Photoremedy Photo of the Year: 2012 Poll

It’s time again for our annual Photoremedy Photo of the Year poll. As with last year, we are ‘focusing’ on making this a lot of fun. This means we will again strictly adhere to our Chicago-style approach to voting; we encourage everyone to ‘vote early and vote often.’ If you love a photo, follow the poll progress results and don’t be afraid to come back to photoremedy.me to register a couple of extra votes for good measure.

2011 Photo of the Year - Verde Canyon RR

2011 Photo of the Year – Verde Canyon RR

To get us to the final dozen pictures, we listened to comments via Facebook and on Photoremedy. We also took in email input, and sought a few “expert’s” opinions. The final list features a little of wine country, quite a bit of Kansas, a lot of Ireland, and even our favorite grandson shot. All of the pics were taken while pursuing photoremedy. If you still don’t know what photoremedy is, click on the ‘Background and Initial Post’ tab above.

So, let’s get to it. Check out the options below, and then select the photograph that you feel is worthy of being crowned ‘Photoremedy Photo of the Year.’ The polling mechanism is offered at the bottom of this post. Here are the finalists, obviously in no particular order.

1.  Bunratty Living History The famous Bunratty Castle is a beloved Limerick-area attraction. The historic site also features a first-class living history museum. This picture was taken while enjoying a sunset tour of the property, prior to participating in a most enjoyable dinner at the castle.

Bunratty Living History

2. Dingle Harbor Ireland’s breathtaking Dingle Peninsula was reportedly once cited by National Geographic as being “the most beautiful place on earth” and has been voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor. The Dingle Harbor is a must see stop on the peninsula.

Dingle Harbor

3. Dingle Town Our tour of the peninsula also allowed for us to spend a bit of time sampling Dingle Town. Okay, our motor coach tour stopped here, and Mary and I had a couple of beers. But, first, I was able to take several memorable photographs. To me, it looked like the bird in this photo was the only one trying to get somewhere in a hurry.

Dingle Town

4. Fields of Kerry Our tours of both the Dingle Peninsula and the famous Ring of Kerry departed from Killarney. If you plan a similar journey, make sure you allow time to take in the countryside. Rural County Kerry is both peaceful and breathtaking.

Fields of Kerry

5. Journey Home Mary and I spent a lot of time back in our home state of Kansas this year. Mary’s beloved mother passed away in January; so, we had a funeral trip and, later, a trip for the estate sale. Fortunately, I was able to get in a bit of photoremedy during both visits. This photograph, from the Catholic cemetery in tiny St. Joseph, helped put things in perspective for me. God is the Alpha and the Omega. When we are born, we come from our Creator. And, when we pass, we pray that the road will lead us back.Journey Home

6. Lance’s Cross One of my dearest friends lost his brother this past year at the tender age of 40. Because of their Scottish and Irish heritage, the Celtic Cross means a lot to the family. I took this photo (near Lisdoonvarna, Ireland) for them as a reminder that, no matter our age, the hope is that we will leave our broken down bodies and go to the light.

Lance's Cross

7. Passing the Baton In track and field’s four-person relay races, a common strategy is to have each runner pass the baton to an even faster runner. In a four-person relay race, the fastest runner is the one who receives the baton last (or most recently). When it comes to the best parents, I believe each one hopes that happiness and/or success will come much more quickly for their children than it did for them. I felt like this picture of my oldest son, and my first grandchild, illustrated the “passing the baton” life parenting concept far more eloquently than my mere words could express.

Passing the Baton

8. Past Meets Present During an early January morning photoremedy drive, I came across this wonderful illustration of how our nation’s past and present are exploding into one on the plains of Kansas.

Past Meets Present

9. Country Store The past and the present  may be coming together, but I’m always thankful for those times when I come across simple treasures that leave me slowly shaking my head and saying aloud, “That is so cool! I’m so glad that hasn’t gone away.”

Country Store

10. Nothing Could be Finer The good news is wine is timeless. It has been a part of my past, I am committed to making it a part of my future! One of my favorite destinations for wine-related touring and photoremedy is Temecula, California. The red wines produced here are often excellent, and, as this photo suggests, the curb appeal often far exceeds that of much better known areas.Nothing Could Be Finer

11. Torc Waterfall When Mary and I decided to visit Ireland this year, I knew I had to include a trip to see the famous Torc Waterfall. Why? It is, perhaps, the best known attraction in Killarney National Park. And, as detailed in our Being Amanda in Europe book, it is where our daughter Amanda displayed typical Gilstrap coordination by slipping and falling into the water up to her chest. LOL!Torc Waterfall

12. Anthem Veterans Memorial The community park where we live in Anthem, Arizona is always filled with photoremedy opportunities. On a warm 2012 summer’s evening, I could see we were in for a special for a special sunset as storm clouds were rolling in from the high country just to the north of us. I grabbed my camera, and this was the first shot I captured that evening. I like to think perpetual light and eternal peace are in store for those brave Americans who have given their all – for all of us.

Veterans Memorial - Anthem, Arizona

Veterans Memorial – Anthem, Arizona

Please take advantage of the opportunity–in the poll below–to rank our Best of 2012.  This was a lot of fun last year, as votes kept coming in right up to the deadline. Please invite others to join in on this clearly un-scientific poll. We hope you had a great 2012, and pray that you are looking forward to an even better 2013.  Our poll will be open until noon on December 31, 2012. I hope to post results by New Year’s Day. Of course, that depends on how much Temecula wine I sample on New Year’s Eve.

– Greg

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Photoremedy Photo of the Year: 2012 First Cut

We are preparing for our second annual photoremedy.me Photo of the Year contest, and we need your input before we narrow the list down to the top 10-12 photographs that will be featured in our year end vote.

The video slide show featured above offers the first cut of the photos that we feel are worthy of being the 2012 Photoremedy.me Photo of the Year. Our readers are encouraged to view the video above (remember to click on the sprocket and select HD) and to then comment on their favorite photos from this list.  Please make note of the watermarked extensions featured on each slide, such as – ab or – h4, and then refer to the extension when registering your comments at the bottom of this blog post in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box. If you are one of my Facebook friends, you can also register comments on my Facebook page.

We’ll take comments up until noon on 12/21/12. After the comment period ends, 10-12 final photos will be featured here on photoremedy.me, along with a voting mechanism. We’ll also give a little background on each photo. Thank you in advance for your help in narrowing down the list.

An Irish Wedding

As I put this post together, I’m happy to report that I am on the mend. I’m still struggling with typing and working at the computer, but that was expected.

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Since I knew it may difficult to continue posting for a while, I put together a slide show video before my surgery that features another one the highlights of our Ireland trip this past summer – Dustin and Joann’s beautiful wedding in the North Cork countryside of Southern Ireland.

Ballyvolane House - County Cork,

Ballyvolane House – County Cork,

We were so fortunate to join the families–we have been friends with Dustin’s family for decades now–for a wonderful two-day stay at an authentic classical Georgian home built in 1728. The Ballyvolane House was then modified in 1848 in Italianate style.

Ballyvolane House turned out to be an incredible place for a wedding and all of the events and meals that were part of the stay there. Let me know what you think when you see the video. To view the photoremedy video slide show below in high definition, just click the play button. Hover over the video, then click on the sprocket icon to the left of the clock and select 1080p HD.

Special thanks to the lovely Noriana Kennedy, who was so kind as to perform Dustin and Joann’s wedding music and who has allowed us to use a couple of her songs in our Ireland slide show videos. If you would like to read more about Noriana, or buy her music, you can visit her website at http://norianakennedy.com/home.cfm.

As Dustin and Joann head into their first Christmas together as spouses, I thought it would be appropriate to share one of my favorite short Irish blessings with them and their families.

May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now,
And bless you evermore.

Photoart by Greg

Photoart by Greg

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Ballyvolane House

Ballyvolane House