Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Best of 2011

2011 has passed, and today a new year has began. I thought it only fitting to post my "best" of 2011. For most of the year I owned a small point and shoot Canon Digital IXUS 950 IS.

JANUARY

FEBRUARY
My prodigal son & my little grandson come into our lives at the end of February under not-so-great circumstances. It was so lovely to spend time with them and to have my son live with us for almost 6 weeks.

MARCH - a month filled with stress & sadness. I was rushed to hospital twice in 2 weeks due to problems with my heart, and my prodigal son disappeared again. I only took 30 photos for the entire month as a result, and nothing was really worthy of posting in my opinion...


APRIL
Brisbane City from Southbank

MAY

JUNE
Brisbane City Hall

JULY
Cedar Creek Winery

AUGUST
My last "best of" with my Canon IXUS 950 IS

And the first with my brand new Canon EOS DSLR 1100D, purchased on August 18th 2011.

Since I bought my new camera it has been so hard to pick a favourite from each month, so perhaps a couple or a few?

SEPTEMBER
I have always loved macro photography.

And I rediscovered my passion for landscapes. This is my city, Brisbane, at dusk. 

OCTOBER
Having a Canon 55-250mm telephoto zoom lens and a tripod gave me the ability to photograph a full moon for the first time ever (and on manual setting).

The same lens allows me to take shots like this - I call it my "stalker lens". There is so much about this photo that I love!!

And my favourote macro for October 

NOVEMBER
We took 2 day trips up the D'Aguillar Range to Mt Nebo.


DECEMBER
I took a 10 day R&R trip to visiti my parents on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. My favourite sunset of 2011 from Mt Martha beach.

For Christmas, my husband Michael surprised me with a Canon 50mm portrait lens. I am discovering a whole new world of sharpness in my portraits & learning to use the manual setting.

I LOVE these portraits of my youngest 2 children, Ben (20) & Bec (19), taken on Christmas day. I am incredibly proud of these two young adults.

And finally, I owe this man so much.

We have been married for only 2 years (Dec 5, 2009). Between us we have 9 children - Sarah (27), Amy (23), Daniel (22), Ben (20), Tamsyn (20), Bec (19), Kathryn (18), Jess (16) and Lizzie (14).

The last 2 years have been a rollercoaster ride and we almost didn't make it. There have been enormous challenges of sickness & not much health, and not a lot of "better" (until recently) & plenty of "worse". But through his persistence, determination and willingness to make some enormous changes in his own life (and his refusal to allow me to walk away) and through my own soul searching, my decision to focus on thankfulness and writing my Gratitude Journal, which has enabled me to see life from a whole new perspective. It has been incredibly difficult for us both BUT we have made it by the grace of God!!

Here's to 2012... May the new year bring an abundance of laughter, many wonderful memories and, for those photographer friends of mine, many great photography opportunities!!

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15 comments:

Michael S-B said...

Liz, this is absolutely beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes.

TexWisGirl said...

i hope your health continues to get stronger, your faith firmer, your love deeper. :)

TexWisGirl said...

My name is Theresa. Or folks just call me 'T'. :)

NixBlog said...

Fantastic shots, Liz! Sorry to hear you missed out on the last lunar eclipse in Melbourne... I was rather miffed as well, as I wanted some photos of the eclipse. Never mind here's to more in the future.
Have a wonderful 2012!

Nadege, said...

How wonderful that you can give each other strength to work through your life's ups and downs together. I wish you all the best for 2012.

lisa said...

What a wonderful recap of your year Liz, and I am so glad that you both have been able to persevere and make it through the tough times. I wish you a year filled with only good things.

Thank you so very much for sharing with us today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a great day!

lisa.

Seeing Each Day said...

This is a heart warming and honest post - thank you for sharing. I am so very pleased that your relationship with your husband seems in strong mode right now- from your words I can see that's taken effort, humbleness and determination on both your parts and you should be commended for that . I'm glad you're finding the gratitude journal inspiring - I did one a few years back and I couldn't believe that within a couple of weeks how quickly and easily grateful thoughts came to my head just from my day to day life, it made a big difference. Looking forward to continuing to see your lovely photos during the year.

bailey-road.com said...

You have so many beautiful shots here - you can't possibly choose a favorite.
I hope 2012 brings you good health and happiness!

Gretchen said...

This is a lovely post! Wonderful way to remember the past year!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

A very heart-felt post. So much to share. I can tell you're loving having a dSLR too.

Lui said...

What awesome images and special memories! Canon is now on my 'desire' list!

And to end (and before this becomes a novel) there is a saying in my local language that goes "wag ka bibitaw" (don't let go) or simply to hang on and affirm the best. Life goes on a cycle and 2012 is one of the best. Believe me.

Emily said...

What a wonderful year in review Liz! I love the macro shots especially the purple flower and the duck. Thank you for sharing!

Ingrid said...

Liz, there's nothing like the joy of a new camera and new lenses ... not that technology has anything to do with the loveliness of your photos. :) Beautiful set~! I enjoyed perusing the whole lot and have been digging deeper into the archives.

Simone said...

How wonderful to see your year's journey in photographs. It is wonderful to be able to reflect back and see a life fully lived. All the best for 2012!

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

beautiful images Liz!! enjoy your new lens! x

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