And so it ends, where it began, on the Famous Las Vegas Strip at the Famous ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign. Three-hundred sixty-five days of pictures. Pictures of food, plants, road trips, landscapes, buildings, sunsets, flowers, animals, and a whole lot of this-n-that!
Thank you to all of my followers, some who were with me from the beginning and others who joined mid-journey. Thank you for the comments and the views. Hopefully, you found a few pictures you liked and a few commentary’s that made you laugh or smile.
As I set out on this photo journey, I didn’t realize the challenge it would become. I love taking photos. I’ve taken between 10-20,000 photo’s in just the past 10 years. But never before had I challenged myself to take a picture every day. Combined with the time it takes to update a blog post, it was sometimes more work than play, more task than enjoyment. But all in all, it was worth it!
I found myself paying closer attention to the ‘routine’ of my life. The going and comings from work, or the grocery store, or drives around my neighborhood. I noticed new buildings, new yard decorations of neighbors, new cars, and new food. I was always looking at and examining my surroundings, trying to find the ‘picture of the day.’ Often I would take pictures of several different subjects in a day and then would decide that evening what I would use for my blog. Other times, the hours and minutes of the day ticked by, creating a mild panic, as I searched for something to take a picture of.
Not all of the pictures were truly worthy of posting. Many were blurred. The subjects of others, mostly uninteresting. Some were complete failures, as far as photography goes, because I didn’t understand the capabilities of the camera on the iPhone 5s or I hurried and didn’t spend the time I should have to get a good picture. But there were also successes.
I loved some of the Panoramic shots I achieved, like Kolob Canyons at post #60, and the mountains behind Red Rock National Conservation Area at post #039, or more recently, the Las Vegas strip at post #337.
It was fun to share my road trips to various places, like Thanksgiving near Zion National Park at post #331, the Mount Nebo National Scenic Backway at post #263, my Arizona road trip at posts #222, #223, #224, and #225, the Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Road Scenic Backway at post #130 or Death Valley at post #088.
Some of the standard photo’s turned out well, like those of the Bellagio at post #297, the Amaryllis at post #363, the Christmas ornaments at post #359, Sin City Sushi at #249, the morning glory at post #150, the Clematis at post #104 and some of the pictures of Le Reve at post #137.
Hopefully you saw restaurants and places in Las Vegas that were both familiar and new, something for you to visit, whether you are now a local or a returning visitor, all seen through the eyes of a ‘local.’
As the backside of the Welcome To Las Vegas sign cautions. . .”I drove carefully” even with my moving panoramic and other pictures and of course if you subscribe to my blog you will receive invitations to “Come Back Soon” (maybe not daily), but there will be future posts as I find new things to capture with my iPhone 5s! May you all have a Happy New Year!