Sunday, December 30, 2012

52 Weeks 2012-March

Calatrava Bridge Opening Ceremony-Week 9 2012

Basked in Light-Week 10 2012 from Muir Woods

Cut Off-Week 11 2012 in celebration of St Pattys Day

Gentle Giant-Week 12 2012 from the Dallas Zoo

52 Weeks 2012 February

Sunset on the Platform-Week 5 2012

Will You...? Week 6 2012

Light Up My Life With Love- Week 7 2012

Happy Birthday! Week 8 2012

52 Weeks in a Nutshell-January

The first month of my 52 Weeks photo project of 2012

2012 started with the arrival of Danbo, who came all the way from Japan to be a part of my 52 week project.

Week 2 was a visit to a local park. I never knew that this little jem was so close to the house I grew up in!

Joining the Dallas Photography group on was quite helpful in getting out to new places and learning from several great photographers. This shot is from downtown Grapevine.

At the end of Jan, we welcomed in the Year of the Dragon.

Under Construction

Under the best way to describe the past year, and why I have been MIA to this blog. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Just about a year ago (Jan 14 to be exact) I posted this post about my new years resolutions. In a nutshell they were:
  • Regain control of my life
  • Travel more
  • Improve my photography skills
I happily report that I accomplished all of these things. New job=happier me, I have also seen several new places in this year including my first trip to Canada, and visiting the southern most tip of the US (in HI). I also vowed to complete a 52 week photo project as well which was a fun learning experience. I will start to post the images of the project in an attempt to get caught up to my new 2013 project that starts this week!

So, on this eve of New Years Eve, as I reflect back on this year, I can honestly say that I am a much happier and healthier person than I was 366 days ago. and my goal for 2013 is to be able to say that same thing again at the end of next year. I hope the same for you :)

When All Else Fails, Follow a Dog

While in Capri, we decided to stroll through Anacapri and do a quick hike to some roman ruins. I had bought a great book with hikes for all over Italy,and felt that it had fairly detailed info of each hike. This hike/walk started at the center of town and would wind through the streets of Anacapri taking us out of town and to the ruins. Easy peasy. It was a nice hike and somewhere along the way we came across a friendly dog, who after a few pats on the head, he continued on his way up the path. One thing we didn't plan on was that many streets would not be marked and that we would get lost. As the six of us tried to decipher where we were on the map, the friendly dog came back and started barking at us. As a joke I said that maybe the dog was trying to tell us something, and he probably knows the city better than we do. But we realized that this dog was always about 20 yards ahead of us and he seemed like he knew where he was going.

So, we decided that we would just follow the dog instead, and see where he would take us. Patches, as we named him led us left and right down cobblestone streets, and past old homes with grapevines and wisteria growing in the yards. Then we turned out of the city and onto a path lined with tall pines. As we continued through the piney trail, low and behold, Patches actually led us to the ruins we were looking for, Villa Damecuta! We think he is a stray that lives on the grounds since there is running water there (and he appeared to be quite the mouser). After checking out the place, Patches followed us to the closest bus stop and waited with us. I felt bad because I think he felt the proper payment for his tour services was a forever home, but unfortunately, we couldn't take him with us back to the US. As the bus pulled up, as if on que, he went on his way, perhaps to look for the next group of lost touristas.

Our tour guide Patches taking in the view of the Gulf of Naples