“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing “
Happy 2014! As we celebrate the final days of 2013, I can only think, what a big adventure this year has been for us!
It was certainly a year of transition for us, one my husband, Craig, and I affectionately refer to as “Suitcases, Sticky Notes, and Tacos.” Because of our temporary move to Hillsboro, Oregon in May (to support Craig’s temporary job assignment for Intel Corporation) and our travel schedule to maintain our commitments, our clothes often went from a suitcase to the washing machine, only to be put right back into the same suitcase. Occasionally, we had multiple overnight bags packed for different trips within trips (i.e. one by airplane to one city followed immediately by another one by car). Long strands of connected sticky notes with messages reminding us of everything from flight schedules to grocery lists helped keep our heads on straight as we tried to figure out where we were going, when we needed to be there, and what we were supposed to do when we arrived. We found ourselves eating an abundance of tacos along the way, perhaps because we missed our home in Arizona. Or perhaps because it was the only type of food establishment open and convenient during half-hour airport hand-offs and tiresome late nights.
Amidst the whirlwind and chaos, I ironically found 2013 to be a year of clarity and focus for my photography and writing. When we learned in late 2012 of our relocation, I blocked my schedule from any new commitments to allow me time to explore our interim home in the Pacific Northwest with few interruptions. However, all plans for the year changed quickly in late January, when I decided to write a printed book – not just an eBook – about photographing Acadia National Park while on my third Artist-in-Residency with the park. I now joke that I spent much my time in Oregon writing a book about Maine. That said, between the trips that originated in either Portland, Oregon or Portland, Maine, I found just enough time to explore the coast, water, geology, and oceanography-subjects that excite me–in more depth than ever before.
Now that we’ve returned to our Arizona home, I joyfully bring all these experiences into next year, which represents my lucky 7th year as a full-time freelance photographer and writer. Each year, when Craig and I discuss my business plan for the following year, I wonder what could possibly top the fortunate journey I’ve already had. Then, I ponder all the new exciting opportunities ahead in the next 12 to 15 months, and I realize the adventure is only beginning.
I also acknowledge quite humbly, that I could not do what I love to do each day without your continued support. As always, I thank you for your help, for your friendship, and for the unique stories, perspectives, and laughs you bring to each of our meetings, whether it be in the field or via the internet.
In celebration of a wonderful 2013 and a cheers to an even more thrilling 2014, I’d like to share my favorite 13 photos from the year. In chronological order:
1. Ice Explosion, West Pond Cove, Acadia National Park, Maine (January 2013)
2. Fade Into You, Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine (January 2013)
Thank you for stopping by the “You Can Sleep When You’re Dead” blog! Wishing you the very best in the new year, in hopes its a time of much success, learning, friendship, and of course, laughter! We’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to next year, so leave us a comment below about what you’re excited about in 2014!
“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” –Joseph Campbell
I have a feeling I know your answer, Colleen! 2014… bring it on.
That’s right, Guy! Bring it on!! What a great quote, thanks much for sharing! Happy 2014 to you – looking forward to seeing you in May!
“The journey is the reward” as the saying goes. It looks like 2013 was great fun even if stressful at times. I look forward to seeing what 2014 brings of you. And for the record “Ice Hoodoos” was my favorite image.
Indeed, Jim, “the journey is the reward.” While a bit crazy at times, we already look back fondly on our wild ride. “Ice Hoodoos” was my favorite experience/photo from my winter visit to Acadia and was my selection for my donated print to fulfill my artist-in-residency requirements. So I’m glad you enjoyed it! Hoping our paths cross in the coming year! Until then, make it one to remember!
Quite a wide range of locations and subject matter here. I see now that winter is probably the best time to photograph Acadia NP, though you have a very nice one in the fall. My favorites are Fade Into You with its subtlety, Ice Hoodoos and Spring Emergence. I can see the fun shining through your compositions, your whimsical way of life is clearly paying off in nature photography. Wishing you more great success in 2014!
Thanks much for your comments and encouragement, David! While there is no bad time to visit Acadia, winter was hands down my favorite for the fleeting weather and light and solitude (very few visitors) the park presented. Have you been out there before? Cheers to you for continued success with your photography!
Excellent stuff Colleen. I like what you’ve done with water.
Wow, you had a wonderful 2013, Colleen! Great images, and given the depth and breadth of your year, it’s tough to pick a single favorite–I like them all very much! Congratulations on your AiR in Acadia as well as your book–I applied for one in Joshua Tree NP this year, but was unsuccessful.
I’m looking forward to seeing where 2014 takes you–happy new year!
Thanks, Greg, for your wonderful comments! AiR’s are tough to get – keep trying and I’m sure you’re persistence will pay off! Wishing you a magical 2014 filled with great light and memorable travels!
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Really a fabulous collection of images, Colleen!
Thanks for your comments, Isabel! Love following your travels and seeing your photographs! Wishing you a fabulous 2014!
Beautiful body of work Colleen. It seems everywhere I turn I see your work. So proud of you and all you have accomplished. Wishing you another amazing shooting year in 2014. Hugs.
Thanks so much, Julie, for your kind words! I sure hope our paths cross this year! Hoping 2014 is a rocking year for you too! Big hugs!
Colleen, these are absolutely beautiful. No favorites. I have to say I really enjoyed your story. I love how you embraced life as it came your way. We try to practice that in our family. I remember once when the kids were little, our car broke down in the middle of nowhere. Instead of stressing out we took out a blanket, some snacks and a small radio, put it in a flat spot next to the truck and had a little party while we waited for someone to come by and help. Life is too short. Your pictures really reflect the beauty and peace that you find in life. Thanks for sharing.
LOVE your story and attitude, Kimberlee! What a wonderful way to approach an inconvenient situation! Thanks for sharing – you’re right, life is too short to not enjoy and appreciate the moments (all of them) we have the privilege of experiencing. Thank you also for your supportive words and endless encouragement!
Wow, Colleen. A great and very productive year with many fine images. Of your landscapes, the last storm remnants strikes close to home, but your Other Worlds… Holy little Bubbles, Batman! That one is so over the top it’s now under the carpet and back over the top again.
Have a super-awesome 2014! “Cheers!”
HAHAHA! Gary, you crack me up! 😀 Thanks for offering such kind words – two snaps in a circle for you! Cheers to an amazing 2014 to you too!
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