Like most of us as the end of the year approaches I am reflecting on the past year and what might be in 2013. Among the considerations is a photographic direction for next year. But I have yet to decide what I will do and I am presently reading "The Passionate Photographer" by Steve Simon. As in all endeavors, I find reading how others find their inspiration to be helpful to my own photography. And as the minute hand (old school analog clock with no second hand) ticks it's way towards the new year, I reflect on the highlights of 2012. I am hopeful for a good 2013 because I saw many good things in 2012. My cousin, Edie Littlefield Sundby, has reason to look forward to 2013 due to her 2012 success battling her cancer. Her spirit is a powerful source of inspiration. My exploration of my mother's family history gave me inspiration as I learned of the rich heritage our family has. And much of this knowledge comes from my cousin Ann Littlefield Coleman who readily shares her research riches. My good friend, Bruce, is coming down the home stretch towards his retirement to Maine. His infectious optimism is always inspiring. And my good friend Rod saw success in making his state a better place. His outward focus on living out his faith values is inspiring. My immediate family is healthy and my extended family saw new beginnings through weddings and births, which are always inspirational. So in 2013 I choose to be hopeful and to pursue what my cousin Edie calls "Bountiful Blessings", blessings that we just need to open our eyes to see. The clock in this image is a family heirloom. Claire's grandparents received this mantle clock as a marriage gift in 1913. In 2013 the clock is a hundred years old and it still runs, which I find inspirational in a comforting way. To touch it is to touch the same metal that Claire's grandparents touched as they looked towards a life together. I focused just on the tip of the minute hand using my 85mm Nikkor Macro @ f5, 1/20 s, natural window light. Here is to an inspiring 2013.