For those who don’t blog with WordPress and may not know, the Daily Post offers a Weekly Photo Challenge. Each week, the Daily Post provides a theme for creative inspiration and the blogger is supposed to take photographs based on the interpretation of the theme.
The theme for this week?
Pick the best pictures from your 2012 and have those pictures tell everyone about your year.
I wonder if this Challenge was as hard for other bloggers as it was for me. At first I was intrigued, then overwhelmed and finally resigned … resigned to the fact that I would never be able to narrow a year’s worth of pictures down to a few.
This exercise helped me to remember what a great year it has been and just how fortunate I am. Fortunate to have amazing friends and family, and to live surrounded by beauty! No doubt there have been challenges and some heartache, but the positives won the day (er … year).
I decided to share my year in two ways … life and beauty through photography and then life and beauty through family and friends. A few of the pictures were taken with my Blackberry (yes, I still use a Blackberry). You’ll be able to tell the difference.
Life and Beauty – Photography
Claytor Lake, Pulaski County, Virginia
The Booker T Washington National Monument, Franklin County, Virginia
The Ride of Silence, Radford, Virginia http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php
The New River, Radford, Virginia
The New River Valley Fair, Pulaski County, Virginia
Fall and The Virginia Tech Hokies
Labor Day and rain in Floyd County, Virginia
The Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, Tennessee (from the 2012 Solo Bike Ride)
Shooting Creek Road, Franklin County, Virginia
Somewhere in North Carolina
Along the New River in Pulaski County, Virginia
Foggy Morning, Radford, Virginia
The Home of John and Mabel Ringling, Sarasota, Florida
Just another lovely field in Montgomery County, Virginia
A train trestle over The New River, Pulaski County, Virginia
Life and Beauty – Family and Friends
Andrew’s Farewell Party before his move to Charleston, SC (in Blacksburg, Virginia)
Mothers Day / Fathers Day with the best parents EVER (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Sisters Celebrating 50 (Roanoke, Virginia)
The Annual GOA Gathering (Bath, North Carolina)
Hanging with the SoHos! (Dublin, Virginia)
Gathering with the BGs in Grayson County, Virginia
The annual Road Trip with Ruth to see the Hokies (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
Mumford and Sons Concert (Bristol, Tennessee)
Some of my favorite Biker Chicks (Elkin, North Carolina)
Bikers riding for a good cause (Draper, Virginia)
“Divas” raising money for another good cause (Radford, Virginia)
Time on the farm with Bill
And time on the bike with some of my favorite guys (Philpott Dam, Bassett, Virginia)
I’m always ready with the camera while riding,
whether at the beginning of a trip with my good friend, Tim,
Or during the pouring rain on my annual solo bike ride (somewhere between Nashville and Knoxville)
And best yet, reconnecting with lifelong friends (not a quality picture but a quality friendship) Richmond, Virginia
So there you have it … how lucky am I?
Onward to 2013
So you definitely met the challenge successfully! Loved it!
Thanks Liz! So glad you are a part of my life and my 2012! The Labor Day party, the Ride of Silence, the BGs in Grayson County, the 2012 Solo Bike Trip … and too many other times to list. Love you!
Laurie, these are wonderful! What a great summary of your year and such beautiful photos. I’m impressed that you were able to narrow it down, knowing how many pictures you take at any one event/gathering! You will love looking back at this in the years to come.
As always, I am grateful for your comments … and the very important part you play in my life. You were a big part of my 2012 and I look forward to wonderful times in 2013! Love you!
Your amazing pictures and the memories and feelings they evoke make me smile, laugh and cry–and happy to appreciate the beauty around us, and more importantly, a wonderful group of friends. Thank you so much for taking this challenge and sharing it with us.
Cindy, thanks for your thoughts. I am glad the pictures made you happy … as your comments always make me smile. So very grateful that you are a part of my life. Happy 2013 to you! Much love!
I’m not going to lie… your 2012 doesn’t look too shabby!
Wishing you only great happiness in 2013 as well!
Thank you for taking a look (and for the follow!). It means alot when one whose work I admire, comments on mine. Here’s to more joy with the camera in 2013 for both of us!
What a beautiful life! Your nature photos are stunning. Happy, happy New Year!
Wow! Thank you so very much! To have a photographer whose work I admire make a comment about mine, is especially great! Happy 2013
Holy cow, amazing job-very impressive. Loved how you broke the pics down in categories. Thanks for sharing your 2012 journeys; glad to be a small part of it. Have fun trying to top that in 2013! Love ya-
Happy 2013 Jan!! I’m hoping we can definitely top the fun in the coming year! Love you too!
Thank you for sharing 2012 in pictures. Happy trails in 2013 and hope you continue to share the adventure!
I will, Renie!! Happy New Year to you!
that’s a nice gallery, funny: The Annual GOA Gathering (Bath, North Carolina)
It’s a great group of women who have gathered every year since 1995! Fluids are required (to drink and to play in)