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Just a Photo

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This is an Amaryllis hybrid. It was growing in one of the gardens at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson, Arizona.

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Just a Photo (Or Two)

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I have to thank my friend, Audria, for sharing her flower expertise with me. I had no idea these where called Bleeding Hearts, although that makes perfect sense!

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Idaho Prairie Houses

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We took a drive into Idaho yesterday and came across these two relics. 🙂

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We were able to get out and walk through an open gate, onto the tall prairie grass for a close up look at each one.

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As I put this post together, I watched the opening ceremonies for the winter Olympics. I thought it was a spectacular, touching show. Who else will be watching these Olympics? Who else loves the figure skating?

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This one has definitely seen better days!

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Hello, Marcus! As he looked in one side, and I looked in the other, we could see the remnants of a stove and a metal bed frame.

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It was Zach’s birthday this week. He shares my love for nature and photography. On this day he was outside with his camera. And a cane. It’s been nearly two years since he was diagnosed with MS, in his early twenties. He’s just experienced his third relapse which has affected his walking and balance. I admire him so much for his inner strength and his positive attitude. He reminds me to find joy in every single day.

♥ I wish all of my readers a joy filled week ahead. Thanks for stopping by. If you’re watching the Olympics with me, comment below on your favorite winter sport. ♥

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Winter Reflections

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We finally got more snow here in northern Utah. Yay! Such a crazy winter. This is one of my back deck views.

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My oldest son, Zach, and I went for a scenic drive recently, and stopped at the Pass of the Standing Rock. According to a placard, this rock is 100 feet tall and 75 feet wide. It weighs several thousand tons.

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Pioneer settlers named other rock formations in the area. My favorite names they chose are: Peek a Boo, Three Bars of Soap, and Johnny Jump Off.

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Twilight cremes edge pale blue sky; Frosted pine trees stretched up high.

‘Tis the beginning of wintertide.

Powder crunches beneath booted feet; Roof tops coated in white sheets.

Chilled air nibbles nose and ears; My house is crying crystal tears.

‘Tis the show of wintertide.

Romping outings in the snow; Hearthside cozy and aglow.

Melted chocolate, snowflake mugs; Read alouds with cuddle-hugs.

Tis the joy of wintertide.

It’s 6pm, pitch black outside; Jack Frost’s antics never hide.

This is how the days pass by until the end of Wintertide.

~Camie & Darcie Madsen

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Foggy Winter Days

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We are in the middle of a foggy winter inversion here in Utah. The foggy, frosty build up creates this lovely scene, but our air quality is not good.

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This was my backyard view Sunday morning.

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It’s always fun to spot deer in our neighborhood.

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Just a few minutes later and do you see the difference? We drove up the neighborhood canyon where the air cleared. This was in the evening.

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See that misty sea out there? That’s our town!

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I mean, it’s under there somewhere.

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Back in town, we visited the cemetery.

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So, this is what winter looks like for us, thus far. No snow in the weekly forecast and no windstorm to blow away this fog. Yet. Today’s high was 29 degrees. Low: 16. Brrrr!

♥ What does your winter look and feel like at the moment? ♥