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.
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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.

Getting High in Black and White – Bird Weekly Photo Challenge #40

The Bird Weekly Photo Challenge Week #40 by Lisa Coleman is all about birds in black & white, sepia, monotone or you can add a bit of selective color. Your choice of birds this week. She aligned this with Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week in case you wanted to add any flying birds to this challenge. Cee’s theme is Anything in Fight. Thanks again to Cee Neuner for the lovely featured blogger award for last week. It’s such an honor. Also, Terri with Sunday Stills offered a theme of Best Black and White Photos on 3/14 and her challenge runs until Saturday if you want to link to her challenge as well.

I am following suit with Lisa and linking this to all three photo challenges.

Since I am still a total neophyte with birds, some of you will have to help me with bird names. I found the Australian birds listed on Wikipedia complete with pictures. Wow! There is another site for North American birds as well, but I don’t even know where to start.

Birds on Watson Lake Peavine Trail

These beauties currently live on Watson Lake on Peavine Trail in Prescott, AZ. There are lots of happy ducks scooting across the water, but these don’t look like ducks. I love the shadow of the bigger bird onto the smaller bird’s side. I didn’t notice it in the color shot, so that was a beg advantage.

Australian plumed whistling duck in Melbourne, AU park.
Maybe plumed whistling duck

Speaking of ducks, this Australian quacker has a lot to say to Carol and me about our photographic etiquette. Apparently, we forgot to ask him to sign a media release. He has kind eyes, though, and that tells the rest of the story. He was happy to sign for a fee, just a little bite of quacker, I mean cracker. Don’t tell other birders, though. (PS, birders, don’t worry, this story is almost 100% fiction. No birds were fed).

White cockatoo in Melbourne
Australian White Cockatoo also known as Umbrella Cockatoo, yes?

These birds love to pose. It’s like they know how beautiful they are. It does help to have a camera with a zoom lens, however.

My Reading List

These participants in Lisa’s challenge finished before I did. I’m sorry I missed others who are flying in on the red eye. 🙂

Here are some of Cee’s friends. I may not get to all of you this week, but I’ve got your number.

Terri’s participants.

I’ll be hosting Sunday Stills for two weeks, March 28 – Respect Your Cat and April 4 – Volunteering. I hope you’ll join me.

Bitmoji Essential B & W

Have a great week!

Sunday Stills: Grandma Added Bluing for Sparkling Whites

With winter still in full swing in the northern hemisphere, Terri from Sunday Stills wanted to challenge us all to look at and photograph objects that are the color white. If you live in or around snow, then show us your snowy scenes. If not, the color white is all around us. 

Grandma was a stickler for bright white laundry. I remember her adding bluing to her wash when all sheets and towels were white and men wore white shirts. Using bleach alone turned her whites increasingly yellow.

Where I could, I found pictures with blue the skies to brighter the whites. Did it work?

SNOW

It must descend, as the dew, upon the tender herb, or like melting flakes of snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.

 Jeremiah Seed
Peavine Trail Prescott

Prescott snow is almost completely gone.

WHITE FLIGHT IN AUSTRALIA

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

C. S. Lewis

PUPPY gIRL gLISTENING WHITE

“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling the emptiness we didn’t ever know we had”

Thom Jones
White puppy

Puppy Girl always ready with love.

My Reading Material for Tomorrow

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Coming Up

  • On Tuesday, March 2nd – March Short Story: “Wanda-lust” by Kid and Pal AKA D. Avery of Carrot Ranch
  • Part 2 Organizing Your Digital Photos TBA
  • Collection of Sue Vincent Book Reviews TBA
  • Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction 99 Words on Frozen Due March 2

Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays

  • March 31: Travel
  • March 24: Leisure
  • March 17: Spring – Guest Host – Frank from Beach Walk Reflections:
  • March 10: Family
  • March 3: Citizenship

#Sunday Stills: Feeding Birds in Australia

Australian Trip #21

Today in Sunday Stills Terri from Second wind leisure challenged us to feed the birds. I whined to Janis about never having any beautiful bird pictures. But after searching in my files for birds, up came some files tagged “bird.” Tags are so cool.

Australian King Parrot
I’m not sure if this is a female, but females are a little less colorful.

Four years and a month ago Glen and Carol took me to the Bunya Mountains to see amazing Australian wild life. Feeding time for these colorful time was exact and we got there in time to watch the birds fly from the trees and land near the food bowls, which you could purchase.

Australian crimson rosela bird
Very tame

It did not bother me at all that we had not purchased a bowl of food. The beauties had plenty.

Australian crimson rosela bird
A little nervous

Not ever feeder was equally excited about having the birds in such close proximity. Some of them had to be coaxed and coached by their adult supervisors to get them to step up to the plate.

Australian King Parrot
“Could you hold the tin steady, Ma’am?”

After a little demonstration, feeding time got calmer. The people, not the birds. The birds were as excited as ever, though you can’t tell by their expressions.

Australian crimson rosela bird
Sunday Stills Bunya Mountain Treasure

“These colorful parrots from Australia are in the genus PlatycercusPlatycercus means “broad-tailed” or “flat-tailed”, reflecting a feature common to the rosellas and other members of the broad-tailed parrot tribe. Their diet is mainly seeds and fruit.”

Wikipedia
Australian crimson rosela bird
The ground works, too.

The rosella parrots did not mind picking their food off the ground. The thirty second rule applied here.

Australian crimson rosela bird
How am I supposed to tell which is the most nutritious?

It took about a half hour for most of the food to disappear. I wonder if any of it germinates and produces its own food for the birds.

I hope you enjoyed this short walk down memory lane in the Bunya Mountains with Glen, Carol and me.

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Wow, look at all the other brave souls that got close enough to shoot bird pictures. (or had a long lens). This is my reading material for tomorrow. Join me, would you?

I missed these wonderful entries until 2-28.

  1. Now At Home
  2. Cee’s Photo Challenges
  3. Pictures Without Film
  4. Our Eyes Open
  5. Stevie Turner
  6. 365days Blog
  7. Bend Branches
  8. Easin’ Along
  9. Idaho Bluebird
  10. Light Write Life
  11. Mazee Puran
  12. hold-fast-to-dreams.jpg (1920×1440) (wordpress.com)
  13. The Day After
  14. The World is a Book
  15. Travel with Me
  16. Women Living Well After 50
  17. Woolley Muses
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Have a great week. See you Tuesday for the Summary of Story Chat.

The Moving Blues

Terri Webster Schrandt’s challenge to us this morning on Sunday Stills is to find something that is glacier glue. Since I have avoided cold for the past 35 years, my photos reflect my life style choices.

But now we’ve moved, and still no glacier blue pictures. Like Terri, I walked by a treasure, my brother’s high school pottery project on my counter top waiting to go to the office.

As squared UP as I could get it for Becky B’s Square Up Challenge

My brother isn’t artistic in a traditional way, but Mom had kept all of his pottery masterpieces, which were very heavy. They had been in our garage for 20 years. Vince brought them out, and they stayed outside during the moving process while I got the blues as I debated about what to do with them.

One piece was particularly ugly, something that only a mother could love. I thought about mailing it to my brother, but then I thought about the cost of shipping. I hesitated, but on the last day in CA, sadly threw it away. It was maybe more glacial than this one.

I could not bring myself to give UP the other three pieces, so I stuffed them in the nooks and crannies in the car after Vince was already headed down the road – truly a last minute decision.

Now I’m so glad I did.

My friend Carol has the most unforgettable glacier picture on her blog the Eternal Traveler.

Attention Photographers

A hobby blogging friend of mine, Frank, is looking for photographers to collaborate with him on his website. He writes but wants to promote your photographs. It’s a great opportunity for fun and exposure. Contact him here. Collaborators – Beach Walk Reflections: Thoughts from thinking while walking (wordpress.com)

Reminder

#WQWWC – Change will be hosted by Autumn Jade on her blog, A Day in the Brine, this week. Topics can be found on Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge. Thanks to Yvette Prior for host last week’s challenge on the Priorhouse Blog.

Story Chat has a new story coming up on Tuesday, written by Anne Goodwin.

Thanks for stopping by!