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Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 22 December 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

This may sound like a great name for Thelonius Monk composition, but it really describes where my mind and heart are at the present moment.

Having just celebrated our 43rd anniversary, yesterday, with the love of my life, and with Christmas and New Year coming up, I have been reflecting on the past year and where I am versus where I was.

First- as I reach older age, each day I find such spiritual strength and joy in the knowledge that I am going through life with the one I love. Because of this, I look to the future, not with fear, but with a great joy knowing that we will walk down the path together! What greater joy could there be?

Second - Our kids and grandkids: Watching them all grow and shape their own lives brings a smile to our face and a wonderfully proud feeling to our hearts. They are guided by respect and love and they all act accordingly towards others in order to further the human bond. We are so proud of that.

Third - Being part of this wonderful Aminus 3 Blog, with it's fantastic, brilliant, loving, crazy, beautiful, artistic, talented, and very HUMAN souls has stirred my optomism and joy. This mighty, international band of worldwide photographic warriors has gathered together to hold hands and exchange knowledge and love in the process. I am so truly thankful to be a part of this family we call AM3

And so, even though we are faced with many challenges in this world, I still find, at least personally, that there are so many wonderful things to smile and be happy about.

I once noted, in one of my blog posts, that just like the great Curtis Mayfield, I also "Plan to Stay a Believer".....And that is exactly what I intend to do!

My thanks to all of you for being so kind to me even though, lets face it, my pictures are not always all that great ;-) But, I still love doing this stuff, and I REALLY love hearing back from you - so, I thank you all so very much and please, allow me to wish each and every one of you the very best in the coming year and a heartfelt "Seasons Greetings" to you all!

With Love and Best Wishes - Denny

OLYMPUS E-600 1/30 second F/11.0 ISO 100 18 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
; Earth Wind and Fire

1/30 second
ISO 100
18 mm