I’ve read many posts about the difficulty of choosing only 12 pictures that would capture a year. I concur; the task was challenging in many ways. I am sure that I was not the only one who experienced a roller-coaster of emotions while lingering over a year’s worth of images — images that tell stories and conjure up memories. Click on any image to see my descriptions and view the slideshow.
JANUARY: Day at the zoo with Son and Granddaughter.
FEBRUARY: Photo workshop in on an old ranch in the high desert of Arizona
MARCH: Butterfly exhibit and the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix
APRIL: I met “Lizard Man” at Tempe Town Lake. He agreed to a few shots only if I took one with him.
MAY: My Granddaughter, who is my favorite subject and playmate.
JUNE: We said goodbye to my father…truly the kindest man I’ve every known.
JULY: June 16 – July 23 working in China. How could I choose only one picture to represent this vast country and incredible experience? I took this shot of the plane before take-off with my iPad.
AUGUST: I adopted 4-yr old Cocker Spaniel Sophie, a true blessing in my life.
SEPTEMBER: I am captivated by the moon.
OCTOBER: Sophie and I took pictures in Sedona, Arizona during Fall Break.
NOVEMBER: My friend on Miami Beach
DECEMBER: My family — Daughter-in-Law w/ Grandchild #2, Son #1, Granddaughter, Son #2 & his fiancée.
I went to the Desert Botanical Gardens this morning in search of a shot that shows contrast (for the weekly challenge) and was delighted to discover that the butterfly exhibit had started. What a treat! This was the perfect way to relax, pray, and even meditate, and the perfect way to begin spring break. I did not get the contrast image, but I did get this little backlit butterfly.
I struggled with cropping this image; do I keep in all of the leaves or tighten in on the butterfly more and lose some resolution? The dark flaw on the flower bothered me so I tried to photoshop it out but that just made it worse. This is the final decision … well, almost final … I’ll probably change it several times. By the way, the butterfly is a Julia.