Sunday stills – A Cozy Shade of Winter

Our Sunday Stills prompt is hosted by Cathy at Picture This and our prompt is “winter”. Now I have a confession to make. I love Winter. I love the cold temps, big fluffy sweaters, lapgans, fireplaces and all things hygge. I live in the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA where winter temps in fahrenheit measure in the single digits and nightly lows are well below 0 (-18c). And, yes I love Winter everywhere we go. Here are a few Winter shots from some of our travels.

Cacti in snow
Beavertail cactus in snow – Zion National Park, Utah
1.15.19 snowy branches
Snowy Branches – Richmond, UT
frozen fog dec 2019
Frozen fog phenomenon – South Dakota
12.27.19 dawn
Winter’s dawn – South Dakota

Come Winter and welcome
bring your frozen kiss
bring your stunning sunrise
bring your cozy bliss

Come Winter and welcome
I cherish your dimming light
sweaters, books, steaming mugs
my fireplace burning bright

And Winter Came — Enya

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

SOCS – How Many Ways

Iris
Iris, Queens Garden – Invercargill NZ

For Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday our prompt is “more than a hundred”

How to I love thee?
Let me count the ways
I love you like the flower
loves the sun’s bright rays
I love you with my very soul
and I’ll love you all my days
between my heart and yours
many words lose their way
Just how many are there
I have often wondered
I may not know the total
but, it’s more than a hundred

 

I’ll have to say I love you in a song ~ Jim Croce

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Sunday Stills – Room for a View

Cathy from Picture This is hosting our Sunday Stills Challenge for August while Terri is taking a short break. Our theme for this week is “Out your window”

8.23.20 out the window
Over the hills as seen from the passenger’s seat

 

8.23.20 Sunrise
Sunrise

Views

Outside my window the world goes by
squirrels scamper, cicadas hum, birds fly
sun rises, while the humans scurry
never seeing, always in a hurry
to get to where they are not

A Room With a View • O Mio Babbino Caro

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

Sunday Stills – Life’s a Beach

Many thanks to Cathy over at Picture This for hosting Sunday Stills for us during Terri’s August blogging break. Our prompt for this week is “Beautiful Beaches”

8.2.20 march of the sand crabs
March of the sand crabs – Kauai, Hawaii

I was born to be a mermaid
but by nature was betrayed
to live this false existence
and walk this world on legs
the ocean’s song still sings
within my heart and mind
peace and calm engulf me
as I watch the waves unwind

8.2.20 GuLangYu
View from GuLangYu Islet off the coast of Xiamen, China
8.2.20 wakatipu nz
Beach at Wakatipu Lake – Queenstown, NZ
8.2.20 surf Oahu, Hawaii
Surf on Oahu, Hawaii

Stronger — Under the Sea: A Descendants Short Story

til next time ~maluhia ~JP

Sunday Stills — Yellows of Summer

 

7.27.20 yellow coneflower
Black-eyed Susans near Rapid City SD

For Terri’s Sunday Stills our prompt is “yellow”

Yellows of Summer

Brittle yellow grass
crunches beneath my feet
trees drop their leaves
yellow with drought stress
Black-eyed Susans
and Marigolds wink
at the summer heat
while children run
through sprinklers
and adults pray
for rain

7.27.20 forsythia NZ
Yellow Wisteria at Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown, NZ

7.27.20 canal boats - Suzhou China

Canal Boats – Suzhou, China

 

Yellow Submarine — The Beatles

Till next time ~Peace ~JP

Sunday Stills – The Wild and Weird Ones

For Sunday Stills our prompt is Wild and Weird

What a wildly appropriate prompt for this week. You see, I am one of those weird people. You know the ones who always know the moon phase. The ones who talk about the demise of betelgeuse, use coconut oil for everything, have an herb or an essential oil suggestion for any complaint. We talk about Woodstock, and the day John Lennon died, listen to music by Janis Joplin, Cage the Elephant, Omnia and George Strait with equal abandon. We’re the ones with the wild sparkle in our eyes, the messy hair, and perpetually dirty feet. We are the Star Seeds and Indigos, the lovers and the dancers. The ones who see all the pain and horror of this world, but love it anyway. Long live the wild and the weird! 🙂

7.20.20 Wild

Painted Bull at Taoyuan airport,Taiwan

7.20.20 Wild 2

And just to prove that art is truly international
A painted bull buffalo from Custer, South Dakota

7.20.20 weird

courtesy of Mother Nature, a dew drenched caterpillar tent on a juniper shrub

Wild Child — Enya

Til next time ~Stay wild, moon child ~JP

2020Picoftheweek — Quality of Light

2020-pic of the week

For Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek — Quality of Light

6.30.20 quality of light

“Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~Alice in Wonderland

6.30 quality of light

“It may have been some trick of the mind, or some quality of light but in that moment, the moon whispered my name and for the first time in a long time, I knew peace.” ~JP Pearlman

Lindsey Stirling – Between Twilight

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

Sunday Stills – Free movement

For Terri’s Sunday Stills — Freedom

“I ask only to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind surely will not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterfly.” Charles Dickens — Bleak House

True freedom can be found anywhere, under any circumstance for it is an attitude of spirit ~JPP

As above, so below
as the universe
so the soul

6.28.20 freedom
Ocean, mountains, clouds, and sky — Kaikoura, NZ
6.28.20 Kyomizu
Kyomizu, Kyoto, Japan
6.28.20 open range
The open vastiness that is Wyoming

Ruby Tuesday — The Rolling Stones

Til next time ~Peace and freedom ~JP

2020picoftheweek — Fire and Rain

2020-pic of the week

For Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek challenge my prompt:  What a Sight

6.21.20 what a sight

Evacuation time, fires in Oregon, yes that’s smoke not clouds!

6.21.20 summer rain

Rain off the coast of Kauai

“And the prophecy spoke of a witch grown of the earth,
transformed by fire, shaped by water,
and carried on the currents of air.” ~ Xerephenia

Elements – Lindsey Stirling

Til next time ~Stay safe, stay sane, stay sanitized ~JP

Sunday Stills – Home is where the heart is

Terri’s Sunday Stills theme this week is Home.

Home means so many things to so many people. For me it has never been a place but a feeling. To quote Dory “I look at you … and I’m home.” This is the first time in many years I have stayed in one place for this long (over a year). RVers say “Home is where we park it” for me home is anywhere my love and I are together, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Winnebago in Colorado, home is not a place, it is not walls or land, home is truly where my heart is. Je t’aime mon coeur.

Here are a few places I’ve called home.

6.15.20 Bayfield CO

Looking out the window of our Winnebago, Bayfield, Colorado

6.15.20 Hart SD

Just down the street Hart Ranch, Rapid City, South Dakota

6.15.20 Remarkables

“The Remarkables” as seen from our window in Queenstown, NZ

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Heading “home” to Zion — Springdale, Utah

“Even as I wander
I’m keeping you in sight
you’re a candle in the window
on a cold, dark Winter’s night”

I can’t fight this feeling any more ~REO Speedwagon

Til next time ~Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Sanitized ~JP