Saturday, 31 December 2016

Review of 2016 through nurturing a sense of wonder

My one resolution in 2016 was to nurture my sense of wonder and renew my delight in the mysteries of earth,sea and sky. For once my New Year resolution didn't fade into the midst of time and I have had a wonderful year appreciating nature all around me and also sharing it with you. Here are some of my favourite moments of the year.

Solitary bee on the pussy willow in March

The bay full of fish that attracted seagulls and fishermen

Morning light breaking through the mist

Sunset at West Bay

Eype beach with rolling clouds

Mist and sunrise

On the beach


A frosty sunrise

I  started the year with this quote from Rachel Carson and it is just as relevant at the end of 2016 too :-

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

Wishing you a joyful, peaceful and healthy New Year!
Sarah x

31 comments:

  1. Wonderful memories encapsulated in beautiful photographs! May your new year be just as blessed if not more!

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  2. No one could have a problem with that quote! Wonderful photos, Sarah. Have an absolutely fabulous New Year! x

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  3. There is so much beauty around us in nature and it's good to be able to stop and appreciate it. 'What is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare' William Henry Davies
    Wishing you and your family, Sarah a happy and blessed New Year and I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful photographs

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  4. Great quote and so true! Happy New Year, Sarah!

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  5. The contrasts in your photos are glorious - they show just why we are so fortunate to have four proper seasons to enjoy during our year.
    Happy New Year 2017 Sarah and may there be many more great nature observations from you during the coming year.

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  6. Wow some truly wonder full photos

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  7. Lovely post Sarah, have a very happy New Year! xoxo

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  8. Good afternoon Sarah, I thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful photographs. You certainly have an eye for detail. The photograph of the beach with the cloud formation is stunning.
    Happy New Year to you.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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  9. Dear Sarah, happy new year to you and your family. You've chosen some beautiful photos that capture the wonder of nature. We live on a beautiful planet and it's the small simple things like taking a walk along the beach or in the countryside that makes us appreciate life in general. Blessings to you for a healthy, happy and joyful 2017.

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  10. A fine quote, a fine quote indeed. We need to get our heads UP and looking around us to enjoy this flesh and blood and carbon world of ours and put aside the silicon tools (phones) long enough to see. You have beautifully captured your world Sarah! Happy 2017 and may our goals be realized by hard work and determination!

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  11. Lovely memories - clearly life's a beach!
    I hope 2017 is as good for you :)

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  12. Stunning photos, you certainly live in a stunning location. I am looking forward to viewing more of your wonderful photos in 2017. Happy New Year. xx

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  13. Wonderful memories of 2016, make new ones in 2017, happy new year!

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  14. Happy New Year Sarah! Thank you for all of your wonderful posts, and the beautiful pictures you share with us. I hope 2017 continues to be full of wonder and delight.

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  15. Dear Sarah,

    Loved looking back on your wonderful photos over the past year, thank you for all you share and your friendship.
    Happy New Year to you and your family and best wishes for good health, happiness and prosperity
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  16. Brilliant photographs! I may just have to make a painting of a sea full of fish...Happy New Year to you and your family Sarah.

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  17. Great photos and a wonderful quote .... It is so true! Photography & blogging keep me paying attention to everything much more ....

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  18. Beautiful photos and I wish everyone would read that quote. All the best to you and yours for 2017

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  19. Thanks for a repeat view of all your gorgeous shots.

    Happy New Year

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  20. Beautiful photos !!
    Happy New Year !!

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  21. That's a fantastic resolution and what a beautiful collection of photos! I'm not surprised that resolution didn't fade away as there is so much to wonder and delight in when you take notice! I love the quotation at the end too. I'm currently enjoying Tennyson for my new year inspiration:

    "Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, it will be happier."

    Happy New Year to you - I shall look forward to seeing more of your lovely photos over the next year :)

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  22. Lovely, beautiful and just great pictures....as always! Best wishes for a happy 2017!
    Love from Titti

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  23. Thank you for the beautiful 2016 photo reprise, including the apt quote, Sarah! Happy 2017! xx

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  24. Lovely moments indeed. Wishing you all the best for 2017. Kim

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  25. These are very beautiful photos capturing the essence of that bit of the Dorset coast. Happy New Year!

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  26. I can't think of a better resolution for any year. Thank you for sharing such lovely images of the natural world where you are. Happy New Year!

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  27. Hello Sarah, these are all so beautiful I couldn’t begin to pick one above another. But I do keep going back to ‘Morning light breaking through the mist’ and the one on the beach. Your little dog looks so joyful. We used to have a little Cairn terrier called Rosie. She died four years ago, but we still miss her and the walks we took together.
    Barbara x

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  28. What a treat for my eyes. Phenomenal photos Sarah. Oh the joys of blogging and the special observations we share. Thank you. B x

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  29. You must have kept your resolution well, Sarah, because, all through the year, your blog was packed full (and spilling over) with a sense of wonder and delight in earth, sea, and sky. Thank you for spreading the fruits of your resolution to all of us scattered around the world. Your photo of the solitary bee deep in pussy willow pollen is exquisite. As for the Rachel Carson quote, unfortunately too many people believe that plants, animals, geology, water--all of it--exists primarily for the use of humans. Until we truly understand that we are just we are just an arrogant, busy little species, with a capability of destruction all out of proportion to our importance, I fear we will never really learn to cherish the world around us.

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  30. Only just seen this - what fabulous photos. Happy New Year to you.

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  31. These photos are breathtaking!! Absolutely beautiful!! Thanks for sharing all the beauty captured by your lenses. Wishing you a wonderful year in 2017!

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