For those who don’t blog with WordPress and may not know, the Daily Post offers a Weekly Photo Challenge. Each week, the Daily Post provides a theme for creative inspiration and the blogger is supposed to take photographs based on the interpretation of the theme.
The theme for this week?
Pick the best pictures from your 2012 and have those pictures tell everyone about your year.
I wonder if this Challenge was as hard for other bloggers as it was for me. At first I was intrigued, then overwhelmed and finally resigned … resigned to the fact that I would never be able to narrow a year’s worth of pictures down to a few.
This exercise helped me to remember what a great year it has been and just how fortunate I am. Fortunate to have amazing friends and family, and to live surrounded by beauty! No doubt there have been challenges and some heartache, but the positives won the day (er … year).
I decided to share my year in two ways … life and beauty through photography and then life and beauty through family and friends. A few of the pictures were taken with my Blackberry (yes, I still use a Blackberry). You’ll be able to tell the difference.
Life and Beauty - Photography
Claytor Lake, Pulaski County, Virginia
The Booker T Washington National Monument, Franklin County, Virginia
The Ride of Silence, Radford, Virginia http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php
The New River, Radford, Virginia
The New River Valley Fair, Pulaski County, Virginia
Fall and The Virginia Tech Hokies
Labor Day and rain in Floyd County, Virginia
The Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, Tennessee (from the 2012 Solo Bike Ride)
Shooting Creek Road, Franklin County, Virginia
Somewhere in North Carolina
Along the New River in Pulaski County, Virginia
Foggy Morning, Radford, Virginia
The Home of John and Mabel Ringling, Sarasota, Florida
Just another lovely field in Montgomery County, Virginia
A train trestle over The New River, Pulaski County, Virginia
Life and Beauty – Family and Friends
Andrew’s Farewell Party before his move to Charleston, SC (in Blacksburg, Virginia)
Mothers Day / Fathers Day with the best parents EVER (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Sisters Celebrating 50 (Roanoke, Virginia)
The Annual GOA Gathering (Bath, North Carolina)
Hanging with the SoHos! (Dublin, Virginia)
Gathering with the BGs in Grayson County, Virginia
The annual Road Trip with Ruth to see the Hokies (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
Mumford and Sons Concert (Bristol, Tennessee)
Some of my favorite Biker Chicks (Elkin, North Carolina)
Bikers riding for a good cause (Draper, Virginia)
“Divas” raising money for another good cause (Radford, Virginia)
Time on the farm with Bill
And time on the bike with some of my favorite guys (Philpott Dam, Bassett, Virginia)
I’m always ready with the camera while riding,
whether at the beginning of a trip with my good friend, Tim,
Or during the pouring rain on my annual solo bike ride (somewhere between Nashville and Knoxville)
And best yet, reconnecting with lifelong friends (not a quality picture but a quality friendship) Richmond, Virginia
So there you have it … how lucky am I?
Onward to 2013