Farewell 2017

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come.”

Alfred Tennyson

FLYING HIGH

FLYING HIGH

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.

UNDER THE OAKS

UNDER THE OAKS

“Dear world, I am excited to be alive in you and I am thankful for another year.

Charlotte Eriksson

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.

IMPRESSION OF THE GW BRIDGE

IMPRESSION OF THE GW BRIDGE

“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.

ON THE MOVE

ON THE MOVE

“Treat every day like it’s a new year because it is.”

TemitOpe Ibrahim

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.

IN THE SHADOWS

IN THE SHADOWS

“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.

IRMA'S CLOUDS

IRMA’S CLOUDS

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

Vern McLellan

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.

EGRETS IN THE SWEETGRASS

EGRETS IN THE SWEETGRASS

“The New Year is not something before us, it is something hidden within us trying to find the light.”

Michael Meade

May your New Year be filled with all good things. See you in 2018.

 

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80 thoughts on “Farewell 2017

  1. Your posts are such a treat to enjoy .. Arriving just in time when my hunger peaks to see what you willl come with next!
    Hope you never get tired of capturing images and writing such thought-provoking passages!
    A huge Thank you!!

  2. Tina, what’s amazing is that whether you shoot urban or coastal, artwork or real-life, people , places or things, you create beauty. I’m so glad to be back in Blogland so I can see your posts!

  3. What beautiful photos these are, you are truly gifted with such wonderful skills. I love the hummingbird especially, very creative piece. Keep up the awesome work so others can continue to enjoy it!

  4. What a wonderful post Tina and such a great way to finish the year. As always I come away feeling inspired by your brilliant photos and wonderful quotes together with your insightful commentary. Thank you for making Travels and Trifles such a lovely place to visit in 2017 Tina and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. I hope you have enjoyed your time with your family in New York and especially your granddaughter. Ours was pure joy every day 🙂 Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year. With warmest good wishes as always…Andrew

  5. outstanding post. I leave with this reflective – and grateful mood.
    thanks for that
    and love the hip hop dancer image for originality – but it all flowed so well and esp. like the point about finding beauty around us (not always having to travel far and wide)

  6. Merry Christmas, Tina, and to your family too. Here’s to finding new places, new scenes. And, those unanticipated happenings, that they are of the pleasant variety.

  7. These photos are so beautiful! I feel more than blessed viewing them in their variety and creativity, surely at the top of photography art. Thank you Tina, and looking forward to seeing more of your posts and photos in the new year!

  8. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Tina! Opening your posts is like opening Christmas presents every time! I love that moody picture too – among all the other glorious ones.

  9. Looks like you’ve been places this year, Tina. Such a wide variety of shots over this year from you, and another fun year in photography, and marching into the next year with a new toy 🙂 Also sounds like you kept positive during the stormy times. Bit of positivity will always keep us going. I got a feeling 2018 will be an unexpected one…and hoping it will be a good one. Take care and see you next year 🙂 ❤

  10. so many of my favorites Tina….THANK U for a year filled with adventure , mystery & beauty …what a ride it has been….I look forward to many more posts in 2018!!! Happy new year🍾

  11. Some beautiful favourites in this post, Tina.

    That ‘moody’ moment of the man under the bridge is a great capture too.

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas with loved ones and a Healthy Happy New Year to follow.

    Me, I haven’t learned anything new this year except to be thankful for a simple life and relishing those online friends that keep me amused with thoughts and images as I have been more housebound than usual in 2017. I feel so lucky to be easily entertained as I watching the various wrens, finches and sparrows drink from the bird bath near the window in front of my desk. As I watch the changing of the season, I’m reminded of the impermanence of life and how we should make the most of what we have right now, not be forever wishing for something more or something better.

  12. Oh T…. you touch the depth of my heart with your posts… a year of ups and downs for sure… but as always you take the high road and find the best … your photos always reflect the hope that lies within. Grateful for you my friend…. your post is a real Christmas gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. Thank you.

  13. In the Shadows and On the Move are my favorites all of them. I am feeling a bit guilty about the GW as I’m from NY. It’s difficult to pick one over another since your photographs are always stellar. A wonderful selection of your year 2017.
    May your Christmas be Happy and your New Year 2018 be filled with more LOVE ❤️ than your heart can hold.
    Isadora 😎
    ps be sure to check out my year 2017 @ isadoraartandphotography.com

  14. Happy New Year! I especially love the two lessons you mention that help make any new adventure or year worthwhile: embrace change and learning and stay mindful to all around you. As usual, great photos and quotes. I always enjoy your posts!

    • Thanks Patti! Somehow you managed to turn my long dissertation into a short, succinct and to the point message 😊😊 well done! Happy New Year to you too

      Sent from my iPhone

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  15. Tina, your choice of a hummingbird blended with the music score are each in their own way optimistic examples of creativity and layers of meaning for nature and human nature. Wishing HOPE for all in the new year where dark was the theme of 2017.

  16. I’ve been so happy to become acquainted with your blog and your inspirational images, Tina. These favorites are indicative of your talent and passion for photography and I always enjoy the thought-provoking quotes you add to each post. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

  17. A post full of treasures Tina. You never fail to delight me with the quotes and your photography. I look forward to another year of sharing in your images and the inspiration they give me. Happy 2018 🙂

  18. Some great images here, Tina….I am impressed by the diversity ….. the hummingbird composite is very arty, the hip hop very colourful and fun, and the Shadows a little Cartier Bresson! I feel I have been a little mundane this year, and haven’t learnt as many new things this year as I had intended….
    Wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas, and all the best for 2018

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