Celebrating My Three Favorite Photos of the Year

The last WP Photo Challenge of the year, led by editor Ben Huberman, inspires us to celebrate the end of the year sharing the most meaningful photo we’ve taken in 2017.

My featured photo is my absolute favourite and it means a lot in many ways. It is the first time I post it.

These two beauties are cousins and my nephew and niece. At a very young age, both lost their fathers and yet they showed so much resilience and strength to overcome such a painful loss, that made us adults ponder on our meaningless little complains of life.

In the next photo is the mother of the boy, also my niece, holding her younger son. She stood tall to life adversities, opened a new path where others would have given up and carried on, accepting the ephemeral nature of life.

They all keep smiling, growing, and teaching us many lessons. I love them to bits and I am proud of them.

The last photo is my reader’s choice, as the most viewed photo and post of the year: Day Seven: Seven Photos in Black & White . I love the photo too.

Heartfelt thanks for the ongoing appreciation and support to my ramblings and photos. I know that you are a blogger and know what it takes to post, visit other blogs, leave a comment and reply to the ones you get. You took time to come here whenever possible, engaged, chatted or ‘liked’ a post to show that you are still around. All counts, means a lot and I’m grateful to you.

I wish for us to keep strengthening our community of bloggers by supporting each other and sharing our creativity.

You all are the best reason to keep blogging. So let’s blog on and care for one another

Wishing you all a happy holiday season and a peaceful New Year.


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58 thoughts on “Celebrating My Three Favorite Photos of the Year

  1. These are such wonderful photos Lucile, and the first two particularly are heart-wrenchingly beautiful. I am so glad to be a part of this blogging community, and to have met you. I’ve probably said it in another comment, but I’d like to repeat — Merry Christmas to you and your whanau, and best wishes for a happy and fulfilling year ahead. 🙂


  2. Special shares, Lucile 🙂 🙂 Your warmth and affection are always appreciated. From the heart, always. Wishing you and your family much joy in this festive season, and health and happiness throughout 2018.


    1. Heartfelt thanks, Jo. Your words mean a lot and are deeply appreciated.
      Likewise, your ‘presence’ on blogville makes us all happy for your vibrant, generous and warm personality. Thanks for being there and giving us your best.
      Cheers to happy holidays and a fabulous 2018!


        1. Jo, I got the flight 24 hrs later and I’m still traveling…more cancelled flights and I’ll be flying during the passage of the year.
          That sounds like a new blog post!
          Wish us luck!
          Happy New Year!


  3. All three photos show your love for human beings, young and old. I especially loved the photo of your niece with her younger son—such a beautiful picture, and your explanation adds a layer of meaning. I hope that you and your family enjoy the holidays!!


  4. These inspiring and life-affirming portraits truly show why these are your favorites. No one I know captures portraits quite like you, Lucile. Im glad you came back to us with your blog this year, and I look forward to more wonderful images of 2018 from you. Merry Christmas from us here in California!


    1. Terri, heartfelt thanks for the ongoing support and love to my work. It means so much and I’m deeply grateful.
      People like you are the reason to come back to blogging.
      May our connection be even stronger.
      Happy holidays and a wonderful 2018 to you and your loved ones.

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  5. Life is indeed ephemeral which only makes me want to celebrate it all the more. Your photos are full of life. Thank-you for all your blogging support this year, especially while I was walking the Camino. Your comments and encouragement really helped me to stay focussed and to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Hugs to you and yours.


    1. Jill, heartfelt thanks for your words. It is heartwarming. I’m the one to thank you for bringing me along with you, virtually to every step of your Camino walk. It was a remarkable experience as I had never heard from anyone before, what’s like to go through the joys and hardship of this undertaking.
      I enjoyed every photo, narrative and also the food you introduced to us.
      I wish you and your loved ones happy holidays and a New Year filled with joy, love and happiness.

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  6. How lucky am I to know you! Not only do I love your art, I adore your unending warmth. And what a brilliant selection for the challenge. You know I love that last photo and the images of your family are bursting with emotion and beauty. Enjoy your New Years festivities.


    1. Hi Lisa, as I write, you might be sailing somewhere wonderful.
      Apologies for such a late reply. I’m mostly off the internet grid, because I got a tennis elbow.
      Thanks for your warm and generous words. You know how to melt my heart.
      Hope you’re well, safe and happily cruising this beautiful word.
      Hugs 🤗

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      1. Ahoy from Phuket Boat Lagoon. We are delayed in port waiting for a part to be shipped or fabricated. What a way to kick off our Crossing. Better here than mid-Indian I guess. I am so sorry to hear about the tennis elbow. That’s gotta suck. Aren’t you working full-time?!? Sending you healing vibes ✨


        1. Ahoy from Amsterdam, Lisa. So nice to have news from you, although this delay is not what you expected. But you’re right, better now than mid-Indian!
          Hope you’re enjoying your waiting time, doing something adventurous, your way.
          Fingers crossed for a fast and safe solution.
          This injury really sucks and I’m right handed, what doesn’t help to heal, as I’m not good st using my left one. I often times go 5 steps back.
          I’m not working full time, so that’s a blessing.
          Thanks for your care and vibes! Sending the best ones your way. 😘

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  7. Hi Lucile, I love your message within this post, our blogging community is amazing for the time and effort everyone gives to reading, commenting and sharing posts. I love these three photos they are just a delight and show your talent at capturing people. All the best for 2018 my friend!


    1. Hi Debbie, I’m so late replying to you. Totally absent from blogging. I have been unlucky to injure my elbow and I’m still taking ‘online’ rest.
      Im happy that this post resonated with you. Thank you! Hope all is well and that you are having a good year.

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      1. Hi Lucile, it’s so nice to hear from you, I’ve missed you from the blogging world. I’ve not had the best start to the year but I do have some great news! We’re coming to Amsterdam for a week long cycle tour in June and I was going to contact you about places to stay and what you’d recommend we do before and after the tour. Hope you can suggest a few things for us. 🙂


  8. Wonderful shots, Lucile! Somehow I haven’t got your updatings – and now I just had to go looking for you! Hope everything is OK with you and hope to see you soon here! ♥


    1. Hi Leya – it’s very sweet of you to go looking for me. Thanks.
      You’re not getting updates because I haven’t posted this year yet. I got ‘tennis elbow’, as they call it, although I’m not playing it.
      I had to restrict typing to only what is absolutely necessary and with my left hand.
      I’ll be back soon.
      Hope all is well with you. Cheers!!


      1. Lucile – I had that too some years ago. I could not do much I had to do in school either. I had to ask the students to carry my books and laptop to the classrooms and I still use the mouse with my left hand. Take care and rest! It took me 6 months to recover some strength there…


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