Silhouette

In response to today’s blog post prompt, I chose this silhouette of a saguaro cactus. When these grow in the desert, they are almost always in close proximity to a Palo Verde or Mesquite tree, as in this image.

Everyone needs a buddy, including the might Saguaro. Have a blessed and beautiful weekend!

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Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

Independence Day – 2012

Happy Independence Day to all of you beautiful people!

Independence Day, the commemoration of America’s independence of the British Crown on July 4, 1776, has somehow gravitated to wishing others a Happy 4th of July. What’s up with that?  I don’t understand.  That’s like saying Happy 31st of May instead of Happy Memorial Day.  Our forefathers fought hard and a lot of lives were lost so that we could be a free country.  FREE = INDEPENDENCE.  So I say to you … Happy Independence Day and may God continue to bless us all.

One of my fellow bloggers wrote a great post for today and I’d like to share it with you:  WE THE PEOPLE.

The photos are of today … first one of our flag and subsequent ones as the summer storm hit and flooded our back yard.  Yee Haw!  Lots of lightning, thunder and rain … glorious rain!  I was so excited to see our parched desert get a gigantic drink of water.  Namaste’

Let the Magic Commence

Tonight I waited for a while to see what would show up even though I had already taken my shot for today.  I’m glad that I waited.  My favorite time of day is when the sun starts to sink in the sky, creating a magical dreamscape with the clouds.  The sun sets; the moon rises.  And the palm tree got a haircut!  Well, that’s not so romantic but I know she doesn’t feel so shaggy and I imagine she can feel more of the breeze now.

Goodnight, all you beautiful people.  Namaste’

 

Woody’s Hotel From a Different Perspective

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all are having a great day and if it’s evening where you are, have a pleasant evening.  I just felt like saying that.  Besides Word Press, some of my readers come from Facebook and Twitter and I just want to say that I’m grateful for all of you.

Just had to have some fun shooting Woody’s Hotel again in the morning light.  There are quite a few woodpeckers who have made this sentinel of the desert their home and not one of them is paying any rent.  Squatters!  Oh, well, that mighty saguaro was here long before me and Darryl so I guess we’ll let her have her say in the matter.  It’s her body, after all.  And in my opinion, she’s very generous.  Nature is like that.  If we but look for an instant we can see and feel her generosity and she gives FREE LESSONS to us just by observing her.  Namaste’

 

Supermoon Through the Saguaro

Today’s photo was actually taken last night as the supermoon passed right through the arms of the giant saguaro in our back  yard.  The light from a ground flood light provided just the right amount. I felt the energy of the moon.  I envisioned a new world for all of us. I envisioned what I would like my own life to look like from now on.

There’s an elf owl that hangs out with us in the evenings and he (or she) was sure chatty last night.  I love to hear her “talk” to us.   Her sounds make me smile.  Namaste’

Saguaro Supermoon

Some Days There are Shadows

I woke up this morning feeling like a truck hit me.  I realized that I could hardly swallow even before my feet hit the floor.  While letting the dogs out, I noticed the shadow of our giant backyard saguaro and got my camera.  This is about as creative as it gets today.

As it turns out, after a visit to the clinic, I have pharyngitis, but I’m really grateful it’s not Strep.  With some bed rest, plenty of liquids, ibuprofen and some honey, I should be just fine and ready for tomorrow. I just don’t like being sick; it truly annoys me.  I don’t have time for this. Namaste’

Shadow of the Sentinel

 

Dazzle ‘Em with Your Footwork, Daisy

If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went ~ Will Rogers

I just couldn’t resist taking this shot of Daisy trying to convince a lizard to come down out of the tree.  She does her little dance around the tree base and then finally stands up with her two front paws on the tree trunk.  Then she sits down (like when she wants a treat), thinking that if she sits pretty, the lizard might magically run down the tree and into her mouth.  NOT!  But every day she keeps on dancing. I have to give her credit for her tenacity, and her animated personality is so entertaining for us humans.  Good luck, Daisy.  Click the photo to enlarge. Namaste’

Take a Stand

Today’s photo is a stand of saguaros.  It just looked like it needed an “old west” effect.  There’s a place here called Old Tucson Studios, where many old west films were made.  John Wayne spent quite a bit of time there while filming Rio Bravo and McLintock.  Word has it that he admired the saguaro cactus.  (I had such a huge crush on the Duke).  So there you have it, Pilgrim.

Does anybody know how long it takes one of these arms to grow?  Namaste’

If It’s Back Tomorrow

Today’s photos are of a little friend that got trapped in our screened-in patio.  I’ve turned it loose two mornings in a row now.  If it comes back tomorrow, I’ll know for sure that it has a crush on me 🙂  It’s only about three inches long and can move very fast, so trying to capture it is difficult but hey, I’m all for freedom and the challenge, so will do what it takes.

Basking in the morning sun

Come to the Edge

“Come to the edge,” he said.  They said, “We are afraid.”  “Come to the edge,” he said.  They said, “We are afraid.”  They came.  He pushed them … and they flew!

This quote is one that I found a long time ago, written by an anonymous author.  I liked it so much that I painted it on a wall in one of our former homes.  And now I have it prominently displayed in my workspace.  Anytime I become afraid of something, I try to remember it, and another of my favorites is from A Course in Miracles … (paraphrased) “If you really knew who walked beside you, you would fear nothing.”  How often we forget that.  It took me three tries to get through the whole course, going back as far as 1994 the first time around.  Truly amazing material.

Today’s photo is of my workspace.  (You inspired me to do this, Nick).  This is where I write my blog posts & miscellaneous other things like my Morning Pages and food journal, edit photos, correspond with my peeps, create my photo cards, etc.  So now you have a window into my world, including my abundance vision board 🙂  Abundance doesn’t just come in the form of money.

And, as you can see on my monitor, the stately saguaro is one of the pics that rotates through my screen saver.  To the far right, hanging almost out of the picture is my son’s Army dog tags.  I’ve been promising to send them to him but have procrastinated.  (I kind of like having them around).  He was in the 10th Mountain Division and discharged right before the first Gulf War.  Selfishly, as his mom, I was glad his time was up, but I’m very proud of him for his service.  My heart goes out to all of the parents whose children are currently serving in harm’s way, and especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

(Note to self – go visit him in Texas – soon!)  Namaste.

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