Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Photographic Year in Review

I had toyed around briefly - very briefly - with the idea of doing a Year in Review sort of post but then after deciding that it sounded way too much like work and I'm all for relaxing on this last day of 2011, that I would simply post one of my favorite photos from each month.  Of course even that was too much like work as I took an awful lot of photos this year but I finally grabbed a Baker's Dozen and called it 'good to go'!

January 29th - On a visit to Kent, Connecticut in the northwest corner of the state, I caught a shot of my favorite Princess at Kent Falls State Park. Note all the snow!

Intrepid Reporter Princess Patti Photographs the Falls

February 20th - Jamie in silhouette at Eastern Point Beach in Groton as we took advantage of a sunny and not-too-cold day in February.  As brutal of a winter as we had (see above!), it was nice to be able to go out and enjoy some sun! 

Jamie in Silhouette

March 1st - One of my favorite photos from my cruise on the Carnival Glory.  This was a tough pick as I took over 1,000 pictures on my first-ever cruise that I didn't enjoy while I was on but in retrospect liked more than I thought I did! 

Strolling on the deck

April 26th - The Callender Room at the Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport where I stayed when I took myself on a pleasant little trip to Maine for two days.  Talk about luxurious, the picture doesn't do it justice! 

The Callender Room

May 13th - This shot was taken when Jamie and I took a trip to Chester, Vermont for a working weekend at the Inn Victoria where I made some wonderful new friends and had a fantastic time!  I've been back up several times since and Chester is just as charming every time I'm there! 

Main Street Chester

June 16th - I drove myself down to the town of Essex on the Connecticut River and treated myself to lunch at the Griswold Inn, the United States' oldest continuously operating inn!  Their chowder is just as delicious as they say it is! 

The Griswold Inn in Essex, Connecticut; the United States' oldest continuously operating inn.

July 7th - After putting Jamie on a bus in Toronto so she could spend a few months with a friend in Manitoba, I drove down to Niagara Falls and spent several fantastic days at a lovely bed & breakfast - Kilpatrick Manor - and met one of my long-time blogging buddies, Carol, as I witnessed the wonders of the falls.  It was definitely one of my best trips of the year! 

The American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls

August 4th - It was back to Boston for Amanda and I as we went to visit the Chihully Exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  Well worth the trip even though I had just been in town the week before to attend a Red Sox game with my cousin Amy! 

September 28th - Speaking of my cousin Amy, I flew out to Nashville with her as she attended the International Bluegrass Music Association Conference and quite enjoyed the trip.  We visited the Ryman Auditorium and other Nashville sights - the trip was mighty fine, mighty fine! 

October 6th - The Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, New Hampshire was where this beautiful porch is located.  My mom, Amanda, and I made a one-night trip up to the beautiful historic resort that is located just north of Mount Washington in the White Mountains.  Definitely on my list of "gotta-go-back-there" places! 

Sunsets in the White Mountains

November 9th - Speaking of going back, Amanda and I went back to Salem (I have lost count of how many times I've been there this year but I've loved every single visit!)  I took this shot of the Old Burying Point near the Witch Trials Memorial and just loved the sun flare through the tree shining on the headstones.

December 2nd - Did I mention that I went to Salem a lot??  This photo is from the Clarence S. Clark House which was part of Christmas in Salem Historic House Tour that I was able to partially go on being that I had work obligations and couldn't be there for the whole event.  Still, the houses I got to see were beautiful - especially this one! 

Finally, one my very favorite photos of the year was taken once again in Salem when I was there on July 27th with my cousin Amy.  It was a beautiful evening and we spent some time walking around down by the waterfront where I shot this picture of the Friendship docked at Pickering Wharf.  

Reflections of Friendship

I have been very, very fortunate to have had the chance to travel to a lot of places this past year and take a lot of pictures. It's been a year filled with new opportunities, new adventures, new and old friends, and a lot of good stuff.  Sure, maybe there were a few not-so-high points but overall I can't complain and I'm quite looking forward to seeing what 2012 has in store for me.  Just as a guess, I'd be willing to bet there's another trip or two to Salem in there somewhere!

Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful new year filled with your own lots of good stuff from which to make wonderful memories with just enough not-so-great stuff to make you appreciative of all the good stuff even more!  That's my plan for the year!


  1. Very nicely done - some great shots! Happy New Year!

  2. lovely year you had there honey! and we all went with you! happy and healthy new year!

    smiles, bee

  3. excellent review Linda, happy new year.

  4. Yes, you had a great year! And I've loved tagging along with you!

    Happy New Year, my friend!

  5. I have enjoyed the whole year with you...and loved this review. May 2012 be a great year for you and yours!

    Big hugs, honey...

  6. All great shots but how you chose from your vast collection is beyond me.

    Happy New Year Linda, I'm looking forward to more photos taken in 2012.

  7. Amazing year! And full of photos and travel! Just what my two favorite things are :) Hope 2012 is even better!

  8. You've had quite the year. And your photography continues to improve and impress. I'm definitely looking forward to vicariously sharing your adventures in 2012 through your wonderful pictorial essays.

  9. Excellent year indeed. I loved the Carnival Glory and I'm sure that in 18 days we'll love the Carnival Spirit.

    Have a terrific day and have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. :)

  10. I don't know how many times I tried to post this comment but it seems I just can't post comments from the mobile site. *shrug* At any rate, great recap of a great year, with fantastic photos to prove it! Here's wishing you many more happy and safe travels throughout 2012!

  11. Anonymous4:44 PM EST

    I kind of expect to read a lot of year in review posts like this, but I have a feeling yours will be my favorite, if only for the pictures.

  12. Happy New Year to you and yours, dear Linda! Christmas has finally been put away and I now have more time to concentrate on my blogging. I'm looking forward to some quiet days ahead:-)

    You certainly did travel to some wonderful places last year and the highlight of my year was also to have met you in Niagara Falls:-) Let's do it again this year!! hehe I think Steve has a week off at the start of July so that would be a good time to go across the border and visit a few places you mentioned...will have to look into that:-)

    The pictures you chose to highlight the places you traveled to are brilliant. Your photography never ceases to amaze me!!

    Looking forward to another year of your delightful friendship:-) xoxo

  13. I can't pick my favorite out of these!!
    don't know how you chose just 12
    you are an amazing photographer Linda

    I think I like October just a tiny bit more - the sun on lovely chairs on a wonderful porch, it's like a dream

  14. Linda! Your work continues to flabbergast me! I mean, I know you're good, but this is some gorgeous stuff, girl! I love Jamie in silhouette, I love the porch and the last one, especially. I am so glad I ordered the 11x14 of the view from the back of the cruise ship. It is perfect on my wall and reminds me of you.


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