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2015 Favorites and Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”

Vern McLellan

HEART OF THE MATTER
HEART OF THE MATTER

Cheri has given us an interesting challenge to begin the new year. The Circle theme to me speaks to the circle of life, the turning of the calendar page and the opportunity to look back while moving forward. This is the time of year that we reflect on the year gone by, before embarking on the next step of life’s journey. The simple opening capture, one of our lovely lowcountry magnolia blossoms, reminds us to appreciate the small things in life, and to live in the present despite the ticking of the clock. It provides several circles within circles, much as life provides layers of depth and opportunity where what goes around does indeed come around.

Part of my year’s reflection also includes a review of 2015’s photographic moments. Although it feels a bit like choosing a favorite child 😩, for this week’s post I’ve selected some of my personal favorites. First up, during a visit to Arizona we found the dry, rocky landscapes (beyond the classic cacti at every turn) to have a beauty all their own.

ARIZONA MOONSCAPE
ARIZONA MOONSCAPE

“May the New Year bring you new strength, new hope, and new dreams.”

Lailah Gifty Akita

The year found me in a number of instructional presentations and shoots with some amazing professional photographers. Sessions with artists like Denise Ippolito, Arnie Zahn, Karen Vournakis, and Joyce Tennyson helped me to improve my skills and further define my artistic vision.

ONLY GOD CAN MAKE A TREE
ONLY GOD CAN MAKE A TREE

“New Year’s most glorious light is sweet hope!”

Mehmet Murat Ildan

I very much enjoyed a session with local professional Kate Silva on the use of textures. The two photographs below made use of this technique.

ASPEN GROVE
ASPEN GROVE – COLORADO

“There are greater things to be achieved in every new year.”

Michael Bassey Johnson

The first, of a Colorado aspen grove, was made during a joyful visit to attend a family wedding. It inspired one of my favorite bloggers, Andrew Seal of The Changing Palette, to create a number of beautiful paintings, one of which he sent to me as a thank you gift. It will definitely have a prominent place in our new home.

The second, below, is a texturized photo of two junks in Vietnam that was taken several years ago. It found new life when I added some aging textures – proof that you really CAN teach an old dog new tricks 😊.

PASSAGE OF TIME
PASSAGE OF TIME

“May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.”

Joey Adams

New techniques not-withstanding, pure compositions of nature’s best offerings resulted in some of my favorite images, such as the two captures below, both taken during our beautiful lowcountry spring.

REFLECTION
REFLECTION AT MORNING LIGHT

“New Beginnings are in order, and you are bound to feel some level of excitement as new chances come your way.”

Auliq Ice

SPRING IN BLOOM
SPRING IN BLOOM, MAGNOLIA GARDENS

“There will be always something old in the New Year!”

Mehmet Murat Ildan

Many of 2015’s favorites resulted from my bird sanctuary visit during breeding season. I could get lost in the captures from that day, but will restrict my self to the three featured below 😊

BABY BLUES
BABY BLUES

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

Oprah Winfrey

THE REAL ANGRY BIRD
THE REAL ANGRY BIRD!

“Hope – Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”

Alfred Lord Tennyson

PLUMAGE
PLUMAGE

“Last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.”

T.S. Eliot

I made the capture below in 2014, but in 2015 I was honored that it was chosen for a quarter-page, full-color feature in Charleston’s largest newspaper, the Post and Courier. It was published as an illustration of some of the beautiful areas surrounding our lovely city, with credit to yours-truly. Sadly, a recent article noted that erosion is threatening to destroy the other-worldly beach on which the photo was taken. I had no idea it was being published and learned about it from a friend who emailed me while my husband and I were vacationing in Scotland.

SUNRISE, BOTANY BAY
SUNRISE, BOTANY BAY

“May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early!

Aleister Crowley

Speaking of Scotland……their beautiful landscapes presented me with so many opportunities, I was like the proverbial kid in a candy store. My ever-patient husband chauffeured me up, down, around and through some of the most gorgeous scenery I’ve ever experienced. Unspoiled and hugely varied, it called to me at every turn. The three captures below are among my many favorites from the journey.

ROCKY SHORES, SCOTLAND
ROCKY SHORES, SCOTLAND

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.”

Melody Beattie

Beyond the beauty of the scene, I made the capture above after making an eagle on a par 5 at Turnberry’s famous Ailsa Golf Course where the lighthouse is located. Good golf and gorgeous scenery – it doesn’t get much better than that!

CABIN, SEA AND SKY, SCOTLAND
CABIN, SEA AND SKY, SCOTLAND

“Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the New Year.”

John R. Dallas Jr

My husband and I shared a very special week of the journey with our daughter-in-law’s family,  several of whom are native to the country. To see a new part of the world through the ever-exuberant eyes of our granddaughter made the event that much more memorable.

STORMY SEAS
EVENING’S LIGHT, LOCHINVER

“We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.”

Hillary DePiano

Finally, I’d like to close with the photograph below, because it carries special meaning for me. It is a view from the porch of the home my husband and I sold earlier this year. It marks not only the end of 2015, but also the end of a wonderful 15 years, along with the beginning of a new adventure. I’m happy to report that we have found a new, smaller home on our beloved Kiawah Island, into which we will move at the end of March.

MARSH MEMORY
MARSH MEMORY

“It is easier for the year to change than to change ourselves.”

R. Joseph Hoffman

My sincere thanks to all of my followers, especially those who take the time to comment on my efforts. Special thanks to Randall Collis of China Sojourns Photography (another of my very favorite blogs) for earning the top spot in 2015’s list of frequent commenters. His most recent post on slowing the passage of time is an absolute must-read.

I look forward to sharing the New Year with all of you, and wish each of you an abundance of peace, kindness, friendship and love in 2016 and beyond.

 

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131 thoughts on “2015 Favorites and Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle Leave a comment

  1. wow, another great take on the challenge, Tina. i found this one very difficult, so i left it. but you provided some beautiful moments here. looks like you had a wonderful year in 2015. all the very best to you in 2016. blog on!

  2. Lovely to revisit some of your pics in this roundup – a great way to respond to the challenge. Hope 2016 is as interesting and creative as 2015 was.

  3. What a beautiful selection, it must’ve been very hard for you to choose your favourites as you have shared so many perfect photos with us during 2015. The quotes as always go so well with the photos and your theme. Good luck with your move in March and look forward to following your photographic journey in 2016

  4. You had a very productive year, Tina. I love your artistic treatment (Aspen, Vietnam), but of course all of your nature images are gorgeous. What are those “baby blues?” They look like baby dinosaurs to me 🙂 May the new year inspire you to even greater heights of artistic expression.

    • Thanks Annette – a highlight this year was getting to meet you in person! The blues are baby blue herons – aren’t they the funniest looking little things? Especially knowing how gorgeous they are when full-grown. Here’s to an inspiring New Year for you as well.

      • I would have never guessed blue heron – they are little weirdos at first, you’d never expect the beauty and grace of the adult (reminds me of the Ugly Little Duckling story). Yes, it was great to meet you in person, as well. Sorry we missed each other the last time I was on your home turf 🙂

  5. I’m not sure what I like most, your photos or your introspective and thoughtful words. This was a beautiful ending to the rather tumultuous last quarter/2015 we all shared here.

  6. enjoyed the post. I find it inspiring. struggling through a rough phase with a hope to be able to look at both darkness as with light and when the darkness seems larger, your post makes me want to look back at the year that was and remember those highlight moments 🙂

  7. absolutely FANTASTIC shots….words….what a wrap up of your brilliance in 2015…thank you so much for sharing and educating all of us always!!! So looking forward to seeing through your lens in 2016….CONGRATS on the new home…NEW adventure!!!😜🍸

  8. What a grand gallery, Tina! Thank you for sharing beautiful photos and quotes with us, as always. The first one is fascinating. Happy 2016! 🙂

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