January 11 – Thanks and farewell (for now)

And now, having posted all of those seasonal mashup photos, the time has come for me to draw the curtain on this incarnation of ObserVA.  My year of observing the cycle of life in rural central Virginia has come to a close, and having done what I set out to do, I am–at least temporarily–considering this a finished project.

In reaching the end, I want to extend sincere appreciation and gratitude to the folks who have taken the time to read this, who have expressed their support in person or who have written supportive comments.  It’s a wonderful part of doing a project like this in 2013 that you don’t have to work in a vacuum, that you can get more or less instant feedback from the folks who are reading what you write.

I am looking forward to going back and reading the entries.  For the past year, I have been so focused on writing and moving forward, that I’ve done almost literally no re-reading of past days, so I’m excited about doing that.

I still intend to keep taking photos and writing when I can.  If I’ve learned anything this past year, it’s that there’s always something new and interesting to see, and that there’s pretty much nothing I’d rather do than to spend my waking hours wandering around in the outdoors observing whatever plants, animals, and fungus I come across (actually, I kind of already knew that last bit, but it certainly hasn’t changed).  Over the upcoming weeks/months/years, I may continue to post updates in ObserVA, but I will no longer be pushing myself to post weekly or several times each week, as I have been for the past year.  It was a good writing discipline, and I am proud that I made myself do it, but I am also ready to shift to a more relaxed gear.  I will also be doing more writing for the Twin Oaks blog–Running in ZK , which is a fun blog about various aspects of life at Twin Oaks Community.  You should check it out if you’re interested in what it’s like to live in a modern intentional community.   I’ve been thinking about writing an irregular “nature of Twin Oaks” feature for Running in ZK, which would draw upon some of what I’ve learned and observed over the past year with this journal.  Certainly if I write anything that seems appropriate to OberVA,, I will cross post in both blogs.

And, finally, I’m thinking about putting together a Shutterfly photo book, with my favorite photographs from each month.  If I go ahead and do that, I will post something here to show people what it looks like and see if anyone wants to order one (at cost of course, I certainly don’t need to make any extra $).  I will probably do that sometime during the cold dark days of winter and let y’all know when it’s done.

And with that, I’ll sign off.  Thanks again for following along, it’s been quite the educational experience.   And if you’re ever out here in Central Virginia, drop me a line and come for a visit.  ‘Till then…


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