Becky B’s Squares: Roses to Brighten Your Day

#BrightSquare Day 16

“As usual for a Squares Challenge month I will be sharing squares daily, and I would love it if you did the same. However if daily sounds too daunting, don’t worry. It is fine to join us weekly or even just pop in occasionally with your squares. The frequency of your squares depends on you and also your blog. All I ask is that your image has 4 equal sides, and that it reflects the theme of bright.”

Becky B.

Bright Spring California Roses

bright peach rose with gold center Becky B's Bright Square
bright gold center of a peach rose at Woodlake Rose Garden

I’m also submitting this for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge and Jude’s Life in Colour of the month – pink.

Thanks for joining me in my first attempt to post every day for a month. Have you ever done a month of challenges and made it every day?

I got my new computer yesterday – mine drown in a cup of coffee last week. I messed up trying to set it up and couldn’t sign into to my Microsoft cloud where my pictures are stored. And so therefore the meaning of challenge becomes reality.

Have a great weekend.

Sunday Stills: Emerging in Prescott

#SundayStillsEmerging #Prescott Walk #10 #Jude’s Life in Colour

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Sunday Stills Logo

Good morning, everyone. Happy Sunday.

I know you hoped to see Terri again in her new house blinged with internet service and all the other new-house bling. Alas, the internet has not EMERGED on time, and you are stuck with me as your hostess for one more week. So please, grab your camera, sift through your photo archives, and play along!!!

When Terri asked me if I’d hang in there for one more Sunday, I agreed knowing that I’d be doing Sunday Stills anyway. As the guest hostess, it just means I have to get my post done a little sooner, LOL.

I can do this!

“There’s nothing more beautiful than watching trees getting dressed up for Spring and Summer”

Charmaine J Forde

Emerging on my Street, Blooming Hills Drive

I walked around our neighborhood with Puppy Girl on Tuesday night. I wanted to give you something fresh that just EMERGED out of my camera. The golden hour of 4:30-5:30 pm felt like about 65 degrees F. with a fairly brisk breeze, I stayed comfortable with a sweatshirt over my long-sleeved shirt. Puppy Girl was fine without her jacket.

I scanned the lawns and landscaping and found very little color EMERGING from the ground except weeds. Trees and bushes were starting to leaf out. So I thought this theme can’t be all about spring flowers emerging out of the soil. I’m not in California any more. This EMERGING dandelion adds some bright color to the grass for Becky B’s #BrightSquare and Cee’s FOTD (Flower of the Day), and it was all I could find!

Obviously Geoffrey, from Tuesday’s Story Chat, “Miniature Planet,” by prize-winning author, Doug Jacquier, doesn’t live on Blooming Hills Drive. (You’ll have to read the story to verify that statement.)

Emerging Theme One: Bright Blossoms

On March 29, I took pictures of Blooming Hills as the blossoms emerged. Leaves delayed, white blossoms proliferated, Granted, I played with the photo by adding a couple of filters in Photoshop Elements.

In less than a week leaves started EMERGING. On April 6th leaves appeared between the blossoms. I love the threesome of leaves that are emerging at the top of the left-hand picture. The tiny middle leaf looks almost like a star.

As we strolled down the street that same evening, we noticed that some of the trees didn’t realize that the weather had changed. The trees feared the return of a wintery 30 degrees instead of the lovely 82 degrees it was yesterday.

On closer inspection, the tree above showed signs of life.

As we continued up Blooming Hills Drive, we noticed that not all trees blossomed at an even rate. This single peach tree might have been two different trees, one in full bloom and left side still waiting for warmer weather. The owner told me that the blooms only lasted for two weeks.

About a week ago, Prescott endured 30 mile an hour winds. The gale stripped the tree of about half of the blossoms before the leaves had fully emerged. These two photos are submitted to Jude for her Life in Colour pink challenge.

Emerging Theme Two: New Homes

In this EMERGING real estate market, the dearth of inventory of homes for sale is the bane of realtors. As we drove down the street earlier in the day, my realtor husband, pointed to his left and said, “Emerging, look a house is emerging.”

What is EMERGING from YOUR imagination and files of photos?

EMERGING breaking out, popping up, transpiring, becoming apparent , ore even surviving a difficult situation. EMERGING can refer to markets, technology, butterflies, economies, countries, resources, and much more.

Titling Your Own Blog Post

  • When titling your Sunday Stills post, you do not have to use “Sunday Stills” in the title, but please use the tag Sunday Stills in your post to help other bloggers find it.
  • Please refrain from titling your post with the same title as mine. Our blogs are found on google searches using SEO and having several blog posts with the same title can be confusing.

Please join me this week. And don’t forget Wednesday’s Quotes Challenge– writing or photos work.

Thanks to those who joined Sunday Stills last week.

#Sunday Stills Goes Green

Terri Webster Schrandt says, “Sunday Stills is going green today.”

Jude said, “Hey, that’s my color this month!” Only she spells it “colour” because she’s from the UK.

Cee loves green because she has a challenge every day called Flower of the Day Challenge. Can you imagine a flower without green? And Cee will even let her friends (that’s all of us) post pictures of leaves!

Kale from Woodlake Botanical Gardens
Kale from Woodlake Botanical Gardens

“By the way, most of the light that comes from the sun is green.”

Bill Nye

Now you know why green is such a prominent and much loved color.

Sunday Stills Green Romanesco broccoli
Market-fresh green Romanesco broccoli 

This was a colorful Farmer’s Market in Seattle.

“Nature in her green, tranquil woods heals and soothes all afflictions.”

 John Muir
  • view of the Sierra Nevada Mountain foothills
  • 2008 green spring wildflowers
  • foothill wildflowers, rocks and fallen tree
  • spring green foothills contrasted against groves of orange trees
  • agricultural capital of the world spring green field

John Muir spent much time in the Sequoia National Park among the big trees and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Only forty minutes from the park, the Elderwood, CA area is famous for its gorgeous views of the foothills and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Even though the Arizona mountains are equally gorgeous, I miss this peaceful view from my front porch.

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”

Pedro Calderon de la Barca

My neighbor , her daughter, mother-in-law, and I spent a week in Orlando Florida enjoying the spring break in 2018. Animal Kingdom offered this amazing sight of a tiger behind a glass wall. The next picture shows a tree with some thick tangled roots and an incredibly blue Floridian sky.

Of course, one of the most popular clothing colors, too. I loved the springy color of Helen’s shirt. She was a district administrator of a small rural district near Visalia. After she retired she threw herself into her creative side and started teaching classes on egg dying and box making. We participants pitched in and all brought something to eat so that our art session included a fine luncheon with wine.

Sunday Stills spring green shirt
Helen’s spring green shirt

Helen and I did part of our master’s degree together at Fresno Pacific University. What a talented, interesting and super-intelligent woman! Trust me, those boxes are precise with little work on our parts!

  • Sunday Stills green Nova
  • 2007 Prius Sunday Stills green

And I almost forgot, then couldn’t find (ouch) my pictures of Vince’s pet Nova from a few years back. And my, much-adored green Prius. Vince and I have this conflict about cars. He loves fast and sporty and I love economical. The better gas mileage, the better I love it. And we both love classics.

How Sunday Stills Works

Coming Up

  • #Sunday Stills – Respect Your Cat Day I have the privilege of guest hosting next Sunday. GET YOUR CAT PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OUT OF YOUR ARCHIVES
  • #Story Chat Summary – Wanda- Lust tomorrow. LAST CHANCE TO COMMENT ON MARCH STORY CHAT!
  • #Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writer’s Challenge – Leisure GET YOUR QUOTES READY!
  • Speaking of Photos, Do You Have a Search Box Summary of Your Answers – Maybe Friday

See you soon! Have a great week! Celebrate Spring!