Tuesday, January 1, 2008

January, 2008, Theme Day: Best Photo of the Year

buds
For what seemed like an inordinately long time, these rhododendron buds stood guard at our building's front door, reminding me for all the world of a photo of those terracotta soldiers from the tomb of China's first emperor, Shi Huangdi.

I took this photo months before I became aware of the City Daily Photo Blog community. For that reason, I decided to look through the many photos I had taken prior to September 1, 2007, searching for a photo I particularly wanted to share with you. So today I begin what I plan to be my first full calendar year as a CDPBer, with this photo that I took on March 4, 2007.

I'm not sure that I can truly convey how satisfying, exciting and supportive I find the CDPB community to be for me, so I'll just say, "Thank you, from my heart."

You'll have a blast looking at all of these photos of the year, 2007:

Paris, France - London, England - Hyde, UK - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Grenoble, France - Stockholm, Sweden - Riga, Latvia - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Manila, Philippines - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Weston (FL), USA - Prague, Czech Republic - New Orleans (LA), USA - Wichita (KS), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - San Francisco (CA), USA - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Greenville (SC), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Mainz, Germany - Melbourne, Australia - Portland (OR), USA - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Toulouse, France - Naples (FL), USA - Jakarta, Indonesia - Brussels, Belgium - Stayton (OR), USA - Selma (AL), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Toruń, Poland - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - Budapest, Hungary - Baziège, France - Nashville (TN), USA - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Chicago (IL), USA - Prescott (AZ), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Nottingham, UK - Moscow, Russia - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Evry, France - Trujillo, Peru - Arlington (VA), USA - Denpasar, Indonesia - American Fork (UT), USA - Seattle (WA), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Coral Gables (FL), USA - Montpellier, France - Joplin (MO), USA - Pilisvörösvár, Hungary - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Bucaramanga (Santander), Colombia - Boston (MA), USA - Torun, Poland - New York City (NY), USA - Dunedin (FL), USA - Quincy (MA), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Chateaubriant, France - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Jackson (MS), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Budapest, Hungary - Austin (TX), USA - Montréal (QC), Canada - Cypress (TX), USA - Bicheno, Australia - Wrocław, Poland - Brookville (OH), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Nelson, New Zealand - Cheltenham, UK - Wellington, New Zealand - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Mumbai (Maharashtra), India - London, UK - Haninge, Sweden - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Arradon, France - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Orlando (FL), USA - Mumbai, India - Terrell (TX), USA - Bogor, Indonesia - Delta (CO), USA - Radonvilliers, France - Saigon, Vietnam - San Diego (CA), USA - Adelaide (SA), Australia - Belgrade, Serbia - Auckland, New Zealand - Seguin (TX), USA - Inverness (IL), USA - Oslo, Norway - Singapore, Singapore - Las Vegas (NV), USA - New York City (NY), USA - Anderson (SC), USA - Torino, Italy - Susanville (CA), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Sharon (CT), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Memphis (Tennessee), USA

24 comments:

Lynette said...

Y'all can't believe that I could pick just one, could you? It's just that in 2008 I promise that I'm going to try hard, really hard, to overcome my Lays-potato-chips-betcha-can't-eat-just-one photo posting philosophy. I wouldn't bet on myself as far as being successful goes, though. It's just me--I talk too much, too. Oh, well.

To tell you the truth, this quote, attributed to Jack London, that JB from Mainz Daily Photo (We miss you, JB.) left in a comment explains me and my philosophy, to a T.

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
Jack London

Southern Heart said...

Wonderful photo, and a great choice!

Happy New Year,

Andrea

Celine said...

Hey, lady! I love rhodies, so great choice for the theme day. Take care, and happy new year!

Jilly said...

Nice shot. I love flowers in bud - so much promise. Happy New Year!

oldmanlincoln said...

This is a very nice photograph and well-chosen for this January theme day.

Thanks for all of your visits to my blog in 2007 and I hope and pray you have excellent health and are very happy all the days of your life but especially in this new year 2008.

Happy New Year from Patty and me.

Olivier said...

mes meilleurs voeux en cette année 2008 et bon choix pour ta photo de l'année. J'aime bien sa composition

My best wishes in the year 2008 and a good choice for your picture of the year. I like its composition

Rambling Round said...

I love your Jack London quote and the photo as well.
I appreciate your visits to my blog and all the best for 2008!

Jim said...

A great picture. I look forward to being able to see what you have for us in 2008. Flat Stanley has a lot of things that he needs to do this year. Happy New Year.

~tanty~ said...

Oh, I love this photo.
Happy new year Lynette.
Wish you all the best!

Barbara said...

Hope you have a great "New Year". From West Sacramento Photo of the Day.

WendyB said...

They DO look like the soldiers!

Jana said...

Wonderful photo. It makes me wish spring were closer!

Thiên said...

It's a beautiful choice Lynette! :) Happy new year to you!

Chris said...

Nice photo, Lynette! I love rhododendrums, but for some reason, I can't get the things to grow here, so I have azaleas. Can you grow magnolias there? We planted a mini magnolia a few months ago to replace one of the trees that died in the drought this summer.

Kate said...

Anyone who has a gardener's thumb has my admiration. I also admire your photo for today. Great job!

edwin s said...

Fantastic shot!

Hope you have a wonderful year ahead.

Lynette said...

Thanks, everyone! Just to make things clear, though, I don't get to grow anything these days since we live on the 4th floor in an apartment. I do love to see it in others yards and gardens!

• Eliane • said...

Nice and mysterious shot to start the year! Mysterious because I am trying to guess, by looking at those buds, which color they will be when they bloom.
Happy New Year from New York City, Lynette! May 2008 bring you lots of satisfaction and happiness, and fun with that blogging thing!

BrusselsDailyPhotoByGregous said...

nice close up - happy new year

macky said...

Good choice!!

Happy New Year from Tokyo!!

Hyde DP said...

happy new year
BTW JB in Mainz has been back for a few weeks now.

John said...

Flowers in January - always a good choice.

Have a great New Year.

Greg said...

Wonderful photo, well worthy of a best photo tag :-)

Greg

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Josy said...

Like soldiers indeed!

Have a fantastic 2008!