the year that was

December 27, 2020  •  4 Comments

On Friday, 1 January 2021, one can officially say that 2020 was the year that was, adding a multitude of descriptors at the end, regardless of one's political, religious or philosophical leanings.  It is not a period of time that will easily be forgotten, although the way in which time seemed to move with so much intensity, I am already losing details.  But life continues.  Many have perished this year.  Babies have been born.  And despite the upheaval, people continue to fall in love and marry.  On a late autumn Sunday, I had the privilege to shoot the engagement photographs for Jessica and Joseph.  It was a delightful session.  We all wore masks, I used my faithful 70-200 mm lens for a majority of the photographs.  It kept us socially distanced and allowed for a variety of depths of field.  The Santa Fe River and its environs gave us some interesting backdrops.  Since it had recently snowed, the river was gently flowing.

Since Jessica and Joseph are both avid tango dancers, we had to capture some of those looks as well on one of the many foot/bicycle bridges that cross the river.

May 2021 be a better, if not spectacular, year for all of you, including Jessica and Joseph, and those who stick with this blog, whether it arrives on time Monday morning or at a later hour, through thick and thin, literally.  Thanks to all of you.  And a very Happy Birthday to Ben on Tuesday.  I wish I had a book of all your stories from nine decades!

until next Monday,


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Steve Immel(non-registered)
Thanks for introducing some light into this disaster of a year. As you say, babies are born, people fall in love, and I'm happy to report we have dear friends like you and Fred. There's much to be thankful for even in these too dark times. I glad you were able to photograph Jessica and Joseph along the river. You'd never know there was a pandemic looking at your wonderful images. It's a reminder to find the bright lights in our lives.

Happy New Year to you and Fred.
Sara Woodburn(non-registered)
Thank you! You captured this happy couple in beautiful fall light and color and spread some of their joy to me.
Sandra Bray(non-registered)
You know I feel that I'm managing quite well with the covid curtailments in my life. And then, like water, the emotions leak out. When I saw your beautiful photos of Jessica and Jeff's joy, tears came flowing. Thank you, Daryl, for the reminder of new love, growing joy, in our world.
Your consistent monday visual reflections were one of the saving graces for this twilight zone we've been living in. Thank you Daryl!!
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