Monday, July 28, 2014

Nature's Garden - Wildflowers at High Altitude

Pinnate Daisies

After a weekend of rain, the forest welcomes me -
a smell of moist decay and green rebirth.


Entering dense growth, I noticed a spot of red.
Wild strawberries are coming into season.


Morning sun backlights grasses.

Senecio

Wildflowers dance in a light breeze.


In a shady ditch, Pearly Everlasting line up for inspection.


A small decaying stump
(which I have photographed countless times)
is especially appealing with its sodden textures
resting on bright ground cover.

delicate and orchid-like but highly poisonous - Death Camus

In boggy areas, Death Camus
waves its ghostly blossoms.

orange Paintbrush, white Paintbrush, Pinnate Daisies

I walk through Nature's garden.

Surrounded by wildflowers - One Good Thing

(all photos iPhone 5)

I've been researching mirrorless cameras (4/3 macros).
If anybody visiting me uses a mirrorless, I'd like to hear from you.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mountain Music

sweet sounds of river and brass and strings
impromptu concert 
youth and music and Nature

I stop to listen





Friday, July 11, 2014

Lucky Me!



my mother was superstitious

she carefully pressed four leaf clovers
between sheets of waxed paper

I left these where I found them
for
Good Luck

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Magical Surprise

sometimes ...
it IS worth
the wait

snow squall, second week of June, Breckenridge

Calypso Orchids (Fairy Slipper) blooming in the forest in mid-June while temps went below freezing  and patches of snow were still on the ground

I like to think that looks can be deceiving...

delicate beauty
tiny fragile magical
Calypso Orchid

snow finally melted except for peaks
still glistening white in the sunshine
high altitude summer begins

(small stones)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Goodbye Again


Everything changes.
Bob and I are busy preparing for a change.
We're planning to sell our Denver house.
I smile as I pack and reorganize - there are many good memories.
However, time is at a premium and most is spent getting ready.
I get tired.
There is no time for the computer.
Think of me as I'll think of you - 
until I return.

Barb
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Stairs As Metaphor

I love photographing stairs:

down

stairs going to street level in our small, restored Bisbee hotel
(Letson Lofts)

sometimes a little scary
(watch your step)

night stroll, Mary descending gritty stairs between buildings
(what might be waiting at the bottom?)

or up

who needs a stairmaster for exercise?

up, up, and up  


a long haul
(and tiring)


changing over time
(like life itself)


sometimes easy and satisfying

crumbling steps to house (behind poppies)

other times precarious - just hanging in there

Mary and I visited Bisbee on my recent trip to AZ.
A historical mining town built on hills
is "taking steps" to reimagine itself
becoming a mecca for artists and entrepreneurs.


The metaphor of climbing Life's stairs - going both up and down
- searching for clarity and meaning -
- trying to remain stable -
my One Good Thing today.

Is there something commonplace
that you particularly like to write about or photograph?
Why is it meaningful to you?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bonus Time

in the past week
I've moved through
varying ecosystems:

Granite Mt, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, AZ

 desert wilderness

open space, Denver, CO

 urban greenbelt

Breckenridge Ski area - May 2014
  
high altitude peaks

Mile High City and snow covered Continental Divide

 back to the city
with views of peaks

each place I visit - so different
yet, each in its own way
full of wonder:
a celebration

and so it is with all of us:
bound by our shared humanity
yet unique individuals
splendid and wonderous
one-of-a-kind

Barb inside glass sculpture - Scottsdale, AZ

my son says that living after age 70 is "bonus time"
tomorrow, I begin Bonus Time

I hope to continue life's adventure!
(another One Good Thing)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Denver Blooms


suddenly
a realization of longing
after a secret wish is
fulfilled


the arrival of spring in Denver

I'm enjoying the city while it continues to snow in Breckenridge.
Denver is blooming!
I fly to Arizona tomorrow.
I haven't seen my friend for a year.
We'll be road-tripping, talking, eating, playing...
did I mention talking?
Friends are always my One Good Thing!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Leaving Snow Behind!

Ben (11) off Peak 6, Breckenridge

Snow continues to dominate the mountain landscape.
Another 15" (38 cm) fell overnight.

rock garden, Denver Botanic

However, spring is showing itself 90 miles away in Denver.
I'm veering toward that warmth!

Sam (19 months), Japanese Garden, Denver Botanic

In about a week, I'm bound for Arizona.
I hear the Saguaros are in bloom.
I'll be visiting my friend, Mary.


I asked Fox to keep watch until I return.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Break Visitor(s)

too many visitors
no time for the computer
be back soon


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Rocky Mountain Spring

Seasons change subtly at high altitude.
Winter has the starring role
with summer edging onto the stage
for a few brief months. 
Spring and fall barely have speaking roles.


Though spring is nominally here,
winter still takes command.


Days are longer and temperatures slowly rise.
Though snow melts, it also continues to fall.



Welcome to my Rocky Mountain spring!

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Promise in the Air

a soft filter of light
quiet afternoon shadows
spring inching forward


More snow is in the forecast, but the melt/freeze cycle has started. Sunny days soften the snow which refreezes overnight. The quality of light is changing as days become longer. The evergreens seem to stretch and breath deeply after the long, cold winter. I'm breathing more deeply, too. There is a promise brought by the warmth of the sun. Wherever you are, I hope you feel that promise, too.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Vail Village and Meeting a Genius

covered bridge, Vail Village

a day at Vail
skiing in the morning
lunch and people-watching in the afternoon

on a quiet side street
Einstein was relaxing
face raised to the sun


he didn't seem to mind my company
here's what he told me:

"I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."

"If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z.
Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."

"Anyone who has never made a mistake
has never tried anything new."

"Not everything that counts can be counted,
and not everything that can be counted counts."

"The difference between stupidity and genius
is that genius has its limits."

"if you can't explain it simply,
you don't understand it well enough."

Wow - I'm glad I had this chance meeting!
(musing about these ideas is my One Good Thing)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Breckenridge, Colorado - Random Facts

A bit of Breckenridge randomness:

Breckenridge gets an average of 300 days of sunshine a year.

Main Street, Breckenridge, Feb 28, 2014

Lately, snow is more the average.
We left town this morning in a snow squall to meet our sons for breakfast.

Breckenridge has a population of about 3500 permanent residents.

thankfully, this is not a permanent resident

During peak seasons, the town's population swells to 40,000.


sometimes, it's hard to find a seat 

Skiing and other snow activities draw visitors in winter.
Biking and hiking are popular summer sports.

Pop Pop with Sam

bike chains?

Obviously, some people bike year-round!

Wildflowers carpet mountain meadows through July and August.

Black Powder Pass in August

High altitude affects some people adversely.
Breckenridge is at 9600' above sea level.
Mountains rise over 14000'.

original photo of me (taking a photo) by my friend, Helen
edited in Waterlogue

Keep hydrated, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and acclimate slowly.
Bring your camera to record the awe-inspiring scenery.

Joining with my friend, Nancy, for
Random Five

Breckenridge is definitely One Good Thing to me!
(photos edited in the Waterlogue app)