This is the last photo I'll be sharing in 2021. It's a bit more abstract than my usual style, but I liked it and wanted to share. This time of year, expectedly, is a time in which I enjoy looking back on the past 12 months; to give gratitude for my blessings and to reflect on the lessons learned. I have so much to be grateful for and am thankful for everything the world has taught me, and continues to teach me (often the hard way). Being a human is a never-ending project, but I do strive to become at least a little bit better every day; in health, wealth, wisdom and generosity. I encourage you to do the same. Time is flying by so fast I can barely believe it, and I have a sneaking suspicion that it'll continue to do so. I sincerely hope that you're finding immense blessings in your life as well, and if you're not, I challenge you to search for them. I guarantee that the more you look for blessings, the more blessings you will find.
"What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year."
I realize that I haven't been sharing a whole lot of wildlife lately, but I don't want you to think that I'm no longer interested in it. I admit that I have been focusing more on landscape photography lately in order to improve my photo editing skills, but wildlife will always be a love of mine. Here is an extremely handsome hawk that I spotted recently while hiking in Sonoma. I had seen it earlier in the hike and accidentally scared it off. Fortunately I saw where it landed off in the distance and was able to very slowly approach again to get a redemption photo.
"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I've been going back through my Oregon photos to finally edit and share all of the ones I haven't gotten around to yet. The amount of photographs I took was immense and the thought of the hours, days and likely weeks necessary to fully edit them was daunting, admittedly. But, like any journey, you'll never get anywhere if you don't get started, so I'm back at it, one photo at a time.
"The only impossible journey is the one you never begin."
If you've spent any time up in the Willits/Ukiah area, you've most likely heard about "the white deer." They were apparently brought to the region in the late 1940's when Charles Howard purchased a small herd from his friend, William Randolph Hearst (of Hearst Castle fame). The white deer are local legends. In fact, as a kid my bus route passed by where the white deer were most often seen, and every time the bus entered the area I would press my face to the glass in hopes of seeing them. It always felt like a good omen when I did. However, since taking up photography as an adult I have yet to even see them, let alone photograph them, until now.
"Photography is the art of frozen time… the ability to store emotion and feelings within a frame."
If you've never been to wine country in autumn, you're missing something special. Previously green vineyards start turning orange, red and yellow; a last celebration of color before the vines go dormant for winter.
"Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale."