It’s the last day of the year, New Year’s Eve, a full moon, a blue moon, and a lunar eclipse on the far side of the world. I do think that’s auspicious – a celebratory finale for the year past and a celestial blessing on the year to come.
(In a month, such as this, graced with two full moons, the second is called a Blue Moon, which actually occurs every 2.72 years. The last one being in May, 2007, the next in August 2012. But the next on a New Year’s Eve is a long way off…)
When I worked in corporate marketing, the last days of each year were a frantic flurry of stat counting, reports, analyses and sometimes puffed up lists of accomplishments submitted to give ourselves a pat on the back, justify our year end bonuses and generally make all and sundry feel it was a productive year. Most of the time it had been a good year, but doing it as an admin exercise felt forced.
It is a testament to how much my life has changed that doing a year-in-review list didn’t even cross my mind until today when I noticed a few blogging friends post photo montages of their year. I think it’s a healthy activity to put the year in perspective and focus on the happenings that brought joy and a sense of completion. So, if you like, join me on a little tour through some of my year’s highlights!
I realized a lifelong dream when D and I went to Peru and I stood at the top of the ruins at Machu Picchu. Returning home and sharing the trip with my Mom, who had gone there at exactly my age, but 31 years prior was priceless. We compared photos, talked about the places (some of which had changed) and the people (who have not).
This year she and I did some fun road trips. She’s always up for an adventure!
Blogging and blog reading became a regular activity and I was thrilled and grateful to have my work mentioned or featured on a number of spectacular blogs including Decor 8, Real Simple/Simply Stated, Gabrielle Loves, Life Through a Lens, Chronically Vintage, City of Blackbirds, oh, hello friend, Secrets of a Butterfly, Such a Wondrous Place This Faery Tale Space, Trinkets and Roses.
Business wise, D and I shot, edited, keyworded and captioned nearly 6,000 rights managed botanical and garden images for one of the international stock agencies we are contracted with, Photolibrary Group, as well as also posting them on our own stock site, Garden Photo World.
Here are some of the images we sold this year for magazine articles, book covers and posters. (I don’t yet have copies of the actual publications.)
We shot, edited, scored and produced two new promotional videos for clients Purple Haze Lavender and Colette’s Bed & Breakfast, two beautiful places on the Olympic Peninsula
We had a glorious summer and spent many wonderful days enjoying the garden, even while working!
– g ♥
We mark the dark morning with eggnog lattes and thoughtful remarks on what has gone before, and what will be. The garden withers at last into slumber, and the birds fly hither and thither on their many errands. As the sun stands still, let us do the same, at least for a moment, collecting up, on this traditional day of gathering, our hopes and dreams and wishes and prayers, for ourselves and those we love, into shining garlands to light our way through the New Year.