Favorites of 2021


It’s the 10th anniversary of Jane’s Lens!

Jane’s Lens has been a gratifying photographic journey which has brought me blogging friends from all over the world. Thank you for your support and encouragement of my photography- you’ve helped me to discern and grow and I really appreciate it.

And thanks to my family, especially my husband Bob for inspiring me, scouting with me and patiently waiting while I make a shot. We’ve made it through another year of pandemic pressures but found many bright spots along the way.  Of course, the highlight was time with family and fun with our two little granddaughters who brought us such joy.

I wish you all a happy 2022 filled with kindness, good health and creativity. 

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I am mesmerized by the graceful movement of the ocean waves as I look down from the Manhattan Beach Pier. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/1000 sec at f/11, ISO 800, Handheld

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

Wave Elegance

 

Point Reyes National Seashore is a natural gem along the California Coast. This image celebrates its colorful coastal plant life and ocean views. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/200 sec at f/16, ISO 200, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

Color My World

 

“Fogust” in San Francisco brings dramatic days of photography. On this summer morning at Baker Beach, a surf caster made my day. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/1000 sec at f/10, ISO 800, Handheld

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

Casting

 

Blue skies and palm trees are signature elements of the Los Angeles area. This image of a lone palm with “cloud wings” captured the day. 

iPhone 12 Pro Max, 1/11200 sec at f/2.2, ISO 25

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

LA Day

 

I spent many days over the year photographing in the public gardens around Pasadena. A perfect creative escape during the pandemic. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/1000 sec at f/8, ISO 800, Handheld

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

Lily Pad Reflections

 

Another Golden Gate shot? Yes! Our first road trip in a while and it was great to see her again. The crisp twilight evening as the lights were coming on made the moment a winner. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 90mm f/2 lens, 0.6sec at f/2, ISO 100, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

Twilight and Golden Gate Bridge

 

The “extraordinary everyday” are images that require an “aha” moment of seeing. As I poured my morning coffee, the dazzling light and shadow in this small scene grabbed me.

Fujifilm X-T2, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800, Handheld

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

Fork in Morning Sun

 

Visiting Joshua Tree National Park in the spring was a thrill. The Joshua Trees were exciting to photograph, but I was most surprised by the rock formations. This image embodies the unusual piles of rocks and the beauty in their forms. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/800 sec at f/9, ISO 250, Handheld

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

Sisyphus

 

I worked on a number of “isolation” projects over the year, one of which was photographing flowers in their final hours. The expressive gestures of these tulips were delightful to see. This one looks like a wild dance party! 

Fujifilm X-T2, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/13 sec at f/8, ISO 400, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

Dance Party

 

I credit my husband for spotting these women lining up for a photograph and we just laughed at the similarity to the pier. A humorous photograph always makes my hit list. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/2000 sec at f/6.4, ISO 200, Handheld

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

Peers and Pier

 

The November full moon rising up over the San Gabriels and the city made me feel like I was home.

Fujifilm X-T2, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/10 sec at f/5, ISO 200, 3 Images Bracketed, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

Moonrise Over Pasadena

 

The morning we were leaving Big Sur, Highway 1 was enveloped in fog. My hopes for shots were dashed until finally, we came upon this dreamy vista. Classic Big Sur. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/800 sec at f/14, ISO 200, Stitched Pano

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

Big Sur Fog

 

This seabird flying effortlessly over the turbulent water in Mendocino gave me a feeling of escape and freedom.

Fujifilm X-T2, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/400 sec at f/14, ISO 200,  Handheld

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

Soaring

 

In the past year, it sure helped to see the world through our granddaughters’ eyes.

Imogen 4 1/2 and Finley 2.

Fujifilm X-T2, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/100 sec at f/3.6, ISO 400, Handheld

Year in Review, Photography, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2, Landscape Photography, Nature, California

Sister Love

 

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” 

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

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157 comments

  1. Wonderful images.
    Happy blog anniversary, Jane. 🙂
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  2. I love the Lily Pad and Fork images the most but great shots!

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  3. Given the fact I’m new here, and I’m a photographer myself I gotta admit these photos gave me perfect picture of you, even tho I didnt read all your blogs. Congrats on your 10th anniversary. 🥂 for many more! Impressive work! 📷

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  4. A wonderful selection Jane. Very high quality as usual. You are a pro.
    I love them all though my favourite was the fork (An unbelievable shadow!) until I got to the kiddies. Ah! The light that shines in the little ones’ eyes.
    Reminded me of my own grandkids. So much illusion in those eyes. Let’s hope the world is fixed back soon for them . 🙏🏻

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  5. These are gorgeous images Jane. You remind me of what a real camera can do! To a year of finding and sharing beauty.

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  6. Hi Jane. Happy 2022 to you and yours! I remember sort of bonding when you posted a Diane Arbus quote years ago. And despite 21 being a very odd semi-isolated year, you surely produced a great body of work. I think your Moonrise over Pasadena, Lily Pad Reflections, and Big Sue Fog are all timeless images, and gorgeous. Peers and Piers is big fun and the Sisters are adorable. Looking forward next January to seeing your “best of 22” gallery!

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  7. Wonderful post, Jane in words and photographs. You found beauty in another challenging year!

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  8. Wonderful. That fork in the sun is a wonderful image

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  9. That’s a great selection of images – the broad range of subjects that you cover, and both in black & white, is impressive!

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    • Hi Alexander, I’m pleased you enjoyed this look back on the year. I try to review all different types of images – each genre gives me a different feeling of creativity. Thanks so much for visiting. 🙂

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  10. Awesome wrap up for 2021. Your images are absolutely wonderful. I especially enjoyed the fork and shadow picture. Only a creative mind would see that and photograph it. And congratulations on 10 years of blogging!

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  11. What a treat to view your favorite photos. The wave shot is breathtaking, the Fork in Morning Sun, brilliant! Thank you for sharing these remarkable images. Beautiful granddaughters.

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  12. Hi Jane
    So much to enjoy in your 2021 recap post
    The sister love one is wonderful and the grandchildren have great names.
    The Peers at the Pier is my fav – those verticals do sync and the whole mood was a terrific capture.

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  13. Thank you for inspiring and delighting us with your fantastic photographs for 10 years! Wow, already ten years. My goodness. Lol

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  14. Beautiful photos. Happy creative new year!

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  15. The pictures are superb! And the captions are amazing! And the quote at the end was awesome! I love RWE ❤️

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  16. Happy blogiversary! Thank you for sharing your talents with the world. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2022. I never tire of water shots (particulary as I know there is often warmth involved) and those adorable grandchildren of yours. Fog shot was great, too!

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  17. That wave 😍… elegance indeed! Happy New Year, I’m looking forward to your 2022 pictures.

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  18. Great collection of images. Best wishes for 2022…lots of photographic projects for you (Suzanne)

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  19. Happy New Year. As a lover of all things ocean, I very much enjoyed your wave captures, but I also love the form of your fork photo. Hoping this finds you well.

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  20. Firstly, wish you n your family happy new year. Now, congratulations on completing your 1st decade of photographic blogging journey💐.
    Next, your present favorite of 2021 are all marvelous, difficult to put above another. The sister’s love has multiple power of innocence, love and Goddess blessings💮🌟🏵

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  21. Love your feed. Thank you for sharing.

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  22. The mesmerizing waves, the colourful lilies, the yellow tulips, the magnificent moon… Every shot is stunning!✨
    Congrats for completing 10 years of blogging. Best wishes to you 😊

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  23. Fabulous collection or your look back 2021, and your words, Jane, Thanks for sharing all of you and your family. My best wishes for the New Time 2022. Love.

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  24. Stunning photographs, thanks for sharing.
    Best wishes for 2022 and let us please be part of your journeys with your camera.
    Cheers Dirk

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  25. Oh Jane, what a wonderful collection. I am in awe. There are some I must mention: the tulips – beautiful; Golden Gate at twilight – you really captured the beauty of the scene; and especially Casting – what a shot! Finally I must mention your beautiful granddaughters. They are so lovely, and you’ve really captured their love for each other, and their innocence.
    All the best for 2022!
    Alison

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  26. Need I say more, the absolute best photo are your two girls.
    Best to you and your family in this new year.

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  27. What a treat this is, Jane. Your introduction is quintessential Jane – gracious, generous, good-hearted. I like the brief comments with the images. Wave Elegance is truly elegant! I love the glow in the colorful water lily photo. The evening Golden Gate photo may be one of my favorites of your bridge photos – the hill silhouette behind it, the lights, the subdued sky, and the water – beautiful. I really love the fork in the sun! Just wonderful. Beautifully composed, and assumably without the full dose of morning coffee! I love those quiet morning moments when you look around and something catches your eye like that. The rounded Joshua Tree rocks were a favorite of mine, too. I like the fleshy look in your photo. I remember ‘Dance Part’ well – you know that I loved it and I still do. Especially in winter! The full moon photo reminds me of so many handsome night photos you made in San Francisco. It’s gratifying to see that you’re adapting to a different landscape and finding beauty there, too. Big Sur Fog is gorgeous. A stop-the-car moment for sure. 😉 And what a sweet, sweet note to end on! I love the hug – and those hands!!! 🙂 It’s been a good year photographically. Let’s hope we finally can get together in person this year and shoot together.

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    • Thank you so much, Lynn. Your interpretation of each image really means a lot to me and I value your reaction to them. The exercise of looking back on the year is an instructive one, but reading reactions from astute photographers like you outside of my own “mind bubble” really helps and makes my day. And that you noted the girls’ hands really made me smile. 🙂 I’m so grateful for our blogging/artistic friendship that maybe, someday will be in person! 🙂 Wishing you many more creative and inspiring days in 2022. 🌈🤗

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  28. Such a great selection of wonderful photos. They all bring great delight. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work and I hope the year ahead brings you many opportunities for creativity. Congrats too on the 10th anniversary of your blog. WIth very best wishes to you and yours for 2022.

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  29. congrats, Jane. Great collection. I love especially the opening image, the wave, and the fork. Wave a such a great subject because they are constantly changing. An endless pool of opportunities. Here you captured an extraordinary example. Top!!

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    • Thanks, André. So nice to read. I agree, waves are amazing and I’m usually even more surprised with I start processing the images. Hope you have a creative a fun year ahead! 🙂

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      • Thanks, Jane. Yes, I hope, this year is going to rum different than the last two years. I also love standing at the shore and watching the waves coming in. Each one is different and it’s never becoming boring. When looking at my blog.‘, you could also find a lot of them

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  30. Congratulations! I enjoy your photos and I wish you many more years of sharing your gift with the world.

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  31. Thanks for sharing your photos over the last 12 months, as always they are pretty awesome! 🙂 Happy New Year

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  32. Congratulations on 10 years, Jane. WordPress informs me that today is my 10th anniversary as well. We should share a toast. 🙂 As usual, I began with an idea of which photos especially appealed to me (“Casting” being the first) but eventually there were too many to comment on specifically because I liked them all. Lots of people have done a “Favorite Photos of 2021” but I don’t know how they choose and I can’t so that’s a challenge unmet. 🙂 Thanks for bringing in the new year with a beautiful look back.

    janet

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    • Hi Janet, Well, Happy 10th to you, too! Fun coincidence. 🥂I’m pleased you enjoyed this year’s review. Thank you. It’s an instructive exercise to do…takes me a while to hone the list while there’s a little inner voice in my head. Appreciate you looking and I wish you much happiness in the new year. 🙂

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  33. Calming and gentle, especially Sister Love. But that fork is my absolute winner. All well to you!

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  34. What remarkable photos! Each one is more stunning than the next!

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  35. Stunning images. Looking forward to more in 2022. Your granddaughters are beautiful and it is such a lovely photo. Happy new year

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  36. Wonderful images, particularly the last one! And Emerson’s words – thanks, Jane, and here’s to the next ten!

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  37. All are to drool over but that fork…oh that fork is the winner for my eye!

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  38. Stunning photographic works! And congratulations on the 10th anniversary too!

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  39. Congratulations on the 10th anniversary. Your 2021 photos are stunning as usual, but picking favourites I have to opt for the flowers – Lily Pad Reflections and Dance Party – such crystal clear colours and the tulips look like a painting. The photo of your granddaughters made me smile – I have a photo of my eldest son and daughter at around the same age and it looks as though he is strangling her! I must have missed something along the way, but do I take it that you no longer live in San Francisco?

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    • Hi Jude, Thanks so much! I laughed at your memory of your kids strangling– we laughed when it was happening but it was done with love and affection…at the moment. 🙂 Happy you enjoyed my look back and especially the flower images- you see with a gardener’s eyes. Wishing you happiness and good health in the upcoming year! PS. We did move from SF to Pasadena in 2020 to be closer to family. Very glad we did!

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  40. A brilliant and varied selection Jane. Got to love the simplicity, but cleverness, of that fork shot – well spotted! And the clarity and waviness of the Lily-pad reflections is brilliant!

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  41. Wow!! Your photographs are amazing, and your granddaughters are beautiful!! I will learn from your settings and results, and if I can do a fraction as well, will be thrilled! Thank you so much for sharing your art and heart!

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  42. Sweet photo of your grandchildren . Love the variety of photos but my favorite is the rocks . Best to you .

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    • Hi Cynthia, How great to hear from you– it’s nice to know you are following along. Glad you enjoyed the photos- especially of our little ones. All the best to you in the upcoming year- may it be creative, productive and happy! 💕

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  43. I love the simplicity of that fork shot – so well observed! My other favourites are the wave in the opening shot, Lily Pad Reflections, Sisyphus and Big Sur Fog. But as always, all are excellent – you’ve had a wonderful photography year!

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    • Hi Sarah, So nice to read your reaction to these– thank you very much. Reviewing the year is an instructive and enlightening experience -mainly, it helps me remember- but also reminds me that despite the negative aspects of the world right now, there are many positive moments along the way! Thanks again for being a lovely blogging friend and I look forward to your posts in the upcoming year. 🙂

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  44. Happy decade. Your opening photograph is as elegant as its title suggest. Also elegant is your “Fork in Morning Sun” abstraction. Just yesterday I saw a photograph by Yoichi Nishimura that yours reminds me of.
    When we visited Joshua Tree in 2016, I was surprised to find, like you, that rock formations are a main feature of the park. All I’d ever heard about were the Joshua trees.

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    • Hi Steve, That is a wonderful compliment from you– thank you very much. And the comparison to Nishimura is much appreciated and I’m pleased to say, an apt one in this style. 🙂 I appreciate your visits over the years. Wishing you happiness in the upcoming year! 😄

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  45. Stunning captures, Jane, each one! Congrats on 10 years!!

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  46. Congratulations with your 10 years of blogging and also my best wishes for 2022 for you and your beloved ones.
    My compliments for this collection of shots… great photography !

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  47. Happy Blog Anniversary to here. Cheers to your 10 years, but I wish I would have found you sooner. Thanks for sharing with us. The lily pads are striking, plus I love the creativity of the fork. But loudest cheers for your granddaughters.

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    • Thanks so much, Frank. Time flies! I’m happy you enjoyed this look back. It’s been fun collaborating with you and I always appreciate your support of my work. Wishing you a happy, reflective and creative year ahead. 🌈

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  48. A stunning set of images. Thanks for sharing. Happy Photography.

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  49. Hello Jane. Thank you for taking part in this beautiful photo tour. Hopefully at least another 10 years! Good health and satisfaction for 2022. Greetings from the heart of Europe, Detlef

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  50. A great round-up of another creative year, Jane. A happy 10th anniversary, I’m sure there are many, many years of photography to come. Bob sounds like the man – where can I get one?! 😂

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  51. Happy Anniversary!
    Impressive images. Some I also remember.

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  52. Wowww beautifulll Jane very inspiring and wondersome… love the thought behind each image 🌈 congratulations on your meditative and thoughtful journey🥳😍

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  53. The impact of a good photograph always amazes me, Jane, and there are some truly wonderful ones here. I really loved Casting and Big Sur fog, but the lily pad just shimmers with beauty. And the innocence of those grandchildren. Thank you so much for brightening our world. May ’22 be kind to you and yours!

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  54. Outstanding shots! Loved all of them. Such a mesmerizing collection. Congratulations for completing 10 years of wonderful blogging and Happy New Year!🎉

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  55. Congratulations on the milestone, Jane, and may you celebrate many more! Happy New Year!

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  56. You get such a different perspective of the waves from a pier! Truly nice, that one!

    ​The lily pad reflections are such a treat…

    And… your “isolation” projects were a joy to behold. You invite us all in to truly “see” the grace and beauty of the flowers without distraction.

    Big Sur fog… takes me back to days when I first saw that phenomenon. Thanks so much for the sweet memory and the dreamy image.

    Emoerson’s words for frosting. A truly delight-full post. Thank you, dear Jane and wishing you all the very best for this shiny new year… to you and your loved ones. Those granddaughters are such a very special treat! ​

    Gunta 🐞

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    • Hi Gunta, It’s so nice to read your reaction and I’m happy you enjoyed my look back on the year. It’s great to be blogging friends and I look forward to sharing in the upcoming year. Thanks very much and I wish you and yours much happiness in the new year. 🌈😊

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  57. Congrats on your blog anniversary! Wonderful pictures!

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  58. Jane these images are as splendid as your entire posts since 10 years. I wanted to thank you for sharing your amazing captures and talent throughout all those years. You have been an inspiration for me. Happy Anniversary for ten years of blogging. May you always being guided by your inspiration and creativity

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    • How lovely to read, Cornelia, thank you so much. It’s wonderful to be blogging friend and I’ve enjoyed your posts and photos very much. Wishing you a creative and fruitful year ahead filled with happiness and peace. 🌈😊

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  59. Another wonderful series Jane appreciate you sharing your beauty and joy…grand babies are pretty special 🤍👼🕊smiles hedy☺️

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  60. Congratulations 🎉 for completing 10 years. We really love your pictures ❤️

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  61. Each shot is perfect, Jane. Well done!

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  62. They are all stunning captures Jane! Congratulations on 10 years of blogging. Your grandchildren are magical. I look forward to sharing 2022 with you and seeing more of your wonderful work.

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  63. All were wonderful, but…Sister Love🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

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  64. Another wonderful series, Jane. Your photos often catch me by surprise, pure delight at what you’ve seen and captured.
    Your grandchildren are beautiful! I bet they are a beacon of hope and joy in your life. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work! ❤

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  65. Beautiful collection, congrats on 10 years of blogging!

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  66. Just… Wonderfully impressive Images, …a cut above! Not to mention two beautiful grandchildren. M 🙂

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