Cue a new year

With our brown grass and unseasonably warmer temperatures it really hasn’t “felt” or “looked” like Christmas, let alone winter.  For New Year’s Eve we planned a quiet day of running errands and making turkey soup, and then headed out for an evening movie at the historic Riverview Theater in Minneapolis.  And as things seem to have a way of cueing up at just the right time, we came out of the theater around 9:30 to the sight of a beautiful snowfall.  We walked across the street to a lovely cafe and wine bar, and enjoyed the mixture of lively conversation and a band while watching the snow collect on the sidewalks and trees.  This was a wet and heavy snow, and the flakes were the biggest I’ve ever seen.  Some could easily have been over an inch and half square!  It was as if 2012 had taken its cue to enhance our mood with a much-needed and appropriate snowfall.
As I look back on 2011 I am thankful for so many things – friends, family, and good health (including one repaired thumb).  I’ve had the opportunity to make over 5,100 photographic images this past year.  Granted, not all of them are the “perfect” image, but many have served as “sketches” for a final image.  I’ve also taken two short videos – one was intentional and one was not.  And, for the 3rd year I have posted a photo and entry to this blog every week.  I started to blog in 2009 as a challenge to maintain my love of photography.  Some weekends I approach my computer and blog with joy, wanting to share a great photo and a wonderful experience I’ve had.  Other weekends I start to panic on Sunday realizing that I haven’t had my camera out and I feel a deadline fast approaching.  Each of those scenarios have taught me things about myself and my photography.  Thanks to all of you that follow my blog, and to those who comment.  Your interest in my scenes and stories, coupled with your comments and your stories keep me coming back week after week.
May this coming year be filled with peace, hope, beauty, vision, more photographs, experiences, and a life filled to the brim!

8 thoughts on “Cue a new year

  1. Joan January 1, 2012 / 6:36 pm

    Linda I love that shot in Black and White! You are an inspiration to me all year long.

    • lindastaatsphoto January 2, 2012 / 7:25 pm

      Thanks, Joan. For some reason the black & white just seemed to set the right mood for this shot.

  2. Tammy January 1, 2012 / 9:04 pm

    What a beautiful picture. What a way to bring in the New Year…..with Snow 🙂

    • lindastaatsphoto January 2, 2012 / 7:26 pm

      Yes Tammy, the snow was the perfect way to begin the New Year. And who knows?- maybe you’ll get some snow this winter too!

  3. joani January 1, 2012 / 9:33 pm

    Interesting composition. The depth from bike to sign takes me on a walk to join you for the wine and music. Papers all gone for sure. B&W adds a great mood to the subject.
    Looking forward to finding some snowy owls………..

  4. lindastaatsphoto January 2, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    Hi Joani – wish you’d been here to enjoy the wine and music. Maybe next time???? Happy 2012 to you!

  5. Margaret January 3, 2012 / 9:57 am

    The image evokes the words “calm” and “bright” – (Hmmm. Must be the season.) Thank you for capturing all these beautiful images and winging them off to all of us. They are weekly reminders to me of how lovely the world is and how lucky we are to see it.

    • lindastaatsphoto January 4, 2012 / 8:45 pm

      Thanks, Margaret. There is beauty and loveliness all around us. It’s up to us to look for it, appreciate it, and revel in how lucky we all are. Happy new year to you!

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