Saturday, July 9, 2011

Weekly Kodachrome - Eleven Messages

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We drove the dusty road that snaked through the boulder-strewn canyons, descending slowly toward the river bottom. The clouds of dust kicked up behind us caught in the sun’s light and billowed like plumes of effervescent smoke as the magenta and amber mesas rolled past us like watchful sentinels.

We stopped at the end of the rocky path and tumbled from our vehicles; as the six o’clock hour drew even nearer, we took our colored orbs and began to write our messages, some of them short, and others a bit longer…each of us clutching the ends of the strings.

As we released the smooth threads, the balloons, which had been struggling to be set free, raced toward the azure skies above. We stood and watched them as they climbed higher and higher, our smallest watchers convinced that they were all racing to reach Heaven first.

It wasn’t long before our rainbow of messages arose amongst the scattered billows and cerulean sky while we – still anchored to the earth – watched until they disappeared.

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25 comments:

Mamma has spoken said...

Nice way to remember your stepmom!

Laura said...

It looks like it was a really special memorial, the photograph speaks volumes.

M-Cat said...

Love this photo and the more, the meaning behind the balloon release.

THe walk for the cure was this weekend (which I missed) but I caught up on it on another blog and they did the same thing, a balloon release for the children who lost their battles with cancer.

So touching.

Ms Bibi said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful way to remember a loved one....the shot is gorgeous.

Actually, there is a picture that made me smile this week and I just posted it....
http://www.queenofaverage.com/2011/07/perfect-moment.html

Connie said...

It's good you get together to remember and show your love for her.
Beautiful shot of the gorgeous country and the brightly colored messages against the blue sky.

Heather Henry said...

What a gorgeous photo, the clouds with the color against them is very beautiful.
I love the message of it. What a unique memorial, I love it.
I did post a few pics on my blog today. They all made me smile.
Have a fantastic Sunday!

Heather Henry said...

What a gorgeous photo, the clouds with the color against them is very beautiful.
I love the message of it. What a unique memorial, I love it.
I did post a few pics on my blog today. They all made me smile.
Have a fantastic Sunday!

elysabeth said...

I read about this first on Mr. Hughes' blog and wondered why there wasn't a picture - truly amazing the way you captured the balloons in the sky - what vivid colors and the imagery is breathtaking. Thanks for sharing with us - E :)

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becca said...

stuning photos the balloons look beautiful scattering the sky and what a wonderful way to honor your mom

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Mindy said...

It was a wonderful way to remember your mom and those who have gone before us. What a powerful reminder that no one is ever really gone if we hold them in our hearts. Thank you for allowing me to take part. As you would say - "It was awwweeeessssoooommmmeeeeee." (Please insert your voice here as you read... I can't hope to do it justice through typing...LOL)
Glad you made it down and back safely. Good luck as you start work again on Monday. :-)

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

The photo is amazing, and the words are even more so.

Cedar said...

Wow! This is truly beautiful!

Christina said...

What a very beautiful picture! And moment, from what I gather.
Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment...it is much appreciated. :)
I'm going to snoop around now. :)

Karen Peterson said...

This reminds me of being in elementary school and sending off balloons into a brilliant spring sky. I hadn't thought about that in years.

Crystal Pistol said...

Beautiful imagery in words. The picture was icing. Thank you for sharing.

Pearl said...

... still anchored to the earth...

I think I can live on that thought and its implications for a couple days.

Lovely post.

Pearl

♥Miya said...

Jason, this is so amazingly sweet, and I hope you keep this beautiful tradition alive. But I'm just not ready emotionally to participate in it yet. Please don't mail me balloons. When I'm ready, I'll find my own. Love, Miya

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

That picture is absolutely beautiful!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Definitely a happy photo! Beautiful.

Richard & Natalie said...

That is a very touching shot. I love the way the colors 'pop' against the sky.

I let my own little 'balloon' go this morning.

Anita Johnson said...

I just spent a few minutes reading your profile and the history behind this beautiful shot. I'm sorry for your losses...you have quite a story. i taught art K-6 a million years ago. i still miss it sometimes. Take care, i appreciate your comments on my blog.

Mighty M said...

How wonderful! What a GREAT picture!

ModernMom said...

This. Is. Beautiful.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet commnent. Glad to have had the chance to "meet" you and am your newest follower!

Cheryle said...

I love this! What a beautiful and emotional message in this photograph!

Life with Kaishon said...

Love this.
Tears.

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