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Here's to photography and to all of the very, very special friends who have come into my life through this website! My life has been enriched by all of this more than I ever imagined and in so many ways. With these images, some of my own personal favorites of the year, I want to express my gratitude for having been a part of this incredible experience.
"You don't take a photograph, you make it.” ~Ansel Adams
"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera." ~Lewis Hine
“The fundamental issue is one of emphasis: you are not a photographer because you are interested in photography...The reason is that photography is only a tool, a vehicle, for expressing or transmitting a passion in something else. It is not the end result.” ~David Hurn, On Being a Photographer: A Practical Guide
"I didn't want to tell the tree or weed what it was. I wanted it to tell me something and through me express its meaning in nature." ~Wynn Bullock
*“Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” ~Alfred Stieglitz
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” ~Marc Riboud
"I never question what to do, it tells me what to do. The photographs make themselves with my help." ~Ruth Bernhard
*“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness." Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth from Above
“Photographier : c'est mettre sur la même ligne de mire la tête, l'oeil et le coeur.” ~Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Photography is to put in the same line of sight the head, the eye, and the heart.)
“Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference” ~Robert Frank
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ~ Ansel Adams
I chose to display exactly a dozen photos after I saw this quote:
"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop." ~Ansel Adams

Peace to you, my dear friends....and joyful and successful shooting in the coming year!!!

????? each and every photo here is exquisite.
????? · 2011-12-29: 11:14
carriem These are absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations!
carriem · 2011-12-29: 11:24
DancingDolphin 2 & 11 are spectacular... actually they're ALL spectacular, I just like those best! :-)
DancingDolphin · 2011-12-29: 11:27
ArtBee Absolutely Incredible works of Art each and everyone! So beautiful and unique and such beautiful expressions of life. Thank you for sharing these extraordinary images Marsha and you too have enriched our lives with your wonderful photographs and charming personality. Photoblog is fortunate indeed to have you in our family. I am blessed to have you as a friend!
ArtBee · 2011-12-29: 11:29
MARETKA88 wow....each and everyone is great ....fantasic !!
MARETKA88 · 2011-12-29: 11:34
Dropblue Oh...love all your amazing photos, you have made a wonderful set!
Dropblue · 2011-12-29: 11:43
????? Absolutely wonderful post, Marsha! I fav'd 3, but many others are just as beautiful!
????? · 2011-12-29: 11:49
gonia thank you very much Marsha! these are also my fav! you are really great posting them together and before making these pictures! Great pleasure to get such Friend like you.
gonia · 2011-12-29: 12:20
Ryana Every single one is telling me a story, beautiful!
Ryana · 2011-12-29: 12:43
tomie fantastic collection marsha! i missed picture 8 so it goes in my favs today :))
tomie · 2011-12-29: 13:02
????? You got it!!!
Wow Marsha...this is terrific...both in images and words!! Have to pick one for favourites and I'm taking #1 with me...not that any of the others are any less...but just because I always revisit posts from favourite selections and I'll treasure each of these when I next return!!

Anyone that hasn't picked up a copy of 'Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth from Above' should definately do so now!!!

and as for Ansel Adams quote about bringing every aspect of life to photography....how very true...the quote can be equally applied to all creative mediums...composing music, painting, writing, singing from the heart, sculpture, film-making...and generally everything else we do in life...
Robert Rauschenberg summed it up when he said 'I work in the hole between life and art'
????? · 2011-12-29: 13:57
????? Hahah...guess what?

When I just tried to favour it....it's already there in my favourites...OK I'm gonna take another...no cheating now, guess which one :-))
????? · 2011-12-29: 14:00
????? OMG...I just tried to favour #2...and PB reckons that's in my favourites too!!
????? · 2011-12-29: 14:02
????? OK....I got one...no cheating now...guess which one :-)))
????? · 2011-12-29: 14:03
lookagain Ted...I'm going out on a limb and guessing #5. Quite awhile back, someone taught me to see the light, and because of that I've had the special privilege of finding and photographing images like this one. Thank you, my friend....:))))
lookagain · 2011-12-29: 14:22
jennyLit all very amazing shots Marsha!!! taking 4 to my faves!
jennyLit · 2011-12-29: 16:00
digitalideas Fantastic & Suberb Shots Entire Set
digitalideas · 2011-12-29: 16:26
finbarr All awesome shots !!
finbarr · 2011-12-29: 17:11
Yves51 they are all so wonderful pics great job i`ll have to try it...
Yves51 · 2011-12-29: 18:47
mrmeliska fantastic set....love # 3...
mrmeliska · 2011-12-29: 19:19
????? Lovely photographs! Keep up the good work!
????? · 2011-12-29: 19:58
Jarvo This is such a wonderful set Marsha; you are very very talented.
Jarvo · 2011-12-29: 21:19
jeffcornish I really love this idea and the shots are fantastic!! The quotes are so very appropriate. I am going to favor this entire post by favoring the first photo, so I can see them all again. You have brought som much to PB. I learn from you. Happy New Year Marsha!
jeffcornish · 2011-12-29: 21:44
????? Ohhh,,,I underrstand why!!
????? · 2011-12-29: 22:05
lgnelson Outstanding set, Marsha! You are indeed a gifted photographer!
lgnelson · 2011-12-29: 22:22
Keryl Oh Marsha. Thank you so much for this beautiful set.
Peace to you.
Keryl · 2011-12-29: 22:51
????? ohhhh, these are awesome, as are all of your photographs!!!!! awesome post
????? · 2011-12-29: 23:01
mystic1 Wow those images are awesome fantastic capture, it was nice to get to know you thru this site and to see your fantastic photograhs, looking forward to more in the coming year
mystic1 · 2011-12-29: 23:24
mallusatish These are absolutely Outstanding captures,Thanks for sharing this amazing post~!~
mallusatish · 2011-12-29: 23:51
beth0110 absolutely stunning set marsha! I agree with you about the friends we make here on pb and "enriched" is the perfect descritive word! happy new year
beth0110 · 2011-12-29: 23:59
djnana I like #4 & 5, plus the road and colors in #7. But there simply aren't adjectives worthy of the last image - it is beyond description! If I didn't already have it in my favorites, I'd certainly add it now! A very impressive display of your amazing skills with a camera!
djnana · 2011-12-30: 00:27
photogp I love # 10 it's amazing!
photogp · 2011-12-30: 02:03
saso63 szép sorozat!
saso63 · 2011-12-30: 03:48
Contesina Absolutely gorgeous set! All photos are brilliant! Thank you for you have shared with us!
Happy New Year, my dear!
Contesina · 2011-12-30: 04:01
breizh Formidable .
A great collection !
Happy and honored to be your friend here . :)
breizh · 2011-12-30: 05:33
camilleauteuil excellent !!

(happy new year ... )
camilleauteuil · 2011-12-30: 07:37
????? A thoughtful New Year's gift.
These are certainly some of my favorites!
Thanks for helping to make pb a better place by sharing your talents, insights, and friendship here, Marsha.
Happy New Year! xo!
????? · 2011-12-30: 10:28
mujay #4,7 beautiful .
happy new year 2012
mujay · 2011-12-30: 14:35
JaCkYe Beautiful and Happy New Year:)
JaCkYe · 2011-12-30: 14:40
NellyBly WOWWWWWWWWW all great! Especially love #2, 2, 5, 7, 8 and 12!! Marvelous shots Marsha..You are an inspiration :-)
NellyBly · 2011-12-30: 18:41
SheriJ WOW a most spectacular end of the year post! I couldn't possibly choose a favorite they are all OUTSTANDING! Happy New Year to you my PB/Colorado friend!
SheriJ · 2011-12-30: 22:34
farideh I give you my best wishes. Joy. Friendship. Peace. Health. And long life.Happy New Year dear friend Marsha.
farideh · 2011-12-31: 03:46
borogovoi Wonderful Gallery..Love them all
Thank You my Dear ...
Happy new Year !!!
borogovoi · 2011-12-31: 05:16
Unchained A beautiful flashback to a fruitful year. With your collection of great pictures, the crop of the next 10 years is saved!!
Happy 2012 Marsha.
Unchained · 2011-12-31: 05:24
JumiElla You selected a really great images!
Although, in truth, all of your pictures are beautiful ... :)
JumiElla · 2011-12-31: 05:32
promise Amazing. Stunning. Awesome. Wow. Wow. Wow.
promise · 2012-01-01: 11:57
liveandletlive Just incredible Marsha my super duper friend!
How did you get that effect in 10? I have tried to do something similar but I just don't know how.
liveandletlive · 2012-01-01: 19:26
Snusmumriken You love it, and it's good for us! :)
Snusmumriken · 2012-01-02: 19:42
MoMac What a lovely wish to us all I'm afaid I'm similar to the Lewis Hine quote not very good with words but admire all those quotes and authors ,spectacular set Marsha .
Happy new year
MoMac · 2012-01-03: 16:55
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