Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

September 8, 2014

In Loving Memory of Tina Downey

My dear friend Tina passed away on August 23rd at age 49.  I can't believe I'm never going to talk to her ever again.  Judging by the outpouring of love on Facebook and the blogosphere, she touched so many lives and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. 

Tina loved sunflowers.  Today's blogosphere tribute is to feature sunflowers that we've bought or planted. But since I can't keep plants alive and didn't get a chance to purchase an artificial plant, I am featuring the sunflowers I shot in Onset three days after she passed away.  I love you Tina and I will miss you forever.  


42 comments:

  1. Seems many of us have paid a tribute to her today.

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    1. I wish she could see it.

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  2. I think that has been the hardest for many of us, not ever talking with her again... Tina was just awesome... thank you.

    Jeremy

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    1. She was definitely awesome. A true friend to everyone.

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  3. I was so shocked and sad when I heard the news. She would have loved these photos JoJo.

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  4. How lovely, your photos. I'm sure Tina can see them beaming from her perch in the heavens above. Today i feel tears of joy that she is loved by so many.

    Bless you.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. :)

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  5. These are really lovely. I think they would have made Tina so happy. Life is Good.

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    1. Thank you. I hope so.

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  6. Your photos are breathtaking. She would have loved them! ♥

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    1. Thanks Kathy. Thing is, the day I shot these, I had this nagging pull to go to Onset, despite it being late afternoon. I was surprised to come upon these sunflowers and my eyes teared up right away. Maybe Tina was urging me to go see them.

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  7. Those pictures are perfect. She's loving this, I'm sure.

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  8. I didn't know how old she was. 49. That's way too young!

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    1. WAY too young....and left young kids too. So awful.

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  9. Beautiful images.
    She really was taken far too soon.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, she was taken too suddenly and too soon.

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  10. What a lovely tribute to Tina, your sunflower photos are beautiful.
    Valerie
    Everyday Inspired

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  11. So sorry for your loss JoJo, good friends are far and few between and are precious as gold. 49 is much too young to be taken from this life, but I've often heard it said that, "The Good Die Young."
    Your photos of the Sunflowers are lovely and I'm sure Tina is enjoying them . . . it's kind of nice that she has left you with such a sunny, fun memory of her . . . Sunflowers. :)

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    1. Thanks Anna. Tina loved her sunflowers....she was truly a good person and taken too young. I had hoped to meet her one day.

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  12. Those are beautiful. She would appreciate them.

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  13. Beautiful photos... really beautiful.
    Life is good!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Life IS good. :)

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  14. Both photos are appropriately beautiful - I'm seeing so much symbolism in them - the big center (Tina was grounded, centered), the sunlight hitting the petals from afar in the second...I wish there were words, JoJo. Life is so unfair. I'm sure Tina benefited as much from your friendship as you did from hers. Hugs to you.

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    1. Thanks Robyn. The angle with the sun came out really good...I thought about her looking down on them.

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  15. Perfect sunflower for Tina. (I can't grow things well either).

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    1. Thank you Rhonda. Yeah, I have a 'brown thumb'! :)

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  16. That's a beautiful picture of the sunflower and the starry splash of sun.

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  17. The photos are great--very appropriate for this day of tribute to Tina.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thank you Lee. I'm gonna miss that girl.

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  18. Just beautiful! She would have loved them.
    Thank you,
    Heather

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    1. Thank you very much Heather.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Elizabeth. :) I think Tina really would have loved all the blogs and sunflowers!

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  20. the sun in the background is so fitting. glad to meet you through Tina :)

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    1. Back atcha Tammy! :)

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  21. Hi JoJo .. love the photos and the notation that you photographed them just after she passed away ... she was an inspiration to us .. and it's fun reading each other's blogs with our remembrances - just so sad ..... cheers Hilary

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  22. Love these photos! Especially the sun.

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