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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:
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In March, I felt lucky to grab this shot of a soaring hawk, with feathers strongly defined:
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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:
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There were so many beautiful sights from the cruise, but I wanted to share a shot that I love for its simplicity:
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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:
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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.
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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:
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I just love this photo of Sarah from her birthday party. Her braces had been removed and her smile was big and genuine:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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.

December 9, 2012

Let it snow??

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My family and anyone else who knows me will be wondering about now just who hijacked Karen’s blog.  “Let it snow?” they would be wondering.  Karen doesn’t wish for snow!  Just what is going on here?

I will assure you, readers, friends, family, that it is indeed me, Karen, doing the writing here and not Mr. Cold Miser.  I did just, however, pick up these adorable snowman ornaments.  They are glass and sparkly and have opal-ly, snow-like sequins inside them.

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But I did recently tell both Robin and Kathy that I honestly wouldn’t mind just a bit of snow.  WHAT?!?  Yup, it’s true.  We have rain predicted here for at least the next 24 hours.  It’s been looking kind of ugly outside – dead plants, leafless trees, gray skies.  Just a touch of snow might just pretty things up a bit.  Nothing overboard now Mama Nature!  Enough to cover the lawn and the dead leaves would do nicely, thank you.

I’ve got my tree up

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and a good amount of Christmas shopping done, so go ahead, let it snow – just a little bit!

December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

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I’ve got a busy day ahead, as I am sure many of you do.  I wonder how many of us will find the time to visit the blogs today.  I’ll be spending it cooking, cleaning and getting ready for tomorrow, as I will be hosting 10 people for Christmas dinner.  Maybe you have traveling, wrapping or even last minute shopping still to do.  I wish you the best of luck and good will in everything you do, and hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.  I’m hoping to be back later with pictures of stuffed stockings, gifts beneath the tree and piles of food prepped for tomorrow and a big wish for you for a very merry Christmas!  If I run out of time and steam, Merry Christmas now!  Cherish the ones you love and your time with them.

 

I’d like to leave you with this tune that’s been in my head recently.  John Denver and the Muppets was one of  my favorite Christmas specials and albums when I was a kid.  I have the CD now, but it lacks one of my favorite tunes: Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem’s version of Little Saint Nick – I just love Animal rocking out singing “run, run reindeer!”  This song, however is the one that’s been playing in my head while I write this post, because of the very ending line – Merry Christmas everyone….