On January 1st, 2021, my hubby and I traveled to Pinedale, Wyoming. We thought it would be cool way to celebrate the new year and work on a new Wyoming Winter Lake portfolio idea that I had. My first photo opportunity was this beautiful and serene section of Pine Creek (pictured above). Little did we know that a few hours later after spending a little time in this area that my husband would have a heart attack and life and our plans would change in a literal heartbeat. He was flown to Casper, Wyoming where an awesome team of Cardiologists saved his life by putting in 9 stents on two different days. Since that time, my hubby has had his ups and downs on his recovery, but, not once has he ever gave up. I call him a “walking miracle”. All I know is every single day is a blessing we cherish and we thank God, his Angels, the doctors, and our family and friends for being there every step of the way of this journey. With that said, I dedicate this photo, “When Winter Calls The Heart”, to my hubby, Brian S. Collar, for never giving up and once again, showing me and the world to always stay strong, fight, and never let anyone and anything convince you life is over.
We planted this Radiant Crab Apple tree in 1988. It’s amazing how much it’s been through. For every year and season, it tells a story. From everything that’s effected it from harsh Wyoming winters and spring storms (and even a tornado) to it’s Spring and Summer peace and radiance, it just keeps on growing and living….a true message to “keep on keeping on” no matter the gifts and the struggle.
Spring has finally sprung in Wyoming! The plains and mountains are ablaze in brilliant green prairie grass which will soon be sparkled with wild flowers of all different types and adoring colors. Needless to say, these magnificent beasts couldn’t be more pleased. Can I have some?
My sister: “This is a view from what we called “The Front Porch” (Tetons National Park). It’s a long ride into camp and you have to have stamina and a good horse. It’s not for quitters or complainers”.
My sister took this photo in the summer of 2015. It’s a photo of where we spread my Dad’s ashes (after he died) being it was his favorite place in all the world. It’s speaking to me in more ways than one right now ….especially for what’s happening in the world currently with the Coronavirus or whenever anyone or anything tries to put out our light. Keep going, Everyone! And stay strong!!! Thank you Dad and my sister for the light and the reminder today!!
One of my favorite novels is “Memoirs Of A Geisha“. It’s about a woman, Nitta Sayuri, who endures the worst conditions in her life from being sold into slavery at a very young age to becoming a Geisha. Through out her haunting story, she speaks with a wisdom of compassion and love and how she endures all of her hardships. One attribute for why Sayuri is able to overcome might be because she is said to have a lot of “water” in her personality. In light of this, the book is filled with the most beautiful and moving “water” quotes which have always stuck with me. So, this photo above (taken in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota) I dedicate to the element of “water”, Nitta Sayuri and her journey, and “Memoirs Of A Geisha”.
Happy First Day Of Spring 2020, Everyone! With a hard winter and hard health challenges facing mankind this year with Coronavirus Covid-19, it’s been challenging at times to believe there is “hope” for better tomorrows and better seasons. However, “nature” and a bigger power tells us differently. In all of their wonder, they shoot out messages to us every day if we only stop, look more closely, and listen. With that said, take comfort in this beautiful passage and never give up…
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” ~Romans 12:12