2012 ended for me on a high note: I spent a wonderful White Christmas with my sister, brother-in-law, and all of their assorted kids and grandkids. While I was there, I photographed a beautiful wedding of two awesome people. I’ve been published, both photographically and in written form (a dream come true for me). I’ve traveled to some neat places like Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, and Arches National Park. I’m still employed. I have neat camera gear. I have some great friends. And, I have a family who I love very much, and who loves me. Of course there have been low points, but that’s a given for everybody. The high points outweighed any low points, that’s for sure.
So here’s to a New Year that I hope will be every bit as great as this year has been. I have a trip already planned and paid for in February, another trip in the works, a possible new venture about which I am keeping my fingers crossed, and more columns to publish in the National Parks Traveler website.
I wish all of you the very best for 2013, and I hope that your dreams come to fruition and you have a year filled with love, contentment, happiness, and success.
From me to you:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
It’s December 24th. Christmas Eve Gift!
Since I was a toddler, it’s been a tradition in my family to try and be the first to surprise the other person by yelling out “Christmas Eve Gift”! The person who was “got” then had to give a little gift to the person who did the “gotcha”. As the years rolled by, it was not so much about the gifting as it was the “gotcha” part. To this end, family members would go to great lengths to surprise one another.
One Christmas Eve, I had gotten up very early to bake a huckleberry cobbler to take over to my parents next door, for breakfast. Nothing beats a nice, warm-from-the-oven cobbler. So I traipsed over to their house with the food, set it down on a chair outside, and unlocked their back door. The house was dark and I knew my parents (then in their early 80’s) were probably still asleep. As I entered the dark house, my parents jumped from behind the door (where they had been hiding in wait for me) and yelled “Christmas Eve Gift”, scaring the bejeebers out of me. They definitely “got” me! They were quite tickled with themselves, and I was glad I had put the cobbler on the chair outside…..otherwise we would have been eating huckleberry cobbler off of the floor
It’s 9PM on Thursday, December 20th. Tomorrow, I will be on a plane heading to Washington State, taking the photographic equivalent of the kitchen sink with me. I’ve been hired to photograph a wedding in Tacoma, and the reservation was made with enough time to spend several days – including Christmas – with my sister and her family in eastern Washington. I am sooo excited!
So here I am, ready to rock and roll.
While I am at it, I want to wish all of you readers and “stoppers-by” a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I don’t know that I will get much of a chance to post anything else until after January 1, so I wanted to send you all my good wishes now.
I will be sitting in that very chair, next to that tree. Oh, the tree may look a little different (they get the live tree as opposed to the Wal-Mart pre-lit tree). And I might not even have a chance to get a photo op like this unless it’s very early in the morning (as it was when this particular image was captured). Things are going to be busy non-stop from the moment I arrive. Wheeeee!
I was originally going to post festive photos captured during this holiday season. But after the senseless tragedy in a village in Connecticut on December 14, all I could think about was the total, desolate, dry heave devastation 26 loved ones will experience this Christmas and Christmases to come.
I am not a kid person. I don’t have any of my own. But I love my family which includes my great-niece and great-nephew. I would be devastated if what happened in Connecticut happened to any member of my family. Because this was on my mind all day, I found myself going through my photographic archives to find photos of my 2010 Christmas visit to my sister and brother-in-law’s home, when the entire family along with some friends gathered for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I needed something to remind me to smile and appreciate just how lucky I am that my own relatives are still alive, and that my great-niece and great-nephew have their entire futures still ahead of them and are excited over what Santa will leave for them under the tree.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Focus on Playing
Piling On The Christmas Cracker Crowns
Watching TV With A Friend
Gammy and Granddaughter
Mommy and Son
Daddy and Daughter
Family and Friends
If you need reminders to help you smile, go pull out your own photos, drawings attached on the fridge with magnets, and old holiday cards. Smile, hug your family members, and count your blessings.
I am so excited and wanted to share the good news with everybody: I am published! Today, the website National Parks Traveler published a column I wrote for them. I am one of two photographers who will be contributing to this awesome site on a monthly basis. Click on this link to get to my column.
If you are not familiar with this website, check it out. It’s highly praised by others and a wealth of resources and information pertaining to the national parks.
I’ll be contributing more monthly columns to this site, so stay tuned! 😀