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, October 25, 2013

This and That News - Random Five Friday

This week, we met a man from Santa Fe selling Native hand-woven rugs.
He has the same name as one of our Grandsons.
He was homesick, and his tooth hurt.
We suggested a dentist.

Finally, we struck a deal.
Brightly-colored rugs came home with us.

We have older woven rugs hung as art.
We're using the new rugs on the floor.
Their bright splash of color pleases me.
I appreciate the skill of the weavers.

Fox tracks criss-cross our property.
Last week, the fox barked and startled me.
Mostly, they're silent visitors.
I enjoy watching them.

In 1996, Mary and I spent the start of a very cold new year in Yellowstone.
We accompanied wildlife guides and scientists tracking
the newly-introduced wolves.

On a frigid morning, we cross country skied through the wilderness.
We came upon a bison standing so near a geyser
he was covered in ice.
We passed single-file very close to the enormous animal
which thankfully remained still and watchful.
Last year, I saw a bison photo at a Breckenridge craft show.
It reminded me of the bison Mary and I "met."
Now it hangs in my great room.

My husband and I saw a cute redhead enjoying the scenery on the Burro Trail.
"Andy" is carried by his people because he's too elderly to walk long distances.
He wears special doggy goggles to protect his eyes.

During my morning exercise, I paused at this sculpture.
I thought of a friend who will soon begin
radiation therapy for breast cancer.
The sun glinted off the eagle, 
bringing tears to my eyes.

Thank you to my blog friend, Nancy,
for hosting


Carol Mattingly said...

Love the color on that rug. Prayers for your ill friend. Have a wonderful weekend Barb.

Buttons said...

Oh I LOVE that rug what incredible detail and talent I hope he found a dentist. Love Andy the dog and such caring owners,
I am sorry about your friend. B

Arija said...

What a lovely posts and things to show. Any home sporting both those Indian rugs and Bison picture as well as fox tracks criss crossing the yard, as well as being in the mountains is one I would most happily share and I thank you for sharing it with us. Love the caring dog slaves as well as the thought-provoking sculpture.
I do hope your friend has success with the therapy.

Navigating Northward said...

I love your rug and your photos - thanks for sharing. Best wishes to your friend.

KB Bear said...

What a wonderful collection of random sweet little stories, all except the last one. I'm sorry that your friend is going through that.

I love the fox tracks...

Lisa RedWillow~ a Beauty seeker said...

I love that rug also. Its a beauty. Loved the five Barb.

Gaelyn said...

You are so part of the natural world around you. Maybe foxy said HI. Sending the best of healing energy to you, your friend and whoever else needs it.

Hildred said...

Beautiful rug, - lovely post, Barb. I do send prayers and good wishes to your friend,

Sandra said...

Lots of snippets from the past and the present. Moments to remember, like the bison, and then the sculpture which reminds you of your friend about to undergo medical treatment. That hand-woven rug will look colourful and warm during your long winter months.
Have a lovely weekend.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That bison picture is fantastic! I would love to have one just like it!

Arkansas Patti said...

I LOVE that rug. The colors are beautiful. Also really love that Bison photo. Had to laugh at the barking fox. They do make a variety of weird sounds don't they?
I am so sorry about your friend. I just said a prayer for her.

Terri Buster said...

Nice collection today- the pup is so cute in his special glasses, and that is fantastic that his owners take care of him like that. Prayers for your friend. Cancer sucks.

Olga said...

The sculpture has such spiritual inspiration. I hope that spirit will be a guide for your friend.
The rug is stunning. i can see how those colors would add a touch of cheer to your home.

Jeanie said...

I love everything in this list. Everything. That rug is knock-out gorgeous! One of the most beautiful I've ever seen. And that photo really looks painterly. It's remarkable! I send many good wishes to your friend for her recovery and smile, seeing B'rer Fox's tracks. Lovely post in every way!

Jeanie said...

I'm so sorry about your friend, Barb. I hope things go well for her.
The other stories are well told and beautifully illustrated with your photos.

Filip Demuinck said...

The picture of the buffalo in the snow is fantastic.


Cathy H. said...

You live in an amazing and beautiful part of the world and you capture it so well!

upwoods said...

The way you interweave your writing and photos is truly beautiful. Is this the same Mary that you've mentioned so often?

Jim said...

I really like the colours of the rug and it will bring warmth throughout the winter months.
I am constantly amazed, Barb, with your 'meeting wild animals' stories and how close they are to you! Meeting a Bison face to face.....that would get my heart pumping!!
I wish your friend well through this whole process, and to you too Barb, I know how difficult this can be for friends/family.

Granny Annie said...

I wish I could rejoice in fox tracks but if seen around here I have to run and count my chickens to make sure another one isn't missing.

God bless and keep your dear friend in her hour of need.

Margie said...

Love the colors of the rug.

It's always a joy to visit you, Barb but the news about your friend made me sad.
I've been there with some of my friends as well as a sister.
I will say a prayer for your friend.

susanvg said...

I liked the juxtaposition of the first two images - each in its way shows how we leave traces or who we are. That colourful carpet will weave its stories - always a memory of where and how you got it.

sandy said...

Love the rug. My parents brought me one back from Santa Fe, but the colors are dark and muted. Yours is more my style.
All five photos stuck me this time. Great post!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Such a lovely collection of your random thoughts, beautifully illustrated. Both your kindness and sense of adventure shine through!

augcott said...

Lovely post .... that rug is beautiful ... the colors are so lovely!
Great photos to go along with your Random 5.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The carpet is gorgeous, Barb. I look forward to visiting New Mexico for the first time next year when I have some time off from babysitting my granddaughter.
Spending the beginning of a new year in Yellowstone sounds like a wonderful dream to me!

Duff said...

The beauty in great things and small, the sad and the joyful....your Friday post gives us so much to think about. Thank you.

Nancy Claeys said...

I wish that rug-toting man would show up at my door -- I love that rug!
That dog is adorable -- and love the sculpture Barb.

Such an interesting random 5 this week. Thank you!

Tammie Lee said...

hi Barb ~
so sorry to hear about your friend. I send her light.

Your rug is beautiful.
Memories with friends like the buffalo are treasures.
So sweet that the wee dog still gets out and about.
such a wonderful sculpture on the trail.
I saw tracks the other day and guessed fox, they looked like yours, but were in dirt, still no snow here.

Janie said...

I love the buffalo photo, Barb.
The dog in the carrier reminds me of our old lab, Molly, who loved to go on walks, but had to ride in a backpack when she became too tired to go any further.

Cynthia said...

I just love the colors in your new Navajo rug. I have some old ones that were my gramma's and they do make beautiful wall art.

DeniseinVA said...

A wonderful post with many beautiful images, but I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Sending you both a hug with lots of prayers of healing for your friend.

ladyfi said...

A wonderful post full of nature and colourful rugs. And I wish your friend much healing.

Red Rose. said...

Hi, Barb!
Your woven carpet is beautiful. Those colors and patterns are so lovely. I am so sorry for your friend. It is sad. I hope she has a great success through her therapy.

Lisa Gordon said...

OMGoodness, Andy is absolutely precious, Barb, and those rugs are really beautiful.
Such wonderful colors!

Deanna said...

There is some good stuff going on in this the new rug, and how special that the owners of that sweet dog take such good care of him, glasses and all. Great pic of the bison, must look great in your family room and a fox barking?? . And so sorry to hear of your friend with breast cancer, evil disease, hope she improves with the treatments.

Friko said...

A very special post, lots of interesting snippets and gorgeous pictures. Love the way it all comes together, even though ‘random’.
‘Random’ is good, ‘random’ is often a greater pleasure than planned.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

And a great five items there are. I love your buffalo painting and I'm very partial to guys from Santa Fe. I love your sculpture and your fox tracks. Prayers for your friend. Take care Barb

diane b said...

I love those Indian designs. This rug is great. I have lots of Fox footprints around Grandson's name is Fox. He trod on a piece of banana the baby had dropped and then walked it through the house, The pampered dog is hilarious. Your Bison photo is fabulous. I wish your friend with breast cancer all the best.

Anita said...

Excellent choice of photos, Barb. It makes me want to look around my world and snap away to see what I'd come up with. Blessings to your friend.

Splendid Little Stars said...

may your friend be healed and soon be soaring like an eagle.
All your images and descriptions are wonderful! The Yellowstone trip must have been amazing.

Lisa RedWillow said...

Barb.. Thank you so much . Happy New Year to you and your family...
Love Lisa xoxo