I have a bit of a confession to make. I’ve been back to work for over a month now, and while part of me is enjoying the routine chaos that is my job, the other part of me still wants to be footloose and fancy-free, traveling Europe with my backpack and rail pass. To be perfectly frank, I have not been dealing well with the transition at all, and I’ve been a lot more of a grump than usual. I’m trying not to be, honest, and I’m working on getting back to my normal cheerful self.
But at least the weather in Sacramento has been more or less phenomenal since we’ve gotten back — a few hot days, but overall it’s been unseasonably mild, and, I hate to say it, definitely nicer than most of the weather on our trip. So I’ve been enjoying being outside, and soaking up the last of the golden rays that bathe everything in the most amazing late-afternoon light. I don’t want to hurry through this time — I’m not ready for it to be autumn and winter. But since it’s inevitable, I’ll make the most of what summer that’s left.
Anyway, I’ve narrowed 2009 down to my favorite few nine pictures. I don’t really stick to one area when I’m taking pictures, so I tried to get a decent cross-section from different categories. Please please click here and scroll all the way to the bottom to leave a comment voting on which one is your most favorite–I really appreciate the feedback. :-)
2009 was, pretty much without a doubt, the best and craziest year of my life. It wasn’t the easiest, but I had ridiculous amounts of fun living it.
I acquired a number of colorful shirts while playing on several kickball and dodgeball teams in the winter, spring, and summer.
Early April found me on the slopes, taking pictures of a coworker’s son snowboarding in exchange for a free lift ticket and rental, and also managing to hurt myself pretty badly after doing a faceplant into a mountain. Whoops.
Later in the month, I headed to the California Auto Museum for a photo workshop, and lots of drooling over lovely classic cars.
I took this yesterday on Christmas, when I was playing with my niece. I loved watching her fascination with the “other baby”–she was giving it big, sloppy kisses on the glass! I missed getting a picture of that, but at least I did get a nice reflection shot. I love how her hands look like they’re glowing–that’s just how the light was reflecting. So neat. :-)
I took this picture last May at our senior breakfast… OK, so I’m just now getting around to getting them uploaded. My cop-out excuse is that Flickr is blocked at our school. :-) Anyway, I’m not especially thrilled with how any of the student shots came out from the senior breakfast, but I did like the food shots. And now I want strawberries, darn it.
Went out this morning and took pictures of the sunrise and the birds at the Yolo Wildlife Area about 10 miles from my house. I’m nowhere near being done going through everything, but when they come off my camera looking like this, I know it’s going to be a good day.
Click on the picture and take a look at the full-size shot. Wow. Just wow.