Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year from the Wandering Photographer!  May you have a prosperous year and may all your goals and resolutions come to fruition, and may you have peace in your life and with those around you.

As we reflect on the past year, let us remember the good times and learn from the bad times. Let’s also observe a moment for those who are no longer amongst us, remember them always and the times we shared; and learn from the mistakes we and others have made and errors of the past so we don’t repeat them in the future.  Spend time with family and friends, for a person who has family and friends is rich indeed, and time is our most precious resource.

Wild Weekly’s Photo Challenge – Peaceful

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Peaceful!

There is nothing more peaceful than contemplating eternity.  It really makes us feel lowly and humble when looking at the Earth and what surrounds us, and what’s above us.orion

This is the Constellation Orion and Sirius, his faithful dog.

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Here is the North Star in Zion National Park.  This is one of my favorites.  It’s simply amazing that mariners have used this Star for millennia for navigation and modern outdoorsmen use it to orient themselves to keep from getting lost.

Also, here on Earth there are places that can take your breath away and contemplate your insignificance when you get troubled by the stress of life.  For example:

_RW_2332This is from Gooseberry Mesa looking west at Pine Valley Mountain, a distance of roughly 30 miles.   I can sit here for hours just contemplating life and getting away from it all.

Birds-Eye-ViewHere is another place you can think about how small we really are.  The world famous Grand Canyon.  This was taken from a helicopter flying over the Canyon.

Then who can forget the peacefulness of a hot air balloon in flight.

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These were taken at a balloon festival at Snowmass, Colorado.  Enjoy!

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I call this one “Reflections”.  One of my absolute favorites.

Last, but surely not least:

033_30aI would love to be up in this balloon.  It’s so quiet up there and talk about solitude and peaceful!