Focus on Life: Week 52 ~ Goodbye

Well, it's week 52 of the Focusing on Life: 52 Photos weekly photography challenge for 2013
Sally's last prompt for us this year was:
"Well, we are here at the end of our year long journey. It is time to say goodbye.  This week for one last time in 2013, I ask you to focus on how you would like to say farewell and then capture it in a photo(s)"
I'm certain that so many things went through your heads (and your hearts) for this prompt, as they did mine.
I thought of the Farewell song from the Sound of Music.  And, annoyingly, The Beatles song "Hello, Goodbye" has been a constant (I am not really a big Beatles fan!) in my head all week long.
I thought of Shakespeare's, "Parting is such sweet sorrow,...." and Chaucer's "All good things must come to an end" and of course, the various fashions of the famous one liner in so many movies, "I bid you adieu".  
 I thought of how to capture a wave goodbye, some one walking alone down a road, boarding an airplane or leaving in a car,...all sorts of photographic ways of saying 'farewell'.
My thoughts were of saying 'Goodbye' and how I would wish you all well and much success and happiness in the coming year.

I was saddened to see this journey come to an end.

But happy that it happened and better off for it, too!

Then last week when Sally sent out the invitations for the 2014 Focus on Life: 52 Photo challenge, I was not so blue or sad about this last post of the year. 
I thought of the seasons that have come and gone only to come and go again and of how it can be bitter sweet to see things come to and end. 

Yet with the passing of the seasons, the days and the months, there's the endless cycle of hope.
Of renewal, of birth, of life. Of hello.

I'm excited to continue this journey and look forward to seeing what those of you who continue will be 'snappin' in 2014.  And, even if you don't pop in to share each week with photos, I will be sure to see you 'around' here online.
At least that is my hope.
So, I will end with this:
"May you fare well in these last few days of 2013 my friends.
I look forward to seeing you in the New Year!"
And in the famous words of Dr. Seuss,...
"Don't cry because it's over.
Smile because it happened!"
~Dr. Seuss~
Until Next Time, (I don't say goodbye well at all!)
Peace and Love!

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  1. I like the Dr. Seuss quote you used and also your sentiments. And of course the photography. Look forward to the journey in 2014.

  2. Stunning photos and beautiful words, Shel!
    So glad you've signed up for 2014 too ;)

  3. Great post, that sums it all up well, I love the Dr. Seuss quote!

  4. Such a sweet post. I love you photo and the great quotes. I'm so glad you are joining again next year. Blessings to you in the new year.

  5. A lovely post Mishel, wishing you well for the coming year, alas I am not able to continue on with the photo challenge next year, but I look forward to seeing all of your lovely posts

  6. I love your post! See you in 2014, when we will be posting more elegant, funny, sad, heartwarming, and most of all creative pictures!

  7. Indeed! I'm smiling. :-) Beautiful and thoughtful... I'll be seeing you here on your blog and other places in 2014 so this is not goodbye. Thank you for your friendship this past year. Happy New Year!

  8. It was lovely to 'travel' with you on your photo journey this year. Thanks for sharing with us all.
    Here's to another wonderful year full to the brim with memories (insert champagne glass),

  9. Wow, gorgeous and I think we were all doing a happy dance when Sally sent out the plan for next year. Looking forward to year 2 and i can not believe how quickly the year went by. Happy, Happy New Year!

  10. See you next year! I used to think that was the cleverest thing when I was a kid and still love saying it! It's been fun to get to know you this year. Happy New Year!

  11. Shel that is an amazing Photo. The words that you chose this week are perfect. I'll see you next year.

  12. Wonderful quote from Dr Suess. I will be around again next year... Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2014!

  13. Love it, Mishel, and a wonderful photo to accompany the quote as usual! Much happiness to you in 2014!

  14. Oh, dear, Mishel - this is such a perfect post! It reflects exactly how I felt (thank you, now I have Beatles' song stuck, and I am definitely not a fun of them :) ) and exactly how my feelings progressed... love it - all the way to the Dr. Seuss' quote. Wishing you an amazing New Year and looking forward to continuing to journey!

  15. Beautiful photos Shel! I'm not going to say goodbye because I know I will see you! Wishing you a fantastic 2014 my friend :)


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