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Where the Wind Blows

Updated on March 22, 2012
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Welcome everyone... back in the saddle here again after a great vacation and looking around in the south. Hard to believe the temperature change and to think I was going to wear my cutoffs back to Alberta. Must have lost my mind in the heat. All in all it was a great trip and got lots of sightseeing in and met some very interesting people.

I did have a run in with an ugly Yucca Cactus while on a mountain scramble in the Santa Catilina Mountains. Just a scrape but a reminder danger lurks close at hand or in this case bare legs.

So welcome to the Fireside and get ready we are expecting snow again today. Dress warm if you are thinking of coming over. The fire is burning and lets get settle in and see where this takes us today. Help yourself to the goodies and hot and cold drinks. A new brand is on the table Diet Coke for those of you who want some. I hear it is a popular drink I better try some instead of all this coffee I drink.

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Sunsets and Sunrises

They are special no matter where the winds blows you but in Arizona they are spectacular. Be ready with the camera as they are there but for a moment then gone. Within minutes you are staring up into a crystal clear sky looking at the stars.

I might note here as well be sure and wear a hat... the colour you see is a comparison to my once white face after a day scrambling without a hat. Remember the sunblock as well. I'm lucky though after only a few days I start to tan and tan well. Just be aware. I think my head was a solar panel for a few days.

I found people to be the most interesting to talk too when I found the time to be around anyone for any length of time. Even the locals took great interest in sharing their stories as to what brought them. The service industry needs a special word of thanks for the knowledge of the area and the great Mexican delights I savoured the entire time I was there. Tucson is steeped in history and they are proud to share it with anyone.


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Cactus

I must have taken pictures of nearly every cactus in the State so I have been told. Fascinating as they are I think of the years of hardship they have gone through to reach the size of this guy. Of course as you can see it has a sheltered life now and get's a regular supply of water through an irrigation drip system but very impressive indeed.

I want to do some research into the life of these fellows and will write a hub in regards to what it takes to become a giant like this. There are many who depend on nature and some manage to grow this big on their own. I guess I just missed the flowering season for most of them. I would love to see that someday.

It is sad to see them slowly die and leave nothing but a skeleton behind. Very interesting structure inside from what I was able to see laying on the ground. They need a framework capable or holding up the massive weight the develop. Some as high as tons I was told.

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Pondering

I recall while I knelt to take this picture of the strength and courage this plant has taken to mature to this size. So delicate and yet so strong. It's beauty is profound and it has a savage sting should you touch it.

We are the same in many ways. I mean delicate and yet we can be savage when another lashes out and attacks us or those whom we love. The wind blows us all in many different directions and yet we are all driven by the same wind we call love. Take the time today to reach out to someone and tell them just how much you appreciate them. Have no fear to tell them of their many qualities and why you truly value having them in your life. It is not by chance we find each other crossing paths.

The simple words of caring and love you offer will come back to you many times over. Life is too short to live it in pain and anger. Reach out today and love and be loved at the same time. Know that you who gather here at the Fireside are loved and cared for deeply.... stay as long as you like the roads are bad right now so why not pull up close to the fire and cover yourself with a blanket and rest.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Rolly, I am glad you had a fabulous time in Arizona and did not get too chilly in Alberta!

      Your pictures are fabulous too!

      I really liked when you stated, "Reach out today and love and be loved at the same time."...good motto to go by!

      Voted up!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Audra... pleased you enjoyed the time reading and far too often I think we all get caught up in our own stuff and forget we really and truly need to leave it and stop and look at all thins around us, especially others...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are a master of images my friend. I can picture sitting at the fire with you enjoying the warmth of friendship on a cold night. I greatly appreciate your love of life and others; it is a pleasure to read the words of a fellow wanderer! Peace and joy to you this evening.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... heh buddy great to see you here and I do hope you took advantage of the goodies... either that or Quigley got into the cookies again... pesky little dog. Thanks for the kind words and the door is always open to a bro.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      I love gentle yet savage. When you do the research on the cactus life please share it with us. You have such a way with your words - I couldnt sit and write something this great even if I spent a month on it!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ardie... thanks for the visit and your comment... gentle and savage speaks volumes to the way we can all be at times... Its when we find a happy medium I think we can find some peace in life. Nature has many ways of speaking to us should we take the time to listen and pay attention. To me it speaks of how we should be living... Thank you for the kind words but I challenge you to look at your own writing... take a look at the heart you put into it and I think you may be pleasantly surprised at the gift we all see in your words...

      Hugs from Canada

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      DavePrice 5 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      Tell you how much I love and appreciate you? Impossible - words cannot express.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Dave... thanks for the comment and stopping by and saying hello... I do need to call and say hello. Just arrived back home from te south and time to catch up with you and the family again.

      Hugs

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Such a relaxing read. I used to own a home in Fl. where i spent about seven winters, I had a catcus that reached into the sky, one day the wind blew the top off. I wish i had taken a picture of it. The flowering plant is beautiful. Glad you had a delightful vacation. Thank you for sharing..Smiles..

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      UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada

      Rolly...the pics are great... you have such an eye... I don't have much time for hub readin these days but I sure am glad I got to sit down with this one...what an enjoyable read... hubby and I experienced Monday's blizzard...and were stranded in Consort! What a God praisin experience...hopefully we won't have the same this weekend as we head for Regina! Better check the weather. Thanks for the moment at the fireside and for a sneak peak at Arizona. Oh...and stick with coffee, just as much caffiene as "diet" coke...Blessings to you both love Ulrike Grace

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... strange the way we look past things in life and later realize what we missed... happens all the time. Maybe the reason I like to live in the fullest of the moment I find myself in...

      Hugs to you

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Ulrike... Hugs to you and Robert and just so you know I have his CD playing in the background. The man is GOOD and share that with him please. Love the lyrics and the music he has put together. I can slip a link in on my website if he likes. I just need his permission to do so. Pack the snowshoes next time.

      Hugs

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Boy, just the thought of snow makes me cold. Here in Pennsylvania we've been averaging temperatures in the high 70's for the past two weeks. Yesterday it was in the 80's and this is only March. But i know we're not done with the cold yet.

      I'll be waiting for the "cactus" report,I love your sunset pic.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi lifegate... as always good to see you and hear you are fairing well and suffering in the heat. We will soon be all caught up here.

      Rolly

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      Thanks for sharing your trip. I love the pictures and your hub is interesting.

      Have a wonderful week

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lady Fiddler... had a great trip... very short but a nice change in scenery...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      Glad u had a nice time Rolly ;)

      God bless you

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lady Fiddler... did and I would go back tomorrow if it were not for some commitments I needed to keep... smiles

      Hugs

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      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Wow!!! Very amazing pics you have here!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Thank snowdrops and welcome to the Fireside... do hope enjoy your time with us...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Angelme566 4 years ago

      How beautiful are the snaps you got , so amazing like it tells me how powerful is our God ! Very interesting and entertaining hub..all up !

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Angelme566... Glad you enjoyed this tid bit... and I agree we have a God who is all powerful and one who will never leave us or forsake us...

      Hugs from Canada

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