Happy New Year! This month’s photo was selected with two, somewhat opposing, thoughts in mind. The first is to express my best wishes for the new year that is dawning upon us. On many fronts I think it will be a hard-fought one in which to find joy, but the good things we believe in are worth fighting for. And there is always the light of a new day.
The second thought that went into this selection is bittersweet. The photograph, albeit from January 2010, is of the Assabet River in my backyard here in Maynard. In 20-something days we will be handing over the stewardship of this part of the river to Jillian and John as Betsy and I move to (a far less picturesque location in) Fitchburg. We’ve been here 30 years and we will miss the sound of the river waking us up each morning and singing us to sleep at night. It has provided me with literally thousands of hours of scenes to photograph and treasure. Our children and our grandchildren have dipped their feet in the water along the river’s shoreline, thrown hundreds of stones into it, forded its currents, and fed the occasional duck. It’s time for a new generation to enjoy the gifts nature has provided us here in our little corner of the planet and we’re so very happy that the new owners are in as much love with the yard as we are and we’re sure they will take good care of it.
Here’s to fond memories of a small stretch of a small river … and the joy of discovering the beauty of the new vistas just over the horizon!
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Technical: Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200mm f/2.8 @70mm, 1/15 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100. Processed with Lightroom CC, neutral profile. White balance pushed to 11000K to capture the warmth of the low light. Generally few exposure tweaks: +0.2EV, highlights -37, whites +61, clarity +20, vibrance +20 Strong contrast curve.