December 31

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter… And Happy New Year!

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“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter... And Happy New Year! greetings from our neighborhood deer
Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter... And Happy New Year!

“We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.”  T. Woodrow Wilson

♥HAPPY NEW YEAR :-)! It makes sense to combine a photo challenge on Winter with greetings for the New Year! I thought about adding this post on Winter next week until it occurred to me that the Daily Post blogging Challenge officially ends today… The weekly photos might continue, but for now, it’s a wrap. Thank you all for the memories, fantastic posts, and blog love. May 2012 be filled with light, love, abundance and creative magic.

“Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true” Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter... And Happy New Year! Skaters at Rockefeller send New Year's greetings!
Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter... And Happy New Year!

“Another fresh new year is here . . . William Arthur Ward
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright New Year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”

I love this poem as it speaks to all the wondrous wishes and visions we have about the new year and all the changes. I hope this will be a peaceful year with opportunities for all of us to grow and succeed. May our dreams meet us and carry us across the bridge of struggles… Stay inspired!

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” Victor Hugo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter... And Happy New Year! Winter's heights...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter... And Happy New Year! Icicles...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter... And Happy New Year! From NY!

“There are three reasons for becoming a writer: the first is that you need the money; the second that you have something to say that you think the world should know; the third is that you can’t think what to do with the long winter evenings.” Quentin Crisp

2011 has been a year to remember; early snowstorm in October, tons of new blog friends, loss of many greats, and the birth of many new creative minds… Lets keep our writing pens flowing and our computers blog ready in 2012. Stay Happy and Blessed. Happy New Year! More below 🙂

“The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows.” George William Curtis

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter... And Happy New Year! Quiet streets as we hibernate...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter... And Happy New Year! Travel often and safely...

“No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam.” Charles Lamb

I love the way things quieten down after a snow storm. It’s as if the Gods have visited and whispered calming words into our ears… The pace slows until the snow clears up. From our lens, it all looks quite pristine till we come closer; just like life, it has its share of mess. All the messy parts look like they have been tucked away. May we be spared the mess this year. 🙂

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” William Blake

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter... And Happy New Year! More snow... more snooze time
Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter... And Happy New Year! Peace to all...

“Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life’s relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.” Soren Kierkegaard

I’m excited about the new year! I can feel it in my bones that it will be quite exciting with lots of innovation and discoveries… My prayer is that more good is shared amongst people, and that we remember to treat each other with love and respect. Have an inspired year!
What do you think? What about you? What did your Winter shot(s) look like to you? Was it easy/hard to find the right photos for your examples of Winter? Were you drawn to specific examples for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 Happy New Year! 🙂

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

Positive Motivation Tip: Winter is a time for hibernation, a time to turn within and prepare for the spring… Spend some time in prayer and reflection… and ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR :-)!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


Happiness, Happy New Year, inspiration, life, new year, photography, postaday2011, postaweek2011, reflections, Weekly Photo Challenge, Winter

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  • Wow! On my side of the planet, there’s nothing but sunshine! Haha. No complaints! I like it that way =)

    Happy New Year Elizabeth!

  • Snow, reindeers and a promising 2012, just beautiful and gives me a sense of hope that 2012 is a year of love, joy, peace, good health and of dreams coming true.What a great way to wrap up 2011. Thanks for the inspiration. Happen New.

    • Dear one, we made it and glory be to God! TY for the blog love and here’s to an awesome 2012. Hugs and love to you and your family! ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥ & TY! 🙂

    • You’re the best! I learned so much about one of my favorite country’s from you… More this year! TY! ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥ & TY! 🙂

  • Happy New Year to you too! I hope you will take some time from blogging to finish your other project. Blessings to you and everyone!

    • Blessings to you and yours too. TY for the blog love and you’re #4 on my WP stats top commenter list. TY again! ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥ & TY! 🙂

  • Holy smokes Elizabeth! This is the mother of posts to wind up the year and welcome 2012. Wonderful all the way around. May 2012 be a doozy for you and yours. Margie

    • You are an angel. I’m glad we connected and I look forward to posting with you and everyone in 2012 Margie! ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥ & TY! 🙂

  • One of the best things about 2011 was forming a connection with you, Eliz, and getting to read your posts every day!
    Thank you for the beautiful quotes, photos and thoughts today…as well as those of this past year.
    I look forward to seeing what beauty and wisdom you will share with us all in 2012! May the New Year be joyous and healthy for you and your family. 🙂

    • Yes, yes, and yes… You were one of my earliest blog friends and supported me back in the dark days. TY for the blog love and support! ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥ & TY! 🙂

  • Loved this post.

    Many thanks for your beautiful reflections and amazing effort to bring them to us. You’re a bright shining star.

    Wishing you good health, much love, and a sense of wonder for the coming year.

    • Wishing you abundance in all areas and more… Blessings to you too Hakea! TY! ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥ & TY! 🙂

  • I love the contrast of you photography eof737
    great interpretation for this week theme
    what can i say Excellent post my friend
    wish you luck for 2012 🙂

    • Don’t miss the snow. It is beautiful to look at… and then messy! 😆 TY for the connection dear Robyn! ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥ & TY! 🙂

    • TY Robin and pity that nasty cold kept me away from your blog for a bit… Prayers for health for all of us this year… ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥ & TY! 🙂

  • Great winter photo posts. I love all the “winter” you caught in your lens! I’m just starting the weekly and monthly photo challenges! yikes! 😉

    • ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥ & TY for the blog love! 🙂 Oh go ahead and do them… no time limit. Glad to connect. 🙂

  • Wonderful photos, Elizabeth. I’m chuckling as I read other comments and particularly like latebloomerbuds remark that this was “the mother of posts to wind up the year.” So funny…but I was thinking similarly…how do you get it all in! You express your enthusiasm so well, and maintain such an overtly optimistic message. Boy do we need it! I always look forward to reading what you have to share. I love the Hugo quote about laughter being the sun that drives the winter from the face…I want to memorize the direct quote. Blessings to you for the best and healthiest of new years. You have a special gift to share. Debra

    • Yes, Latebloomerbud’s comment had me laughing too. It was sweet! TY for your observations Debra… I’m generally an optimistic person but here’s the secret: I write positive messages because I also need the reminders. I need to hear them, to reflect on then, to internalize the message… and the positive feedback makes all the difference. ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥ & TY! 🙂

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