LIfe at High Altitude in Colorado

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

-Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Some Randomness on a Friday


Tomatoes make a colorful still life tableau in winter.
Perhaps I'll try letting a few on the vine after frost next fall.
These are brightening some outdoor urns at Denver Botanic Garden.

Sam thinks this lady needs a snowsuit
(this photo from Breckenridge)

I'm in Denver for a few days - it's gusty and cold.
Yesterday, when there was a little new snow on the ground,
I saw 2 different men biking with no coats.
One was wearing a thin cotton shirt.
Bundled in my layers, I shivered for them.
(And wondered where their common sense had gone.)


It just keeps snowing in Breckenridge.
The swing is nearly buried.
I dream of sitting there, lazily moving to and fro,
wildflowers blooming around me.
Luckily, I have a vivd imagination.


Last night my Grandson performed in The Stone Soup Opera.
Watching him, I thought of my son when he was 6 -
focused, earnest, eager -
these traits are continuing in a new little boy.
I smile with love and  pride.


I like angles.
Interesting shapes and patterns and colors draw my attention.
I'm reading a book just now filled with nuance (A Tale for the Time Being).
Using words and photos to reflect more than the literal is pleasing to me.

Thanks to my friend, Nancy, for hosting


(all photos iPhone 5, edited in Snapseed and TitleFx)

41 comments:

  1. those tomatoes look so good. Wish I had one right this minute. I agree, that 'naked' lady needs some warm clothes on!

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  2. I love the baby's expression. He does seem to be wondering where good sense has gotten to as well.

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  3. The photo of Sam and the bikini model makes me laugh. I love the look on Sam's face! Your last photo is gorgeous.

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  4. I love both of the photos of your grandsons. Sam looks so cute all bundled up and your little actor looks very focused on playing his part.
    We were out of town for the few warm days we had here last weekend and came home to this blustery cold. I would prefer a foot of snow to this crazy wind, but of course I don't get that choice. I hope you have a good time while you are in Denver.

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  5. Beautiful stained glass, I can see quilting patterns right there, Sam, you are a true delight all bundled up on a sled. Cheers, Jean.

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  6. Sam is right, that lady does look chilly. The first photo of the tomatoes and evergreen is stunning.

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  7. Tomatoes in winter that would not happen here.
    Oh goodness that lady does need some clothes, a bikini in winter just doesn't seem right.
    Loved your stained glass photo.

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  8. Barb,
    How special to see wonderful traits that your son had when he was a little boy continue in your grandson.
    Love that,

    Beautiful photos, Sam is precious.

    Very windy and cold here today but no snow.

    Many thanks for the kind words on my post.

    Margie
    xx

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  9. Sam's face in front of that sculpture is so cute ... a perfect visual. I'm so glad you mentioned what you were reading because I forgot that while you were on your blog break I took some time to peruse your booklist up there on top of the blog ... and I got some great books to add to my TBR list. (I almost always agreed with your thoughts when you reviewed a book I'd already read, so if you loved a book that I hadn't yet read it seems a pretty safe bet.) So thank you for taking the time to put that list up there.

    It's kind of funny here in Florida when we have a 40 degree day -- or a rainy one -- the tourists and 'newbies' still go out in shorts and sandals ... But at least they're not in too much danger of literally freezing to death, like those guys you saw who had taken leave of their common sense.

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  10. Longing for vine ripened tomatoes! What an interesting triangle shaped window.

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  11. You all have had a heck of a winter. Much more dramatic than ours. We've just gotten the snow and the cold but not all that much snow. People complain though. People love to complain. I would complain if I were that "person" standing out in the snow in a bikini. But otherwise, I always feel like it's only temporary and t'will pass. Love those tomatoes!

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  12. Sounds like a varied, interesting and satisfying week in your observations. Wow, the snow on your favorite swing....it may be summer before you see it again.

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  13. Wonderful and beautiful thought accompanied with great photos, Barb! I am your newest fan!...:)JP

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  14. I agree that lady needs a snowsuit. Your snow is so beautiful. I don't think I would mind winter so much if it weren't so cold and the wind didn't blow.
    Thanks for stopping by today.

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  15. That last photo is beautiful. What a lovely place to sit and think.

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  16. Sam express is too funny. what is that lady thinking??!?!?! - snow & a swim suit ... simply does not go??! so silly of her indeed. ( :
    happy weekend!!

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  17. Hi Barb! Visiting from Nancy's Random 5. Thank you for coming by my blog. Sam is right, that gal needs some clothes!!! She may have a flat butt.. :)
    I am wondering how you make your hummus! Wonderful pictures of your Grandsons!

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  18. OMG! I had no idea that was a swing. Barb, really. That much snow. Oh my. Don't know how I would cope. By the way that tiny one in the one image is absolutely precious. Love all of your images. Stay warm.

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  19. I love that Sam thought the model needed a snowsuit! We see people on the flats here dressed for warm weather when it's freezing. I don't understand.

    Every single weather forecast seems to include snow for you! I can only imagine how deep it is. I was dreaming of wildflowers today too.

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  20. We had pretty much the same weather. Today the wind was up 30 MPH, and we have some flurry. I have seen kids wearing short and a light jacket and wonder where their common sense were!

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  21. Such fun randomness! Love Sam and the not-well-dressed "girl!" I can't believe your snow! It's incredible to a person who rarely sees a couple of inches a winter!

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  22. These is so much beauty and thought in this post. The last photo is just wonderful. I too love the shapes, angles, and colors in your last photo. This weather has just been crazy this year. I am weary of the wind and cold. The depth of the snow as shown so well by the photo of your swing also just crazy. What will happen when it all starts melting. I hope a slow warm-up is in store for spring.

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  23. I had to laugh at Sam's expression sitting all snug in front of the scantily clad lady! What amazing amounts of snow you have! I liked it when you imagined swinging on the swing surround by wild flowers! It's so sweet to see grandchildren as they grow up and be reminded of our own children at the same age.
    That last shot is really lovely, the warm wood, the angles and the view through that decorated triangle of a window. Enjoy your weekend!

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  24. Cutie pie Sam clearly sees the ridiculousness of her outfit but it did get attention which was the intention.

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  25. Holy Moly that's a lot of snow! I think that lady statue needs a snow suit, too. It's nice that your grandson is carrying on your sons singing tradition!

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  26. I loved how you expressed your love for your son and grandson. Beautiful.

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  27. Great to see some qualities in your son passed on to your grandson. The snowsuit lady pic is hilarious. And an interesting new ( to me) meme to think about. I like the possibilities.

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  28. I have been so very cold this winter that It would almost make me put a coat on that model if I saw it. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! No wonder Sam looks perturbed. Good five Barb:)

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  29. Dear Barb
    It is fun to see your Random Five! Sam is a sweet boy. Yes, the lady needs a snowsuit and boots right now! She makes me chilly. There are no footprints on the snow!! Beautiful! I like it.

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  30. Five interesting photos. There sure is a lot of snow on the swing. Hopefully spring will be with you soon.

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  31. Is that last photo of your condo? Gorgeous wood and design. Love! xo

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  32. It must be wonderful to see your son in your grandson. What a lovely expression of love.

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  33. I love the warmth of the wood as well as the angles in the last shot. And as to common sense - part of the wonderfulness of being older - comfort and warmth guide my clothing choices - fashion and dressing for others is long in the past!

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  34. You just keep that snow there!!! I know just what it's like when the cold wintry wind blows through the streets of Denver. There is just no warming up 'til you get back home/or in the car with a heater! LOL And the bikers with no coats? Where WAS their common sense indeed! Love the effect of your grandson's photo...he looks like he's really concentrating and paying attention to his director!! What a great picture. Love the chapel stain-glass.

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  35. I like angles as well. And even random lines!

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  36. It looks like you have been having a great winter!! I haven't taken very many pics yet this year. I guess my camera has had a long winter nap.

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  37. I'm always baffled by folks who wear summer gear in freezing cold weather too! Love the expressions of your sweet (and talented) little grands. Oh and that wooden angular roof is absolutely stunning!

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  38. Loving the beach gear and knitted hat combo on that mannequin ... so wrong for the weather you're having!

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  39. Brrrr - still cold! Love that last shot!

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  40. Glad to see you out and about on such a cold day, Barb. An interesting post, and like others, I like the allure of those tomatoes. I'm ready for summer.

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  41. I often see young people, especially young girls, wearing shorts here year round, no matter how cold it is! My neighbors told me there is peer pressure in school to dress that way. They wear hoodies, shorts and boots. It seems a ridiculous outfit for winter in Denver.

    Your grandsons are precious! The photo of Sam made me smile

    My husband and I were up in Breckenridge on Sunday/Monday and it finally didn't snow! :) We had sun and high 30's both days and had a wonderful time!

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