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December 31, 2012

My Favorite Photos of 2012

Since I started blogging in 2010, I’ve done a wrap-up of my favorite photos of the year.  They aren’t always my more “technically” good photos, but photos I’ve come to enjoy for one reason or another.  I believe these photos have all appeared on the blog already this year, but that is because I am always anxious to share my favorites with you!  The photos that follow are in chronological order approximately one for each month of the year, but in one case I didn’t find anything I liked all that much in a month (February) and for April and July I couldn’t make up my mind between two shots, so you get them both for a baker’s dozen total.

In January, I was finally able to get a close-up shot of a Mr. Cardinal that made me happy:

In March, I felt lucky to grab this shot of a soaring hawk, with feathers strongly defined:

In April, I went on and on about one of my favorite vacations of all time, the cruise we took. Meghan and Sarah, first day on the ship and taken with my Blackberry, remains a favorite:
There were so many beautiful sights from the cruise, but I wanted to share a shot that I love for its simplicity:
The warm, turquoise Carribbean water brings me back to those precious days when there was little to worry about and happy memories were being made.

May brought me a picture of one of my favorite types of flowers, a bearded iris, that I was very pleased with how it came out. It was the header picture here on the blog until very recently:

Ah, June! The end of the school year, the start of my favorite season. Yummy raspberries are a nice representation of the many good parts of summer.
fresh raspberries

July is the month when my butterfly bushes start going wild and bring many winged visitors. This monarch was one of my best butterfly shots this year:
King of butterflies

I just love this photo of Sarah from her birthday party. Her braces had been removed and her smile was big and genuine:

As part of a photo hunt that everyone really seemed to enjoy, the “Ends of the Earth”, I took this photo in August from our little mountain here in town:

In September, my summer dreams faded away with the weather. This dahlia reminds me of the warmth of the afternoons that I continued to enjoy as long as I could:
Dahlias #2

October brought a blog-along walk over at Robin’s Life in the Bogs. I found myself doing some quiet contemplation while watching birds appear before my lens. I loved this sweet little chickadee:

I was happily surprised to have the opportunity to photograph an eastern bluebird for the first time in November. It isn’t a wonderful photo, but I was thrilled with the chance to get this picture:
Eastern bluebird

How ironic that I spent December wishing for a gentle blanket of snow to take pretty pictures in and then ended up sharing this adventure with you just yesterday! (If you haven’t read it yet, go ahead, have a peek!) I still really like this picture of my new snowman ornaments, even if I could now do without the sentiment:
"Let it Snow" 2

Happy New Year everyone. I hope that 2013 brings you good health, and paraphrasing the words of a fellow blogger, enough of what you need most.


  1. You took a Carribbean cruise? Now that’s something that we wouldn’t easily be able to do when living in Australia, as we are so isolated fom the rest of the world (oh, except New Zealand!) I feel the emotion of happiness with each photo you have added here for your glance back at 2012 Karen, but isn’t that the main feeling needed to make for the best photos? So long as you can “feel” the photo, others will feel it too and love your photos, just as I do yours.

    A very happy 2013 to you and your family. 🙂

    Comment by Joanne — December 31, 2012 @ 9:23 am | Reply

    • That cruise was just about all I talked about this past April. I had been wanting to take a “special” vacation with my family before it became to difficult when my older daughter graduates from high school and goes on to college- which happens in 2013. You can check my April archives if you are interested.
      You are so right – all of these photos made me happy for one reason or another. Thank you Joanne. I’m very hapy to have made your acquaintance in 2012. Happy new year to you too!

      Comment by Karma — December 31, 2012 @ 9:42 am | Reply

  2. Beautiful smiling faces and birds(one of my favorite snap opportunities too). Happy New Year.

    Comment by diggingher — December 31, 2012 @ 9:54 am | Reply

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! Happy New Year to you as well!

      Comment by Karma — December 31, 2012 @ 10:09 am | Reply

  3. I love the picture of the cardinal, and sarah is looking all grown up..

    Comment by Jim Dinsmore — December 31, 2012 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  4. Wonderful cardinal! I still am trying to get a good shot…they’re so shy…and they know when I pick up the camera…smart birds. Love your girls…they are so beautiful! And of course your bluebird…and your end of the earth..and and and…well you know…I like them all! 🙂 Happy New Year to you and your family! See you in 2013!

    Comment by Dawn — December 31, 2012 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

    • Thank you so much for your enthusiasm, Dawn. A bird feeder not too far from a big bay window has been my friend in getting pictures of cardinals! Happy New Year to you as well.

      Comment by Karma — January 1, 2013 @ 9:36 am | Reply

  5. I love your picks of your favorites – the one taken on the cruise showing only a bit of the railing and all water and sky is very very peaceful. I wish to you and all of your loved ones an especially good new year!

    Comment by Carol — December 31, 2012 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

    • Much appreciated, Carol (that was you I was paraphrasing, in case you weren’t sure! 🙂 ) I hope 2013 is good to you too.

      Comment by Karma — January 1, 2013 @ 9:37 am | Reply

  6. What lovely photos, Karen! It’s fun to see the wrap-up. And to think what a great year you’ve had. Isn’t that the past part of doing a recap? You see for yourself that your life shined with lots of beauty and fun.

    Comment by Kathy — January 1, 2013 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Kathy. 2012 was an eventful year in many ways, and we made it through them all! Looking forward to finding more beauty in 2013 and continuing to enjoy this wonderful blogging community.
      P.S. I received one of those “annual blogging reports” from WordPress this year – and guess what! You were my top commenter Kathy! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — January 1, 2013 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

      • You are KIDDING! Wow, now you know how much I love you. 🙂

        Comment by Kathy — January 1, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

  7. What a great recap! Love the bird shots.

    Comment by Becky Sue — January 1, 2013 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much Becky. Birds are turning out to be one of my favorite photo subjects, it seems!

      Comment by Karma — January 5, 2013 @ 7:59 am | Reply

  8. REALLY nice photos of great memories of 2012! I especially loved the serene cruise scene. It’s about 15 degrees here in NY right now, so I could just about FEEL that warm Carribbean water washing over me. What I wouldn’t give for a cruise right now! Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Tamara Eckstadt — January 2, 2013 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Tamara. Yes, a Carribbbean cruise sounds about perfect right now.

      Comment by Karma — January 5, 2013 @ 8:01 am | Reply

  9. Beautiful series of images, Karma. It looks like it was a very good year. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — January 8, 2013 @ 10:00 am | Reply

    • Thank you Robin. 2012 will be a year to remember for many reasons!

      Comment by Karma — January 12, 2013 @ 9:04 am | Reply

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