Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I remember thinking as I sorted through all of my grandfather's old slides that for someone who loved photography, he wasn't often photographed. That's especially true of his slides, which chronicle the life of our family from the 60s through the 80s. Vacations, birthdays, graduations, school events, reunions. Family, distant cousins, neighbors, strangers, wildlife, historical markers, homes and cars. It's not that we don't have photos of him, it's just that compared to the rest of us, he only makes occasional appearances. Some of the ones we do have are from when he'd hand the camera to grandma and she'd do her best to hold the camera level and still while managing to push the button. She did well just to get him in the frame! But he was happiest behind the camera. I'm following in his footsteps, I guess. I'm never too eager to step into the frame. I've been at this blog for almost two years now, and this is the first photo I've posted of myself. So here's Duke and I. Thanks for regularly visiting my little blog, for sharing it with your friends, and for all the kind comments and encouraging emails. If you see us out hiking, I hope you'll stop and say hello. :)

Best wishes to you for a joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!


  1. Happy Holidays to you, too! I do enjoy your photography and blog so much and am eager to discover more of your favorite places on foot!

  2. I hope that your Family has real nice Christmas. I enjoy viewing your Images of the Mountains. Thanks for sharing. Stay well.

  3. Happy Holidays. Thank you for finally sharing you image. On our way to North Wilkesboro from Nashville we will practically pass right by you. I wish there would be time to stop and say hello maybe some time that will happen.

    I certainly think you photography gives we a better eye for things.

  4. Hey that is a Great Picture! Merry Christmas to you and who ever reads your Blog. Just to let you know ...your blog inspired me to start on of my own of Kingsport, TN. Thanks for all you post. Very interesting, can't wait to whats next. Pj

  5. I have enjoyed your blog and images throughout this past year! I look forward to words in 2009!

  6. Thanks for all of your work on the blog. It's a great gift. Peace!

  7. There is rarely a day that passes that I do not peruse your wonderful blog!

    It keeps me in touch with my home town way out here in Seattle.

    Merry Christmas! Sandy

  8. Mark, thanks for the photo of you and your dog. I have visited your blog for over a year and look forward to many more.
    Merry Christmas,


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