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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year & Favorite Pictures from 2012

2012 was a very exciting year, as we began a dream we had been dreaming for sometime. Camp hosting in a State Park and A National Forest. What a way to start our retirement.
It was far more interesting and fun than our expectations had aloud us to dream it would be. We met people who will be life long friends, I found a joy in photography, which I didn't expect, and I started this blog and met many fellow bloggers who are rapidly becoming good friends also.  The blog has been a blessing in so many ways, it not only has allowed me to keep a journal of thoughts and pictures that I don't want to forget, but it has allowed me to share them with family and friends who find what we are doing interesting and want to keep in touch.   We only have 3 more months in our house then we will be full time RVers.  We are not sure what April 1st is going bring our way but we know where ever it is we will be so excited and happy.
I wanted to look back at 2012 and share with you some of my favorite photos......

This was by far the photo of the year. I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time and this mama deer and her babies provided one of the best pictures for 2012. This to date is my largest read post.
This one is my second favorite. And this one required the most patience. I got this idea in my head I didn't want to get a hummingbird at a feeder but sitting natural in a tree. Well this little female had been lighting in this tree all day off and on.  So I waited & waited & waited and finally I got her. And it was so worth it.
Even though "I" didn't take this one, Art did. It still has to be one of my favorites.  This little pug sure gave us a good laugh for 2012. 
This is at the top of a nature picture I took. I had been trying to get a butterfly for many weeks and this Buckeye was very gracious to land and stay still enough for me to get.
If you had been following along with the blog this summer you know how much I wanted to get turkeys. This one is my favorite because it was so natural and there was a Hen and Tom!
This little guy was my favorite turtle. I just love turtles and was trying all the time at Hardin Ridge to get one. This little guy was at Patoka Lake in southern Indiana.
I took this favorite "Mother Nature" shot when we turned out onto the road our camper set on to go work at the gate. The sunrays were so neat coming through the trees.
This is another "Mother Nature" picture. I wanted to get pictures of the exact same spot in the park at Hardin Ridge.  Left is Fall and right is winter in Dec. Notice the light difference.
When  the "Pumpkin People" came to Hardin Ridge and carved out over 100 pumpkins it was thrilling to see them work. What they did with an ordinary pumpkin was amazing!!!
This picture was taken right when we started at Hardin Ridge.  I was in 7th heaven getting this little fawn.  And it was a thrill to watch then grow up in front of us the next 2 1/1 months we were there.
What would my favorite photos be without our granddaughter Meredith. She has been a shining light in our lives in 2012.
THIS is what made 2012 a wonderful year for Art and I.  OUR family. The love and respect that they give us is priceless. We are truly blessed!  From L to R....Tom, Lindsay, Meredith, Hannah and Dan.
As I leave you with my favorite sunset picture I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.  I hope it is filled with joy, happiness, prosperity, and about all love of family and friends.


  1. Hi Tammy, What a great post. I feel the same way about my blog. When I started out I said to myself what the heck was I thinking. Even so, I am hooked on it now. What wonderful photos you took. Thank you for your friendship.Hugs, Anna

    1. Thanks Anna. Right now I don't feel like there is much to write about, but then when we were busy this past summer there were days I was almost too tired to post.
      But I like the busy better :)

  2. Good choice of pics! Hope that turtle comes out of its shell. :)

    1. He did when I first found him, but then he went inside closed the door and that was it. I put him in the weeds as we found him crossing the road.

  3. Love your pics. A great way to wrap up the year. Have a wonderful 2013 filled with lots and lots of photo ops.

    1. Thank you. It was fun looking back over 2012 and reliving all we had done and saw.

  4. And, I'm willing to bet 2013 will be filled with more new friends, and more new adventures. I will be waiting to hear all about them. Now get busy and get that house cleaned out!!! (Been there, done that!!)

    1. Yes, I believe it will be,looking forward to it. We are getting there,even though we don't live in a huge house there is still lots of stuff. Glad to hear you will be reading along with us. :)

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  6. LOVE the Pug shot! HAhaaa

    All the pictures are great and welcome to blogging. Looking forward to reading about your work camping experiences..


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