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It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s not that easy bein’ green.

Shelley Creek Park, Parksville, BC. December 2020.

Having to spend each day the colour of the leaves.

Laburnum Road Trail, Qualicum Beach, BC, March 2021.

When I think it could be nicer being red.

Milner Gardens, Vancouver Island, BC. October 2020.

Or yellow or gold.

Walking with Freddy (who is now lounging on the couch in his furever home). November 2020.

Or something much more colourful like that.

Aquitaine, France. Camino Trail. July 2016.

It’s not that easy bein’ green. It seems you blend in with so many ordinary things.

Our Grandog, Nala. Hiding in Grandpa’s Garden. June 2017.

And people tend to pass you over. Cause your not standing out.

Outside of the Great Wall, Mutianyu, China, April 2011.

Like flashy sparkles in the water.

Port Hardy, British Columbia. April 2020.

Or stars in the sky!

Festival of Lights, Ladysmith, British Columbia. November, 2017.

But green’s the colour of spring.

Outside of the Parksville Library, May 2020.

And green can be cool and friendly-like.

Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo, BC.

And green can be big like a mountain.

Father and Son, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. September, 2009.

Or important like a river.

Vietnam. October, 2012.

Or tall like a tree.

Tofino, British Columbia. January 2021.

When green is all there is to be, it could make you wonder why.

Taipei. Taiwan. December, 2014.

But why wonder?

Lucca, Tuscany. May 2019.

Why wonder?

Beerwah, Queensland, Australia.
February, 2010.

I’m green and I’ll do fine.

More scenes from the Camino. Esteribar, Navare, Spain. July, 2016.

It’s beautiful.

Qualicum Beach, British Columbia. June 2020.

And I think that it’s what I want to be.

Señor Frog’s, Riviera Maya, Mexico. January, 2020.

Take it away, Kermit.

Song: (It’s Not Easy) Bein’ Green. Muppet Show, Episode 219. Licenced on Youtube by UMG.
Song by Jim Henson. Songwriter: Joe Raposa. 1970.
For an extra special treat, here is a stunning cover version by Sangha Noona (April, 2019). If hearing this doesn’t make you wish you learned to play piano, I don’t know what will. Enjoy!

#SundayStills
#Spring Green

Feature Photo: Phuket. October 2005.
Words and Music by: Joe Raposa (songwriter) and Jim Henson (song), 1970.

99 thoughts on “It’s Not Easy Being Green”

  1. Lots of green out there if we’re paying attention. By the way, that shot of the colorful clothesline almost makes doing laundry fun. Well, maybe fun is too strong a word, but it’s still pretty cool.

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    1. Hi, Peter – Handwashing our laundry, and then hanging it on an outside line to dry, was part of our daily routine on our Camino treks. I wouldn’t go so far as labelling it ‘fun’, but it was meditative and had its own sense of charm. That’s the wonderful thing about these photographic challenges — all of those wonderful memories come back to the immediate surface. Thanks so much for stopping by, I greatly appreciate it.

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  2. A lovely ode to Kermit (and being green) Donna – so many gorgeous photos. I’d be useless at these challenges because I take so few snapshots. Interesting to see Richard and son doing Kilimanjaro – my husband and son did the climb together in 2010 – small world x

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    1. Hi, Leanne – That so cool that your husband and son did the Kilimanjaro climb together in 2010. It is a very small world indeed!
      BTW – I think that you would be awesome at the #SundayStills challenge. I won’t give up my hope just yet! 😀

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  3. I agree with the others – so much fun in this post, Donna. When you think about it, the colour green is everywhere. More so during the summer here in Wales.
    And how wonderful to hear Kermit sing a song I’d forgotten about.

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  4. You know I always love your posts Donna, but this was makes my top five favorite! You did an amazing job putting together the photos along with your musings. I’ve always love little Kermit, too! Happy Spring to you and your family. Thank you for brightening my day with your gorgeous photographs. xo

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  5. Kermit owns the color green as far as I’m concerned. Not that your photos aren’t beautiful and that this post is anything but wonderful. Loved Noona. She’s got a jazzy beat that I adore. Happy Spring.

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  6. I’m sitting out on the balcony of mu Johannesburg home right now Donna and looking at all the shades of green with a keener eye. I remember an artist teacher saying to note the different shades of colour. When green is dotted with splashes of colour then my heart smiles. Gorgeous photos! Lovely photo of husband and son on Kili – I hiked it some years ago 🙂 Congrats to them if they summited it, not every one does. If mountain sickness gets you, it gets you. Some of the fittest people get it even if they’ve used prophylaxis –

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    1. Hi, Susan –
      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. It made me feel like I was sitting beside you on your balancy!
      I’m glad that you had a chance to hike Kili as well. My husband and son did summit (as well as another son who did it with his wife). They all LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it.
      I will now step outdoors and examine the surrounding colours with an even keener eye!

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  7. Loved this!!!!! Every part of it. The photos were stunning. I love green, and yet yes, I bet it is a very overlooked color because it really is almost everywhere, so common, but when you don’t see if and then you do, it’s like “oh, there it is”. When we visited NYC a few years ago, we were excited to hit Central park because “finally some green”. We couldn’t wait to get home to more “green” and less pavement.

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    1. Hi, Kirstin – Central Park in New York is a wonderful example of how much we crave and appreciate green when it is removed from us. I am extremely grateful to live on Vancouver Island which retains an abundance of green all year long. Thank you for your generous comment. I’m delighted that our blogs found each other!

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  8. Our world is full of color if we just open our eyes enough to see it!! Hey, that sounds like a quote!

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  9. Wowzer on all your greens, Donna, and even the contrasts like the rose! Your images are looking quite amazing and your class must be successful judging by your photography. Not to say that they weren’t amazing before, but they look mahvelous! It took me a minute to get that your words were lyrics to Kermit’s song! Thanks for the green tour at home and abroad!

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    1. Hi, Terri – Thank you for your feedback and your kind words. The smartphone photography course has made a definite difference. The number one thing that it did was encourage me to play with my camera and explore its endless features. There’s been so much power at my finger tips all along that I never realized was there!
      Good luck with your move. I will be thinking of you!

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      1. Oh, I didn’t realize it was a smartphone photography course, Donna! There are some really fun features on my galaxy note 10+. The editing feature is great too. Keep up the good work and I’ll see you on SM!

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  10. Hey Donna! What a wonderful tribute to the first day of spring and the “soon-to-be” Earth Day in April. So much fun to see you and Richard in some of your adventures through the years. You captured the essence of green very well. 🙂 ~Kathy

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  11. I loved seeing all the photos from your travels! Curiously, your responses to the Sunday Stills always precede Terri’s challenges in my WP news feed.

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    1. Hi, Tracey – Because many of my Australian friends are also regular participants in #SundayStills, and because we like to cheer each other on, I have been scheduling my posts to publish at 12:01 am on Sundays. I hope that does not screw things up too much in WP Reader. It is nice waking up to comments sitting there waiting for me.
      Wishing you a very happy Spring!

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      1. I have to chuckle as I put the finishing touches on last week’s challenge just before midnight and you’ve already got this week’s up before I even think about it!

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      2. Hi, Bernie – I have a tendency to be the ‘opposite of a procrastinator’ (so rare, it really doesn’t have an exact name). Although it has some advantages, the drawbacks are numerous! Next life, procrastination here I come! 😀

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  12. Such a Kermit sort of post…maybe an ‘Homage’?
    This post inspires on so many levels…not the least of which is ‘proof’ of a wider world than we’re being able to currently explore on our own. So instead of being jealous of your travels (not really, but highly appreciative) I am traveling with you as you recount your past adventures! HA!
    I especially like that 4-legged fish.
    🙂

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    1. Hi, Laura – I agree that this is a VERY Kermit-kind-of-song That’s one of the reasons that I dearly love it. The lyrics are extremely powerful and hold many different levels of meaning — especially the importance of self-acceptance. This past year, I have greatly loved traveling vicariously through the posts and photographs of others. I am delighted that you have joined along to do the same!

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  13. Not only a fabulous and diverse collection of green but many fascinating destinations! I especially like the father son photo at Kilimanjaro. What a brilliant adventure to share.

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    1. Thanks, Sue – Richard questioned me using the Kilimanjaro photo as the visible green is quite minimal. I put his querry under ‘My Blog, My Rules.’ 😀 I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the photos and the mini-trip across continents! This post goes very well with the one that you recently published (which I greatly enjoyed).

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  14. Hi Donna – love the sentiment … of the greening of Spring with its assorted colours. I’d love to be able to play like that you’re right – the piano looks extra long? But wouldn’t make much difference to me – I have no sense of rhythm – hence failure at piano at an early age. Wonderful photos – it’s chilly here … but Spring is around. Enjoy the week ahead, cheers – Hilary

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    1. Hi, Hilary – I was also an ‘early-age-piano-dropout.’ I must confess, Sanga’s amazing piano skills did make me wonder ‘what if’. I love both the playfulness and passion that she brings to both the music and the lyrics.
      Wishing you a very happy and warm Spring!

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  15. I love this. You prompted me to think about the many places I’ve visited. And I love the rich green abundance of spring. The rain, the gradually milder temperature and everything springing into life.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. I love that these photo challenges encourage us to revist so many of the places where we have lived or traveled. I also like your reminder that the current rains will steadily lead to milder temperatures. I will continue to remind myself of this as I look out my window at the cold rain drizzling down! 😀

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  16. This is great, Donna (it’s Book Club Mom here!) – I love all this green. I especially love the picture of your dog “hiding” in the greenery, trying to look nonchalant! Happy Spring!

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  17. Love this, Donna! So many ways to be green and none of them easy, according to Kermit…hehehe! Or cheap…I just spent some $ trying to be green(er), in the environmental sense as I’m ramping up for some camping this year!

    Deb

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  18. And as your greens are emerging for spring ours are fading with autumn making itself known😊
    You certainly found green here there and everywhere – I rather liked the ‘green flavoured’ photo near The Great Wall.
    Take care
    Cathy

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  19. A wonderful photo collection, Donna. I love how you made the borders green, too. Can’t wait until our world is open for travel again. #SundayStills

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    1. Thanks, Natalie – I recently began to use Snapseed to edit photos on my phone. Snapseed offers a very cool photo framing feature that works in a heartbeat. The downside was that since I am new to Snapseed, l experimented and used a variety of different frames for each of my photos. When I then lined them up on WordPress…it was a chaotic disaster! So off to Canva they went for a quick (and consistent) re-framing. Crisis averted! 😀

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  20. You remind me Donna, of no lack of green around here.🙂 I appreciate the exquisite pop of colour. Your yellow rain jacket gets a great deal of use. And you look great in it! All of your photos are wonderful. A huge WOW, Port Hardy. I love the Father and Son! I can see the handsome family resemblance. ❤️

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    1. Thanks so much, Erica. One of the (oh so many) things that I love about our Island is that I have several pieces of clothing, including jackets, that can be worn year-round. That yellow rain jacket is one of them. I am excitedly cheering on Spring and the vaccine so that we can hike together again soon (rain jacket or no rain jacket). 😀

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  21. Lovely Green themed post for St Patrick’s day last week. I particularly liked the lovely serene shot of British Columbia. I stopped to look at that shot for a while.
    I like the Snapseed app too. It seems to have lots of useable features that others don’t all together in the one application.

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    1. Hi, Amanda – I’m delighted that you liked the serene BC shot (I assume that you are referring to the one from Port Hardy).
      I’m also happy to hear that you are enjoying Snapseed. I enjoy parts of it, but sadly have not found that it does everything that I want I only have the Snapseed phone version (not the computer version). I find that the Snapseed Healing Tool does not work as well as the Retouch Tool on my Photos App on my compujter. I also find that the Snapseed tool does not let me saturate a single colour, or highlight one colour on an otherwise Black and White photo. If you can do these on your Snapseed, please share!

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      1. Yes, Port Hardy was the photo that caught my eye, Donna.
        I agree Snapseed does not seem to have those capabilities to selectively highlight. My photo app on my computer has even less functionality. Have you used Pixlr?

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  22. Donna,
    Awesome variety from your green portfolio! I love them all. Anytime you post pictures from China, I am fascinated. My picture is the green tops of 300 feet tall “Red” woods.

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  23. This is such a great post featuring my favorite frog singer and beautiful photos. Thanks a bunch.

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  24. Such a wonderful post, Donna! If this one doesn’t make everybody smile, I don’t know what does. Green is a pretty color – while it stands out in certain scenes, it blends in in others. Good point. I just love how much fun you are having with your blogging themes these weeks! It must have taken ages to collect all these green beautifies from your photo archives…

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    1. Hi, Liesbet – Thank you for your uplifting and kind comment. I am greatly enjoying the #SundayStills themes. Mostly, I love seeing how other bloggers interpret the exact same prompt. Another #SundayStills bonus is that it has encouraged me to more closely visit my massive photo gallery and clean it up! So now, thanks to #SS, photos are much more easy for me to find. I hope that all is well for you, Mark and Maya!

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  25. I’m bathing in all this rich colour!

    Spring is the time of year when you discover exactly how many different shades of green there really are – and each of them are a welcome delight after months of brown-ness. I can hardly wait to see some of it!!

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  26. Ah, I love this Donna. So many creative, fun pics to match with the lyrics. Green really is a beautiful full-of-life color. May we have a green spring!

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  27. Well, Donna, that first photo caught me off guard and made me smile. Love your grandie-dog very cute. Yes, photos of your clothes hanging out to dry that evoke fun travel moments as I can imagine you were pleased to have the opportunity to wash clothes and a good rest!

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    1. Thanks, Susan – The clothes on the line were not all mine or Richard’s but belonged to everyone staying at the hostel. On the Camino, I only had with me the clotthes that I was wearing when hiking..and the clothes that I had on when I was washing what I wore that day. When carrying everything you need in a backpack for a 30 day, it’s amazing what you decide you no longer need! Doing the laundry was our daily post-hiking event, but it did become quite meditative! 😀

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  28. Donna, what an adorable post. Every picture is perfect and easily green. The frames are a great touch. Are you sure you’re not Irish? Green looks good! I’ll share and like your post when I get home. My phone is unlikable. Thanks for your patience. Have a great day! Lots of hugs!

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      1. I love your honeymoon phase. Is it a free app or what? It looks so perfect. I do mine in Photoshop Elements. It doesn’t take too long, but a double frame would.

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      2. Hi, Marsha – Snapseed is a free app that you can download to your smartphone. It has many cool features. I highly recommend giving it a try. I did get a little carried away using different frames for each picture… and then realized that the pics looked very chaotic placed together in the same post. So I gave them each a quick run through Canva (the free version) and simply planted a wide green frame over each of them. On today’s ‘Emerge’ post I got much wiser, and began with the exact same frame for each photo. That was a much more cohesive look! Live and learn! 😀

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