“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come.”
Perhaps an odd choice for Favorites of 2017 but this little hummingbird capture was a lesson in perseverance. I wasn’t equipped to capture him properly but I was able to create something that I found interesting by playing with some post processing tools. As we bring 2017 to a close it serves as a reminder that one can always turn lemons into lemonade, which pretty much describes my year. We weathered several storms (both literal and figurative) this year, but here we are, all in one piece and looking forward to a wonderful holiday and a bright new year.
“Dear world, I am excited to be alive in you and I am thankful for another year.
My second capture comes from an adventure a good friend and I had at a relatively close-by location, Old Sheldon Church. It was a beautiful day with lovely light and we were both weighed down with as much photographic equipment as we could manage 😀. It reminds us that there is much to be seen close to home just as there is when we travel afar. We must always be mindful of the beauty around us, wherever we may be.
“The New Year is a painting not yet painted.”
Mehmet Murat Ildan
My choice of the impressionist-version of the GW Bridge is special to me for two reasons. First, if I am posting something from New York City it means I am with family, and most especially enjoying the company of our granddaughter, who grows more special every year. Second, it resulted from a class I took about Topaz software, which reminds us that it’s important never to stop learning and to be willing always to try new things.
“Treat every day like it’s a new year because it is.”
Speaking of trying new things, I thoroughly enjoyed a day shooting a local hip hop dancer surrounded by interesting wall art. The capture I’ve included here also made use of the Topaz tricks I learned earlier that month, as well as some new techniques for shooting subjects in motion. It reminds us that new challenges help us to keep growing.
“There is good in every year.”
Lailah Gifty Akita
Unlike some of my other choices, the capture above presents a very moody moment in time. I shot it after an extraordinary experience watching whales cavort under the Golden Gate Bridge with very good friends. It serves as a reminder that our task is to make the most of the dark times, learning from them as we make our way to the next sunrise.
“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”
I’m closing my post with two captures of home. Above, our beautiful beach, covered in clouds as we awaited the arrival of Hurricane Irma. Below, a capture of some of our very special birdlife nestled among the sweetgrass. They remind us that each new year may bring storms and trouble, but along with them, each will also bring beauty and peace.
“The New Year is not something before us, it is something hidden within us trying to find the light.”
May your New Year be filled with all good things. See you in 2018.
WPC: 2017 Favorites