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Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures/Sunday Post: 2013

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”

Hal Borland

MAGNOLIA
MAGNOLIA

This week’s photo challenge, appropriately, is “2012, My Year in Pictures”, while Jake’s Sunday Post is “2013”.  For me, the year was full of wonderful adventures, making it difficult to favor one over another.  So I’ve chosen instead to illustrate my year by choosing some of my favorite photographs of the seasons of 2012 at home on Kiawah.

SPRING
SPRING

” It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

First up, of course, is spring.  Lush, green and gorgeous; full of warm breezes and rebirth.  The marsh, which is the harbinger of all seasonal changes on Kiawah, turns an incredibly bright green – the kind of green you should see when you look up the word “verdant” in the dictionary.

SPRING MARSH ABSTRACT
SPRING MARSH ABSTRACT

From spring we turn to summer, which here in Coastal South Carolina is intensly hot and humid.  The days turn long, and the rains that annoyed us in winter bring a welcome, if short, relief from the heat of the day. It’s a time of year when those who live inland come to  our beautiful beaches, while those of us who are northern transplants travel to cooler climes.  

SHRIMPBOATS
SHRIMP BOATS, WADMALAW SC

“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.”

Langston Hughes

SUNRISE, KIAWAH
BEACH SUNRISE, KIAWAH

From summer, we move to Fall, a magical time on Kiawah.  The marsh turns a beautiful golden color, the purple sweetgrasses bloom, and a (very) few of our trees turn red or yellow with the colors of Autumn.

AUTUMN PERCH
AUTUMN PERCH

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. “

George Eliot

SWEETGRASS ON THE MARSH
SWEETGRASS ON THE MARSH

Finally, we turn to winter, which to the northerners among us, feels quite mild.  Many of our plants go dormant, and the winds can be quite blustery. Very rarely do we have snow or ice.  For many of us, the holidays mean travel to visit friends and family up north (NY/NJ in my case), which often serves as a serious reminder of the reason we moved south in the first place!

KIAWAH WINTER
DORMANT ON KIAWAH
“O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Percy Bysshe Shelley

NEW JERSEY WINTER
NEW JERSEY WINTER
Rainer Maria Rilke said “And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been”.  And so, on to 2013.  May it be everything you hope for and more.
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For more information on the Weekly Photo Challenge, or to see other posts on the subject, go here.  For more on Jake’s Sunday Post go here .
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NOTE: All photographs taken with Nikon D/300s
  1. Magnolia – Nikkor 70-200 @80mm, f/8, 1/80, ISO 200
  2. Spring – Nikkor 18-200 @55mm, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO 640
  3. Spring Marsh – Nikkor 70-200 @135mm, f/36, 1/3, ISO 100
  4. Shrimp Boats – Nikkor 10-24 @24mm, f/14, HDR, ISO 640
  5. Beach Sunrise – Nikkor 18-200 @46mm, f/16, 1/50, ISO 1000
  6. Autumn Perch – Nikkor 70-200@102mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO 400
  7. Sweetgrass – Nikkor 18-200 @50mm, f/7.1, 1/400, ISO 640
  8. Dormant – Nikkor 70-200 @340mm*, f/4.8, 1/500, ISO 500
  9. New Jersey – Nikkor 18-200@90mm, f/5.3, 1/20, ISO 100
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30 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures/Sunday Post: 2013 Leave a comment

    • Yep, moved from Jersey 13 years ago. Kiawah really is a beautiful place, especially now when it’s 30 degrees back north! Thanks for visiting and for your lovely compliment!

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  1. I didn’t realize that you lived on Kiawah Island until now, so I’ll be glad to live through you vicariously. We spent many family vacations there over the years and carried back wonderful memories, along with quite a few sand dollars. (We always made sure they weren’t alive!) I was happy to go through your beautiful photographs and revisit.

    Elisa

  2. Tina, beautiful as always! I have very much enjoyed your blogs. I have forwarded them on to Susan also.

    Happy New Year! We are heading south on Wed. and will be in Kiawah until the following Thurs (the 17th when we go to the Villages and then Naples.) We will return to Kiawah on Feb. 1. Maybe we can get together during this time?

    Let us know if you are in town. Right now we just have a commitment on Sat. the 12th.

    We have been tentative with plans because of Mom but she has been somewhat stable these last two weeks.

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Speak with you soon. Love, Toni

  3. feels like a fresh …new beginning!! especially love ‘spring’ & ‘kiawah beach sunrise’…..rejuvenating !!!

  4. Very soothing post . must be lovely to see the sunrise on the beach … one often tends to think of only of glorious sunsets ! The shrimp boats look like a good subject for photographing some more 🙂

    • Thanks PT! I have many more shots, great spot for photos. Must do a post on it soon. Sunrise is definitely a challenge for me but always rewarding!

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