Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve. Pennsylvania. May 2011.

This is the time of year when retrospectives start showing up everywhere, from blogs to television’s network news programs.  Since it is a dark, dreary, rainy day here in the Bogs — not suitable for picture taking — I thought I’d pull out some of my favorite photos and scenes from the past year.  Some have been posted here on Ye Olde Blogg.  Some never made it, usually because I had so much going on that I didn’t have time to sort through everything.

The Susquehanna River. Pinnacle Overlook (somewhere in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania). May 2011.

I won’t be able to back further than May.  That’s due to some laziness on my part.  I finally have all of my photos available to me from one computer, but I don’t feel like taking the time to search the external hard drives for the files that have been put away (so to speak).  Perhaps I’ll do that next week when life becomes a little quieter.

It’s been a fun year.  M and I had our mid-life crises and bought cross-country skis and bicycles so we could hike, bike, and ski.  We took a few trips east to visit with family.

My outdoor challenge took up a good part of the year.  I experienced and learned all sorts of new things as a result of getting outside every day.  I highly recommend it.

Snake on the trail.

I have to keep this short.  I still have a lot to do before the weekend and the arrival of our children and grandchildren.  Naturally I decided to add to my list by making a big pot of soup that looks to be labor intensive.  Having already soaked the beans last night, there is no putting it off.  I have no idea what I’ll do with it once it’s all put together and cooked.  There is little or no space available in the fridge or freezers.

Tulips at Longwood Gardens

We do have a cold front moving in tonight.  That will make our outdoor fridge/freezer available.  Once the temperature is low enough, we can use the garage for things that won’t fit in the fridge or freezer.  It’s plenty cold out there.

That’s it for part one of my 2011 retrospective.  I suspect I won’t get too far with this project.  All of the photos used in this post are from one weekend in May.  At this rate it will take me a whole ‘nother year to get through them all.

Thank you for dropping by the Bogs today.  It’s fun to have company while I’m doing a little time traveling.  🙂

32 Comments on “Retrospective”

  1. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Robin. Happy holidays to your family—————

  2. That’s some great twisted vine in the last photograph.

    My nature blog is half a year old and I expected I’d be going into retrospective mode as 2011 neared its end. Being in a relatively warm place (central Texas), though, I’m still dealing with pictures from as recently as the last few weeks. Even when I do start biding my time through January and February, the fact remains that I took so many pictures in 2011 that I don’t have to go back to earlier years (unless I choose to) to keep up my pace of posting a picture a day.

    Steve Schwartzman

    • Robin says:

      Steve: It’s hard to keep up with all the photos, isn’t it? One outing to a place such as Longwood Gardens and I have enough photos to post for months.

      That vine is one of my favorites. Thank you. 🙂

  3. Kel says:

    if the season outside is dreary, some inside shots might spice things up a bit

    hope you get to enjoy the family visit .. .don’t work too hard

    • Robin says:

      I would, Kel, and thought of it, but I just don’t have time to deal with new photos right now. The great thing about going back is that it also allows me to do a little organizing while I’m at it.

      Thanks! 🙂

  4. Karma says:

    So nice to see warm reminders that spring will come again! I was feeling a bit stressed too about the upcoming holidays, but I’m feeling better about at least the shopping part, now that it is nearly done (still have the housecleaning, baking etc). Your photos put a warm smile on my face and I’m trying to keep in mind what this time of year is really about (though I’m not a religious sort). Enjoy your weekend with the family!

  5. dragonfae says:

    Neat picture of the Rat Snake … he’s gorgeous (yeah, I know I’m weird). 🙂

    Have a wonderful time with the family Robin! Happy Holidays to all of you! *smooches*

  6. ceceliafutch says:

    Enjoy the time with your family. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos with us…. always a treat.

  7. Just keep plugging along…and your wonderful kids don’t expect ‘Perfect’, they expect ‘Mom’…
    Enjoy them, as the rest of us enjoy your sunny photos!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Marie. 🙂

      I know they don’t expect perfect. Neither do I, really. It occurred to me as I was mopping the kitchen floor today that the cleaning is a meditation of sorts for me. I’m a little bit OCD and before the chaos is upon us, I have order. For about 5 minutes. And the absurdity of that has had me laughing for most of the afternoon.

  8. lynnekovan says:

    What a lovely thing to do on a dark, dreary day.

  9. kerryl29 says:

    A fine retrospective indeed. It’s good to have a reminder that isn’t always gray and dreary outside.

  10. nigel says:

    First photo has lovely lighting, last is magical and the ones in the middle are brilliant 🙂

  11. Dana says:

    I am a sucker for all sorts of year-end things: retrospectives, countdowns, Top Ten lists, etc., so it’s no surprise that I loved this post, too! I was planning to do something similar on my blog, mainly because I missed about 6 months of posting! Maybe slapping up some photos will make up for lost time? 😉

    I hope you have a great weekend celebrating the season with your family!

    • Robin says:

      Well, you know what they say, Dana: A picture is worth a thousand words. Seems to me that ought to more than make up for lost time. 😉

      Thank you! 🙂

  12. Wonderful photos here too. 🙂 My favorite is the bird on the bird feeder. Just wonderful. And you are so good at flowers.

  13. Gorgeous photos, I’m glad you dug them up to show them off.
    You know, I can’t wait for the kids to grow up so I can have my midlife crisis and buy cross-country skis (and plan a vacation in the snow), bikes, and maybe some tennis rackets. It’s just no fun now, with whining kids 😉

  14. carlaat says:

    The smiling snake and the twisting vine. Thanks so much for sharing your wealth of images! 🙂

  15. Corina says:

    Gorgeous photos, as usual. I was going to say that my favorites were the flowers but then you hit me with those tree trunks! Awesome! It’s kind of how our lives go.

  16. jane tims says:

    Hi. The gate and lilies-of-the-valley is lovely. I find the managing of photos for the blog overwhelming at times. Storing them is one thing… finding them when you need them is another!!! Jane

    • Robin says:

      Hi Jane. 🙂

      I have the same problem with storing and finding. As long as I can remember the season in which I took the photo, I’m usually okay. The problem is that the years go by and then I have to remember the year as well as the season. I can still find things pretty quickly with my current means of organization. I doubt anyone else could figure out my system, though.

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