Welcoming the New Year

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

The year 2016 will go down in the history books for many reasons, some good for the earth and some were horrible, but 2016 is now in our past. This New Year, 2017,  is yet to be written, to be recorded with words and images for future generations to look back on and to learn from.

Each of us are the authors of how 2017 will be written in those history books as surely as we are the pathfinders in the journeys of our own lives. We decide which path our lives take and whether we should be taking up the sword, the protest sign, the pen or in my case, the camera.

Coyote in a Snow Storm
Canada Geese Land in a field of snow on a foggy day

I hope that I will be able to see new vistas this year and revisit those I have loved and explored before, to learn, to become a better person and to be able to do more for nature, birds, animals and the environment.

Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher ‘standard of living’ is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television.

~ Aldo Leopold

Life is good.

I wish you all the best for the New Year.



  1. Utahbooklover January 1, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I like your reflective post, especially the words of Leopold reminding us about the downside of progress.

  2. Larry Muench January 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I’m looking forward to another year of fantastic photos and enlightening narratives. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year filled with abundant photo opportunities. Thanks for your dedication, technical expertise, and conservation spirit that promotes peace, sustainability, and beauty.

  3. Elephant's Child January 1, 2017 at 11:56 am

    And to you and yours.
    And thank you so much for the heart balm that you give us day after day.

  4. April Olson January 1, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Happy New Year, wishing you sunny skies and great adventures.

  5. Patty Chadwick January 1, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I wish you a HAPPY , HEALTHY NEW YEAR…May it prove to be far better than expected, full of birds, and other things of beauty to feed your soul and ours…Thank you for all the “soul food” you provided for us in 2016…

  6. Bob mcpherson January 1, 2017 at 7:45 am

    And the best of New year’s to you Mia. Look forward to your daily postings.

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