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2011: in gratitude

There is a considerable upside to being a photographer when it comes to the end of the year:  you have a serious archive of events that occurred over the previous 365 days.  And as I’m sure most of you who take tons of photographs are doing right now, I’ve spent the last few days going through the images I’ve amassed in 2011, and marveled at all that has happened.

It has really been a stellar year.

But one of the things that I noticed in going through the images is this:  while I was incredibly lucky to have some insane adventures in 2011, many of the things that made me particularly happy weren’t the grand events that occurred, or the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that happened.  Some of the most beautiful moments I had were the quiet ones — ones that perhaps I might have forgotten after the moment passed, had I not taking the time to capture it with my camera.  And it was a great lesson that perhaps it’s not the actual events that make a great year, but the number of times you stop and notice the good that turns an ordinary year into a great one.  It’s the appreciation that makes it awesome.

Something to think about for 2012, don’t you think?

Anyway, here are 12 highlights in my life during the past 12 months, for which I am truly, truly grateful.

Photograph by Tara Austen Weaver

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Morgana Wingard

 

 

 

 

 

 

(And click here to see my entire year in 3-1/2 minutes.)

Happy New Year, everyone.  May you look back at 2011 and notice the small moments of joy, and may we all create many more of them in 2012.

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