To the New Year
As we wind down the last few days of 2018, my thoughts center on the highlights of this year. I selected this shot of the Joshua tree as emblematic of 2018. The sheer beauty of Joshua Tree National Park was breathtaking. Located at the intersection of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts in California, this park is one of my most treasured memories from our road trip ushering in our “gap year.” As the year has unfolded, we’ve been very fortunate to continue our travels, meeting relatives and friends around the globe and making new friends. Each visit was unique, gratifying, and always eye-opening.
Another highlight of 2018 has been the inception of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenges. As many of you already know, Tina, Amy, Ann-Christine, and I are four blogging friends who understand the importance of a creative community. We got together to continue the Word Press Weekly Photo Challenges, which ended suddenly this year. Tina, Amy, and Ann-Christine have been marvelous creative partners who always provide encouragement, inspiration, and honest feedback. Virtual hugs to you all.
I’d also like to salute you–the members of the blogging community from around the globe who are joining our weekly challenges and providing us with inspiring images, poems, songs, and friendship. Our world-wide friendship is an ark for me, giving me safe passage across the rough waters of these turbulent times. Here, in our community, we respect our differences and are united by our shared interest in digitally capturing our world and its beauty. My hope is that like us, humankind will work together to solve the political, environmental, and economic challenges facing us all in our global community.
So, in closing, I thank Ann-Christine for this week’s photographic review challenge #26, a fitting end to 2018. I wish all the best to you and your loved ones in 2019. May you create light and share the light!