End Of A Year

We are lucky to have one daughter and two of our grandkids here for the end of the year. With two of our children living three to three and a half hours away we don’t get to see them often enough it seems.

I have never been one to make resolutions or set out to do new things as a new year arrives. Taking each day as it comes and adjusting has been my way. I thought many times of ending this photographic and blogging journey this past year. Feeling that I have neared reaching the limits of what my knowledge and equipment can do photographically. Long ago the desire to share my thoughts having waned. Yet the call of being out at sunrise to see what I can see beckons to me each day when I rise. I still wait anxiously for daylight.

So I guess I will keep at it as long as I am able, and the reliable semi-pro tools of the trade I use hold up. Unlike what the so called experts say about never sharing anything but your best work I disagree. Having learned to shoot in poor light with the tools I have allowing me to get good enough pics to see what was happening when my failing eyesight can’t capture it. Often the most activity at an eagles nest goes on in the dimmest of light before sunrise or shortly thereafter. Speaking of eagles they have become dominant in my pursuits. Learning about how they go about living catching my fancy as they are the most consistent of subjects year around.

Other nature critters are just as interesting to me, but are less available throughout the year. Taking landscape photos have never been a great desire for me. I think that cameras fail to acquire the awesomeness. The feel of the winds or calm that come with them. Much better for you to get out or look out the window and appreciate on your own.  Who knows what the coming year will inspire me to go after? For now I am thankful for the wondrous things I have been blessed to appreciate in the year now ending…

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10 Responses to End Of A Year

  1. Ellen Bunnell says:

    Cute kids and happy, beautiful grandkids. These photos have certainly captured the joyful actions of the children. Wonderful memories for them and you. I can sense your heart in your commentary as well. I rise and wait for the sunrise to wash my backyard in whatever light the day will bring. And I have my computer to enjoy all God’s creatures, great and small, off which you catch with that semi-pro tool that you use. I’m so glad you’ve shared all these years, and that you will continue as you feel like doing. Enjoy those Grands, I know the feeling of not getting together as my two ‘guys’ are 500 miles away and my ‘gal’ is 6,000 thousand miles away. Thankful that is last year, I made it that 500 miles away and the ‘guys’ made it here to KY for a week too. AND I got to the ‘gal’ in Romania for 10 days which encompassed her 14th Birthday. Keep those memories of your grands being recorded, you will continue to love them when they are so far away.

    • Jim Johnson says:

      Ellen Bunnell,
      Thank You. In many respects children make a life worth living for me. Glad you got to spend some time this past year with yours. Hope that some time together will be shared in the year to come for you. The modern technical tools can allow us to see them today like facetime on my wife’s phone. Can’t imagine the time apart in the past…

  2. Janis says:

    Enjoy looking at your pictures and reading your posts. Happy NewYear to all if you. Enjoy your grandchildren they grow up so fast.
    Happy New Year from your Pa family.
    Love y’all

  3. Brother Bo says:

    Happy New Year, Jim, Alice, Becky, and all of my Wonderful Kentucky Family!!! I wish you all the best in 2020. Keep the beautiful pictures coming Jim, we all enjoy them! Tell my girls Alice Kay and Becky that I miss them! And, keep enjoying those awesome grandkids!!

  4. Jim Johnson says:

    Brother Bo,
    Thank You. Wishing a happy and healthy New Year to you and yours as well. Will tell the girls and yes to enjoying the grandkids. Great to hear from you…

  5. I can’t believe how fast those kids are growing! Have a great 2020!

    • Jim Johnson says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      According to the new mark on the kitchen wall they both grew almost three inches since last mark in April. Now that is growing fast. Thank You. Hope you and yours have a great 2020 too…

  6. Susan Praetorius says:

    Happy New Year Jim & Alice and family! Keep doing what you love and love what you do! On any given day, whenever and whatever moves you to do something… you do it because you want to. I certainly love seeing your pictures through your eyes and it brings nature/animals to me! I’m in awe how close up you capture these all inspiring pictures of the Majestic Eagles and all animals! I try and picture just where you are when you take these beautiful pix! Seeing your Grandbabies and how they have grown and seeing them grow in an environment that not all children have the pleasure of growing up in, is fortunate. Being with family and spending time when you can is priceless. Time is precious, and one day, when time slows down and not on the go all the time, then we can catch our breath, stop, and smell the Roses, as they say. Thinking of you, with love, Sue & Jerry

    • Jim Johnson says:

      Susan Praetorius,
      Hey Sue, nice to hear from you. Thank You and hope you and Jerry have a splendid coming year. Yes, time with family is precious. The grandbabies a delight. We are lucky to have the eagles here, I am sure you would enjoy watching them too…

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