“Everything, in retrospect, is obvious.”
Like the shrimp boats in my opening capture, 2016 is heading off into the horizon, making way for another New Year. It was quite an eventful year for us. We moved to a new home, experienced our first hurricane, enjoyed travels with family and friends, and closed the year with a crisis that reminded us that everything else pales in comparison to the health of our loved ones. Here then, some personal 2016 favorites.
“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”
One of my favorite shoots this year was a boat trip to nearby Deveaux Bank. The oystercatchers above and the sunrise below were both taken that beautiful morning on the water with good friends and fellow photographers.
“To see the first sun rise in New Year is the most sacredness of existence.”
Lailah Gifty Akita
Yet another special outing was my session with renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson, focused on the beauty and ethereal nature of trees.
“Every New Year must be celebrated at the heart of nature.”
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Like Mr. Ildan, I’m a firm believer in the heart of nature. A few of those favorites:
“Let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”
“A new year has tiptoed in, let’s go forward to meet it.”
Finally, a few favorites from 2016’s travels:
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”
“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.”
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It seems appropriate to close the year’s retrospective with a sunset, as we await the dawn of the new year. To those who expressed concern, my sincere thanks. My husband is in the midst of a health issue and I am doing my best to help him through. Happily it seems we’ve about turned the corner (still resilient 🙂) along with the year’s last page!
My best wishes to all for a happy and healthy New Year.