Choosing the "Best of" is always so subjective and I have such a difficult time whittling down the massive amounts of photographs I take in one year to just 10 or so photographs. Needless to say, it is a monumental task and these are my choices for this year and some of the reasoning behind having chosen them. If you'd like to just view the photographs you can find the entire album here:Best of 2013
You will find additional photographs of portraits that I love in a second album on my website, just some extras that are always a struggle for me to add or not to my best of, even though each one has a very special meaning to me personally. Also my pastels from this year can be found on my website, it's been a good year!
|It's all about the perspective.|
|Alone and Feeling Blue|
|Sunset at the Pier|
|Walkin' on Water|
Have you ever felt like you have wings to fly and could walk on water? Well, that may be pushing the idea a bit, but have you just been that happy? that full? that elated? that much in love? Perhaps life is just that full, that marvelous, that wonderful. If not, prepare to fly, because one day you will!!
― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
|Tree Line Reflections|
|Reminiscent of Monet|
|He found her waiting.|
|All I ever do is dream...|
What are you doing to make them come true? Because all I ever do is dream...
|String of Pearls|
Are you caught in more illusions or more reality? Are you a dreamer or are you a realist? Have you found the string of pearls to follow or is that just some illusive entity or fiction for you? Is your dream for the future real? Are you following it? Is it some elusive and futile vision? Does it have the means to be a pearl, precious and worthy? What are you chasing? Is it a string of pearls or is it just an illusion?
|Pretty in Pink|
Spring in muted tones. Sometimes new things don't come boldly, but subtly. And we have to watch and keep alert to what surrounds us or we may miss the very thing that will bring relief from difficult or dark days. Sometimes the subtle things are easy to pass, to ignore, to dismiss. Or they are right under our noses, so close we don't notice. Take a moment and smile at the subtle wonder that surrounds you today.
|The Golden Days|
As I get older, the days, the years, seem more golden and precious, just like the leaves on trees as Fall approaches. Colorful, beautiful, wonderful and necessary. I watch my children form their future and their lives, their struggles and their triumphs. I watch my grandchildren in delight and realize how special it is to have them near and surrounding me. I enjoy giving them the love and joy that simply comes because they are, and they are special to me. I sit back and watch the simple joys of childhood make way to the responsibilities of adulthood and merge as the years combine with age. I think it was meant to be this way and why they are often called the "golden years." Enjoy every. single. day.
So there you have it! If you stuck through all my rantings, you deserve applause!
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