Sunday Stills: Can You Capture the #Wind?

Windy clouds at sunset

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 songs with “wind” in the titles.

This is one of my favorite quotes.

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” William Arthur Ward

We can only see the effects of wind, whether it’s a gentle breeze fluffing a bird’s feathers, or hurricane force winds ripping piers from their docks, or clouds scudding across the sky blown by the beginnings of a storm.

The featured image above shows wind’s effect on the clouds and the ever-present wind turbines.

Wind plays a big part in my life since I became a windsurfer in 2009. The wind is ALWAYS the topic of conversation from April through September in our household and at the delta as every windsurfer I know checks their wind meters, their weather apps or asks if there will be enough wind for sailing.

When it’s a BIG day, it looks like this.

windsurfer getting air

Brodie loves the wind and waves. You can tell it’s windy by his flapping ear!

Wind blowing dog's ear

I manage to have good days windsurfing. Just last week hubby caught me coming off the water with a big smile on my face after 45 minutes of fun in the wind.

Smiling Windsurfer bringing in her windsurf gear

Did you know my logo for Second Wind Leisure represents stylized sails in an abstract “W”? A graphic artist friend created this for me years ago when I started blogging, and for my website Windigen Consulting (which is German for wind).

I’m looking forward to what your interpretation for WIND!

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What Does Waiting Look Like to You?

Leisure Connects Us

Each week, I eagerly await the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge that asks bloggers to share appropriate images based on that week’s theme.

As I anticipate my last weekend at the Sacramento River delta, I keenly recall animated conversations during the late winter and early spring of how we were going to spend every weekend windsurfing. “Best laid plans” and how quickly time flies!

While we anxiously waited and dreamed of our new season, I am sharing some older photos that have been waiting to see the light of day and work for the theme of windsurfing and Waiting.

Waiting for ??

Almost two years ago to the day, I posted this image of a man observing the windsurfers and kiteboarders waiting for wind.

Leisure Connects Us
Waiting for wind in Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Waiting to Sail

This photo taken by my husband (with my phone) illustrates the wait and the fear involved in ocean windsurfing.

To see the whole story, click Breaking Barriers of Self-Doubt in Leisure

Face your fears. Windsurfing in Baja, Mexico.


Waiting for Fish

While campers wait for the late morning winds, pelicans wait for their breakfast in La Ventana, Mexico, a winter windsurf venue.

35 Pelicans
35 pelicans waiting for fish

More Waiting for Wind

Smart windsurfers use their non-windy times wisely by enjoying a SUP session.

Stand-up Paddle
Morning SUP session while waiting for the wind.


Waiting for a Weekly Cigar

Not me!!

Hubby and some friends love their weekly cigar after a weekend on the water. I included this because of the surf motif of the ashtray.

Waiting to be smoked

What does waiting look like to you? I will leave you with this quote (author unknown):

“Two of the hardest tests in life: The patience to wait for the right moment, and the courage to accept that you have waited for nothing.”

Wedding Anniversary and Wind: A Good Match

Windsurfing together on our 3rd wedding anniversary!

What does a married couple do on their 3rd wedding anniversary? Well, windsurf, of course!

Windsurfing together on our 3rd wedding anniversary!

When we first started dating in 2009 I asked him to teach me how to windsurf. We were both aged 49 when he found me and I found windsurfing!

This photo was taken by a friend (on MY phone) on August 22, 2016, our actual anniversary.

The weekly photo challenge asks us to find A Good Match.

Wind and Water: Muses from Leisure

View from Shelter Island in San Diego looking toward downtown

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.

Got Wind? One Word Photo Challenge


For this week’s One Word Photo Challenge, the theme is WIND!

No self-respecting windsurfer would be without a plethora of photos of the sport!  I am going to dial it back and give you this one shot… in a collage.

original images by D. Imre

I went out earlier when the wind was blowing about 30 mph. First time on a smaller board and I was overpowered.

Wind like this brings out the pros perfecting their loops and jumps. Most of the ladies gave up while the guys borrowed their smallest sails…and the wind just kept blowing!

Join Jennifer Nichole Wells’ weekly photo challenge any time!

A Day in the Life of a Delta Windsurfer

Today is Leisurely Thursday and my feature shares thoughts about sports and ageing as well as highlights a day in the life of a Sacramento delta windsurfer.

Windsurfing at Sherman Island

If you follow my blog, you know that I windsurf. So? you may ask? A lot of people do fun leisure activities. I basically started windsurfing to impress my boyfriend six years ago. I always loved the water and had some board experience, so it wasn’t a huge deal to learn a new sport. It must have worked, because we got married two years ago.

Now in my mid-fifties, I started this sport at age 49. Most of the women windsurfers I know learned in their twenties, when they, and the sport, were young. If you are over the age of 50, you probably understand how age affects how we choose our leisure activities.

Here is where I want to say, “Do not let ageing deter you from trying a new leisure activity!” The joys of accomplishing difficult skills along with meeting new people and making new friends as an older adult are irreplaceable!


A little bit about the Sacramento Delta. In the Sacramento Valley area of Northern California, as the temperature in the valley increases, a climactic condition is created where the heat draws in the colder, marine air from San Francisco Bay, creating the infamous “delta breeze.” This delta breeze can often be measured at over 30 knots on the confluence of the two rivers, therefore fueling the imaginations of windsurfers and kite boarders alike!

The Rio Vista Windsurf Association is a club for windsurfers and kite boarders. From mid-April through early September, when the wind typically blows in the delta, thus cooling down hot Sacramento, windsurfers come out in droves.

Their sheer dedication is evident by people driving 100s of miles for a weekend of sailing. They come from all over Northern California, LA and San Diego. There is weekend camping available and the personal social networking is top-notch!

Here are some photos of a Day In the Life of a Sacramento Delta Windsurfer

At the beginning of the season, we start getting our campsites ready. Our windsurf area on Sherman Island is only 65 miles southwest of Sacramento. Two rivers, the Sacramento and the San Joaquin, join to create a huge expanse of water on which to recreate.

Thar be pirates here!

The Sacramento Valley is flat and we lease private land near pastures that are right next to the levee.

The beach is perfect for family picnics and beginner windsurfers.

Three new windsurfers enjoying a light-wind day
Three new windsurfers enjoying a light-wind day

On a light-wind day, three women connect in leisure as they learn to windsurf.

Windy Labor Day sailing!

These are the moments everyone lives for–wind!!

Why is there a ship?

Every once in a while, ships will head out to sea through the delta’s deep water channel.

Stand-up Paddle
Morning SUP session while waiting for the wind.

Sometimes you have to stand-up paddle when there is no wind and enjoy the day!

Sherman Island
Sunset on Sherman Island Marina

We let boaters have some space in the river on the Sherman Island Marina. They’re already tucked in for the night.

delta sunset
Mid-August cloud fest

This delta sunset is our reward for our hard day of windsurfing! Many folks grab their adult beverages and congregate on top of the levee to unwind and bask in the glow!


And then some of us can’t stop having fun well into the night!

I hope you enjoyed a peek into my world every weekend during the spring and summer. I am still in awe of how so many windsurfers can live their lifestyles around this sport.

A good percentage of these sailors are Baby Boomers in their fifties and older and ageing in this sport has only made them refined and resilient as people who enjoy their leisure and are passionate about it!

Many thanks to Jason at HarsH ReaLitY for the opportunity to share our posts on his blog!