Why World Travel Blogger Sarah Wilkie Loves Photo Challenges

#14 of the Challenge Interview Series

Hi, I’m Marsha Ingrao and my blog is Always Write. Welcome to the Challenge Interview Series.

In addition to meeting the hosts of writing and photo challenges, this series also includes some of the wonderful participants who make the challenges successful.

Today I want to introduce my friend Sarah Wilkie, who writes inspiring and informative travel posts from all over the world. She is now an avid photo challenge blogger as well as a travel blogger. She often combines her love of travel and photo challenges into one post linking to many of the same friends you’ve already met through your journeys in photo challenges.

I am linking different favorite posts to her name if you’d like to check out her blog.

Please welcome Sarah Wilkie.

When, how, and why did you start blogging?

I only started this WordPress blog in August 2020, but I’ve been sharing my travels online since July 2005 when I joined the now-defunct Virtual Tourist website community. The emphasis there was on writing reviews of places visited (restaurants, tourist sights etc.) rather than blogging. I became a very frequent contributor and also got involved in attending the member-organised ‘in real life’ meetings, as well as organising some myself. I acquired a great network of friends around the world.

When VT (Virtual Tourist) was shut down by Trip Advisor in early 2017, many members gave up sharing travel info online. Others turned to other review sites or blogging. I joined TravellersPoint, partly because a VT friend was already active there and partly because the owner kindly developed a programme to move all our VT content across to stop it being lost (although I had nearly all mine saved as Word documents in any case). I really got into blogging, using TP (TravelersPoint) as a platform to journal my travels from that point onwards and write up some previous trips from old VT notes. But the transfer of VT material wasn’t as immediately successful as hoped, as the platform wasn’t set up to host reviews, and in any case I found I preferred the blogging format.

Sarah

How did you decide to move to WordPress?

Some other VT friends had started WP blogs and from time to time tried to persuade me to do the same, because they thought I would enjoy the flexibility of having my own site and full control over the content. I didn’t think I had the time to devote to two blogs and I was enjoying the community aspect of TP (although it wasn’t a patch on VT’s) so I resisted. But in 2020 two things happened to change my mind. I retired, so had more time, and the pandemic struck, which meant no new travels for a while. I decided to take the plunge and haven’t looked back! 

Whereas on TP I wrote day by day journals of a trip (and will probably continue to do so once I can travel again), I decided my WP blog would have mostly shorter posts focused on specific sights, experiences etc. Plus I saw it as an opportunity to be more reflective about my travels, pulling together different experiences at times to reflect an overarching observation about a place, or draw parallels or simply group some photos from different locations around a common theme. My sub-title ‘travel snapshots’ reflects this concept and also an increased emphasis on photography.

Sarah

How do you organize your posts and photos?

Did you take a class?

No, I worked all this out for myself. It’s probably over-complicated for some people but I think it was the librarian indexing training coming out in me, plus I tend to lean towards having a system / being organised.

From the start I knew my posts would all be about a specific place or places. I considered listing them all by country but choosing ‘Destinations’ as a heading gave me the option to list by city, state or whatever going forwards. I came up with the grouping by continent later, as my content grew and the list of places became unwieldy. But I thought it would also be interesting to group posts by theme as I saw them reflecting the various subjects I like to photograph – people, landscape, wildlife etc. I couldn’t decide between destinations or themes but realised I could do both! 

I also saw early on that some of my posts would be quite lengthy while others would have few words and have more emphasis on visual content – hence designating some of them as galleries to make that obvious. I originally had that as a heading on my menu but changed it to ‘My photography’ when I started to do the challenges so that I could group things there. It’s not ideal as not all my challenge posts are photo-heavy but it works for me for now. No doubt I will tweak it again one day!

Sarah

How do you decide a title for your post?

Some of us (like me) include the Photo Challenge title in the post like “Sunday Stills: Emerging Blossoms in Prescott, AZ.”

I approach titling challenge posts the same way I do all my posts. I start with a title that simply appeals to me and reflects the content of the post. I have the MonsterInsights plugin that includes a Headline Analyser. It allocates a numeric score based on several factors such as length, use of certain trigger words etc. I can preview what it would look like in a Google search. I don’t always take notice of all of that but if it shows a very low score I will have a look at why and maybe consider tweaking the title. But usually I just stick with what feels right to me!

Sarah

which challenges Work Best for you?

As Yvette Prior pointed out in her interview, and we have all experienced it, none of us can do all of the challenges available to us. We all have to pick and choose. What about you?

I’ve dipped into quite a few as I started to explore that side of blogging. But now that I’ve got more into my stride I intend to focus mainly on those challenges that provide an opportunity to highlight stories from my travels like Cady’s Just One Person from Around the World, which is such an inspired, and inspiring, idea for a challenge! I enjoy challenges that have a strong photographic element like the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and Sunday Stills. I also like Friendly Friday, while Jo’s Monday Walk fits well with ideas I already have for future posts (I keep a list). Lisa’s Bird Weekly is a chance to share one of the subjects I enjoy photographing, but I wouldn’t aim to do those every week.

Before I started on WP I didn’t even know about these challenges. None of my ex-VT blogging friends are involved in any of them. A few months after I started my blog I came across a challenge for the first time, Friendly Friday, purely by chance, through a blog I’d started following. It looked interesting and I saw it as a way to build my network of followers while trying out a different approach to blogging. It achieved both those things and I found that the people who did that challenge also did others, which led to me discovering those too.

Even though I enjoy the challenges I don’t want them to dictate the overall ethos of my blog. I set it up to share two things, my travels and my photography, so I won’t do any challenges that would force me to deviate too far from that, e.g. a purely writing challenge or one on a theme that doesn’t relate to travel in its broadest sense – by which I mean, including places close to home as well as those far away, but usually remaining location-centric. And I’m generally not interested in single photo challenges – I prefer to tell a story through my posts. Although I did do the ‘Around the world in ten photos’ challenge when several blogging friends nominated me, partly because I didn’t want to let them down, partly because it was so strongly travel related and partly because it was in the run-up to Christmas when I had a bit less time to write longer posts! 

I tend not to take photos especially for a challenge although I have been known to take one or two to supplement what I have. Rather, I look at the challenges as a way of focusing my ideas around material I already have, ideally photos and anecdotes from my travels or perhaps a subject matter I like to photograph closer to home. If a challenge theme doesn’t fit that principle I will skip it, like the recent ‘volunteering’ theme. I could have written about the charity my husband co-founded, for which I now volunteer, but it would have been out of place on my blog.

Sarah

Tell us about the cameras you’ve usedsome of your earlier pictures are just as clear as your newer ones

I think that’s an illusion caused by the resizing and down-grade in quality that happens when I upload to WP. I can see a significant difference in quality between my oldest photos and most recent ones when I view my originals. My photos from the Galapagos in 2012 were the last major travel ones taken with my previous Fuji camera; it was after that trip that I realised I wasn’t happy with the quality and switched to a Panasonic Lumix bridge camera. I really like it. The lens is first rate (Leica) and it has the right balance of ease of use (relatively light to carry, auto settings when I don’t need anything more) with full manual mode if I do want to play around with aperture, speed etc. In pre-digital times I used an SLR so I know what I’m doing around a camera but these days I don’t want to be encumbered with several lenses to hump around!

Sarah

Do you have published stories or photos?

Other than online on the various platforms I’ve already mentioned, no. I do upload some of my better images to Dreamstime, a stock photo library, and I’ve had some sales. It doesn’t pay at all well (sometimes only a few cents per image) but it’s quite fun to think my photos are being used somewhere. However many of the pictures I take aren’t suitable because they include people and I’m not keen enough to go out and take lots of the images needed for stock photography.

It would be fun if anyone did want to publish something I wrote or some of my photos, but I don’t write with that in mind.

Sarah

How much time does it take to research, write and fact check a post?

Much of what I post is adapted from my TravellersPoint blog or old VT material. A lot of the research was done when I wrote those original reviews or blog entries. If it’s quite an old piece I do double-check some things, especially web links, and I sometimes add to it if I have a fresh perspective with the benefit of time.

The main work comes in repurposing the text to fit the style of this blog – I may make it into more of a narrative or pull several separate pieces into a single post. As an example, the post I wrote quite recently, Spending Time with the Children of Chongjin, used bits of two separate TP blog posts because we visited the two schools I describe on two separate days. And my very first post, Meeting Leo, was based on just a short section of an old TP post. 

I probably put more work into the photos. I enjoy editing my images in any case, and I quite often do further tweaking to those I’m going to use in a post, especially if they’re more than a couple of years old as I’ve acquired more editing software since then. 

Sarah

Which bloggers influence your blogging?

I won’t mention everyone – many will be known to you as they’re active in the same circles I think – people like Tina Schell, Anne Sadler, and Lisa on the Beach. Among my favourite photographer bloggers are Jane Lurie – I really love her work. Also Mike Ross, and Susy Blue for nature photography. And Maria Vincent Robinson is a great street photographer I’ve discovered recently.

For travellers’ tales I like The Hungry Travellers among others. And I especially enjoy Sandy’s take on the Just One Person Challenge – she features such interesting characters and I like the page design she’s developed to use for that challenge. I always enjoy the way Amy at The World is a Book uses quotations and the visual style of her blog.

Finally I have to give a plug to the friends who got me blogging in the first place and helped me with the set-up of my site when I was still learning how WP worked, Malcolm, Don and Albert. The latter also inspired our visit to North Korea which was an absolute travel highlight for me.

Sarah

Anything to add? Maybe a message to fellow photo challenge participants and to the hosts and hostesses of the challenges?

Quite simply, it’s been great to ‘meet’ you all and to be inspired by your various themes and by everyone’s posts. When I started blogging on WordPress I had no idea I would find such a great community here, it’s been a revelation and has added to my blogging fun enormously!

Sarah

Biography

Toonsarah – Sarah Wilkie

Sarah Wilkie was born in north London and grew up in a west London suburb, Ruislip. She studied English Literature and Librarianship at university in Aberystwyth, Wales, which is where she met her husband Chris.

Sarah worked in public libraries for many years, starting as a children’s librarian and working her way up into management, finishing with a short spell managing the library service in the City of Westminster. From there she went on to spend five years in a government agency managing a national public library service improvement programme.

She took redundancy when the agency moved out of London and set up her own consultancy service. For the last eleven years of her career she worked in that field both independently and with a small start-up consultancy firm, leading the development of their offer to local and national cultural services – strategy development, customer consultation, change management etc. She wound down from that gradually over the last few years (one of the bonuses of self-employment!) and declared herself officially retired last spring as the pandemic started to bite. When not blogging (and waiting for the chance to travel again!) she volunteers with a food surplus charity, Plan Zheroes, run by her husband.

Thank you so much for visiting me, Sarah. It’s been so much fun getting to know you better and learning about parts of the world I will probably never have a chance to visit in person.

now it’s your turn

Be sure and click on one or two of the links, leave likes and comments, and get to know Sarah and her community better.

Do you or someone you know host a photo or writing challenge? Do you have certain challenge communities that you participate in that you want to share? I’d love to interview you and get better acquainted. Contact me.

Sunday Stills: Purple Flowers from Arizona, Australia and California

Terri from Second Wind Leisure chose purple as her Sunday Stills monthly color challenge. The pictures also work for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge. There are more #BrightSquares for Becky today. Finally, Sadje has asked this wonderful question, “Are you a good listener?” for her Poser #24. which I will try to weave into my flower pictures.

Are You a Good Listener?

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

Ernest Hemingway

As a cognitive coach for the County Office of Education, I learned and practiced the skills of good listening. Lean forward towards the person talking, mirror their movements like crossing and uncrossing arms and legs. If they are tense, lean back and give them space. When in doubt, repeat their words to validate them. Don’t offer an opinion or story. Listening is not about ME!

Why are you listening? Are you conducting a therapy session and you want to make your client better? Do you love the person you are listening to and want to validate them? Do you want information from them to use against them in a court of law? Are your trying to learn something for a test or gather material for your next novel? I would argue that everyone has a motive for listening.

Listening and remembering are two different skills, but one augments the other. If you can’t remember, what good does it do you to listen carefully? If you listen carefully, AND have a poor memory, then you should take steps to help your memory.

You may wonder how I tie listening to purple flowers.

Australian Florals

Agapanthus for Becky B;s #BrightSquare

Carol and I strolled through many gardens together. One of my favorites was the Treasury Garden in Melbourne. Everywhere we looked, Carol had more information for me – names of flowers, trees, buildings, birds, bodies of water, statues. I admit that sometimes my mind took a vacation, but my lapses always caught up with me and sold me short when I needed information.

She took some beautiful pictures of bird of paradise, then wandered off and found this agapanthus. But here is the problem. I kept notes, but not great ones, mostly pictorial. Now the only records I have are in my earlier posts about Australia. My posts were not precise about every item we saw. Why? Either I didn’t listen or didn’t retain what my Australian friends told me.

My Listening Score: 2.5 out of 5. I gave myself credit for writing it as a caption on my photo from 2016.

After Melbourne, we flew to Ballarat and visited the historical part of the city known as, Sovereign Hill. At one of the vintage houses we saw these beautiful “spikey purple plants,” as another blogger called them.

I may have asked Carol or her sister-in-law, what they were, but three months later when I wrote the first post about them, I did not know what they were. But the answer is in Google or Bing if you look hard enough. It was also right under my nose at the Woodlake Botanical Garden also on file in my WordPress media file.

My Listening Score: .5 out of 5. I gave myself little credit because if I did hear it, I didn’t write it down or look it up so I would remember it later.

Artichoke plant

My Listening Score to Manuel: 1 out of 5. I recognized the picture on Bing and knew I had an artichoke.

Purple in Prescott, AZ

Finally, back to the here and now in Prescott. My neighbor has been spraying what she calls “vincas” like they were invasive enemy #1. They might be. They are not like the vincas, also known as periwinkles, I remember from California. Bing had pictures of vinca major that look like my back yard where these pictures were taken.

Listening Score: 5 out of 5 So far both short-term memory and listening skills are working.

They seem too beautiful and delicate for be attacked as an invader.

California Purple Monsters

Violet, purple
California has it all
Not to be left out!

Morning Glory plants win the prize for both beauty and killing roses. Puppy Girl enjoys the shade provided by the Morning Glory tee pee built by Manuel Jimenez, the founder of the Botanical Garden in Woodlake

Listening Score to Manuel and my friend Sylvia who told me about Morning Glory 35 years ago: 5 out of 5.

I gave myself extra credit for remembering a factoid for over 35 years.

This picture also qualifies as a #BrightSquare

Another beautiful invasive species that I planted all over my yard in California is the Mexican Petunia. Even when you think they are dead sticks, they are working on their rhizomes, “a continuously growing horizontal underground stem which puts out lateral shoots and adventitious roots at intervals.” Wikipedia. Our home buyers may love them, but if they don’t, it will be difficult to get rid of them.

Listening Score 3 out of 5. I still want to call them Mexican pansies.

Closing Comments

Have a great week and a good memory.

#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
Sunday Stills Logo
Sunday Stills Logo

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.

pink roses
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.

Sunday Stills Volunteering Kiwanis Food Pantry
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. 🙂

#Sunday Stills: Respect Your Cat

Thank you Terri, for the honor of hosting Sunday Stills for a couple of weeks. I am so excited because March 28 is Respect Your Cat Day. Did you know that cat videos are the most popular on YouTube? I hope you have some cat pictures to share for this week’s #Sunday Stills.

Moji v cosmos

  • 3 kittens in a tree
  • 2 cats on a shade cloth
  • cat chewing on the cord to attaching shade cloth to house
  • tabby cat on a wooden path
  • two black cats on chairs

Cats filled our lives for the entire 20 years we lived in Elderwood.


How to Respect Your Cats

Outdoor Cats

Respect your cat feral cat colony
2.5 acres with about 50-60 feral cats

Our cats came from our neighbor’s 2.5 acre feral cat colony. In the country people dump cats. If the dumpee can afford to keep and fix them, they have found a home. If not, they reproduce and live as semi-wild animals. All of our cats found us or came from next door.

“All outdoor animals are at risk from wild and domestic animals. The only way to totally protect your animal is to keep it indoors. Of course, that has its limitations, too.”

Dr. Gerald Haggard, Exeter Veterinary Hospital
Respect your cat Moji
Moji at four weeks.

When we got our cats, they looked like something from the trash, covered with spider webs, matted fur and goobery eyes. Moji was scared of everything and had a favorite hiding place that the spiders also loved. She was too young to be away from her mother, even though she was old enough to ween. She sucked on Nutter’s and Porshe’s ears in order to go to sleep. They did not seem to mind.


What to Do After Adopting a Feral Kitten
  • Bathe them but gently, with a wash cloth not immersion.
  • Trim their nails if you plan to hold them.
  • Feed them cat milk replacement, not milk until they are weened.
  • Take them to the vet for infected eyes – amoxicillin can save their lives. We lost one kitten trying to treat it ourselves.
  • Get their recommended shots.
  • Cats with fleas usually have worms. That’s why keeping them flea-free is so important and so difficult if they are outdoor cats. Comb out fleas dipping the comb in soapy water after each combing until they are old enough for a flea collar.
  • Get them fixed as soon as they are old enough.
  • Get them chipped. We lost Porsche at about one-year-old because he bolted at breakfast one day and never came back. We were devastated.
  • Give them a safe place to go, especially at night. We lost Butters because something took him away, or he wandered away one night.
  • Give them clean food and water, out of reach of other animals, if possible. Take the food in at night to avoid attracting wild animals like skunks and raccoons.
  • Provide some kind of heating and cooling for them in extreme temperatures.
  • If you cage them, provide litter boxes for each cat. They like clean boxes, too.
  • Respect your cat Porsche
  • Respect you cat Nutters and Butters on cooling pad
  • Respect your cat milk replacer
  • Respect your cat indoor cage
  • Respect Your Cat Porsche, Nutters, Butters on the floor

Caging our Ourdoor Animals

Living in the country, twenty years ago when we arrived, we treated our cats like feral cats. We weren’t cat people, but cats came anyway. Most survived for many years with that kind of attention. They rarely went to the vet, They survived if they survived.

As Scardy aged, his fights caused us several expensive trips to the vet. After the last trip and after losing a couple of our new babies, Vince decided to build them a large cage by putting a chain link gate at either end of the walkway between the garage and house.

3 cats on a cat tree
Moji-top, Porsche- middle, Nutters-bowl

At first I was uptight about keeping them caged at night, but within a short time even Scardy and I adapted. We had to make some adjustments when they were little as you can see on the video.

Young Nutters adjusts to being in the cage.

As they aged, the kittens, especially Moji, loved the cage. They had a place to run when they got scared, and could get into the garage as well. We had a safe place to feed them. Because it was covered, it was cooler in the summer than most places in the yard except wet dirt.


Outdoor Pets Have Plenty to Do

  • respect your cat Nutters on shade cloth
  • respect your cat Moji and Nutter Butter
  • respect your cat Nutters in bushes
  • respect your cat three cats in a tree
  • respect your cat exploring the shade cloth
  • respect your cat Nutters hunting
  • Respect your cat Nutters in tube
  • Respect your cat Nutters and Cayman

Indoor Cats

When we moved from their rural home in Elderwood, CA to the mountain community of Prescott, AZ, their lives changed in many ways as did the ways we showed them respect. Scardy and Porsche are now gone. Moji and Nutter Butter reside indoors full time because of the wild animal danger here.

  • Respect Your Cat Nutters watches tv
  • Respect your cat Nutters cuddles

Nutter Butter and Moji’s Indoor life

  • The doctor prescribed tranquilizers for the nine hour driving trip from CA to AZ. They weren’t crazy about the cages, but they slept most of the way.
  • They are much safer and cleaner even than they were in their cage. Prescott has many wild animals and cats are not safe outside.
  • They like to look outside, but haven’t been too interested to sneak outside in the cold.
  • They love to cuddle.
  • Nutters loves TV. Animated and animal stories are his favorites. He loved “Penguin.”
  • They both love toys.
  • We have to keep them away from the dog food. It makes them sick. So do hairballs.
  • They love to wake us up at 4:00 am to feed them even though they have food in their tree. This is not working well for us.
  • Nutters and Kalev, our dog, still wear their Seresto flea collars. They have to be changed every nine months. Moji took hers off. Since she is indoors 100% I haven’t worried about her yet.
  • The harness and leash I bought for Nutters did not stay on longer than five minutes. As soon as I tried to get him to go outside he backed up and scraped it off against a chair leg. I guess he doesn’t want to go outside badly enough to be safe. 🙂
  • Nutters has been throwing up hairballs because he’s grooming no only himself, but long-haired Moji. I called the vet and they recommended hairball medicine. I didn’t find it at Walmart even though it is on their website. I found hairball treats, a special undercoat brush that removes a lot of hair without hurting them, and some food for cats with sensitive stomachs by Blue. He loves it, and so far, no hairball messes in the house.

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders


Super Spring Green Bursts of Color

  1. Aletta
  2. Amy
  3. Betty Louise
  4. Brian Bushboy
  5. Cathy
  6. Cathy
  7. Carol
  8. Cee
  9. Dawn
  10. Debbie
  11. Denyse
  12. Donna SORRY I MISSED YOU, DONNA!
  13. Frank
  14. Graham
  15. Hugh
  16. Irene
  17. Jacquie
  18. Jez
  19. Jo
  20. Joe
  21. Kanaloon
  22. Kirstin
  23. Liana
  24. Mama Xingfu
  25. Maria
  26. Marsha, that’s me
  27. Natalie
  28. Paul
  29. Russell
  30. Sadje
  31. Sarah
  32. Sue
  33. Susanne
  34. Tracey
  35. Woolley Muses AKA Don
  36. Yvette

Thanks again for Joining me this week.

I hope I did not bore you with too much catty information. Have a great 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.

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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!