroom
Brodie approves of my inflatable SUP!

Imagine a SUP that fits in the trunk of your car, or in the carry bag that can also be packed for air travel. Sure, inflating takes about 5 minutes with a manual pump, but a pre-work out is all good! After a couple of hours on the water, carrying the board (less than 25 pounds) back to the car, then pushing the deflate button, and poof! Done! Dried off and rolled up and into the car in less than 10 minutes.

“…and all the boards did shrink.”

Now, my incentive is strong to simply grab the bag (just under 50 pounds total), drive the 6 miles to the lake, inflate the SUP in the parking lot or right on the beach and go!

And I did.

Getting ready!

Quite the Zen experience last Saturday at 9am. Cool breeze, calm, flat water…and a ton of people out on their inflatable SUPS and other watercraft!

No excuses!

My escape is to just get in a boat SUP and disappear on the water. ~Carl Hiaasen

Enjoy this gallery of previously posted photos.

Here is a little bit more about SUPing on Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma.

Link up here or create a pingback by linking to this post! I can’t wait to see how you will interpret water for Sunday Stills!

Be sure to check out the Sunday Stills page for the September themes!

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Unexpected Beauty of a Dying Rose

Dying rose still glorious

Dying rosebud still glorious

Spring is still in the air with crazy weather in the form of hot temps one day and cold rain two days later. With big changes, spring flowers are abundant. I just love smelling the fragrant air as I walk through my neighborhood, especially with the star jasmines and roses blooming!

For Musin’ with Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge, the theme of week #37 asks photographers to create a macro image using water.

My American Beauties were crazy last month, but this is all that is left until the next batch. Luckily I clipped a few to place in a vase to enjoy in the house. For a flower riot, check out this previous post.

I found this quote that seems to commemorate the moment, by James Thompson, Scottish Poet:

“Gather the rosebuds while ye may, old time is still a flying; And that same flower that blooms today, tomorrow shall be dying.”

 

For Macro Moments participants, I captured this with my Samsung Galaxy S5 on full zoom, and used a mister to spray water onto the flower. Of course, the wind made it challenging to capture a clear image, but I believe this one turned out for the best. I even got some great depth of field (quite by accident)! Post-editing done with PicMonkey.

I hope you are still enjoying the spring air and flowers.

Defying Gravity

Weightless water

Weight(less)

I am traveling home after a nice long vacation in Baja Sur, Mexico. For my Leisurely Thursday post, I could not resist including another set of photos for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

I took these photos on my last day in La Ventana.  The warm desert air combined with the 72 degree water of the Sea of Cortez creates incredible windy conditions from November through March, making this area south of La Paz thee winter destination for windsurf and kiteboard enthusiasts from all over the world

A variety of birds, including turkey vultures, pelicans and other sea birds glide effortlessly on the warm thermals created by the wind and warm water. Here a turkey vulture enjoys a thermal as the windsock indicates a good north wind.

Weightless Wings

A few miles away on the Bahia de la Ventana, a rocky outcropping called “the Boof” provides a visual delight at high tide as the waves crash against the rocks and holes eroded over time.

Weightless Water

Water briefly defies gravity at over 12 feet high.

Water becomes weightless

What makes you feel weightless?

I am adding this to Jennifer Nicole Wells’ color your world weekly photo challenge blue-green.

Waiting Can be (Extra) Ordinary

Waiting for Flame

(Extra)ordinary

The weekly photo challenge asked us to focus on the mundane, the every day things we may find beautiful. As I took these photos, a theme emerged: waiting.

My fall tealight candle holders are patiently waiting for a match to strike so that they may illuminate the fireplace mantle.

Waiting for Flame

Conversely, as we continue the severe drought in California, my hose and sprinklers are waiting for when I can turn the faucet handle!

Waiting to Water

What ordinary or mundane things capture your attention?

Turquoise Waters and Sky

Kites-and-Sails

Turquoise is the theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. While the photos themselves are full of turquoise and other hues of blue, the fun they exude is in the eye of the beholder.

I love how the kites from the nearby kite boarders are juxtaposed over the area where the windsurfers enter the water.

Kites-and-Sails

Of course, no photo essay to describe turquoise would be complete without a shot of the beautiful blues found within Lake Tahoe.

Turquoise-Waters-of-Lake-Tahoe

What activities would you take part in if you found yourself next to Lake Tahoe?

These photos were submitted for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Teal or Turquoise.

Wind and Water: Muses from Leisure

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View from Shelter Island in San Diego looking toward downtown

Muse
What inspires you? What gets your blood pumping? Is it great food, good company or a task well-done? If you are a photographer or writer, amateur or pro, what is your muse for a beautiful photo or an insightful blog post or story?

The Weekly Photo Challenge asks us this question.

If you follow my blog, you know that wind and water are my twin muses. As an avid board sport enthusiast, wind and water attract me like a moth to flame, or a duck to water (wink). I also can’t get enough of pine covered mountains.

There is nothing like the inspiration of leisure to be the muse for many people. I hope you enjoy this collection of some of my favorite leisure spaces.

Water Envelops Us

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Enveloped

Water, in its three forms, ice, liquid and vapor, envelops us and our surroundings.

These two photos show how water in liquid form envelops its users, either on purpose, like the little girl under the swimming pool mushroom…. or …

Water-Envelops-Child-at-Play
Original image by Kimberly Glaster. Used by permission

…the big girl (me), gracefully (ha!) falling off my paddle-board.

Water-Envelops-Me

The next photo shows the solid form of water as snow, as it envelops the backyard,

as warmly seen from the window.

Snow-Envelops-Backyard

The last photo demonstrates how water in the form of vapor, manifested as low clouds, crawls slowly down the mountain, enveloping the pine trees.

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Natural Intricacies: Weekly Photo Challenge

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Intricate

Intricacies abound in the natural world, whether it is in the beauty of a leafy carpet, in the falling splashes of water from a swimming pool play structure, or high above us inside an arboretum.

Intricate-Leaf-Carpet

Intricate-Splashes
original image by Kimberly Glaster

Intricate-Arboretum
Arboretum in Balboa Park, San Diego

Take the time to stops and notice the details today.