What a year it has been, this 2020! So happy to see it pass by and usher in a new year full of hope and expectations for better times ahead. My favorite photos of 2020 are not necessarily the best quality, as a photographer would judge them; they are simply reminders of moments we to captured that help us to remember moments in time.
In the spring of 2020, when we knew we would be quarantined for an indefinite time, we took to the outdoors whenever we could to remind ourselves that nature goes on even in tough times. My obsession with white springtime flowers continued as I snapped White Star White Magnolias and white Southern Magnolias right on our property.
I worked on projects at home, finishing a needlepoint piece of five women in swimsuits (only took me about 14 years!) that reminded me of my growing-up days with four sisters.
A trip to the Great Smoky Mountains netted us an accidental photo that has become a favorite. As Bert drove through the tunnels, I put my iPhone on Burst mode, snapping away. And if one photo could be representative of high hopes after a year like this, then this one of the light at the end of the tunnel would be the one.
Once we felt safe to travel (just the two of us interacting as little as possible with other tourists), we found ourselves headed to Gettysburg where other favorite photos took shape. Like this home in Gettysburg that made me realize that being quarantined in Knoxville while ordering online, staying connected via the internet, etc., was nothing compared to what people had to endure during the War Between the States.
A Sunday afternoon pass-through in Amish country left me with a glimpse of two little boys returning home from church in their Sunday best. Not a great shot, of course, but a look inside another culture, another manner of living, during 2020.
On the Eastern shore, Freedom’s Figurehead in St. Michaels, Maryland, represented what all of us have now integrated into our daily lives: the wearing of masks, a lifestyle change for 2020.
And because I ate crabmeat every single night for a week from Annapolis to Onancock, this photo represents the people who make travel so wonderful. Where would we be without fishermen, restaurant workers, tour guides, and bed-and-breakfast hosts?
Most recently, our trip to Huntington Beach State Park, SC with photographer Bill Angell renewed my enthusiasm for photography. Although I have much to learn about taking pictures, my appreciation for creatures in their natural environments couldn’t be higher.
Of all the photos on our blog, however, we receive more comments on sunrises and sunsets than on anything else. At the top of this post is an early morning shot taken at Kiawah, but our most frequented beach is Pawleys Island, SC, where you can find us “up and at ’em” early. This past summer, three kids joined me for their first-ever sunrise experience. It remains one of my all-time favorite mornings and thus a favorite shot.
And I can’t neglect our other best time of day: sundown. Whether we were at Mallory’s on the Wharf in Onancock, VA . . .
or on the marsh at Pawleys Island, SC, we cherished that time before sundown and then right after when the sky turns pink.
Maybe after perusing our photos for 2020, we need to rethink our estimation of the past year. It was a a confining and limiting year, of course, but also a time to explore places near and dear. We worked at finding new things around us as we looked with “new eyes” at what we had been seeing, but not really seeing, all along. The year 2020 was a time to live simply, but nonetheless, richly.
Best wishes for exploring what’s near as well as what becomes a destination for you in 2021.
Rusha & Bert
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.Seneca