John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as Babble, TLC, YahooShine and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. While he’s name dropping, it’s only fair to point out that Ashton Kutcher tweeted one of John’s YouTube videos, but it may have only been because Ashton felt sorry for him. After all, John went from carefree bachelor to father of four in just 13 months thanks to marrying a single mom then quickly conceiving triplets. Since then, he and his wife have added one more to the mix, a little boy they named Grand Finale. They all live chaotically in Knoxville, Tn with Briggs the dog.
I thought I’d close out this blogging year much the way I did the last one — with a look back at my 12 favorite photos from the previous year. And this year was extra tough to narrow it down to just 12 because we had just that strong of a year.
But whittle it down, I finally did. Not necessarily to the best 12 pictures from a photography standpoint, but, rather, from a “how it felt” standpoint. In other words, these may not be our best technical pictures. But they are the ones that represent the many things we did independently and collectively that brought our family the most joy.
So…without further ado, our best 12 pics of 2012:
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Let's start out selfishly. 2012 was the year that saw my friend and I complete the Southern portion of the Appalachian Trail. I get that such journeys aren't for everyone, but I promise you this -- if you ever decide to strap on a 40-pound pack and walk up and down 2,500-foot inclines, you'll realize that there's very little difference between the trail you hike and the life you lead. And when you stand atop a rocky bluff that was particularly difficult to reach? You'll realize why you continue to pour in the effort that you do -- both in your hike and in your life. There are metaphors in the hills, my friends. And for that I'm eternally thankful.
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