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Best of 2017

Thinking about 2017, I’ve read so many best of lists – books, movies, cupcakes. I decided to choose best photo memories of my year. Wishing everyone a 2018 full of good memories.

January: full moon through the trees

February: First run of the day skiing with the sun and moon in full view.

March: Lenticular clouds resting above peaks as seen from Magnolia Rd.

April: Cloud formation that served as inspiration for my second picture book, Gustavo’s Big Idea.

May: A visit to the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium included many highlights but the best of all was the day at Keukenhof Gardens.

June: So many great hikes and amazing wildflowers this month. My favorite photo captures both of these – my friend Michelle’s beautiful dog Bhakti with columbines.

July: Southampton Writers Conference. I spent two weeks working on my craft with amazing mentors and peers who wrote children’s books, poetry, literary fiction, memoirs, and plays. I got to be a fangirl meeting many inspiring writers and made new writer friends who continue to provide love, support, and feedback.

August: Morning glory visited by a Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. Our first high altitude garden included many successes, including vegetables and flowers that served to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

September: exquisite fall colors featuring aspens juxtaposed with pines along Peak to Peak highway – a favorite spot for leaf peepers.

October: A visit to Detroit was definitely a highlight for me personally as I spent time with my daughter and her boyfriend. A fabulous weekend with amazing people.

November: sunrise from my window. Each morning, I’m reminded how lucky I am to live in this magical setting.

December: the roof of my new garage is almost complete. It’s been a long journey building it, and I’m looking forward to my car being safe and sound inside it in 2018.

Viewing the full moon 

I am in awe of nature and our planet’s relationship to the moon. I was lucky enough to photograph the full moon from 5000 miles away from home in May. While the photos appear similar, the experience is different.

There is so much beauty in the full moon. Watching it rise, change colors, sometimes wearing a glowing aura, sometimes viewing it between the trees or perched next to Jupiter it’s both a new experience and a comforting reminder of the month before.

Taking the time to view it, record it and share it has given me renewed appreciation.

Sunset in Luxembourg 

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These days, the views I usually see are unadulterated nature. I live in the forest on a dirt road now. In my previous life of cityscapes, the beauty of nature was often juxtaposed with a building, a billboard or other man made artifice. Traveling in European cities earlier this month, I was again appreciating the beauty of colors and nature against the backdrop of technology and progress. Either way, it’s spectacular!