2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

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What Has My Attention Today….

No, it’s not a flower! We’re lucky to live on a property that is semi-wooded, so we see a large variety of birds. Putting up feeders helps, too, especially during the Winter months. The Northern “Yellow Shafted” Flicker is an elusive bird but today, he’s been around a lot. I’m grateful for the gift of his presence, and the opportunity to capture him with my camera. This trio is the best of the dozen or so shots I took.

As the year draws to a close, it’s normal to feel somewhat introspective, as we pause to take stock of what 2014 has brought to each of us, and look ahead to 2015. I don’t make “resolutions,” per se, but I do set goals. As always, #1 on my list is to keep learning and growing as a photographer.

Thanks to each of you who follows my blog–you keep me motivated! To you and yours, may 2015 bless you abundantly with health, happiness, and prosperity.

Flicker Trio        Ribbet collage

Christmas Magic

As you prepare to celebrate Christmas with family and friends…amid all the media frenzy urging you to spend, and then spend a little more…may your heart be touched by magic, and may you never lose the true spirit of Christmas: Love. Love for this earth we call our home, and for all the creatures that inhabit it. Love for those closest to us, and for our fellow man. May we always remember that regardless of our beliefs, all paths lead to the same source. Let us be thankful, and let us open our hearts, our eyes and our minds to new possibilities. Christmas Blessings!

Christmas Magic, Watermark       Poinsettia, Ex -32 H15; B&W F65   IMG_1339 (3)

Winter Birds

It takes patience (something I’m not noted for) to get good, clear images…particularly of birds, who are in almost constant motion. Every now and then, though, I manage to capture a unique pose, like this one, from the “Acrobat” series. The absence of any background is not owing to my photo shop skills but rather, the fact that it was shot in Winter.

Acrobat III, EX&Sh12, Crop II, Watermark        Blue Jays, Hawk, Rascal Rolling in Snow  12-31-2012 057

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