Sunday, November 6, 2011

Looking Ahead with 2012 Calendars

By Ruth A. Ringelstetter

Thirty days hath September,

April, June and November;

February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one

Except in Leap Year, that’s the time
When February’s days are twenty-nine.

Every year Joann and I say that we won’t wait until the last minute to pick images from our collection to create our calendars for the next year. And yet, every year it seems that in in the midst of our busiest photographing time of the year, we’re scrambling to pick the images.

We create two calendars each year since we understand that some people are not as enthusiastic about rural backroads scenes as we are. For those people we offer a scenic calendar.

You might think that, with all of the photos we have available, choosing images for the calendars would be easy. That never seems to be the case. We’re easily distracted, and picking photos often ends up with us reminiscing about our photo trips.

One of this year’s photos was taken on a Christmas Bird Count trip as the moon was setting over a row of pine trees. Luckily, it was still pretty dark for birding, but as I was watching for birds, Joann was listening for them while she set up and photographed the moon. Sometimes we just can’t let the moment pass even if we’re not really on a photography mission.

Another photo was from a beautiful spring day when we came upon a pasture filled with sheep and one donkey. The donkey was herding the sheep away from us. Every time the sheep approached the fence and Joann tried to take a picture, the donkey would become very nervous and herd them away from the fence.

Later the farmer stopped to tell us that was her job. She was supposed to protect the sheep from danger, and she saw us as a threat to the sheep.

Several years ago in Michigan we were lucky enough to stumble into an area that had a lot of cobblestone buildings. We found a farm with several cobblestone buildings and this beautiful church.

As another calendar year draws to a close and we begin preparations for the holidays and the long winter to come, we look forward to photographing scenes we can use for next year’s calendars. Maybe we’ll even get them ready early next year.

Please visit our Calendar gallery for our 2012 Calendars and consider one for your wall, or for any of your family or friends who enjoy rural scenes or scenic beauty.

Happy Shunpiking!

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