Sunday Stills: A #Weathered Look

Weathered sun

If you have been blogging long enough, you might remember the WordPress weekly photo challenge. I thought it would be interesting to revisit the theme “weathered” for Sunday Stills. Weathered was last seen in January 2018; take a look.

It is fascinating to go back and look at the weekly photo challenge and see how many bloggers are still going strong as well as how many did not weather the storm of changes made by WordPress.

The prompt then and now says, “Show us the effect of time and the elements.”

A weathered exterior can be caused by nature or through the inactions of humankind. Sometimes we pay good money to buy an item that is appropriately weathered or “antiqued.”

Weathered sun

I can’t remember if I bought this sun this way or if several years hanging outside has weathered it to this state.

More often, around our homes, we repair those walls and fences that look too weathered. As we finalize repairs on our current home, these weathered shingles on the front porch dormer won’t do much for the house. Hubby will be fixing and repainting these this weekend!

weathered shingles

Sometimes a weathered stump lends interest to a pastoral reflection scene.

Quiet Delta Morning

Tens of thousands of years have weathered the face of Half-Dome into the recognizable iconic symbol of Yosemite Valley

Half Dome View from Glacier Point
Half Dome View from Glacier Point

Lava rock on the Big of Island of Hawaii becomes soft black sand after eons of weathering and erosion.

Hawaii's Black Sand Beach
Black Sand Beach

I found a snowy egret weathering a little breeze while standing on the weathered rocks of Point Loma in San Diego. Submitted for Lisa’s Bird Weekly Challenge: Shorebirds

Snowy egret stands in grace
Egret enjoying San Diego

Weathering Uncertainty

While we are on the subject of “weathered,” I must share that I just weathered a mild case of Covid! I was likely exposed to my dear niece and nephew on our drive north three weeks ago. Once home a week later, both hubby and I felt like we had mild head colds. My nephew called Sunday, October 25 to announce they both tested positive. By Thursday, I noticed I completely lost my senses of taste and smell and immediately contacted Kaiser and took a test that day. I got the results last Sunday.

Photo by Polina Tankilevitch on Pexels.com

This photo was taken of me and hubby last October 2019 BC (before Covid), when families could still safely get together!

celebrating a birthday

The quarantine process is complicated, but I stayed home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. My hubby did not test, because, by the time I got my results, his symptoms were long gone. Our doctor said he would not test positive since very little viral load was left in his system. Because I tested positive, hubby had to call work and was told he had to be off of work for two weeks while receiving emergency medical leave pay. Score! Plenty of time to work on the house!

Once you test positive, your medical provider must share information with your local public health organization. Sacramento County Public Health texted me to complete surveys. Not only did I become a statistic here in Sacramento, but medical staff also phoned several times to check on me. They continually asked me if I had a fever or shortness of breath, hallmark symptoms of Covid, but which I never had. Other than the loss of taste and smell, I would have never suspected I had joined the Covid Club.

What sort of uncertainty have you weathered lately? Let’s leave politics out of this for now and just enjoy this photo challenge! I wish you all good health and a swift goodbye to 2020 in a few short weeks!

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Weathered: Lava’s Journey to the Bottoms of My Feet

Hawaii's Black Sand Beach

Hawaii's Black Sand Beach

Although our week on the Big Island of Hawaii is nearing its end, I managed to incorporate our visit to Volcanoes National Park into the Weekly Photo challenge: Weathered.

Where did the sand of the famous Black Sand Beach at Punahu’u come from?

Weathering is the change of appearance or texture of dried lava rock over countless eons of exposure to the elements.

Most folks know that the island chain of Hawaii was created over tens of thousands of years of volcanic activity,  which continues to this day. In fact, the volcano, known as the Kilauea Caldera, is active and attracts millions of curious tourists each year to the Big Island.

A look at the Kilauea Caldera over three miles wide. Another crater within the caldera spews out sulfuric steam through it’s vents as water enters cracks in the rocks and comes in contact with the magma.

Hawaii's Kileaua Caldera

When a weakness in the Earth’s crust causes an eruption, the lava flows over the land and into the ocean. As it cools it leaves curious shapes that gradually erode over time.

Some of the lava rock is used for fencing and landscaping, being an abundant, natural, and inexpensive resource to use. Like any natural element, it continues to weather over time, as shown on the lava rock fence below.

Lava Rock used as Fence

This photo was taken at the historic Volcano House across from the Caldera, the steam vent seen in the distance.

Black Sand Beach at Punahu'uThere are a few black sand beaches on the Big Island and one on Maui, all near volcanic sites. The weathering process of the air and ocean water eventually breaks the lava rock down into fine sand that inevitably finds it’s way under the soles of your bare feet, as featured in the image above.  The lava flows in this area are considered the southeast rift zone of Kilauea which flows toward Punalu’u beach This sand was silky soft and amazing to see and feel.

For native Hawaiians, the Kilauea Caldera is the home of Pelehonuamea–Pele of the earth–the goddess of fire and volcanoes, and the creator and rejuvenator of new lands. Plaque at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Visiting the Big Island (anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands) has long been on my bucket list. Feeling the black sands beneath my toes was another. A few more items have been checked off, too, so stay tuned!

Aloha!

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