Each December 31st - San Francisco holds it's official New Year's Eve street party in front of The Ferry Building - with live bands and a huge midnight fireworks display.
Then, on New Year's morning - large crews from The City's public works department descend on The Ferry Building scene - collecting double-time as they hose down and clean-up the colossal mess. It was here on a bright sunlit morning that I collected this image - on the first day of the year, now spent.
2008 was in many way a tough year for this photographer. It saw a large number of challenges. My mother's consuming Alzheimer's disease which now has her fully disconnected from everyone she once knew. The death of two very close friends. A dark disruption in my own universe. The challenges of the economic collapse which has had profound impacts on many people I've known all of my life.
Yet, I express profound gratitude. For my many good and loyal friends. For the wonderful and dedicated care facility where my mom lives - and the staff there that consistently goes the extra mile. For the growth and insights I've received. For a warm home and the roof that keeps me dry. For health. For the ability to travel and explore. For the amazing new friends and clients that I've met. And for you - my extended efamily at Aminus3. Here is my wish to you for a Happy New Year.
[notebook]: Each New Year's Eve - I make a conscious effort in collecting a memorable 'last image' of the outgoing year. On the next morning - I take care in creating a 'first image' of the New Year. With any luck - I hope to present the last image of 2008 on New Year's Day; and the first image of 2009 on January 2nd.
A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all !
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