The past year brought many joys and new experiences and a few new skills. I think my photography improved somewhat, and I learned how to play with photo editing programs to correct problems or create something new.
|Owl at Nanoose Bay|
|Avatar, my friend's horse|
|Eagle in tree|
With added effects
I did lots of hiking and exploring, some in new terrain, some with Elder College, some with friends and family. I added Thetis Island, Holland Creek Park, Mt Tzouhalem, and Glenora Trail Head Park to my list of nearby places to hike. I travelled to Tofino and Gabriola and Parksville, and to the mainland and up to Lillooet.
|Fire on trip from Lillooet|
I horsesat Boo and Magic, and dog sat Lexi, Cosmo, and Bessie. And I welcomed RASTA, a farm animal sanctuary, to my neck of the
|Tango and Romeo|
Oh, and I blogged every day for the whole friggin' month of November. Now THAT'S an accomplishment.
But it was also a year of sorrow. Friends were widowed, lost beloved pets, or moved away. The sanctuary lost 13 potbellied pigs to an unknown cause, and also said goodbye to Wilbur the big pig and to Rusty the Rooster.
And I said goodbye to two of my three dogs, as both Shiloh and my little hiking buddy Eddie passed away Easter weekend. Things around here have been pretty quiet ever since.
What will the new year bring? Who knows? But I hope it includes more time with animals, more hikes, more photography, more time with family and friends.
|And me! More time with me!|
We ended the year with a bang here - an earthquake. May the new year bring a tsunami of joy, of peace, of compassion and goodness, of adventure and stewardship and inner strength and hope.
Happy New Year, dear readers. May 2016 be kind to you.