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Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth; 2014 in Review

“All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile.”

Chris Hart

( 12 photos)

LONGSHENG SUNSHINE
THE WARMTH OF LONGSHENG SUNSHINE

As 2014 draws to a close we look forward to another opportunity to help make the world (and our lives within it) a better place. Before looking forward though, it’s also a time to look back on the peaks and valleys of the year just ending. For me, the highlight of 2014 was our highly anticipated trip to China; the low was a health issue faced, and thankfully fully-resolved, by my husband. In between there were many noteworthy moments, several of them shared with family and friends, and often focused on the beauty of the natural world around us.

NATURE'S COLORS
NATURE’S COLORS

“When all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.”

Ruskin Bond

This year my husband and I very suddenly lost a beloved friend who was also our cousin, and were saddened when good friends moved away. At the same time we were blessed with some wonderful time with our granddaughter who is quite a special young lady, and all of our extended families and friends. We shared in the joy of three weddings, which meant travel to NJ, Texas and California. And thanks to you, Travels and Trifles grew to over 2,000 followers as I enjoyed my second year in the blogosphere.

GROWING UP TOO FAST
GROWING UP TOO FAST

“Growing up is losing some illusions in order to acquire others.”

Virginia Woolf

It is always interesting to review the year’s efforts –  to examine our favorite moments, to think about what we’ve learned, and to set some goals for the upcoming year. Along those lines, as a photographer I’ve included several of my favorite moments in this post, with some comments about why, for me, they are among the most memorable.

GREAT WALL OF CHINA
GREAT WALL OF CHINA

“It is in the nature of walls that they should fall.”

Jeanette Winterson

There were so many wonderful moments in China it is nearly impossible to choose a favorite. My opening photo is a highlight because it focused on a beautiful moment surrounded by China’s natural beauty. But beyond the amazing landscapes, engrossing cityscapes and people-watching, for me no year-end summary would be complete without a capture memorializing the achievement of a life-long goal, exploring the Great Wall of China. Despite my extremely high expectations, the Wall, along with the rest of China, met and exceeded my wildest dreams.

BOATS ON BLUE
BOATS ON BLUE

“Blue is a tranquilizer, imparting coolness to your system.”

Tae Yun Kim

Two other travel-oriented favorites were captured during wonderful visit with friends.  The shot above is from a trip to Montana shot during a glorious day in Glacier National Park, and below a capture from an exciting Blue Angels air show near Traverse City, Michigan. In both places we shared camaraderie and laughter with several good friends including our hosts.

BLUE ANGELS
BLUE ANGELS

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Back on Kiawah I enjoyed doing a family photo shoot for very good friends who gathered to celebrate the engagement of their son. Nature gifted us with a beautiful evening on our second attempt, after a dismal, rainy evening earlier in the week that had resulted in less than optimum results. Thank goodness for second chances!

FANCY FEET
FANCY FEET

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet.”

Kahlil Gibran

Speaking of nature, no “highlights” post would be complete without a photo from my amazing experience at Boneyard Beach in the Ace Basin of SC. I have never seen a sunrise such as the one that greeted me that day. I felt the thrill of an extraordinarily special moment as I worked to capture the vibrant colors before the sun completed its ascent.

BONEYARD BEACH BEAUTY
BONEYARD BEACH BEAUTY

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free.

Jo Walton

I also enjoyed shooting my first monarchs in the early fall, as well as the incredible carpet of goldenrod positively glowing along the paths from my home to the beach.

MAGNIFICENT MONARCH
MAGNIFICENT MONARCH

“If love were a color, it’d be orange.”

Jarod Kintz

CARPET OF GOLD
CARPET OF GOLD

“Every day, there is a golden opportunity just waiting to be discovered.”

Tammy Kubasko

My final highlight of 2014 came early in the year when Charleston was visited by Winter Storm Leon – the only ice and snow storm we’ve experienced in our 15 years on Kiawah.  I felt a bit like a schoolgirl in my first snowfall, capturing the beauty that the snow and ice left behind (along with some freezing cold!). Fortunately for our southern blood, the cold was relatively short-lived and we soon returned to more reasonable temperatures.

FROZEN BERRIES
FROZEN BERRIES

“He who cannot put his thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of dispute.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

CRYOGENICS
CRYOGENICS

“Ice contains no future,  just the past, sealed away.”

Haruki Murakami

 

My best wishes to all for a healthy and prosperous 2015 filled with love, laughter and friendship. To feel the warmth of some other bloggers, please take a moment to click here.

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137 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth; 2014 in Review Leave a comment

  1. enjoyed the review post…. and plan to go back again and soak it up some more – and thanks for sharing about the ups and downs (and glad there were more ups) ❤ ❤ (PS my favs are fancy feet and boats in blue – but good that we do not have to pick a fav…. each selection you chose for this highlight post was just good…) 🙂

  2. Very Impressive PHOTO’s, your love of photography is so impressive. I live in IL by Wisconsin and have seen the Blue Angels in person, fly. Amazing, I was in Awe at the live show, great photo’s!!! Harpy New Year 2015!

  3. A wonderful look back and despite some difficult times, it looks like you had quite the exciting year! Phenomenal images! Happy New Year…can’t wait to see what you capture here in 2015!

  4. Fabulous photographs Tina! And it’s great to see them all together in a single post. I wish to see more and more of your work in this new year. Wishing you a wonderful 2015, full of beautiful and happy moments:) And loads of creative inspiration too!

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