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Just about every photographer that I know and love – whether pro, semi-pro, or serious hobbyist – has done a 2014 photo montage. And so, without further ado and perhaps a different spin, here’s my 2014 in pictures.

On January 1, 2014 my life began anew!

Some background information

You see, I worked for the same company for 26 years.  The first 15 years were very very good but the last 10 were very hard on my psyche.  It all finally got to me and I needed to do something drastic.  So, after praying and calculating and praying some more, in September 2013 I asked my manager to put me on the list of potential layoffs and my wish was granted in November.  My last day was actually December 31, 2013.

My party

My party

Back to 2014

Due to the numerous places I traveled in 2014, a lot of my friends and coworkers thought I had retired but I still have a few more years to go before I’m eligible to receive a pension.

It was fun to make them all jealous with my travel exploits though…

  • January in Phoenix, Arizona for the ImagingUSA photography conference
Phoenix Convention Center - taken with an Apple iPhone 4S

Phoenix Convention Center

  • January on Grand Cayman Island
My toes at Rum Point - taken with an Apple iPhone 4S

My toes at Rum Point

  • February on a Bahamas cruise
Paradise Island Bahamas - taken with a Nikon Coolpix AW110

Paradise Island Bahamas

I learned to relax on the beaches and by the pools.  Plus I managed to miss almost all of the snowstorms on the East Coast!  And, of course, my stress was completely gone by this time.

  • April in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana
Lion being stalked by tour vehicle - taken with a Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 80-400 VR II lens

Lion being stalked by tour vehicle

  • June in Atlanta, Georgia with family
  • September in Las Vegas, Nevada for Photoshop World conference
Instructors at PSW 2014 Las Vegas

Instructors at Photoshop World 2014 Las Vegas

  • September in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a job interview and to see friends
  • October in Outer Banks, North Carolina with family

Outer Banks, NC Mansion

  • October in upstate New York for fall colors
Sunrise at Ft Montgomery - taken with an Apple iPhone 4S

Sunrise at Ft Montgomery

  • November in New York City for PhotoPlus-PDN photography conference

Near the end of September, I accepted a job consulting in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Basically, I’m doing the same I did on my old job just less stressful and in a different part of the country.

While, I’ve been enjoying learning about my new city: the restaurants, nearby activities, etc. I’m really intrigued by the region.  Deserts and canyons – oh my!

Yes, I’ve been to the Grand Canyon twice from Las Vegas but another place has always been on my bucket list:

  • December in Sedona, Arizona
Aerial view of Sedona's Red Rocks - taken with a Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens

Aerial view of Sedona’s Red Rocks

I’ve had a wonderful 2014 and I’m so looking forward to having a better 2015!

Happy New Year to all!

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Dani Lew

DaniLew is a podcaster and a retired nomad who loves to slow travel around the world and share her travel stories and personal photography.The Slow Traveling Soul Sister podcast is all about me and my travels around the world for the last 40 years as a solo black woman, My motto: travel nourishes the soul and broadens the mind, but solo travel frees our imagination and builds our Confidence. #slowtravelingsoulsister #GoSeeDoBe

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