Photo a Day Challenge: June 19 – Sand

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This is sand.

It’s a time-wasting website Grace featured on her guest post here. It hit me as I struggled to find sand in my mind, let alone my world, for the next word in the photo challenge. A great excuse to get to the coast, germs and all, right?

I began trying to replicate a beach scene, with a sunset, or a sunrise, whichever it happened to look most like.

As “Let it Be” strained over my Pandora, I began to just that. I’d changed mindsets, seeing my native Colorado western sky for a moment, then the old-school Milwaukee Bucks uniforms in the next.

I shook sand and changed colors (you must try this site) to the beat of Rufus Wainright’s “Hallelujah,” then to nothing at all.

Sand like most things in a day didn’t go exactly where I intended. No matter. I could do nothing about sand in the frame, but I could change colors and pour more here or less there. It became more about what I could do next, than what I’d done.

[Check out the photo challenge we’re taking, here.]


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  1. Lyn says:

    Love those sand scenes you can get in glasses or jars. Couldn’t get that link “this is sand” to work. Could be my internet though, it’s been very spasmodic the last couple of days 😦

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      My girls had those, but if you shake them up a little, the lines disappear. I tested the link – give it another shot!

      1. Lyn says:

        Nup, not working. I think it’s definitely my internet. It took five minutes for your page to load. We’ve had so much rain lately, the junction box at the end of the road is probably full of water again. It happens every time… about a week after we have flooding. Might be time to get some naked DSL 😦

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        That naked DSL will keep you rolling, Lyn. Better than cable Internet.

      3. Lyn says:

        update: It worked 🙂 Great fun…lol what a time waster this is going to be

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        Sweet! Sand on, Lyn.

  2. ksbeth says:

    and then you get it all right where you want it, and the wind blows it into a new design )

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      it’s like that in life, isn’t it?

  3. Holly says:

    I am seriously in love with that website now….very zen…

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      ain’t it? and did you turn up the sound? There are sand sounds.

      1. Holly says:

        How did I survive conference calls before without this?

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Just know in your heart you won’t have to suffer through any conference calls unnecessarily ever again, Holly.

  4. stomperdad says:

    I still have thr picture Crash made with This Is Sand many months ago. Great time passer and a great idea for the word of the day.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It was probably better than mine, Eric. Glad you enjoyed it – it made a better post that me writing about the sandbags that hold the goals in place.

      1. stomperdad says:

        You could have compared those sandbags to the game of soccer itself. 🙂

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        That’s … (wait for it)

        Heavy, Eric.

        (get it?)

  5. Lulu says:

    So many fantastic insights, here! I love your sandy pic, and all of your reflections on your sand-finding process. Reminding myself today that it won’t go as planned, and I can only change the next thing, not what already happened. Take care, Eli! Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Lulu! The site was therapeutic in the moment. I write my day list in pencil so that I can erase and add the better stuff that comes along (although I recognize it isn’t all better stuff.) Have a great weekend, Lulu. Look forward to reading your post on kindness next.

      1. Lulu says:

        Thanks, Eli! Hope the post doesn’t disappoint.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Not even close!

      3. Lulu says:

        😄 Thank you!

      4. Lulu says:

        P.S. I love the idea of writing your to-do list in pencil.

      5. Eli Pacheco says:

        I learned that when I used to design the front page for the sports section at the Tallahassee Democrat. It was when Mark McGwire chased the season home run record. I drew the front page design in pencil the night he tied the record. It meant we had to tear up the front page – but what a blast that was.

  6. Rorybore says:

    Lovely. That site has become my go to Zen place when I need to hit “pause.” There’s something soothing about placing coloured sand in neat piles… or completely random ones. I usually have Astral Weeks by Van Morrison playing in the background.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Cool, huh Les? I thought about trying to count the grains of sand for the ultimate in serenity.

      My piles never come out neat. Can you imagine a control freak trying to sand? Add a little Van Morrison to the mix (or Diana Krall) and you can’t help but get all Zen AF.

      1. Rorybore says:

        It’s a bit rainy here today, so our sand piles are conducted with Etta James soulful sounds. 🙂

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Excellent choice, Rore – also early 70s Beatles make a good alternative.

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