Monday, January 04, 2016

My favourite pictures of 2015

I love taking pictures, and sometimes I luck out and get a picture that I love.  These are my favourites from 2015.

Wintery branches

Totem Pole at the Royal Ontario Museum
Chickadee at the Royal Botanical Gardens
Art at the Royal Botanical Gardens 
Swimming at Carney's K9 Swim Club
Horses from St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours

 St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours

Hamilton at night
The Scottish Rite
Waxy Mountain Frog at the Royal Botanical Gardens Frog Exhibit
Chinese Gliding Frog at the Royal Botanical Gardens Frog Exhibit
African Bullfrog at the Royal Botanical Gardens Frog Exhibit
Amazon Milk Frog  at the Royal Botanical Gardens Frog Exhibit
Spring at Christ's Church Cathedral
Redcoats marching downs James St.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Gage Park Fountain
Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King
The back fields at Pet-D-Gree Pet Care Services
King St. E.
Picnic at Sam Lawrence Park
Ottawa St. Farmers Market
Ottawa St. Farmers Market
Diner en Blanc Toronto

Diner en Blanc Toronto

Diner en Blanc Toronto

King St.
Stella at Mohawk Sports Park
Sunset in Caledonia
Cootes Paradise
Exhibition Place
Exhibition Place
Christmas Cookies

Toronto Christmas Market

Holiday Libations

Games at Ark and Anchor Espresso Bar

Tara's White Chocolate Champagne Cheesecake with Glittered Cherries

Tara's New Year's Eve Cheese Plate

This is the end of our 2015 roundups. We wish you all a 2016 that is full of more joy than you can imagine.  Neil Gaiman says it best.

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
Let us be brave – let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we're faking them.
And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it's joy we're looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation.
Be kind to yourself in the year ahead.
Remember to forgive yourself, and to forgive others. It's too easy to be outraged these days, so much harder to change things, to reach out, to understand.
Try to make your time matter: minutes and hours and days and weeks can blow away like dead leaves, with nothing to show but time you spent not quite ever doing things, or time you spent waiting to begin.
Meet new people and talk to them. Make new things and show them to people who might enjoy them.
Hug too much. Smile too much. And, when you can, love."


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