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Countdown: my favorite dozen 2018 photos and a bonus

life is a canvas

San Gabriel Mountains from my roof deck in Culver City.

As if I don’t have enough to do, I decided to set myself the task of coming up with my twelve favorite photos for the year… one for each month. Some months I had fifty favorites and some months I wouldn’t have picked one for my top twelve… nevertheless I had to stick to my rule of one from each month. This exercise was a great lesson for me as I realized some months in 2018 I didn’t get out and about enough with my camera and I really struggled to find a photo. I need to be more consistent.

The above photo was taken from my roof deck on Christmas Day and is my New Year’s card to you all. One of my favorite quotes just happened to be floating around in the sky! Note the airplane just left of top center.

So here we go.

JANUARY

sunrise

Sunrise with resident crows from my roof deck, Culver City, California

FEBRUARY

Yosemite Upper Falls framed by tree branch. Yosemite National Park, California

MARCH

Huntington Library

Desert Garden at Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Los Angeles County, California

APRIL

Freddie and Frankie

A little out of focus but this photo really shows their true personalities. Frankie looking disdainful and obviously planning the next mischievous caper while Freddie is wide-eyed and innocent, ready to be splat in the middle of Frankie’s next big idea!

MAY

worthing seafront

Worthing Seafront, Sussex, England. The last place my parents and I lived before they decided to emigrate to the US.

JUNE

butterfly pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum

JULY

deck sunset

Sunset from my deck looking out on to downtown Culver City and Sony Studios

AUGUST

canadian rockies

Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canadian Rockies

SEPTEMBER

william s hart

The William S. Hart Park and Museum, Newhall, California. Detail of wall

OCTOBER

 

Los Angeles Flower mart

Succulents at Los Angeles Flower Mart, downtown

NOVEMBER

City Hall Christmas Eve

An early Christmas present to the people of LA as the tree at Grand Park mirrors Los Angeles City Hall.

DECEMBER

View from Baldwin Overlook

View of downtown Los Angeles and snow on the mountains from the highest point in Culver City, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (a California State Park).

I haven’t been on WordPress very much lately. I haven’t given up but I made a big decision and it’s going to be taking up a lot of my time. I probably won’t be posting much here but I will make the effort to go look at your posts to keep up with what you are doing. In the meantime, you can join me on my personal page on Facebook (Roslyn M Wilkins in Culver City). If you send me a friend request and I recognize who you are, I will respond. Or join me on my photo page by clicking on the Roslyn’s Photoart image in the right hand column.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!

 

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Every Christmas is a white one

white christmas

Regardless of the weather I always have a White Christmas!

Every year around the holidays I watch this movie half a dozen times or more. It never gets old for me.

I’m streaming it on Netflix right now as I write this. I also own the DVD.

Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen have just announced their fake engagement.

I can’t get over Vera-Ellen’s tiny tiny waist.

The dance numbers with Danny Kaye blow me away. He was up there with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Always amazed me that these guys could dance and hold a tune too.

And Rosemary Clooney. What a voice. Love that dance number with George Chakiris. I heard that got him his role in West Side Story.

Don’t want to leave out Bing Crosby. “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” Nobody can sing it like him.

Mary Wickes, the greatest character actor of all time, was perfect for the role of the wise-cracking housekeeper.

Now Dean Jagger, in his full general’s uniform, is entering the banquet room… and walking the inspection line. “I never saw anything look so wonderful in my whole life.” That could be said about the movie.

The finale. It’s finally snowing in Vermont. Everybody singing White Christmas.

May all your Christmases be white…. even if it’s 80 degrees and the sun is beating down on you!

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