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2019 in Retrospect ~ Part 1

January – Short eared Owl

This past year I’ve come to realize how blessed I am with the friends I have made through photography and how we share an equal passion for the creative art behind the lens.

We all express and enjoy photography in our own way. May it be for the enjoyment of being out with others sharing the world together, or taking the time for solitude and contemplation to deeply interact with the moment we’re experiencing, as photographers we see the world in a much different fashion than others.

February – Assateague National Seashore

I have many friends to be thankful for. Those that share their secrets with me, those that share their knowledge with me, and those that share their joy with me. There are days where I am less than enthusiastic when I drag myself out of bed to head to a photography class but then the thought of the devotion the class participants show in getting up even earlier than I as they usually have a longer drive than myself so that we can get out and enjoy nature together energizes me. It is those mornings that I am most grateful, for these people help fuel my passion for becoming better photographers, and better people because of it.

March – Snow Geese in Middle Creek WMA

I think of the wonderful adventures we have been on and the exciting things we have seen. How the challenges that present themselves make us stop and pause and think through how to best approach the problem. Skills we can use in any aspect of our lives. We’ve been through difficult weather conditions and have become hardier for it. We’ve learned how to adapt to varying situations and how to prepare for what may come.

April – Thousands of Avocets on the Bolivar Flats in Texas

We’ve learned to celebrate each other successes and support each other in stretching our skills and how we see the world to help compose an image that expresses what we see.

May – “Celebrate Nature” Solo Exhibit National Wildlife Visitors Center

They say synergy really helps create a greater result than the sum of their separate efforts, and it is true. I’ve seen how friends have been made and the camaraderie that has grown over the year and of this, it’s been even more rewarding.

As photographers with each capture we leave an impression of ourselves that can be seen for years to come. We can look at an older image of ours and remember clearly the moment and place where we took the picture. What we thought, what we felt, what the weather was like. A picture can indeed speak a thousand words.

June – Smith Island workshop with Jay Fleming

The year has been so wonderful I wanted to continue in the next post the second half of 2019. So stay tuned!

7 replies »

  1. What a lovely Christmas gift you’ve sent! Heaps of gratitude! Susan Seid

    On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 4:33 PM Emily Carter Mitchell ~ Nature as Art wrote:

    > Emily Carter Mitchell posted: ” January – Short eared Owl This past year > I’ve come to realize how blessed I am with the friends I have made through > photography and how we share an equal passion for the creative art behind > the lens. We all express and enjoy photography in our own” >

  2. I also find this statement true: “We can look at an older image of ours and remember clearly the moment and place where we took the picture.” Looking forward to the second half of 2019 photos.

  3. “As photographers with each capture we leave an impression of ourselves that can be seen for years to come.” This sentence has made me so thoughtful, as I have been reflecting on the legacy I want to leave my granddaughters. I look at my photos and ask myself, what will they learn of me from this image? Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your gorgeous images!

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