new frontiers

new frontiers

 

It’s a brand new year and with that there are new frontiers to be discovered and explored. New doors that open. New opportunities that come. But we all know that starting a new chapter means finishing an old one. Beginnings and endings might very well be reluctant partners, but they are partners just the same. Where one goes, the other follows.

All that to say, I am closing the chapter of Best Shot Mondays here. It’s been a part of this blog for many years now and I have enjoyed so much having your share the images that mean so much to you. I cannot thank you enough for all you’ve given. But, alas, with 2011 comes my own personal need to streamline, pare down and simplify. It’s time. I can feel it. Just do me one favor; promise you won’t leave and never come back? I couldn’t bare it. I promise, I’m not going anywhere and I sure hope you don’t go anywhere either. I’m just making a few little adjustments.

Today, I would really love your help insending BSM off with a proper celebration of sentiments and images! Will you share with me your Best Shot today on this first Monday of 2011? Something that moves you. It would mean so much as I slowly let go.

47 Comments
  • AnnGeeDee
    Posted at 12:23h, 03 January Reply

    Taken for you picture holiday's class. It is very sentimental for me and captures the way I want to begin the new year. One of my Flickr contacts even asked for permission to use it for her blogpost for Jan 1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/anngeedee/5307610812/

  • Puna
    Posted at 12:52h, 03 January Reply

    The best to you Tracey! I always look forward to your wonderful photography and looking forward to see it elsewhere if not here each Monday.

    New Frontiers

  • heather
    Posted at 15:32h, 03 January Reply

    I know I haven't played in quite a while and it doesn't look like the busy busy of today will let me either. Just a thank you for all those many weeks when searching for my "Best Shot" was how I started each week. I've been moving on and paring down in so many areas of my life so I honor your choice to do the same. Here's to a 2011 that is full of all things magical.

  • Jess
    Posted at 15:55h, 03 January Reply

    Have no regrets. Change is good. Most of us are all trying to juggle families with children and a gigantic passion to photograph. To be honest, I was wondering how you did it all. I am adding these photographs as my favorite for this last Monday. They were submitted into Picture Winter last night, but I was so encouraged with all the feedback that they got. Stay well and thanks for sharing your time, experiences, knowledge and talent with all of us.

    http://jessicavescera.blogspot.com/2011/01/at-park.html

  • megan
    Posted at 16:19h, 03 January Reply

    it's been a great run, tracey! kudos to you for expanding your horizons:).

    my bsm is a shot with me in it…that in itself is cause for celebration ;).

    the boys and me

  • megan
    Posted at 16:19h, 03 January Reply

    it's been a great run, tracey! kudos to you for expanding your horizons:).

    my bsm is a shot with me in it…that in itself is cause for celebration ;).

    the boys and me

  • Aia
    Posted at 16:54h, 03 January Reply

    wow it has been a year of big changes for oyu tracey. i am glad to have witnessed your progress & success & look forward to the year to come 🙂

  • Aia
    Posted at 16:54h, 03 January Reply

    wow it has been a year of big changes for oyu tracey. i am glad to have witnessed your progress & success & look forward to the year to come 🙂

  • Breanne
    Posted at 17:10h, 03 January Reply

    I'll miss BSM, but I'm excited to see what comes of your simplifying! 😀

    This is actually from the beginning of December, but it's one of my proudest shots. http://flickr.com/gp/bleach226/3730yi

  • Breanne
    Posted at 17:10h, 03 January Reply

    I'll miss BSM, but I'm excited to see what comes of your simplifying! 😀

    This is actually from the beginning of December, but it's one of my proudest shots. http://flickr.com/gp/bleach226/3730yi

  • Michelle Kennedy
    Posted at 17:13h, 03 January Reply

    Good for you! It's always hard to change things up and realize some things have to cease. I don't have a photo to share at the moment – too busy recovering from the holidays and trying to get everything back in order. Best of luck in everything you do!

    -Michelle

  • Michelle Kennedy
    Posted at 17:13h, 03 January Reply

    Good for you! It's always hard to change things up and realize some things have to cease. I don't have a photo to share at the moment – too busy recovering from the holidays and trying to get everything back in order. Best of luck in everything you do!

    -Michelle

  • toyfoto
    Posted at 17:31h, 03 January Reply

    I feel this way a lot lately.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/toyfoto/5314174029/

  • toyfoto
    Posted at 17:31h, 03 January Reply

    I feel this way a lot lately.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/toyfoto/5314174029/

  • Jeanne
    Posted at 17:41h, 03 January Reply

    Change makes room for new things.

    It's been a really tough fall & winter for me, but something about "Puppy Love" gives me hope. Check it out….

    http://bostongirlontheverge.blogspot.com/2011/01/final-best-shot-monday.html

  • Jeanne
    Posted at 17:41h, 03 January Reply

    Change makes room for new things.

    It's been a really tough fall & winter for me, but something about "Puppy Love" gives me hope. Check it out….

    http://bostongirlontheverge.blogspot.com/2011/01/final-best-shot-monday.html

  • rawqueen
    Posted at 18:41h, 03 January Reply

    Good for you for letting go. And for hosting such a fabulous space for folks to participate. Here's to new beginnings. Not sure this is my best shot. But it certainly is my best shot this Monday! You gotta start somewhere. Happy Monday!
    http://somethingblu.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/you-gotta-be-startin-somethina-wish-from-the-rock/

  • rawqueen
    Posted at 18:41h, 03 January Reply

    Good for you for letting go. And for hosting such a fabulous space for folks to participate. Here's to new beginnings. Not sure this is my best shot. But it certainly is my best shot this Monday! You gotta start somewhere. Happy Monday!
    http://somethingblu.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/you-gotta-be-startin-somethina-wish-from-the-rock/

  • ELK
    Posted at 20:08h, 03 January Reply

    I so understand beginnings and endings .. both so very important in their own ways.. here is mine today sent to you with a big hug and many thanks for the way you continue to touch my creative life.

    going back

  • ELK
    Posted at 20:08h, 03 January Reply

    I so understand beginnings and endings .. both so very important in their own ways.. here is mine today sent to you with a big hug and many thanks for the way you continue to touch my creative life.

    going back

  • Cara
    Posted at 20:13h, 03 January Reply

    I totally understand that all good things come to an end but I will miss your BSM. I look forward to seeing/reading/participating in any of you new ventures. I can't thank you enough for the inspiration that I have gotten from you and your work. I had to include my first BSM entry with my last. Hugs Tracey!
    Best Shot Monday – Good-Bye

  • Cara
    Posted at 20:13h, 03 January Reply

    I totally understand that all good things come to an end but I will miss your BSM. I look forward to seeing/reading/participating in any of you new ventures. I can't thank you enough for the inspiration that I have gotten from you and your work. I had to include my first BSM entry with my last. Hugs Tracey!
    Best Shot Monday – Good-Bye

  • Colleen
    Posted at 22:28h, 03 January Reply

    While I haven't participated in quite a while… I'm sad to see Best Shot Monday go. But… because I haven't participated in a while I also understand the need to just let some things go. Some things just need an ending point.

    A long time ago (in 2007) I shared a link with you to a photo contest of some sort. You said you were going to share it (and you did) and asked if I had a blog to link to so you could tell everyone I shared the link with you. I didn't have a blog then… and after commenting on numerous Best Shot Mondays I suddenly wondered why I wasn't actually joining in. I sat down and started my blog. So… I'm now quite grateful to you and Best Shot Monday for introducing me to the community that is here online.

    I haven't done a BSM in longer than I care to admit… but I couldn't miss today.
    Today's Best Shot Monday
    My First Best Shot Monday

  • Colleen
    Posted at 22:28h, 03 January Reply

    While I haven't participated in quite a while… I'm sad to see Best Shot Monday go. But… because I haven't participated in a while I also understand the need to just let some things go. Some things just need an ending point.

    A long time ago (in 2007) I shared a link with you to a photo contest of some sort. You said you were going to share it (and you did) and asked if I had a blog to link to so you could tell everyone I shared the link with you. I didn't have a blog then… and after commenting on numerous Best Shot Mondays I suddenly wondered why I wasn't actually joining in. I sat down and started my blog. So… I'm now quite grateful to you and Best Shot Monday for introducing me to the community that is here online.

    I haven't done a BSM in longer than I care to admit… but I couldn't miss today.
    Today's Best Shot Monday
    My First Best Shot Monday

  • Maggie
    Posted at 23:06h, 03 January Reply

    Like Colleen, I haven't been so good about doing Best Shot Monday lately. But I couldn't imagine missing today.

    My last best shot monday: Relax

    I can't wait to see what exciting things you'll have to share this year Tracey!

  • Maggie
    Posted at 23:06h, 03 January Reply

    Like Colleen, I haven't been so good about doing Best Shot Monday lately. But I couldn't imagine missing today.

    My last best shot monday: Relax

    I can't wait to see what exciting things you'll have to share this year Tracey!

  • carrie
    Posted at 02:57h, 04 January Reply

    It is the End of an Era and it has been so much fun. Thank you Tracey. I am positive whatever goodness you have in store is going to be exciting and wonderful.

  • carrie
    Posted at 02:57h, 04 January Reply

    It is the End of an Era and it has been so much fun. Thank you Tracey. I am positive whatever goodness you have in store is going to be exciting and wonderful.

  • Christina
    Posted at 05:46h, 04 January Reply

    It has been awhile since I last joined in for BSM…but there was no way I'd miss this special occasion. Thanks, Tracey, for all the joy you've brought so many through the years. The next step in the journey will be just as wonderful, I'm sure. This is the End of an Era!

  • Christina
    Posted at 05:46h, 04 January Reply

    It has been awhile since I last joined in for BSM…but there was no way I'd miss this special occasion. Thanks, Tracey, for all the joy you've brought so many through the years. The next step in the journey will be just as wonderful, I'm sure. This is the End of an Era!

  • golightly
    Posted at 07:18h, 04 January Reply

    Gosh, I seem to be singing the same tune. I have been only very sporadic in posting BSM… heck, I've been sporadic in blogging over all and couldn't even finish with Picture Fall. But I stop by here often – and I will continue to do so. Thank you for being an inspiration and always keeping it real.

    I just returned from Christmas in the Mid West and the first snow in several years and I"m fighting pneumonia so therefore, I STILL didn't blog! Here is one of my favorite shots from our holiday for Best Shot Monday. (albeit, I'm too tired to post the link in HTML.)

    Welcome Winter.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/justaddcolor/5321993700/

    I will be in your neck of the woods in a couple weeks for MeRa Koh's workshop!
    Hope you're staying as dry as possible.
    Warmly,
    R.

  • golightly
    Posted at 07:18h, 04 January Reply

    Gosh, I seem to be singing the same tune. I have been only very sporadic in posting BSM… heck, I've been sporadic in blogging over all and couldn't even finish with Picture Fall. But I stop by here often – and I will continue to do so. Thank you for being an inspiration and always keeping it real.

    I just returned from Christmas in the Mid West and the first snow in several years and I"m fighting pneumonia so therefore, I STILL didn't blog! Here is one of my favorite shots from our holiday for Best Shot Monday. (albeit, I'm too tired to post the link in HTML.)

    Welcome Winter.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/justaddcolor/5321993700/

    I will be in your neck of the woods in a couple weeks for MeRa Koh's workshop!
    Hope you're staying as dry as possible.
    Warmly,
    R.

  • Christa
    Posted at 12:01h, 04 January Reply

    I have been meaning to post a best shot for some time, so here is my last chance!

    Bravo to you for doing what you need to do!

    http://Www.carryitforward.com/the-new-year

  • Christa
    Posted at 12:01h, 04 January Reply

    I have been meaning to post a best shot for some time, so here is my last chance!

    Bravo to you for doing what you need to do!

    http://Www.carryitforward.com/the-new-year

  • Jess
    Posted at 17:16h, 04 January Reply

    Tracey, you and the community of bloggers and moms and photographers in Best Shot Monday introduced me to looking at the world differently, through the lens of a camera. Through Best Shot Monday I started changing the way i used a camera and that has bloomed into a passionate hobby that I hope to turn into a career someday. Thank you for being the one who organized this sometimes small, sometimes large group of us who posted our best shots each week.
    I used to blog as Mother Bunny and when I was posting to BSM, I had two toddlers. Now I have a 6 year old, a 4 year old and a new baby, a 4 month old.
    Today's Best Shot for me is the first of my 2011 365 project, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jessicamccoy/5315628673/in/set-72157625728155992/
    Thank you! Thank you for Shutter Sisters and thank you for being an inspiration to me in photography.

  • Jess
    Posted at 17:16h, 04 January Reply

    Tracey, you and the community of bloggers and moms and photographers in Best Shot Monday introduced me to looking at the world differently, through the lens of a camera. Through Best Shot Monday I started changing the way i used a camera and that has bloomed into a passionate hobby that I hope to turn into a career someday. Thank you for being the one who organized this sometimes small, sometimes large group of us who posted our best shots each week.
    I used to blog as Mother Bunny and when I was posting to BSM, I had two toddlers. Now I have a 6 year old, a 4 year old and a new baby, a 4 month old.
    Today's Best Shot for me is the first of my 2011 365 project, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jessicamccoy/5315628673/in/set-72157625728155992/
    Thank you! Thank you for Shutter Sisters and thank you for being an inspiration to me in photography.

  • domestic extraordinaire
    Posted at 18:40h, 04 January Reply

    I can't believe I never played along. It makes me sad, and I even missed it by a day.

    Good luck on your streamlining and your goals for this year!!

  • domestic extraordinaire
    Posted at 18:40h, 04 January Reply

    I can't believe I never played along. It makes me sad, and I even missed it by a day.

    Good luck on your streamlining and your goals for this year!!

  • Paula
    Posted at 23:09h, 04 January Reply

    This is the first time I have visited your blog so I am looking forward to your pared-down posts 🙂

  • Paula
    Posted at 23:09h, 04 January Reply

    This is the first time I have visited your blog so I am looking forward to your pared-down posts 🙂

  • NTE
    Posted at 01:08h, 05 January Reply

    I'll get a picture up eventually, but I wanted to let you know how much MBSMs have meant to me ~ Thank you, for helping me realize the value in all of the pictures I take, whether they are what I want them to be yet or not. And for reminding me to find my best. (And for giving me a place to talk about all of this without sounding ridiculous). I promise not to go away forever…. Thank you, again, so much.

  • NTE
    Posted at 01:08h, 05 January Reply

    I'll get a picture up eventually, but I wanted to let you know how much MBSMs have meant to me ~ Thank you, for helping me realize the value in all of the pictures I take, whether they are what I want them to be yet or not. And for reminding me to find my best. (And for giving me a place to talk about all of this without sounding ridiculous). I promise not to go away forever…. Thank you, again, so much.

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