Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill--Sedona, Arizona 2008

On March 28th a group of friends headed out to Sedona, Arizona to fulfill our friend Bill Harmon's final wish. Bill, who transitioned on July 5, 2007 expressed to us that he wanted to be cremated and his ashes dispersed in Sedona, Arizona. For us, this was a mission like none other, and I'm happy that we were able to carry it out, especially given all the obstacles we faced (and subsequently overcame) due to the fact that we were not "blood" relatives.

On Bill's birthday March 29th, we hiked up one of the spectactular red rock mountains of Sedona, finding the ideal spot along the "Little Horse Trail". Simple, yet moving, we each took turns saying a few words about Bill, while a recording of his flute song "Peace" played serenely in the background. Afterwards, Steve and I dispered his ashes into the red earth. Bill is really and finally at peace now, and I was honored and blessed to have shared the experience with a group of special friends: K, Steve, Joe and Christina.

This is my second trip to Sedona. The first time was in 2004 when I went on a spiritual and cleansing retreat after I'd ended my thirteen year relationship. Upon my return, I showed Bill my photos from the trip. He had fallen in love with the beauty of the landscape, and admired my ability to seek out healing for myself. Bill loosely planned to make a trip to Sedona, but it never really manifested...at least, not until now.

Below are some photos that show some of the beauty and wonder I experienced in the beautiful landscape of the Sedona desert. Click on the image if you want to see a larger view.

In loving memory of my best friend Bill Harmon. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL!

Portrait of Bill smiling, 2004




Aloe Plant.



Lone Cactus casts a shadow on the earth.


The trail where Bill's ashes were dispersed.


K took this cool shot of me hiking up Little Horse Trail.



Landscape views.




Cacti


Red Rock Mountain. The city of Sedona's elevation is 4,500 feet above sea level.




House atop a mountain.








Cracked earth.




Bill's ashes.








Desert Cacti.


Dappled light along the path.






Steve disperses Bill's ashes.


Joe supports his partner Steve.


Steve, Joe, K, Christina picnic on a mountaintop.



Desert plant detail.




Following the path to the top.





Dead aloe, Still beautiful.









Bill's ashes cover the red earth.


Bill loved plants. I found it fitting that I scatter his ashes around these desert plants. Photo by K.


Bill's final resting place around the plant.

4 comments:

Bernie said...

That's a touching story, with beautiful photographs. He was lucky to have friends like you.

taylorSiluwé ..... said...

Yes. Touching and beautiful. Thanx for sharing it with the world .....

EpiphanyNoir said...

Ok now you got me crying at 8 in the morning... that was a beyond touching... Thanks for documenting this moment for us... What an honor. Im sure Bill is soaring up in heaven!

Ocean said...

Thanks for all your warm comments both on this blog and through personal email. I really appreciate it. Bill was a kind, gentle, compassionate brotha. I'm glad that all who come across this blog will learn something abbout him and our friendship.