Pictures of My 2012 – 24 Shots from All Over

I was rather heartbroken when I left my kids at the train station on a drizzly morning in Vasa, Finland at the end of March. They were flying home to New Mexico. I was flying south to Toulouse, France.

2011 had seen me in twice in Finland (once with the kids), in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Haiti and I’d already started off 2012 in India so I decided that despite a few other trips I had in mind for 2012, once I got home from southern France at the end of April I’d stick around Taos for the rest of the year and do all my travelling in my home region and WITH my kids.

It was a wise-choice because we had a blast.

It is always amazing what you can find around home and we’ve never forgotten that. Through the summer we were camping and fishing and playing in the mountains at every chance. In the fall we were at the harvest festivals, the art shows and Isabella was finally old enough for her first hot air balloon ride.

And of course, trains.

Soon the youngest will be old enough to travel with me more often and I can’t wait to take them to all the places I’m lucky enough to experience. For right now though, I’m happy that they get to know their home….of course, the fact that they are half Finnish means that they have two homes so….

2012 was the year I got back on my feet after several years of heartache on a number of levels. I fell clear on my writing and photography goals, cleared the fog off my values and lust for life and by the end of the year I was able to allow a very wonderful Panamanian woman into my heart.  It was a good year and so I offer you pictures of 2012 (and some travel photography tips if you care to read more).

Please come back for 2013. I’ll start off in Panama –  in just a little more than a week.  Finland is back on the agenda (with the kids!) later in the year, as is England, France, Sweden, Norway…possibly another trip to Panama and a lot more from glorious New Mexico and Colorado….and…I’d still like to get back to Haiti if I can figure out how to do that.

And I have a few other ideas.

Stick around. ~ ~ ~

January 2012

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Mandovi River, Goa, India

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Karnataka, India

February 2012

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Disney World

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Spoonbill Ibis. Florida. USA

 

March 2012

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Kvarken Archipelago. Finland

 

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Vasa, Finland

April 2012

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Basque Country. France.

 

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St. Jean de Luz. France

May 2012

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Lunar Eclipse. Taos, New Mexico. USA

 

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Smoke-filled sunset over Northern New Mexico. USA

June 2012

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El Rio Grande del Norte. Pilar. New Mexico. USA.

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Verse-Converse Poetry Slam. Taos, New Mexico, USA.

 July 2012

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Tusas Mountains. New Mexico. USA

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Colombine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area, New Mexico

August 2012

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Taos, New Mexico. USA

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Valle Vidal, New Mexico from Wheeler Peak, highest point in New Mexico

September 2012

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Glass Blowing. Taos, New Mexico. USA

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Renaissance Fair. Las Golondrinas, New Mexico

October 2012

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Chama, New Mexico

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El Rio Grande del Norte. New Mexico. USA. 1500 feet up in hot air balloon.

November 2012

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Cousins jumping trains. Pueblo, Colorado. USA

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Taos Mountain Balloon Rally. Taos, New Mexico. USA

December 2012

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Colombine Hondo Wilderness Study Area. New Mexico. USA

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Taos, New Mexico. USA

 

I wish you all a fabulous 2013.

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29 Responses to Pictures of My 2012 – 24 Shots from All Over

  1. Kiva Duckworth-Moulton December 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    sigh. all stunning. great choices, and a great re-cap. Here's to 2013!

    • Jim O'Donnell December 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

      Thanks Kiva! 2013 will be a good one! Its fun to look back at all the 2012 action tho.

  2. Cheryl Bleick December 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Quite beautiful. Best trip I've taken in years :). I can't get over how much those kids look like you.

    • Jim O'Donnell December 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

      No doubt those kids are mine, huh? I guess my genes are rather strong.

  3. Taos Rag December 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    outstanding photos

    • Jim O'Donnell December 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

      Thank you very much.

    • Michele Potter January 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      What a beautiful world you live in! You inspire us all to live in the same one (or rather, to recognize our own). Thank you for your gift. Best in 2013.

  4. Steve Collins December 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    These are beautiful, Jim! An impressive collection.

  5. Sandra Harris December 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    So talented! I just love your pictures and your writing always makes me feel like I am there :)

    • Jim O'Donnell December 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

      Thank you – even if you dont like Sound of Music…I still like you.

    • Sandra Harris December 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

      Oh I really liked it, just didn't' make my "top" list :)

    • Jim O'Donnell December 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      <shakes head disbelievingly>

  6. Julie Bartlett December 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Spectacular!! Can't wait for more adventures :-) :-) Happy 2013 to you and safe travels cuz :-) :-)

    • Jim O'Donnell December 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

      Thanks Julie! This was a fun post to put together.

  7. Michael R. Montez December 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    inspiring young man…

    • Jim O'Donnell December 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

      Thank you good sir. I hope Xmas at your house was a good one. Happy New Year amigo!

  8. Claudia (CJ) Carroll December 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Beauty becomes you Jim; children, love, travels; writing from the heart, photography from your talented hands and eye. Prospero ano 2013 and many safe, beauty-filled adventures on planet-earth!

  9. Marc d'Entremont December 31, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    You have inspired me to seriously take a look at the 55,000+ photos I've taken around the world since 2007 and do something more than just illustrate my articles. ENJOY Panama!

    • Jim O'Donnell January 1, 2013 at 1:16 am #

      Marc, with all the great stuff you have, you could have a rocking great website! I'm going to be looking alot at food down there!

    • Jim O'Donnell January 1, 2013 at 1:16 am #

      And Marc, thank YOU for the support and inspiration you've given me this year. I REALLY appreciate it.

  10. Jess Van Wickel January 1, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    Great collection and presentation Jim-O'! Happy New Year!

    • Jim O'Donnell January 1, 2013 at 1:17 am #

      Thank you! Cemeteries on the 3rd! Happy New Year!

  11. Jobavi Luna January 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Love, love the photos! My favourite is the Colombine snows. Inspiring! I would love to do something like this…maybe next year! :)

  12. Maureen Blevins January 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Great way to wrap up the past year! Here's wishing you many more travels in 2013!

    • Jim O'Donnell February 3, 2013 at 12:35 am #

      Thank you Mareen! 2013 started off very well in Panama – lets see whats next!

  13. gabi February 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    i don’t think i can say wow enough. and i also don’t think i can pick a favorite which disturbs me cuz there are just too many i love. my closest tie are the hot air balloon and the first two. bee and train come next.

    • Jim O'Donnell February 14, 2013 at 7:35 am #

      Ha! Thank you so much Gabi. Its means alot coming from you. It was a wild fun year and…so far so good in 2013!!!

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