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A new day, a new year

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Let the early morning view from my computer-room window on December 3 of what is now suddenly last year serve as a welcome to this new one. A healthy and satisfying 2019 to us all.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 1, 2019 at 12:01 AM

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  1. Leya

    January 1, 2019 at 4:31 AM

  2. And to you and Eve, Steve, from Ariana and Michael here in Houston on this  first chilly morning of a brand-new, shiny, just-out-of-the-box New Year


    January 1, 2019 at 5:47 AM

    • And from us to you, shot out of the annual gate into a white-sky-and-moving-leaves-but-nevertheless-morning morning.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 1, 2019 at 8:23 AM

  3. A Happy and Peaceful New Year to us all!

    Marcia Levy

    January 1, 2019 at 7:15 AM

  4. Best wishes to you and Eve for a peaceful, productive, and healthy year, Steve. May all your views be memorable ones.


    January 1, 2019 at 7:31 AM

  5. And a Happy New Year to you, too,


    January 1, 2019 at 9:26 AM

  6. No need of fireworks to light up that sky! Happy 2019!


    January 1, 2019 at 10:47 AM

  7. A beautiful sunrise, Steve! May 2019 be a good one for you and your family.

    Dawn was beautiful here this morning. The sky has steadily populated with clouds since then, and winter grey with diffuse sunlight will be our colors up here today.

    Lavinia Ross

    January 1, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    • At least you had a beautiful dawn this morning, Lavinia; today in Austin it’s been gray, gray, gray, cool and breezy. But what’s one day? We have the whole new year ahead of us. Enjoy!

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 1, 2019 at 11:37 AM

  8. Welcome to the New Year, Steve, where all your dreams come true. 😀


    January 1, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    • I’m grateful to you for providing that guarantee. It’s good to have a guarantor not far away.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 1, 2019 at 11:39 AM

  9. Happy New Year, Steve, I look forward to enjoying all the wonderful images of nature you share with us.

    Robert Parker

    January 1, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    • Thanks, Robert, and I hope the “good land” of Milwaukee treats you well this year and provides you with things you’d like to write about.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 1, 2019 at 3:36 PM

  10. Best wishes to you and your loved ones for this new year, Steve.


    January 1, 2019 at 4:56 PM

  11. All the best to you and Eve, Steve. Let’s hope that 2019 brings us all happy days and lovely images.

    Steve Gingold

    January 1, 2019 at 6:14 PM



    January 1, 2019 at 9:17 PM

  13. A very welcoming scene. At sunset today there were similar colours in our sky. There was no gray here today, just sun and baking heat all day. Best wishes to you and Eve for 2019.


    January 2, 2019 at 4:47 AM

    • And to you and your family, who always walk the better part of a day ahead of us. This morning brings us a light but cold rain that follows yesterday evening’s last of four holiday season get-togethers with relatives (all Eve’s) and friends.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 2, 2019 at 7:15 AM

      • Our get togethers start mid January with an informal gathering to mark a year since my father died.


        January 2, 2019 at 10:55 PM

        • As I was lying in bed waking up a few minutes ago I suddenly thought about how your father had died, and now here’s your comment, which I didn’t see last night.

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 3, 2019 at 7:01 AM

  14. What a beautiful image… and to think every morning we’re greeted with an outstanding scene from Mother Nature! Best wishes to you and yours for 2019.


    January 2, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    • And to you guys, too. For the first five years I posted every single day but since then I’ve slowed down a little, not wanting to be too insistent. I’m glad you’re enjoying the pictures from nature. I’m certainly having fun taking them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 2, 2019 at 4:57 PM

  15. Once again, those who didn’t click the image for a better view are really missing out! A truly gorgeous morning! Happy New Year, my friend.


    January 2, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    • And likewise to you guys in Alabama. It hasn’t been a gorgeous morning here today, what with 2 inches of rain and a temperature of 38°. I figured if it was going to get that cold at least is could dip a little more to freezimg so we’d have snow and ice, but no such luck.

      Thanks for clicking to see the closeup. So much often hides in the small details.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 2, 2019 at 5:01 PM

  16. Ah lovely shot Steve! And a very happy New Year to you and Eve 🙂


    January 5, 2019 at 11:23 PM

    • I was thinking about this picture a minute ago, and then when I came over to my computer I found you’d commented on it. A satisfying 2019 to both of you, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 6, 2019 at 7:06 AM

  17. That’s a pretty nice view you have, Steve. May we have peace this coming year.


    January 19, 2019 at 7:46 AM

    • When I look out that window this morning I see a blue sky and sunshine, with the branches of the trees blowing about in the wind (the same wind that woke me up at 5 AM). The little red fruits appear to all still cling to the yaupon tree.

      Peace and health to us all.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 19, 2019 at 11:34 AM

      • Last night I took my little dog for a walk around the block. A newish neighbor and her various dogs were also out. As we approached, my Pete thinking of friendship, one of her dogs hurled itself at us, all snarls and teeth. I scooped up Pete and danced away but even so her dog nearly got me. A little further on her insignificant other was standing with yet another snarling dog, laughing and taunting me as I passed. I spent the rest of the evening struggling with my outrage and seeking peace. I’m afraid that my first thoughts this morning also turned to these uncivil people. Perhaps the only way for my hotheaded Italian self to feel peace would be to live all alone on a mountain top!


        January 20, 2019 at 8:43 AM

        • I’m sorry about your encounter. With all the walking I do in nature, I’ve also had my share of run-ins with uncontrolled dogs. I like your witty term “insignificant other.” I think this is the first I’ve heard that you’re of Italian ancestry. Maybe your ideal mountaintop is in Italy.

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 20, 2019 at 9:36 AM

          • Yes, maybe so!
            By the way, yesterday I worked on my website over at Format. If you care to look at it so far, I’d love your feedback. The address is the same, I believe, at http://www.melissabluefineart.com Although that isn’t turning blue like a proper link, for some reason. I’ve also attempted to copy the first blog post to a blog address here; so far to no avail.


            January 20, 2019 at 9:51 AM

            • (A typo in your comment, which I’ve fixed, prevented the link you provided from looking like a link.)

              Your first new post is showing up fine for me at
              but I don’t see any way to subscribe to the new blog.

              I’m also glad to see a correct About Me at

              When you speak of copying the post to a blog address “here” I assume you mean on WordPress. If so, what is the new blog address?

              Steve Schwartzman

              January 20, 2019 at 10:13 AM

              • Thanks Steve. I’m on chat right now with format about that and other questions, and with WP about activating an old blog I’d abandoned some time back. I don’t see a way to import blog posts so I may have to give up.


                January 21, 2019 at 11:24 AM

                • I forgot to mention that I didn’t see a place to leave a comment on your new blog.

                  When it comes to transferring, can’t you just copy and paste an old post into a different blog? You might still have to reformat after pasting.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  January 21, 2019 at 12:33 PM

                • I tried that, and it didn’t work. Either all I got was a string of code, or the coped text simply disappeared. I am not completely happy with format’s blog function. As you say, there is no way for people to either subscribe or comment. I may end up doing what I did before, writing a blog on WP and maintaining a website elsewhere. At least I like this website better. I wish the website/shop function at WP worked better but it just doesn’t.


                  January 25, 2019 at 9:59 AM

                • You seem to have hit it: a blog on WordPress and a site to display and sell art elsewhere.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  January 25, 2019 at 12:37 PM

                • I suppose. I’ll have to limit the chitchat, though, and fear I’ll seem cold.


                  January 28, 2019 at 9:12 AM

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