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The Obligatory 2020 Recap

December 18, 2020
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© Jim Miller – American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)

This has been one hell of a year.

I could probably end the blog entry just with that, you would nod your head in the affirmative, and I could save both of us a lot of time.

This year’s recap has been tough to write. This is my third attempt at writing this because I don’t know that I can truly do this year justice.

COVID-19 sucks. Too many deaths. Too many economic lives destroyed. Too many 2nd and 3rd order effects caused to people’s mental health and their relationships with others that will never be well-documented. Too much sadness. As this year comes to a close, two vaccines with great promise seem to be here or on in the wings. I pray that it helps return some degree of normalcy to our world and healing can begin in earnest.

This has been a rough year for me. I struggled with a new medical issue that I was diagnosed with in late 2019, yet was expected to somewhat maintain a stoic “Only a flesh wound” type façade. COVID-19, and the restrictions imposed from it, has not helped. Much collateral damage as I started to get better.

I have avoided COVID-19 (as best as I can tell), but people I’ve worked around have not. They have all recovered. Their exposure also gave me an opportunity to spend quality time at home, waiting out the potential that I might have gotten it. Thankfully I could work from home. Thankfully I have been able stay fully-employed.

I broke somebody’s heart this year. My heart was broken. Neither of us intended to. Neither heart has mended nine months later.

Photographically this year has been both very productive, yet very disappointing. I was really great at image processing up until about June. I got a good photo binge in this year, traveling in a socially distanced way through Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming (with brief brushes with Missouri, Iowa, and South Dakota). I also got a trip into South Texas before COVID-19 started to rear its ugly head. But life got in the way in July and my opportunities to make and process images slowed to a glacial crawl. Life is just now starting to return to normal now.

As the year ends, I’m somewhat starting over in a new city with a new job and a new perspective in terms of starting points for photography trips. I hope that as the snow melts that the grip of COVID-19 will be melting as well and that 2021 can be a year of recovery for us all.

To you and yours, a very happy holiday season in whatever manner you celebrate it. Come on back for 2021.

About the image:
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
Stafford County, Kansas – June 2020
Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 300mm f4 L w/1.4x teleconverter
ISO 400, 1/250 sec at f/10 – No Flash
Portfolio Addition Pending

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 18, 2020 1:28 pm

    Hope you’re better soon and hope you have a great future in your new home at the end of the year.

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