Hello and welome to My View for Monday, January 9, 2012.
Happy New Year and Happy Full Moon!!! I hope your new year has started off wonderfully well.
Today, I am announcing an exciting new workshop for 2012. Cathy Aronson, master printer and photography guide in Grand Teton National Park, will be joining me in teaching a shoot and print workshop in the Grand Teton National Park in September of this year. Please see the details of this workshop here. I am very much looking forward to teaching with Cathy in September.
In addition, with mixed emotions, I am announcing my retirement from running and teaching photography workshops at the end of 2012. The four workshops that I have listed for this year are the last ones that I will run and teach. The only exception may be the Callaway Gardens workshop as macro and abstract photography are my favorite ways to shoot and Callaway Gardens is an easy drive from my home.
This decision comes after much thought this year as to what I want to do with the rest of my life. I have worked either part-time (during my school and college years) or full-time since I was 14 years old. I am now a part of the Medicare population. There are a number of things that I want to do with the time I have remaining on this earth while I am still healthy and able to enjoy these activities. I want to renovate my house and re-create my garden. I want to volunteer at my local humane society. The list goes on and on.
Many of my family members are aging and I want to spend more time with them. I also have close friends that I’ve not been able to spend much time with in the last many years. I want to see more of them. I want to develop new relationships, as well as renew old ones that were once a very important part of who I am. I want to spend more time with my younger family members before they are “grown and gone”. I want to travel more, see new places and, perhaps, drive across northern Canada once more.
The loss of several friends and family members in the last couple of years pointed out to me just how fleeting is the time in our lives. Most recently is the loss of my niece’s mother-in-law who died in an automobile accident this past Saturday. She did not survive a simple trip to a local mall.
One thing that I have learned in the second third of my life is to appreciate the people I love. They are so precious. Love is so precious. Tell those people that you love how much you love them at each opportunity you get. Let them know how much you appreciate them. Let them know how important they are to you. Make the time in your life to share yourself with them, to do the things you want to do together, to enjoy your time together. Don’t wait “until… ” . None of us knows when a simple trip to the mall could end it all. My goal for the last third of my life is to spend more time doing exactly these things.
I will continue my enjoyment of photography and, perhaps, concentrate on my fine art once again. I will, perhaps, post more often to My View. I would love to see you on one of this year’s workshops. If you know of someone who might like to join me on one of the workshops, please share this with them. If you are starting to teach workshops yourself and I can help you in any way, please let me know. I would love to ‘pay it back’ as a thank you to all of those who helped me in my photography career over the years.
Thank you so much for those of you who joined me on workshops in the past. I so very much appreciate your support of my photography instruction career. I have enjoyed every minute of our time together. I hope to continue to share our love of photography together and, perhaps, have time to go shooting together.
Have a wonderful 2012 and I hope to see you on one of my workshops.
Today’s image is one from my home state, Florida. It represents a new day for me.
The Morning Sun
Delray Beach, Florida, January, 2011
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 16-35mm L lens, ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/750 sec, hand held
Wishing you all many beautiful morning suns!!