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2013 in pictures

So, 2013 was the first full year that I’m sure I’ve taken at least one photo a day. Even though I started the Picture Worthy project in January 2012, there were two weeks at the beginning of January 2012 where I hadn’t been photographing. I did a post on 2012 in pictures, highlighting one photo from each month taken from the Picture Worthy blog. Here is the 2013 edition.

January 30, 2013 – Vineyard #2: “There’s a magnificent view of a vineyard from the window of a friend’s place, but during the winter, there’s nothing but sticks. Yet, even though it was already dark when I took this photo, the clouds tonight made a dramatic backdrop. There was no tripod or anything that could act as one for Mr.Canon near the window, so I maxed the ISO and this is how it turned out. A bit blurry perhaps, but the effect is interesting. The blur and the noise made the whole picture look somewhat like a painting than a photo, and I like that. Quite unexpected, indeed.”

Comments: I’m still quite amazed at the way this photo turned out. It actually makes me want to learn to paint in an attempt to recreate this as a painting. To all the true artists out there: how feasible is this rather bizarre idea?

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2012 in pictures

I started my photo blog in mid-January 2012 because I wanted to give the 365-day project (366 as 2012 was a leap year) a try. It is now the beginning of 2013 and I am 14 days away from completing it. Go me! Of course, not all of the photos have been super interesting. I admit there were days when I just couldn’t find anything fun to photograph, so I just took a pictures of something random that was around me. Yet, I enjoyed the process of keeping an eye out on peculiar things to photograph, noticing minor details that I would not have seen if I weren’t paying attention, and recording the tidbits of my life as it flashes in front of my eyes. Now, I like to go back on any given day of the year and see what I saw that day, reading the comments that accompany the imagery.

I will now share with you one photo from each month that has never been posted on this blog (some travel photos have been used for both blogs), along with the description that I wrote for that day and my comments now that the entire year is almost over.

January 27, 2012 – Rainbow in Cherbourg: “Cherbourg is really a lovely little place, and I stepped out at the perfect time to catch this rainbow at the port. Not only do you see its reflection in the water, if you look carefully, there is a faint secondary rainbow above it, to its right. I’ve never seen such a big, majestic rainbow before. What a sight!”

Comments: Come to think of it, Cherbourg is probably the only placed I “travelled” to that I didn’t write about. And I don’t want to write about it, even though I’ve been there TWICE. The circumstances under which I went to that place are too much burden on my heart and mind.

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Seven hours till the beginning of my new year

The world didn’t end in 2012.

I was going to write about my year-end trip to north-western France, but that can wait. It dawned upon me that on the last day of 2012, I should probably summarize this peculiar year, because too many things have happened, way too many…

I thought 2011 was quite eventful, so at the beginning of the year 2012, I had hoped for a calmer, less eventful year. Well that went right out the window.

Several big events took place in 2012:

  • After being a Christian for more years than I could count, I got baptised on September 8, 2012.
  • My best friend in Canada, Florence, got married on September 15, 2012. I participated in her wedding as her maid of honour.
  • I entered the third and last year of my PhD, passing the midterm confirmation exam on September 28, 2012.
  • I turned quarter-of-a-century old on the same day.

Hmm. Come to think of it, everything seemed to have concentrated around September, which was also the month I went back to Canada. Of course, that doesn’t mean the rest of the months of the year were dull and boring. On the contrary, I travelled to more places than I ever dreamed of, met more people than I thought possible, said goodbye more times than I would have liked, and experienced more of life than I could imagine. And in the midst of joy, sadness, anticipation, disappointment, and all the emotions that were intertwined, I regret nothing.

A photo taken in 2011 by Florence, when we went on our road trip in Tobermory, Canada. This still remains one of my favourite photos taken of me, even though my face can’t be seen. It felt like I was standing at the edge of the world, contemplating the meaning of my existence and the purpose of everything I do.

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