Lens-Artists Challenge #231 – Favorite Images of 2022
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…”Alfred Lord Tennyson
Nothing offers a greater opportunity for optimism than the annual turning of the calendar page. Somehow we enter each New Year expecting that it will be an improvement over the last. In our home that’s a pretty safe bet since my husband closed out 2022 with a nasty case of Covid. But on a happier note, this week John opens 2023 asking for our Favorite 2022 Images. Always a challenge, it forces us to choose images that truly spoke to us, or perhaps more importantly, to our followers.
I’ve opened with some favorite Kiawah scenes, including the skyscape above. It was captured from our beach looking back toward one of the beachfront cottages. Below I’ve featured two beautiful but elusive birds, an owl and a painted bunting, both photographed on Kiawah during 2022.
“There is nothing magical about the flip of the calendar, but it represents a clean break, a new hope, and a blank canvas.”Jason Soroski
There is a special sense of serenity in the natural beauty that surrounds us on our little island. The rhythmic music of the ocean, massive oaks with their gracefully swaying Spanish Moss, towering pines reaching toward the sky, creatures both winged and four-legged – we are blessed with nature’s gifts at every turn. They can be found not only in the places one might expect, but also in the little things easily walked past. Exhibits A and B below, the tiny buds of natural ground cover on an approach to the beach and my personal favorite, a simple overhang of leaves in the nearby woods.
“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”Vern McLellan
“A Great Year passes tonight. A new one begins. Let the good that is old continue and let the rest perish….”C.J. Cherryh
Despite the beauty that surrounds us, my husband and I have always loved traveling, so undeterred by Covid restrictions we managed to take some short trips in 2022. Our two weeks in North Carolina’s mountains were a nice break from summer’s heat, and our visits with family in NYC were wonderful as always. Those visits resulted in the two images below – a true study in the city’s contrasts.
“The New Year brings fresh beginnings…Let us be thankful for the blessings of the past and the promise of the future.”Peggy Toney Horton
“It’s not tearing a leaf off a calendar which will make you a better or a worse man but the attitude that you have from dusk till dawn every day.”Indeewara Jayawardane
Of course while in New York we made a trip to the nearby countryside where practice makes perfect 😊.
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
Next, an ode to the beautiful, ephemeral magnolia – first with a piece of art I created and hung in our home, followed by several captures from nearby Charleston’s Magnolia Gardens, a magical world of natural beauty.
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”Michael Altshuler
“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. “Sarah Ban Breathnach
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. “Oprah Winfrey
“New year — a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? …The choice is ours.”Alex Morritt
I thought about ending my post with the alligator image above, which reminds us to find reasons to smile in everyday life. 😊. Instead though, I‘m finishing with a favorite Kiawah sunset, signifying the close of 2022 and our hopes for 2023.
“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”C.S. Lewis
Life is filled with moments of joy, pain, disappointment, opportunity and growth. May we learn from our mistakes, accept our imperfections and look forward to each new day as a chance to be better than the day before.
Sincere thanks to John for the opportunity to enjoy a retrospective of our 2022 images. As always, we look forward to seeing your choices. Be sure to link them to John’s original here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you. Thanks also to those who responded to our Last Chance post of 2022, especially those who thanked us for continuing to publish the challenge. It is your appreciation and amazing responses that keep us going. Finally, Sofia will lead us next week so be sure to visit her beautiful Photographias blog next Saturday at noon EST.
My best wishes to all for a marvelous 2023 – remember to stay safe, be kind, and enjoy the journey.
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