Sunday Stills: Emerging in Prescott

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

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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: Volunteering

Volunteering is a voluntary act of an individual or group freely giving time and labor for community service. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.

Wikipedia – Volunteering
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When Terri and I talked about topics for guest hosting Sunday Stills for two weeks, cats and volunteering stood out as ones to which I could relate. Thank you Terri for trusting me with your wonderful challenge.

Volunteering

We have been blessed by the huge number of health workers who have dedicated their time in giving COVID 19 shots all over the country.

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” 

Sherry Anderson

People generously volunteer to help in recent tragedies, weather crises, animal over population, reading and math tutors, museum docents, food service preparation serving and clean-up, road and park clean-up, and even blogging volunteers can serve the global community. In every facet of today’s society there is room for volunteers.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

What organizations, projects, or calls for help have you responded to?

Next week Terri will be back at the helm after having no internet during her move. We are all anxious to know how she is doing and how her new home looks. This week, I hope you will tell us how you are doing and what you do for others. Here is my story.

Volunteering in Woodlake, CA

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” 

Audrey Hepburn

When I retired I joined Woodlake Kiwanis and the Woodlake Chamber of Commerce. I stayed in Kiwanis for the long haul and felt that I could make a greater positive impact on the community as part of a like-minded group than on my own. Kiwanis operates for the good of children and the community and fit my goals in life. I am still a distance member.

Kiwanis and Rotary 3rd Grade Dictionary Project

Kiwanis had several signature projects but they also collaborate with other organizations and our regional division to support the community. Our two biggest projects during COVID was to care for the Woodlake Rose Garden and to help the Woodlake Food Pantry distribute food.

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Woodlake Rose Garden

Roses take about 90 hours of care per bush to keep them healthy. The Woodlake Rose garden has over 1,500 bushes. The City of Woodlake has 7,000 people, several parks, and about 31 employees in total including the City Manager, Fire Chief and Police Chief. Having a manicured rose garden was not high on any employee’s list of priorities.

One of our Kiwanians masterminded the volunteer care of the garden. It was brilliant. After hearing him speak, about six organizations volunteered with us to assist the City of Woodlake. Especially active, are the Master Gardeners, from who we learned so much about rose care.

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Woodlake Food Pantry

Even though Kiwanis didn’t run the food pantry many of our members played a huge role in its success. Kiwanis in Woodlake always has projects that require students to help. The organization believes that community service develops their character and resume. Students always had a first-hand glimpse at life.

Keeping Busy and Young All Year Long

The galleries below show some of our many of our activities past and present.

Kiwanis eventually abandoned the Soap Box Derby because of lack of participation, due to after school sports programs. Kiwanis then joined forces with the City of Woodlake to provide different kinds of after-school support for kids.

Other organizations sometimes hired our catering services which gave us funds for scholarships and enabled Kiwanis to provide services and events like our July 3rd Blast at no cost to the public.

Thanks to everyone who joined Sunday Stills: Respect the Cat

Forgive me if I missed your post. It’s probably best to post a link in the comment section as well. Pingbacks are not always reliable. Thanks again for joining in Sunday Stills while Terri’s been gone. 🙂

How Responding to a Photo Challenge Focuses Your Writing and Increases Your Followers

How many pictures do you have that sit unused and unseen in your files? Hundreds, thousands? Be creative and put them to use where you and others can enjoy them time and again.

Allow me to introduce you to my friend Terri.  When I started this series on hosting challenges, the intent was to focus just on writing challenges. However, many bloggers do some of their best writing in response to photo challenges. 

If you host a writing or photo challenge, please contact me. I’d love to set up an interview/guest post with you.

Please, give Terri a huge Always Write welcome with tons of comments and likes. Don’t forget to participate in her challenge, Sunday Stills

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Guest Post by Terri Webster Schrandt, Second Wind Leisure Perspective

Ⓒ 2020

My Blogging Journey 

I began blogging consistently in Fall 2014, as I neared retirement from my 32 years with a public parks and recreation organization. Like any blogger, I wanted to write interesting content and meet other bloggers. As I neared retirement, I thought I would start a consulting business and blogging seemed like a good fit for promoting it. Once I went back to university lecturing, teaching 15 units a year, I found I lacked the time to sustain a side business. 

I blog on the WordPress hosted platform which sponsored several blogging how-to’s and challenges. Some readers may remember the Blogging University which taught new bloggers about the basics of blogging (Blogging 101) and Photography 101. In 2014, not only did I meet and follow new bloggers, but I also grew a set of followers as a result of the community that developed around the challenges. 

It was during this time I realized I had a knack for photography and used my background in art and journalism to write posts about recreation and leisure using my original images. 

I learned quickly that including an image with a blog post created visual interest and attracted more readers. Over time I was inspired to write my first short book Better Blogging with Photography which continues to sell worldwide on Amazon. 

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Better Blogging with Photography

Like any blogger, I wanted to write interesting content and meet other bloggers.

What prompted you to begin to host a photo challenge?

Challenges bring new readers, interest, and engagement to any blog. Challenges fit well within the framework of hobby blogging. 

I always enjoyed the WordPress Weekly photo challenge early on in my blogging journey and I discovered other challenges and participated in link parties. This was during the time I was building my readership and meeting new bloggers. I enjoyed the Sunday Stills Photography Challenge, but the original host announced he was through with blogging and called it quits. 

My own blog morphed into photography with emphasis on fitness, leisure, and recreation. After a lengthy blogging break in early 2018, I woke up one night with the idea that I could reinstate and host Sunday Stills myself. The timing was rather interesting. I jumped back in with Sunday Stills in May 2018 just as WordPress announced the end of its ridiculously popular weekly photo challenge. 

What is your purpose in hosting the challenge? How does it help photographers?

The purpose is simple: to inspire others to create images related to a weekly theme. I am challenged, too, as I select each month’s themes in advance. Many photo challenges out there are very specific to photography techniques and their hosts are not only a wealth of information about photography techniques, but accomplished photographers in their own right. 

Photobloggers help each other in this way by sharing techniques, ideas and continuing support and enthusiasm for each other’s work. 

One photographer in northern California went so far as to recommend a camera to me. For that I am eternally grateful for his advice and support. 

I also believe that images help create the idea for the story when inspiration is lacking. 

Bloggers are not limited to posting only on Sundays, as they have all week to share their own post and images.

How much time does it take to create a blogging challenge?

It can take 5-10 hours a week. Just creating my own post and prepping my images for publication often takes me 3-5 hours. Being that this has a weekly theme, I first decide on each month’s set of themes. I publish this on my Sunday Stills page so the planners of the blogosphere can plan their images and posts in advance. Of course, I must find my own images for each theme, post-edit them, and write a post that not only showcases my images but provides examples for other participants. I comment and share each post on Twitter and Facebook when possible. Bloggers are not limited to posting only on Sundays, as they have all week to share their own post and images. Some of the time spent is checking daily for new pingbacks and approve, comment and share. 

What steps do you take to get your challenge ready? 

At the end of each month, I choose themes and post them one month advance on my Photography page. I choose photos that highlight the theme while writing a title and post that is general but inspiring to other bloggers.

How do you follow up with your participants? I post every Sunday at 7:00 am Pacific Time and bloggers read and many link to the challenge. I approve links, read and comment on each post and share on social media.

How did you attract people to participate? 

I have a good following and many folks seem to enjoy my photography. Sunday Stills had been popular, and many were excited to see it come back. As I join other challenges, other bloggers find my blog and participate in my challenge.

Is your challenge like a club where you put a widget on your website or embed something on your post? 

Not really, but I have a Sunday Stills image widget on my sidebar where bloggers can click to the page for more information.

Do you determine winners? If so, how? 

No, everyone is a winner! I share posts of new bloggers in the first day of the month’s post with links to their blogs. 

I also grew a set of followers as a result of the community that developed around the challenges. 

Do you post or promote the results or links anywhere? 

I share Sunday Stills posts to my Facebook Page or Twitter, sometimes on Pinterest.  When I began Sunday Stills, I hosted a link-up on INLinkz for a few months. Not as many linked to it, so I stopped after a few months.

For my favorite photos, you can see more at  https://secondwindleisure.com/2019/11/24/sunday-stills-your-favorite-photo/

Bio

Terri is a writer, self-published author and retired recreation and parks practitioner living in Northern California. As a university lecturer teaching various courses in the recreation and parks major, Terri takes leisure very seriously because it involves one-third of our lives…really!

Her active lifestyle involves stand-up paddling, camping, hiking, reading, writing, gardening, walking the dogs, traveling, and photography.

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives is her blog about leisure, fitness and photography.

Connect with Terri

Blog: https://secondwindleisure.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SecondWindLeisurePerspectives/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/windigenredhead
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/terri.websterschrandt/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/aquachica/

More about the images I chose:

I added five of my favorite images that represent milestones on my photography journey and some good luck!

This one titled Autumn in Quincy, taken with a point-and-shoot digital camera in 2010, was the first image where I received many compliments and suggestions for entering it into contests.

I captured the plumeria with my galaxy edge mobile phone. It was the first plumeria I grew in 2019.

The sunflower with the bee was also captured with the same mobile phone in 2019, truly a lucky shot!

The windsurfer and my dog Brodie were taken in July 2017, with my Lumix FZ300, my beloved bridge camera with a long travel lens. Both represent action shots that were taken in major zoom mode but details still stood up to the wind and action.

Thank you so much, for participating in this series on writing and photo challenges, Terri. It was great having you here.

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