Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 In Pictures

This year, for the most part, has been an experiment.

I learned to work in manual mode on my camera. I played with silhouettes, long exposures, black and white, macro and making statements.

I also created things. Some things were for others and some for myself.

I started painting again, but I have yet to finish. I hope to get on with that again soon and improve on painting next year.

I was inspired to create a new blog and a poem from my Dad’s paintings.

I finished the first round of edits for my manuscript and look forward to completing that in the new year with publishing next on the agenda.

I also battled the heat of an Aussie summer and hope this summer won’t be quite so hot. I did improve on my swimming, however, and have swam over 16Km in the pool this month.

Over all it has been a good year and I hope 2013 will be even better.

Wishing all a Happy New Year!

Sharing New Years Quotes

I have taken these various quotes from this blog: http://warnerwriting.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/hope-smiles-from-the-threshold/. I think they are worth sharing.

“I hope that this year to come, you make mistakes…Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes…Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do It. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” ~Neil Gaiman

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” ~Brad Paisley

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language – And next year’s words await another voice.”  ~T.S. Eliot

“Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep. Walk tall, and smile more. You’ll look 10 years younger. Don’t be afraid to say, ‘I love you.’ Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.” ~A New Year’s Resolution by Ann Landers.

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.” ~Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Tale of the Water

(Inspired by my Dad’s paintings, I wrote this poem. If you like his paintings please drop by my other blog, http://picturesofcreativeminds.wordpress.com, in January for his first web exhibition.)

11 High Country 16x20 On Canvas

Bubbling out from a spring high in the mountains, comes the water, cool and clear,

Rushing down a steep rocky lane, it dashes and sparkles in frothy spray,

46 Rivers Edge 12x16 On Canvas

Down through wilds it advances, pushing rocks and dirt in its path,

The steep slopes now are behind, departed, on winding, downward splash!

72 Highland Trails 12x16 On Canvas

Sweeping under the footbridge up in the highlands, comes the water, fast and light,

Falling down narrow sloped rocks, it sprints and splatters midst rocky array.

71 Twin Falls 12x16 On Canvas (Inspired By Photo By Andrew Gregory)

Down to the waterfalls it splits, plunging over worn rocks to crash,

In the whirlpool below, wits jumbled, round churning, onward flash!

51 The Pines 20x16 On Canvas

Skipping low tributary in the forest deep, comes the water, lithe and strong,

Cutting down the grooved forest floor, it batters and erodes the rocks away,

 50 Cascades 12x16 On Canvas

Down to the deep river it joins, roaring flow sounding like a lash,

Over the choppy rapids, tumbled fro, clothes washing, forward smash!

27 View From The Top 22x20 On Canvas

Flowing and winding river in the lands below, comes the water, dull and broad,

Roaming down the open expanse, it slackens and deposits silt to stay,

 25 Northern Wilds 14x16 On Canvas

Down to the marshes it divides, straying finger-trails seek to pass,

The distant slopes but a dream, forgotten, and yawning, southward cache.

 35 Beaver Creek 16x20 On Canvas

Trickling through the hollows hidden in woodlands, comes the water, hushed and sleek,

Sneaking down between grass and tree, it twines and whispers as if to pray,

 37 The Hunted 16x20 On Canvas

Down to the thicket it passes, snaking round reeds like liquid glass,

Off to industry and homes, it travels, reaching, eastward amass.

 73 Walter's Falls Mill Pond & Spillway 16x12 On Canvas

Slapping over the mill wheel in the quaint hamlet, comes the water, fresh and free,

Rippling down the rocks on low, it glints and reflects the setting of day,

 41 Oscar's Pond 20x16 On Canvas

Down to peaceful lake it filters, calming, day ebbing, almost past,

Under ducks on the surface, so restful, the lapping; home at last!