2019 — A Review

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Since I’ve seen quite a few year end reviews in the last few days, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and look back on these past twelve months, too. First, there was the Iceland trip that so significantly impacted the photos for the year, and are a reminder both of how challenging and rewarding the trip was. The photos during a few weeks in spring of a newly discovered location at nearby Jordan Lake were a joy in watching the progression of the season as buds slowly morphed into leaves. A week in North Carolina’s beautiful Outer Banks was rewarded with plenty of clouds for the extra element of mood in the photos gleaned from that visit, and a few trips north to visit family had its own reward in getting to know and photographing the first grand-nephew. And finally, although the New Year has yet to begin, I did receive a copy during 2019, seeing a photo of mine included in the 2020 Sierra Club Engagement Calendar was the fulfillment of a photographic dream, and that un-cropped photo, although taken in 2017, is included among those here. All in all, a very good year.

Below is a selection of some of the more significant images from the previous 12 months, both for content, and/or personal connection. If you should be inclined, feel free to question the choices, how they came about, techniques used, or whatever comes to mind that you would like additional information, just add a comment. For those of you who have followed this blog for a while, or have recently joined and looked back through the posts during the year, if there are any suggestions you feel should be added to those included here, I’ll post them sometime in January.

But for now, I’d like to thank all those who have taken the time to read this blog, and wish you all a Happy New Year filled with fulfilled dreams.

 

4 - Failing Christmas Cactus

Failing Christmas Cactus © jj raia

1 - Five Cherry Leaves  © jj raia

Five Cherry Leaves © jj raia

11 - White Oak Marsh in Spring Bud – Jordan Lake, NC  © jj raia

White Oak Marsh in Spring Bud – Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

13 - Spring Buds at White Oak Marsh No.6 © jj raia

Spring Buds at White Oak Marsh No.6 © jj raia

14 - Filtered Light — Jordan Lake, NC  © jj raia

Filtered Light — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

Wild Wisteria & Pollen Pods — Jordan Lake, NC  © jj raia

Wild Wisteria & Pollen Pods — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

Spring Buds at White Oak Marsh - Jordan Lake, NC  © jj raia

Spring Buds at White Oak Marsh – Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

10 - Maple Buds in Fog at White Oak Marsh — Jordan Lake, NC  © jj raia

Maple Buds in Fog at White Oak Marsh — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

Spring Buds — Jordan Lake, NC  © jj raia

Spring Buds — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

15 - Spring Buds at White Oak Marsh No.3  G jj raia

Spring Buds at White Oak Marsh No.3 G jj raia

Foggy Flight — Jordan Lake, NC  © jj raia

Foggy Flight — Jordan Lake, NC © jj raia

28 - Surf at Dusk No.4 — Corolla Beach, NC  © jj raia

Surf at Dusk No.4 — Corolla Beach, NC © jj raia

19 - Amazing Sky — Corolla Beach, NC No.2 © jj raia

Amazing Sky — Corolla Beach, NC No.2 © jj raia

Fishing Boat at First Light — Corolla Beach, NC  No.2 © jj raia

Fishing Boat at First Light — Corolla Beach, NC No.2 © jj raia

Majestic Dawn — Corolla Beach, NC © jj raia

Majestic Dawn — Corolla Beach, NC © jj raia

20 - Buried Snag at First Light — Currituck NWR, NC © jj raia

Buried Snag at First Light — Currituck NWR, NC © jj raia

27 - Sand Patterns — Corolla Beach, NC  © jj raia

Sand Patterns — Corolla Beach, NC © jj raia

21 - Dawn Light — Currituck NWR, NC © jj raia

Dawn Light — Currituck NWR, NC © jj raia

22 - Surf at Dusk No.1 — Corolla Beach, NC  © jj raia

Surf at Dusk No.1 — Corolla Beach, NC © jj raia

26 - Surf at Sunrise No.1 - Cropped — Outer Banks, NC © jj raia

Surf at Sunrise No.1 – Cropped — Outer Banks, NC © jj raia

18 - Morning Light over Jordan Lake  © jj raia

Morning Light over Jordan Lake © jj raia

9 - Autumn Berries — Great Dismal Swamp SP, NC © jj raia

Autumn Berries — Great Dismal Swamp SP, NC © jj raia

12 - Bald Cyprus — Currituck Sound, NC  © jj raia

Bald Cyprus — Currituck Sound, NC © jj raia

Winter Lake — Mercer County, NJ  © jj raia

Winter Lake — Mercer County, NJ © jj raia

47 - Berg and Duck — Jokulsarlon, Iceland  © jj raia

Berg and Duck — Jokulsarlon, Iceland © jj raia

36 - Skogafoss With Stars © jj raia

Skogafoss With Stars © jj raia

34 - Early Light at Gulfoss — Iceland  © jj raia

Early Light at Gulfoss — Iceland © jj raia

32 - Storm Surf at Diamond Beach — Iceland  © jj raia

Storm Surf at Diamond Beach — Iceland © jj raia

38 - Dawn on Diamond Beach - Iceland No-3

Dawn on Diamond Beach – Iceland No-3 © jj raia

Grazing under Vindbelgjarfjall — Myvatn, Iceland  © jj raia

Grazing under Vindbelgjarfjall — Myvatn, Iceland © jj raia

31 - Snæfellsjökull at Dusk — Iceland  © jj raia

Snæfellsjökull at Dusk — Iceland © jj raia

48 - Jokulsarlon Sunset - Iceland No-1  © jj raia

Jokulsarlon Sunset – Iceland No-1 © jj raia

35 - Þjófafoss and Mt. Burfell — Iceland  © jj raia

Þjófafoss and Mt. Burfell — Iceland © jj raia

Húnafjörður at Dusk — Iceland  © jj raia

Húnafjörður at Dusk — Iceland © jj raia

Spring — Vik, Iceland  © jj raia

Spring — Vik, Iceland © jj raia

November Sky © jj raia

November Sky © jj raia

8 - White Wall — Rocky Mount, NC  © jj raia

White Wall — Rocky Mount, NC © jj raia

2 - Faded Plywood — Rocky Mount, NC  © jj raia

Faded Plywood — Rocky Mount, NC © jj raia

Barn — Vik, Iceland  © jj raia

Barn — Vik, Iceland © jj raia

3 - Reynisfjara Columnar Basalt  © jj raia

Reynisfjara Columnar Basalt © jj raia

Young Man  © jj raia

Young Man © jj raia

Painted Dunes Detail — Lassen Volcanic NP, CA

Painted Dunes Detail — Lassen Volcanic NP, CA © jj raia *

* taken in 2017

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