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Everyday Magic: A Year in Photos

{Every week, I run a photography series called ‘Everyday Magic.’ Enjoy!}

Right before Christmas, on a cold and blustery day, I culled through my photo library. I thought about happy, joyful and sad moments that made 2012 a wild and wonderful year. Going through my 2012 photo library took time, but it was worth it! I had the chance to reflect on 2012 and the activity brought me comfort and joy. In addition, I picked out a few photos from each month to share with you. I hope you enjoy the images!

Also, my photography e-course starts on January 7th and it’s almost full! The last day to register is January 5, 2013. I hope you’ll start the new year with us.













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  • lisa fine December 30, 2012, 5:14 am

    Gorgeous photos, as always, Tammy. My partner and I have been doing some serious thinking about buying an acre or land in Vermont, and then buying either a tiny home or some other affordable modular home. So I especially love the Tumbleweed heading down the highway pic. Awesome.

  • Jonathan F. December 30, 2012, 6:26 am

    August – the stone wall with the door – where is this? Amazing structure. I just love a solid stone wall! Also, excellent work on ‘November leaf with droplets’ and ‘December mountain with clouds.’ From one silent lurker, I have felt for you this year as you have navigated your rough seas.

    • Tammy Strobel December 30, 2012, 9:17 am

      @Jonathan – Thanks for the kind words about my photos. It has been a rough year, but photography has saved me in so many ways.

      The stone wall shot was taken at sweet little restaurant, called Strings, in Yreka. If you are ever in Northern CA, you must eat there. 🙂

  • Janine December 30, 2012, 7:24 am

    Spectacular! You really have got a gift! Happy New Year!

  • Benny December 30, 2012, 8:06 am

    Pictures tell a thousand words. Just wonderful, Tammy.
    Best wishes for 2013


  • George Scully December 30, 2012, 9:42 am

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful view with the world! December took my imagination.

    Happy New Year!

  • Mopsa December 30, 2012, 10:16 am

    I love your pictures. And I wish you a wonderful 2013!

  • Claire/Just a little less December 30, 2012, 12:07 pm

    Yes beautiful images – thanks for a great year of photos and blogging. Happy New Year Tammy xo

  • Maria Northcutt December 30, 2012, 12:22 pm

    Very inspiring post! I´m tempted to do the same when I reflect upon my year. I´ll be sure to link back to your post as well 🙂

    Thank you for the inspiration! I´m looking forward to Jan 7.

    Regards, Maria

  • Barbara Techel December 30, 2012, 12:52 pm

    Wow, such spectacular photos. I love them all. Though I must say January is my favorite since I have a deep love for dogs. Is that your dog? What is his/her name and what kind of dog is he/she? Adorable! Love how you captured him/her.
    Seeing your photos when you share them takes me to a wonderful place and I forget sometimes I am where I am– your photos transport me.
    Really looking forward to the photography course, and I found out last week my mom is taking it too, so all the better for me! We are going to have fun comparing notes.
    Thank you for always inspiring me.


    • Tammy Strobel December 30, 2012, 2:25 pm

      Hi Barbara – I’m looking forward to the photography class! And how fun that your mom is taking it too. 🙂 The dog in the post belongs to a friend in Portland. Gnetty is a Berger Picard. Sending you hugs.

      • Barbara Techel December 30, 2012, 2:38 pm

        What a fascinating breed. Never heard if them before. Thank you for telling me. Hugs back at ya.

  • Chelsea G December 30, 2012, 2:03 pm

    Lovely pics, thanks for sharing!

  • mb December 30, 2012, 2:10 pm

    Tammy…beautiful moments. Thank you so much for sharing them with me today. Have a blessed new year! mb

  • Linda December 30, 2012, 3:08 pm

    I love the picture of the tiny house on the freeway. It’s very evocative. Have tiny house – will travel!

  • Denise December 30, 2012, 3:59 pm

    Went through your photos several times trying to choose a favorite. I couldn’t. I love them all.

    Hope you are staying warm in your tiny house. Sending lots of love and happiness for the new year.

  • Jill December 30, 2012, 6:59 pm

    All the photos are lovely, but I got to November and involuntarily sputtered “Oh my god” . . . Beautiful work, Tammy.

  • swalia December 31, 2012, 2:06 am

    awesome clicks…thanks for sharing! And wish you a happy and prosperous 2013 🙂

  • Deidre' January 1, 2013, 5:49 am

    They are all such lovely photos! But I have to say that November and December are my favorites. I want to add that I love seeing your Instagram pics, keep them coming.

  • Brittany January 1, 2013, 5:26 pm

    The first picture for November took my breath away! Was this taken in Washington?

    • Tammy Strobel January 2, 2013, 8:45 am

      It was taken in Mt. Shasta. 🙂

  • Mariette January 1, 2013, 7:46 pm

    How hilarious is that dog!!! It has beautiful eyes

  • Kasey January 2, 2013, 4:16 am

    Tammy, this is my first time here, but I feel like you’re an old friend! First of all, those photos are gorgeous and so inspirational! Secondly, thank you, thank you for the joy, clarity, wisdom and peace you have brought into our home. Your book “found me” in mid-December, just after I’d admitted to my blog readers my secret of deep disorganization. I’m not even finished, just started Ch 9 on money vs experiences, but already the changes in my life have been wildly significant! I wrote a piece about it yesterday and mentioned your book http://www.kaseymathews.com/a-new-year/ I have a feeling it won’t be the last time I write about it. Truly, I am deeply grateful. With love and blessings on your new year, Kasey

  • Ann January 2, 2013, 8:59 am

    Wow — what terrific photos! My jaw just dropped at some of them (you have a knack for capturing amazing cloud formations!). The ocean / sunset shot and the flower / bee are both really wonderful, too.

  • Alicia January 2, 2013, 7:07 pm

    I love the photos, Tammy. My favorites: the door (August) and Mount Shasta (December).

  • Jackson January 7, 2013, 7:58 pm

    I absolutely lover the Berger Picard in January photo! Looks like my old buddy Jack. Gosh, Tammy, your photos are so simple yet profound. I lost Jack to a rare lymphoblastic leukemia. Now I have a Shiba Inu who looks like an orange sorbet with legs and is named Moses, because he parted the red sea of my depression and ushered me out of gray-cloud bondage. I’m not taking any chances with him, so I have Trupanion pet insurance for him–great, inexpensive stuff btw trupanion.com. I’m just getting into digital photog and your website came up on my Google search. Truly beautiful work! Very inspiring!

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