Looking Ahead

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

  1. 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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