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)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Celebration of Friendship - Desert Blooming








in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona
cacti boom

Barb and Mary, April 2014

as does friendship

I'm back in Colorado after an 11 day visit with my friend, Mary, in Arizona.
I turn 70 on May 9, and Mary turns 66 on May 10.
I'm grateful for the gift of friendship!

(all photos iPhone 5 edited in Snapfish and Titlefx)

40 comments:

  1. Love to see you and Mary together! Those summer flowers in Arizona are beautifully shinning. I also like the cactus with yellow flowers blooming at your side.
    How charming they are! Looks they are celebrating both of you. Happy 70th Birthday!
    Spring holiday in Japan will be over soon. I will also be back in my daily life!

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  2. Beautiful, and like a wonderful friendship that spans years, and picks up wherever you left off, valued beyond any price. I'm sure the time together was special. Cheers, Jean

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  3. What a Beautiful gift you have in one another Barb. Happy Birthday Dear Lady and many many more.

    Much love..:) and Many Hugs my friend.

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  4. The blooms are exquisite Barb, and I have been wondering how your trip to the desert was going.
    You are right the gift of friendship is something to be grateful for and so precious as to always nourish it.
    A big birthday for you coming up Barb, may it be filled with much happiness and love.

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  5. Wonderful to have such a friendship and the blooming desert is a boon.

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  6. I just love the desert blooms. And you both look great.

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  7. I'm not sure what is better than spending time with a good friend -- when it can be in a gorgeous spot like this, all the better. It looks like a wonderful and remarkable visit! And beautifully documented!

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  8. Happy birthday, Barb. Beautiful desert flowers and two beautiful ladies with lots of blooming yet to come.

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  9. Such gorgeous flowers and friendship. That warm sunshine must have felt fantastic after your winter. Hope a Spring is finding its way to you.

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  10. Love your photos of the cactus blooms and the twirly cactus. Happy early birthday!

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  11. Barb,
    The photo of you and Mary is lovely and I know what a gift the friendship you have together is like as I have a few of those amazing friendship's as well, just got off the phone from an old friend for over 35 years, laughed so much!
    Hope you have a wonderful birthday.
    Love all the colorful desert blooms, beautiful captures.
    xo

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  12. All pictures are great and you are shining on the last one.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  13. How wonderful to have friendships like this one, Barb. Lovely photos! And let me be the first, albiet a little early, to wish you a very happy seventieth birthday! You're a great model for what it means to live mindfully each day.

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  14. you two looks so hapy together, best proof u had lovely time! friendship is a truly gift, thank U for the fantastic pics of the desert beauty!!! lub+sunshine from tulipland...+celebrate well on your special day!

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  15. Goodness you two look like sisters. Those Cacti blooms really are spectacular and I loved the curly one. In case I miss it, Happy Birthday!!! Oh to be seventy again:)

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  16. People forget how lovely the desert can be!

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  17. You have a beautiful blog here, Barb. And Colorado - a long way from my home, but one of my favorite places nevertheless. xo

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  18. It looks like you had a good time. Beautiful shots. Nothing like the desert in the Spring.

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  19. Wow....the desert blooms and the cactus forms are simply astounding! Long time friends help us to know so much more about what is truly special and valuable in ourselves! It is wonderful that you can share so much. Thanks for posting these great photos....and the blooming photos of Denver before you left told us that Spring has arrived for you.

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  20. I enjoyed seeing these photos of gorgeous cactus blooms and your happy,sunny faces. I'm happy you had a good time visiting a good friend, Barb. Now you have a special birthday to look forward to celebrating!

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  21. Beautiful photos, - wonderful pictures of you two old friends, and best wishes for happiness on your 70th, Barb - I echo Arkansas Patti's sentiments, - oh, to be seventy again!!!!!

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  22. Beautiful blooms...not familiar with cactus blooms here so I really enjoyed them. Sounds like a wonderful time & visit : )

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  23. Enjoyed your desert photos so much. Cute pic of the two of you. And your birthdays are just one day apart! How cool. Happy birthday to you both!

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  24. It's a wonderful gift for sure. And what a beautiful place to celebrate it! (Perfect timing). Happy Birthdayl!

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  25. What lovely shots and a beautiful friendship celebrated!

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  26. Such great photos of the Arizona desert.. and what a great photo of the two of you.. Happy Birthday...

    Hugs~

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  27. You two beautiful women glow stronger than the cactus blooms. Happy Birthdays to you both.

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  28. What is that second flower? It looks like it is coated in sugar and ready to eat. Happy Birthday to you and to Mary.

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  29. Happy birthday to you, and to Mary, too. The friendship between the two of you has bloomed colorfully, beautifully, and powerfully like those wonderful blooms in the desert. Smile is contagious, you made me smile. I also have a close friend who I respect and was born three years and one day earlier than I. Cheers to the friendship!

    Yoko

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  30. The cactus flowers are beautiful I love the arms of the cactus. They look like they're seeking someone to embrace.
    Happy birthday, and hurray for friendship!.

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  31. What amazing flowers! Happy Birthday. May you continue to enjoy the flowers of life - good health, friendship and wonder.

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  32. Gorgeous desert blooms, Barb! Yes, friendship is a wonderful thing to have in one's life. Happy Birthday to you both!

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  33. Happy Birthday Barb! Love your photos, amazing iPhone captures. Cacti have such beautiful flowers to sure from their prickly stems.

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  34. How gorgeous you've depicted the desert! I love the curly cactus!

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  35. Gorgeous blog, photographs and what look like watercolors. How may I become a flooower of your blog? You don't have a Followers sign up.

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  36. Happy, happy birthday then, dear one!
    Those cacti photos sure do remind me of our decade of residency in Tucson!!

    Glad we're no longer there...oh what insufferable summers. Even WITH a/c.

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  37. Happy♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Birthday ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ to you! ♪♫•*¨*•♫♪¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday ☆☆☆ to you!¸¸✰¸¸ a ¸¸✰¸¸ Happy Birthday ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ to BARB & MARY ! ¸¸✰¸¸ Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!

    LOVE your flowers!!!!!

    Some day the desert will be our play ground!!

    I just love the vegetation.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ron

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  38. Hi Barb! I'm catching you on your birthday...which I didn't expect! So I hope you are enjoying this day. I look forward to turning 70... but I can patiently wait. :) Happy Birthday to Mary tomorrow. I'm glad the two of you were able to get out and see more of this beautiful country together. The pictures are awesome.

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  39. Happy Belated Birthday Barb. I hope it was a very special one. These photos are lovely and it is always great to see happy smiling faces :)

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