Focusing On Life: Week 35 - Growth and Change

It's week 35 for the Focusing On Life Photography Challenge hosted by Sally over at The Studio Sublime and this week's prompt was
"Growth and  Change"
"This week,  focus on what is
growing and changing about you
or the environment around you!"
I think Sally's psychically linked to all of us because so many times her prompts are completely 'spot on' for what's going on in all of our lives. 
There was indeed "Growth and Change" this week in the Buettner (pronounced Bittner, by the way, for those of you who have asked me recently) household. 
However, since my camera either wasn't handy at the time of these changes or said subject refused to let his photo be snapped, I waited until this morning (yep, around 6:30a.m. Saturday) to snap some pics as I walked around with my sister up at her cabin
(It's girl's weekend - Woo Hoo!)
Here's the low-down this week for "Growth and Change"
  • The addition of a licensed driver to our household = Growth (yep, the "Masked Rider" is now legal to drive alone!)
  • The Passing of an era hit us as we sold "Coach" (our trusty old R.V.) to make room for a third vehicle = Change (the boy's getting the hubs Z3 soon and Mike's gonna need some wheels when that happens!)
  • Decisions regarding the growth and direction of the various businesses we own were set into place  = Change and Growth
  • And upon arrival at the cabin last night I was anxious to awake this morning so I could see the "change and growth" that has taken place over at Grandma Emma's just since being up here last month.
After the fire - June 2011
After the 2011 Wallow Fire destroyed the family cabin that had stood so beautifully for over 50 years, everything is now grown up and change is coming soon as "S and H" are preparing their section of land for their new cabin (yeah!!)
You can barely see where the site of the original cabin once was, but the fireplace chimney still stands tall and proud.
New Growth - August 31, 2013
There's so many new wild flowers that my sister's head is ready to explode! There's new tree growth, more birdies this year than the last, more pine cones on the ground and Mother Nature is changing and growing,....replenishing her land and rewarding those who call this place home.
New Life Springs Up!
Now, hop on over to The Studio Sublime and see what "Growth and Change" has taken place this week with everyone else!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Growing and Changing with the Times!


  1. Congrats to your boy!!
    So sad to read that the cabin perished in 2011 :(
    But that chimney stands as a fine monument :)
    Wonderful pics, as always xx

  2. Nature does heal, doesn't it? So sorry for the loss of your family cabin, but it is nice to know that it will be replaced.

  3. So many changes for you and your family--most are good, and even after the fire there will be new changes with the rebuilding of the cabin.

    Your photos are lovely!

  4. Shel The cabin sure looks like a peaceful place. I'm glad to hear that a new one is going up. It sounds like you have your hands full. Great pics.

  5. As I said in my post, growth is change, and change is growth. Best of all wishes for all the changes in you life.

  6. Isn't mother nature great? Give her time and she can redo most any disaster! Good luck with the new driver. I was on pins and needles when mine got theirs....still am really!

  7. What a great post, I really enjoyed reading it

  8. So many changes! Those leaves are just beautiful!

  9. Busy week! No plans to rebuild the family cabin around the chimney? THose leaves are really pretty!

    1. Actually, all the kids thought about it rebuilding right there - but decided they are leaving it as a sort of 'monument' for now. It really is special.

  10. oh you have so much change going on there! My oldest is about to get her learners this year. ack! and how hard to see a beloved place burn?! glad to hear there will be a new one and more memories to be made

    1. Me, too Cynthia. And my sis and her hubby are very grateful that their cabin wasn't harmed in the fire. My brother-in-law's Mom's (grandma Emma) was one of the few structures lost in Nutrioso during the Wallow Fire - AZ's largest wildfire to date.

  11. Lovely post Shel. You are right Sally's prompts do touch a note with all of us. I love your photo of new growth, it's a very pretty shot.

  12. Oh so many milestones for you this week! I love the pictures you've captured from the cabin spot. The chimney standing tall amid all the wildlife is stunning.

  13. Thanks for all the nice comments on my photos this week everyone - I appreciate you all stopping by!

  14. It is amazing how nature heals the land so quickly. Hope you had a great girls' weekend.

  15. Oh, wow, a lovely list of growth and change: and you're right, I think Sally's just linked all of us in a sort of invisible bonds :) Sorry to hear about the cabin - the regrowth around the chimney is simply amazing, a special reminder from Mother Nature that everything will eventually be well again. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Wonderful post and a perfect example of growth and change!


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