In addition to the most welcome visit of Old Saint Nick this season, another more insidious visitor weaseled it’s way into our home. The FLU came looking for a fight and despite our best defenses, two casualties emerged. My 15 yr old fell victim to the illness a week before Christmas (just in time for midterms.) And I later succumbed on the day before Christmas Eve, but pushed through and ended up spending the next few days in bed. (Such a merry Christmas!)
We did have a wonderful holiday after all and I was grateful that no one else was ill. It also made me thankful that my little ones were teenagers and didn’t need my constant care (and were on school vacation) so I could recuperate.
(It was also very nice that they knew how to cook!)
So the end of the year in blogging is usually a great time for looking back and doing “best of’s” and “favorite’s of” posts. A type of evaluation of sorts.
This year I bought myself a digital camera. I love using it but I must confess an embarrassing secret. Here it is, I’m afraid to take the settings off “auto.” Shameful, I know. I’m just really not sure how. The auto setting on the camera takes decent photos but doesn’t take great photos. I especially struggle shooting inside the house when the light isn’t the best. So because of that photography shortcoming, I’ve made one of my new year’s goals to learn to use the manual setting on my camera. Yes, it’s definitely a necessity.
So despite my novice photography skills, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite photos I posted on Charming Zebra this year. The first one (above) was actually taken in the house in front of a window. It was Mother’s Day and my oldest son had given me a bouquet of flowers.
At the beginning of Summer, our yard was blessed with a fairy crop of sunflowers taking over the right corner of our yard. Yellow, sunshiny blooms on bright green stalks. They brought our yard a little corner of happiness.
This Summer, while visiting the folks up in Snowflake, Arizona, I was privileged to witness an incredible sunset. The colors were brilliant and it was constantly changing before my eyes.
This October, the family and I spent some time at the beach house my in laws rent every year in San Juan Capistrano, California. Each night the sky put on a show and I tried to capture it the best I could. This shot was one of my favorites.
This past July, we spent Independence Day in Arizona with my brothers and their families. It was so fun for the kids to be able to light their own fireworks. I loved this shot of two of the kids lighting a sparkler. I was especially happy with this photo since I knew nothing about the special settings of the camera and ended up with this shot from pure luck.
So what about you? Are you a photog phenom? Or a newbie novice?