Abuelo y nieto
‘highly encouraged’ me to do this list, so here it is.
I went back through the 7500+ photos that I took this year. Many of them were just walking-around photos. Photos that I took while on my walk through the neighborhood. Overall, I didn’t travel to many places this year, but I was out and about a lot. I went to:
1. Ohio – 3 times.
2. Mexico – 2 times.
3. Seabrook Island, SC – 1 time
4. Beauford, SC / Savannah, GA- 1 time.
That was about it for the travel. I didn’t rack up a lot of air miles. There were places that I wanted to go, but didn’t quite make it. In browsing the photos, I found that I spent a lot of time at McDowell Nature Preserve, near to my house. It’s no big surprise to me that most of my favorites came from my trips to Mexico.
So, here they are, in date order took them.
In this moment
1. In this moment
: I took this photo in January in one of the least visited National Parks in the country, Congaree National Park, just outside of Columbia, SC, about 90 miles from my house. I noticed this gentleman sitting at the end of the dock, admiring the slow-moving Congaree River. I took a couple of pictures, sat down and enjoyed the silence with him, then left just as quietly.
2. Old Friend
: A sentimental favorite. One of the last photos of Hobbs that I took, a few weeks before I made the decision to put him to sleep. He’d been with me for 13 fantastic years and it was the most difficult decision that I have ever had to make. Here, he was sitting at the edge of his bed, facing the fireplace, not really sure of where he was. His vision was all but gone, as well as his hearing, and his mobility, but he carried on. I think about him frequently. He was certainly special.
3. Winter Arrives
: Coincidentally, this happened the day after I put Hobbs to sleep. It seemed an appropriate event. I remember thinking how much he would have loved to bury his nose in the snow. The day before, though, was a nice, sunny day that warmed his aching bones/joints.
4.Keeping it clean
: My first trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I was quite amazed and in love with the sights, sounds, and colors of this town. I happened upon this gentleman cleaning the front of the building. This was a normal routine, I later found out, by many residents.
Keeping it clean
: This is probably one of my favorites for the year. I was walking up a hill, when I noticed this old lady walking down, slowly, holding onto the wall. Right behind her, a group of children. I framed it, on the fly, took a couple of shots, and loved the result. It’s displayed in my living room.
6. A gift of yellow
: Niels and his wife had taken me on a day-trip to Queretaro. As they went to an information booth, I looked to might right, noticed the brightly colored yellow building. I decided to take a shot; the light changed to red, and 5 yellow taxis stopped at the light. Add to this the two people walking in bright, red shirts. Perfect! A nice gift! Right place. Right time.
A gift of yellow
7. Abuelo y Nieto
: I don’t know if they were really Grandfather and Grandson, but it sure looked that way to me. I saw them cross the street and start walking down the hill. I followed, shooting along the way. Of course, San Miguel. This is the photo that leads this post.
: I was sitting outside, talking to a coworker when I saw this lady crossing the street trying to keep the dust at bay. This was an iPhone, Hipstamatic shot. I took quite a few shots this year with that application.
Our first trip to Seabrook Island, SC together, Vanessa and I. We’d gotten up to go for a sunrise walk on the beach. Of course, I had my camera. I framed this and took it while walking. Fortunately, for me, it came out quite well – as a matter of fact, I was surprised at how well it turned out. The Olympus OM-D, E-M5 handled the tough lighting quite well.
10. Plan B
– I had planned, on this morning, to return to the beach for some more shots; however, there was an accident on the only road leading to the beach, so I turned around with the idea of heading back to Charlotte. I noticed a boat launch and decided to stay here until the sun came up to see what I could see. This was the result. Plan “B” turned out to be pretty good.
: I was a McDowell Nature Preserve, about to call it an evening when I noticed this father teaching his sons how to fish. There’s always time for one more photo, apparently.
12. Sonrisa para mi – Smile for me:
– Another from San Miguel. I just love the smile on her face; the happiness to be recognized along with a slight bit of embarrassment.
Sonrisa para mi
13. Winter’s Dance
– Before work, one morning, I was outside photographing the fog rising off of the water. I noticed the reflection of the trees in the water and spent a bit of time on the fishing dock taking some pictures as the reflections swayed in the water.
There you have it. 13 images. There were a few more that I liked, but I had to stop somewhere, I suppose. 13 seemed like the perfect number! 13/7500 = 0.17%. Not bad! LOL