Belated Happy New Year! It saddens me that I never did a 2015 photo review here, so I'm going to remedy that. It's just a nice little summary to have in my blog records.
I began 2015 with a fun road trip up to the Seattle area. I remember it was sunny and cold and I felt inspired and content. It was a great start!
My friend Katrina got engaged in February, so I got to take her engagement photos!
2015 was mostly a year of great weather, so February began a lot of time outside taking pictures. It was exciting to watch everything bloom over the months. Oh and I even went to the coast by myself at the end of February. My first time going alone.
At the end of March, my new niece was born! :) :) I now have 10 nieces and nephews between my two sisters.
MAY: I attended Katrina's wedding (something notable only because I actually go to very few weddings!), went to a peony farm, went to the iris garden more than once, took a million flower photos, and I'm having a hard time remembering if I went anywhere further than the Willamette Valley that month! I guess not.
JULY: Over the 4th, I had friends over and that a/c worked overtime. It was great! I played lots of games and took walks when it would cool off a little in the evening.
I also discovered a nearby community garden that is open to the public as long as we don't steal produce. :) They have lots of sunflowers and I went several times during the rest of the summer, since it's so close.
SEPTEMBER: Right at the beginning of the month, I headed over to the state fair for some photos. I went alone, thinking I might feel pathetic at such a peoply place, but it was great! I loved being able to focus on photography and not worry about holding anyone up. Plus, I enjoy slowly perusing all the animals, which might be boring for some. I also love feeling anonymous in crowds like that, and hoped I wouldn't see anyone I knew. :D I'm such a social person!
OCTOBER, as you know, is one of my favorite months (if not the favorite). I had another great October that began with an awesome trip that I've posted about (and never quite finished!). My friend Dania and I went to Vegas and Utah...
...and then I went onto Albuquerque after that! I still want to show you some of those picture. I got to hang out with my sister's family for a couple of days, which is too short, but I'm so glad I got another trip out there. Plus, I love the Balloon Fiesta!
The month continued with a fun birthday weekend, lots of fall color, and plenty of time with my camera. I remember walking around Bush park and surrounding neighborhoods on Halloween, happily taking in the fall feeling before it was gone.
NOVEMBER: More fall color, another trip to the refuge, etc. etc. Early in the month, I joined my friend Pami for a wine tasting at Honeywood in Salem. I also got to try a new restaurant (Rafns') and we had a nice day, despite the rainy weather.
Over Thanksgiving, I drove up to the Seattle area, which is becoming a tradition that helps make the holidays less stressful (one less plane trip to deal with that time of year, since all my family lives far away). Then that weekend, I got my first Christmas tree (of my own) for my apartment. I loved it! It brought me lots of holiday merriment. :)
DECEMBER! It feels like a long time ago now, even though it was just last month. I visited a nearby light display one evening, and practiced with light/bokeh photography. I decorated my livingroom and made a point to have friends over to enjoy it. There were games, lots of cheesy Christmas movies, and of course Christmas shopping and wrapping.
The day after Christmas, we celebrated my nephew's birthday in Galveston, where they have some really cool old houses. Overall, I had a great trip and I'm looking forward to going back. There's soooo much more to see there. They get so many birds! I want to post more photos sometime, but with my track record I can't make any promises.
This is a very summarized version of my year, of course--there's so much more I could say, but I didn't want to overwhelm you or myself. Overall, I'd say 2015 was very good. I got to relax a lot, but I also worked pretty hard (both at my job and in my personal life). There wasn't really any major drama, which was a huge relief.
Here's to you, 2016! Be good to me.
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