From the galaxies above…
to the sea floor below…
and everything in between.
Let us find the tools to see past the noise of the day,
and recognize the heroes and miracles
that surround us every day.
Happy New Year, dear Readers.
Written by Jet Eliot.
Photos by Athena Alexander.
97 thoughts on “Looking Ahead”
Such a beautiful gift. Thank you. Happy New Year to you.
Thank you, Maggie, for your kind words and wishes. Best wishes to you in the new year ahead.
What a delightful,way to end the year!
Thanks so very much, Terry. And cheers to the heroes and miracles that surround us.
From galaxies to a beautiful hummingbird, with such striking photos. It’s always delightful and educational to come to your blog, so I definitively look forward to visiting again 2022.
Happy New Year to Athena and you!
Dear Hien, thanks so much for your kind words. I have so enjoyed your beautiful photos and posts this past year, and look forward to more in the new year. Sending cheers for a happy new year to you and your loved ones.
Lovely poem, Jet. Beautiful photos. We really can see through the noise, and do what’s right in the future if we try.
Yes, I do believe that too, Timothy. Sometimes it’s hard to see through the noise, especially with this pandemic, but you’re right, we can do what’s right if we try. Thanks so much for enlightening my days this past year with the beauty of the Rio Grande.
Inspiring photos and words. Perfect for this dark and snowy New Year’s Eve morning. Thanks, Jet!
I am delighted I could bring some warmth to your dark and snowy winter morning, Donna, and send my best wishes for a happy new year to you. Thanks so much.
Thank you Jet and Athena for the beauty you share on your blog. Happy New Year!
Thanks very much, Brad, I am glad to have so much beauty to share, and how wonderful we have this blogosphere as our vehicle. Cheers and Happy New Year to you.
Thanks Jet. Happy New Year!
Such a beautiful and inspiring post. Happy New Year to you, too.
Wonderful to hear from you, Susan, thanks so much. And cheers to you for a splendid new year.
Jet, I could not agree with you more about blocking out the noise to see the “real world”. Stunning pictures and I really thank you for them. Wishing you all the very best in this oncoming New Year. I plan on creating and not stop! Better days are ahead of us!!! xo
We are so lucky these days to have our blogs to share the beauty of the world. Thank you, Amy, for your kind words here, and thank you also for never stopping your creating. I have so enjoyed your gorgeous photos of nature throughout the years. Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, Jet!! xoxo
Happy New Year dear Jet – Thank you once again for beautiful images, especially the hummingbird:) May it be a good one. X
I am happy to have the Anna’s Hummingbird with us year-round, and so glad you enjoyed the photo today, Janet. My thanks to you for your lovely friendship and beautiful paintings. Every day I enjoy the hummingbird painting of yours on my living room wall. Cheers to a new year filled with the magic that is hummingbirds.
Love and Peace dear Jet:)
Jet and Athena, thanks for the fine thoughts and photographs. It made a good morning even better. Peace and happy new year! tom
I am always so glad to see you stop by, Tom, and really appreciate your kind words today. Your special insights on the beauty of the world are most appreciated. I hope your new year is filled with them.
That’s beautiful!!! Happy New Year, Jet, and Athena!!
I hope there are many more photographic adventures to come for you in the new year. 😀
Thanks so much for your visit today, Deborah. You and I have a new year ahead of many beautiful birds to see — cheers to that!
Further amazing photos.
I wish you a happy and creative 2022!
It’s always a treat to hear from you, rabirius. I appreciate your kind words here, and the sharing of your clever and inspired creations on your blog posts. Happy New Year to you, my friend.
Happy New Year to you, Jet! All the best, virus-free in 2022!
Thank you, John. Thanks for sharing the best of Las Vegas with us every week, it is a pleasure. And Happy New Year to you!
Thanks so much my friend!
Have a Happy 2022 🙂
I wish you a Happy 2022 too, Willy. Thanks so much for your well wishes.
Wishing you and Athena all the best for the coming year Jet.
And my warmest Happy New Year wishes to you and your wife, Andrea. Thanks so much.
You always bring the dance of life Jet! Good health to you both!
How kind your words, Wayne. Thanks so much, my friend. Thanks for sharing the incredible beauty of Tofino with us throughout this past year. Your photography of the bald eagles, bears, swans and other friends are much appreciated.
wish me luck Jet,I’m going out today for a New Years Eve shoot in that cold!
Last shoot of the year!
Let’s see what I get?
I do wish you luck, Wayne. So intrepid you are, and your work is so very much appreciated.
A single picture alone applies1000 words! So here I estimate
seven thousand (that’s including yours of course)!
Happy New Year to the both of you dear lovies!
I’m chuckling, dear Eddie, thanks so much for the thousands of cheerful messages today. Dear friend, thanks for always bringing a smile to my face, even on the hardest of days.
Love you Jet, thank you for all your kindness
Yes! Happy New Year to you both!
Cheers pc, to a happy new year filled with outdoor adventures and more miracles to behold.
My hope for the new year is that more and more people come to understand how dependent we are on Nature, and to do their utmost to protect it. Amen!
Happy 2022 to you both!
Oh boy, I hope for that too, Eliza. In fact, that’s the reason I continue every year with this blog. Cheers to you, Eliza, and may the new year bring us some wonderful moments in nature.
So true jet. there are the miracles at our feet and nearby if we just open our eyes and see them. these days it can be easy to be discouraged but one can find hope in nature. Sending very best wishes to you and Athena today and through 2022.
Truly lovely to hear from you, Sue. Thank you for your warm wishes, and I send you and Dave big smiles and wishes for a new year of delights. Thanks very much.
Beautiful way to end the year. A happy, blessed 2022 to you two.
Thanks so much, Janet. And sending warm wishes for a happy new year to you and your loved ones, too.
An excellent reminder of what is really important. Happy New Year to you and Athena – I hope many magical voyages are in your future!
I like that hope, Jan. A few magical voyages would be great fun. Cheers to the new year and the fun we find in it. Happy New Year, Jan, and thank you.
I love this post, Jet. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Wishing you and Athena all the best in the coming year.
Hi Anneli, I’m glad today’s post resonated with you. I send you warm wishes for a Happy New Year, to you and the captain and all your loved ones and happy critters. Thank you.
Thanks. I’ll tell the critters that Auntie Jet sends hugs.
This just cracked me up!
I’m serious. I heard them say, “That’s so sweet.”
we’re lucky to be in this wonderful universe. Happy New Year 2022!!!
Yes, we sure are lucky, Bill. And how fortunate that we can share time together on this earth. Happy New Year to you and Nan, with love and warmest wishes.
Wonderful post, Jet.
Happy New Year!!
Thanks very much, Isabel.
Beautiful thought and photos. Hope you have a wonderful 2022.
Greetings, Craig. Thanks for your kind words and visits throughout the year, and thanks for your entertaining books and stories, too. Happy New Year, my friend.
Happy New Year all of You ✨🎇🎈🎉
Thank you, 6qsite. Happy New Year to you, too.
And, Happy New Year to you and Athena, dear Jet. Thank you for making our world a better place – and for opening our eyes to its beauty, diversity and wonder every week. You make MY world a better place!
Dear Nan, what a lovely sentiment and warm words, thank you so much. It’s dark now and the last night of 2021, and I look forward to 2022 and sharing more beauty with you. Cheers, dear Nan.
What a stunning post! Your words and Athena’s images in perfect harmony.
The last two images took my breath away.
Best wishes to the two of you for the coming year.
How wonderful to have you stop by, Gunta. I so appreciate your lovely comment and wishes, and thank you for sharing the beauty in your world with me. Cheers to a new year, my friend.
Wonderful my friend. Health & Happiness to you in 2022!
Oh so fun to get your bluebird of happiness gif, Cindy. And I bid you a warm and happy cheer to the new year. Hurray!
I wish you and Athena good health and happiness for 2022, Jet.
Thank you so very much, Ronnie. Sending my best to you for a terrific new year.
A great way to bring in the New Year, Jet. Thank you. And the very best to you in 2022 with many more wilderness adventures. –Curt
Yes, let’s keep those wilderness adventures coming. Thank you, Curt, for your wonderful message and good wishes. And I hope you and your adventurous wife have a great new year.
Those are good New Year’s wishes and photographs you’ve put together.
Thanks very much, Steve. I’m happy you enjoyed the New Year’s wishes and photos. Happy New Year to you!
Happy new year Jet and Alexandra. May we slow our race to extinction, work harder to save our wildlife, and spread joy while doing it like you do.
I’m with you, Sherry, on those wishes and thank you so much for your kind words. You have given me a smile here at my desk in these dawning hours of 2022. Thank you, Sherry, for all the beautiful images you shared in 2021, and my warmest wishes to you for a splendid new year.
The old saying, ‘As above, so below,’ came to mind when I looked at your first photo and thought, “My goodness! The galaxies look like amoebae!” The beauty of your blog is the way you’re able to use your words and Athena’s photos to draw those important but oft-missed connections for us. I’m looking forward to enjoying even more of them in the new year!
Your words and writings are such a pleasure always, Linda, and your kind comment is much appreciated. My warmest thanks to you, and sweet wishes for another new year of great thoughts and connections.
So beautifully said and shown. Happy New Year, Jet! (And Athena, too)
Thanks very much, Eilene, for your well wishes. And my warmest wishes to you for a Happy New Year!
As always, wonderful images by Athena to accompany your well-written posts, Jet. It’s a pleasure to read and see what you share and I look forward to more in the coming year. Happy New Year to you both!
I thank you so very much, Steve, for your warm and encouraging comment. It is truly a pleasure to share the beauty of this planet with you, and equally as enjoyable to absorb all the beauty and photos that you share. My warmest wishes for a Happy New Year to you, Steve.
Happy New Year to you and Athena! Cheers!!
And a Happy New Year to you, too, Donna. Thanks for this past year of delightful photography.
As our dreams emerge like the little mushrooms from the tree stump, might the new year 2022 bring us much joy and safe and happy travels🙂
Happy New Year!!
Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Christie. I hope your new year is beautiful. And thanks so much for stopping by.
A beautiful farewell & hello, and all the best for 2020!
Many thanks, Walt, and my best to you, too, for 2022–love, fun, adventure, good health, creative days, and the outdoors.
Beautiful photos and wishes for the New Year, and indeed may we be able to recognize the heroes and miracles that can so often be obscured from our view.
Wishing you both the very best for the year ahead.
My warmest thanks for your beautiful comment and visit, Carol. I’m sending wishes to you for a great new year, my friend.
Thanks so much Jet – we can only hope for a better year on so many levels.
A belated happy new year to you as well Jet – running behind on my blog reading due to some traveling for our latest birding excursion along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Yay, birding along the Texas Gulf Coast, looking forward to seeing your finds….