The final month of 2022...the month of magic for many...but not for all. I lost a good friend to cancer in December. He was a photographic inspiration to me.
I wish I had known him longer.
Both Karen and I still feel deep pangs of loss over Hunny. Sometimes it just hits us like a hammer. Each Christmas, after I set up the tree, she could always be found curled up underneath it. Sometimes, she push presents out of the way to get just the right spot for a nap.
However, there is still magic even in the midst of loss. There is the chance to look forward more and behind a little less. There is the thrill of mysterious packages under the tree and promise of what the new year will bring.
And we had a chance to gather as a family the week before Christmas. It was so good to see my mom and sister and several of my nieces and grand-nieces.
I even managed a few captures of the very timid Mrs. Cardinal. My long lens and teleconverter combination (equivalent to an 1000mm focal length) came in VERY handy. That image is cropped perhaps 10 percent at most.
While I did not create a Christmas video this year as I have the past couple years, I did some set up shots of our holiday decor, captured in hi-res mode on my Olympus EM5 Mark III, not just casual grabs with my phone. I plan to add some of them to my Adobe Stock portfolio next autumn, in time for winter buyers.
And, speaking of Adobe Stock, I'm closing the year off with a record-breaking (for me) number of licensed downloads: 301! It may not sound like much, but considering the fact that my total for 2021 was only 134 downloads, I'm pretty stoked.