Looking Forward

May I wish you a wonderful and glorious Happy New Year and hope that 2015 brings you much happiness and success.

When reviewing 2014, the first thing that comes to mind is all the bad things that happened. Life challenges were pervasive throughout the year and are continuing into the new.

In spite of what life has put in front of me this past year, it didn’t stop me from exploring and discovering the special beauty of the world around us. When reviewing images from this past year, the incredible unique variety of scenic sights found reminded me how special life is. It is these little things that inspire us to overcome struggles and difficulties.

There is a wonderful ‘old-school’ photographer that I’ve met through my photography travels. Allen Rokach is a world renowned photographer since 1975 and is known for his stunning and unique work in nature and travel photography. The Allen Rokach effect is from special treatment of his images in Photoshop and is done rather quickly. This humble and kind photographer offers workshops throughout the year in a variety of settings.

I had the opportunity to spend two days with him at the United States Botanical Gardens. Why I mention him today is because he sent out a wonderful email this week with an inspirational message for 2015.

“In 2015, we should strive for being More Creative, More Curious, and More Caring.”

Such a strong and wonderful message. We should continue to look at the world with eyes of a child, create in our own special art like Picasso and love like Mother Teresa.

This message will hold strong in my spirit and soul as my footprints lead me into the New Year.

May this also hold true in your heart as well. Happy New Year ! Bella

22 replies »

  1. That is a great message to share, Emily. But what I received from you trumps everything! Happy New Year! Perpetua.

  2. That’s a beautiful message indeed and we’d do well to follow his advice. Happy Creative and Caring New Year to you too. I’ll be here to read and enjoy your blogs and photography. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Wonderful photos! Loved the blueish birds that looks to be burping… heehee!
    Have a wonderful 2015!

    • LOL ! That is funny – burping. He is a juvenile screaming for food. A baby Nazca Booby in the Galapagos. Crazy looking huh? How was your New Years week? Hope you’re having fun with the seed catalogs coming in the mail.

  4. You’re right, there is a whole lotta special in the world and I think you’ve captured it well. I admire your visions and talent. Art has the ability to bring to light what we can’t always see for ourselves, and I’d bet most if not all your followers agree you are a great artist. 😀

    Thank you for the well wishings and sharing that message with us. I hope the same for you, as well that your year is less challenging and even more stunning. By the way, you know I love your bird photos and that Bald Eagle is pretty darn special, as is the hummingbird. Great job! I look forward to sharing in your journey for another year if God so allows it. 😉

    • I really hope 2015 will turn out all right. I’m having surgery on Thursday, and the more I read about it, the more I realize how I’ll be out of commission for weeks if not months. I hope I can at least get out and photograph.

      I had a hard time picking favorites from this past year. There were so many of them.

      You are always so kind to me, and for that I am grateful. Hugs!

      • Hugs back! As I read this I do believe you’re having surgery today. I will say a prayer for you and look forward to hearing that things went well and you’re doing as good as can be expected. May you be endowed with extra healing abilities and strength in body, mind, and spirit.

        I have no doubt that you will find new and creative ways to get the photos you want and need even if you are out of commission. Perhaps this is one of those opportunities we get in life to see things from a different perspective. And I’ll bet you have thousands of photos to keep you busy when you can’t get out and about.

        Heck I’d have a hard time picking my favorites with what I have, never mind the volume you must have from Ecuador alone!

        Cheers, be well! 😀

    • And seeing your name here always brings such a big smile on my face. As I’ll be down for the count shortly here I’ll be able to visit much more and catch up. I hope you had a fabulous holiday and have exciting things to look forward to in the new year. Hugs!

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