Happy New Year + National Geographic Photo of the Day

My blogging birthday is coming up so I’ll save my round-up of the year until then.  For now I’d just like to wish all those who follow my blog, comment visit and who make my blog what it is, a very happy, prosperous new year.

I’m ending the year on a bit of a high as I made National Geographic Photo of the day on the last day of the year, couldn’t be better than that really.  You can see my photo on the National Geograhpic website here.

It’s a photo that will be familiar to some of you, Iceland has been good to me this year. I posted the picture on my National Geographic ‘Your Shot’ page and thought no more of it.  It generated quite a bit of interest however, was favourited by a couple of NG’s editors and chosen for the National Geographic Daily Dozen.  A few weeks later, I received an email from one of the Editors asking me to write a bit more about the photograph as they’d like to make the photograph ‘Photograph of the Day’ on the last day of the year.  Here it is again..

National Goegraphic Photo of the Day by Adrian Theze70mm f/11 1/15 sec ISO-100

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The following photograph was taken a couple of days ago at Tewkesbury Mill.   The flooding in certain parts of the country in the last few weeks has been horrendous and my heart goes out to all those who’ve suffered loss.  It can’t be denied that this temporary ‘water world’, in parts, can be very beautiful though..

Tewkesbury Mill by Adrian Theze24mm f/8 13 seconds ISO-100

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86 responses

  1. leecleland

    A well earned recognition of your mastery of the art of photography, congratulations, it is a special image. And a happy and healthy New Year to you Adrian and may 2016 be a wonderful year for you.

    December 31, 2015 at 9:24 am

    • Thank you very much Lee! That is very much appreciated! I wish all the same for you!

      December 31, 2015 at 12:32 pm

  2. Congratulations to make it into National Geographic.This is fantastic !
    Hope to seere of your great photos in 2016 ;-)
    I am also with all the people who are suffering becuase of the flood in UK.
    I ish all of youtter 2016.
    Cheers Angela

    December 31, 2015 at 9:27 am

    • Thank you very much Angela. It has been a really difficult, miserable time for so many.

      December 31, 2015 at 12:33 pm

  3. Happy New Year !

    December 31, 2015 at 10:33 am

    • Thank you! Happy new year to you too! :-)

      December 31, 2015 at 12:34 pm

  4. Congratulations and wishing you a very happy and creative year ahead.

    December 31, 2015 at 11:11 am

    • Thank you Patsy, lovley to hear from you. I wish a very happy creative year ahead for you also! :-)

      December 31, 2015 at 12:34 pm

  5. Congratulations, and well deserved. Happy New Year. M :-)

    December 31, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    • Thank you so much MV! A very happy new year to you too! :-)

      December 31, 2015 at 1:47 pm

  6. poppytump

    Congratulations ChillB ! I’m not surprised ;-) it really is a stunning image going to show how patience, waiting for that right moment of light and then click pays off . I think you ‘ll be having a terrific year ahead x

    December 31, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    • Thank you so much Poppy! 2015 was a pretty amazing year. Here’s to the year ahead! :-)x

      December 31, 2015 at 1:45 pm

  7. Congratulations again, Adrian….and best wishes for another successful year in 2016…..and wonderful photos, too…. :)

    December 31, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    • Thank you very much indeed Scott! I appreciate your support and your friendship!

      December 31, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      • You are most welcome on all accounts, dear Adrian…it has been a treasure watching your skills develop over the years…and I am very happy to claim you as a friend, even if we’re thousands of miles apart and only meet here on our ether pages! :)

        December 31, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      • :)

        December 31, 2015 at 5:28 pm

  8. Wonderful recognition for your amazing photo but it seems to me you have many more that are easily National Geographic worthy. What a great way to blast into the New Year. Look forward to following you in 2016.

    December 31, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    • Thank you so much Carol! I very much appreciate your support and comments. It was a nice surprise to receive the email and great day for the publication, rounded things off nicely somehow! :-)

      December 31, 2015 at 4:53 pm

  9. Congratulations on the NatGeo honor – it is well deserved!

    December 31, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    • Thank you Melinda! That’s very much appreciated! :-)

      December 31, 2015 at 4:54 pm

  10. Two very different but equally beautiful shots. I look forward to seeing where your lens takes us in 2016. Much more of Iceland I suspect… :)

    December 31, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    • Thank you very much Jude! I’m quite looking forward to that too! :-)

      December 31, 2015 at 5:00 pm

  11. Marianne

    So proud of you Darlin’! You’ve made such strides this last year in your ‘exposure’ to the world! I hope you’re pleased with the recognition you have received – praying it just increases exponentially in 2016!

    December 31, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    • Thank you very much Marianne! This was such a lovely surprise! A very, very happy new year to all of you over there in KC! :-)

      December 31, 2015 at 5:24 pm

  12. What an incredible way to end the year. So well deserved Adrian. I’m looking forward to seeing all that you do in 2016. Wishing you a very happy and successful new year.

    December 31, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    • Thank you so much Edith! Your support and comments are so very much appreciated. I wish the very same for you. I love the work that you do and not at all suprised you had such a successful 2015!

      December 31, 2015 at 5:26 pm

  13. Wow! Beautiful and poignant captures.
    I wish you a great New Year 2016 .

    December 31, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    • Thank you very much indeed Isabel. All the very best for 2016! :)

      December 31, 2015 at 5:27 pm

  14. Congratulations and very well deserved! Happy New Year and here’s to more shots of this caliber :)

    December 31, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    • Thank you very much Tahira! I really appreciate your comment! :-)

      December 31, 2015 at 5:27 pm

  15. Thank you, congratulations, and best wishes for continued success in 2016.

    December 31, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    • Thank you very much Emilio! :-)

      December 31, 2015 at 5:28 pm

  16. Congratulations, that one was also my favorite this year (among all the extremely good ones)! And have a fabulous new Year! And take care…

    December 31, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    • Thank you so much Bente! Wishing all the very same to you! :)

      December 31, 2015 at 6:43 pm

  17. Great to see you getting the recognition you so rightly deserve. It is a fantastic shot! Wishing a much more success and joy in 2016.

    December 31, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    • Thank you Gunta! I really appreciate your support and your comments this year! Wishing all the very same for you in 2016! :)

      December 31, 2015 at 6:44 pm

  18. Brilliant Adrian and congrats. Best wishes for 2016 mate 😊

    December 31, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    • And to you Mark! Thank you! :-)

      January 10, 2016 at 10:08 pm

  19. That is brilliant news! Well done and Happy new year! :)

    January 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    • Thank you every so much Kitt! A very happy new year to you too! :-)

      January 11, 2016 at 9:04 pm

  20. Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    • Thank you very much! A very happy new year to you too! :-)

      January 11, 2016 at 9:03 pm

  21. Happy New Year! I wish you lots of good photos.

    January 1, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    • Happy New Year to you too. Thank you so much for your comments over the last year. They are very much appreciated! :-)

      January 11, 2016 at 9:03 pm

  22. Congratulations, Adrian! You are exactly were you belong. Best wishes for the new year, and I’m happy to be one of your old and great admirers.

    January 2, 2016 at 12:33 am

    • Thank you so much Leya! I’m sorry for my late reply to your lovely message. I have very much enjoyed your company these last few years and it’s always a particular pleasure to hear from those that have followed my blog since I started it, give or take a bit. All the very best for 2016! :-)

      January 11, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      • Where…lost an h I noticed…I’m back from some freezing days on Iceland – just as wonderful as I remembered it!

        January 13, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      • Fabulous! I had no doubt you would have a wonderful time Leya. I am now just preparing for the the 31st when I too get to visit again as you know. I can’t wait! :-)

        January 13, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      • :-D

        January 13, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      • Looking forward to more of your magic!

        January 13, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      • I hope I won’t disappoint! :-)

        January 13, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      • …not so far…;-D

        January 13, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      • :-)

        January 14, 2016 at 3:41 pm

  23. Adrian, I am so happy to see your Iceland photo gracing the pages of Nat Geo., when I first saw this shot earlier this year I spent a good 10 minutes enjoying the lighting, shadows, composition ~ everything a great shot should hold. Well done.

    I am also sad to see all the damage and pain the rising water at Tewkesbury Mill has brought, but strangely it is so serenely beautiful as well. Wish you well in 2016, and look forward to an even great year. Cheers my friend!

    January 2, 2016 at 4:44 am

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Randal. I felt very honoured to be published and it was a great way to round off what has been a pretty good year! Wishing you all the very best for 2016. Very much looking forward to many more of your superb images in the coming year! :-)

      January 11, 2016 at 8:06 pm

  24. A well-deserved honor Adrian, it’s a glorious photo! Happy New Year to you – looking forward to more wonderful posts to come.

    January 2, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    • Thank you so much Tina! Sorry for the delay in replying to your message. A very happy new year to you too! :-)

      January 10, 2016 at 10:08 pm

  25. What a cracking shot. Your images from Iceland are utterly inspirational.

    January 3, 2016 at 10:34 am

    • Thank you very much Rachael. I’m very much looking forward to my next Iceland trip in a couple of week’s time! :-)

      January 11, 2016 at 8:04 pm

  26. Congratulations! (Glad to know I have impeccable taste :D ) All the best for 2016.

    January 3, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    • Thank you very much Noeline! I remember you liking this photograph particularly. Making NG was a good way to round off my year. Looking forward to much more of your work in 2016! :-)

      January 11, 2016 at 8:03 pm

  27. Congratulations Adrian! A well deserved recognition! :)

    January 3, 2016 at 12:37 pm

  28. Congratulationyou deserve it.It’s a fantastic photo.
    Best wishes for 2016

    January 3, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    • Thank you Lou! :-)

      January 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm

  29. Beautiful images!

    All the best for 2016

    January 3, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    • Thank you very much Soli!

      January 11, 2016 at 7:59 pm

  30. both are simply stunning :)

    January 5, 2016 at 5:28 am

    • Thank you very much Joshi!

      January 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm

  31. That’s a wonderfully atmospheric shot from one of your Iceland trips, Adrian. Congratulations on the recognition from NG.

    January 5, 2016 at 8:20 am

    • Thank you very much Andy! To be published by NG on the last day of the year was certainly a good way to round off 2015! :-)

      January 11, 2016 at 7:59 pm

  32. Spectacular and so well deserved Adrian. I hope you have happiness, good health and continued success in 2016. best regards, James

    January 11, 2016 at 11:28 am

    • Thank you very my James! I wish you all the very same for the year ahead! :-)

      January 11, 2016 at 9:05 pm

  33. Gorgeous photos as always, well done!

    January 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    • Thank you very much indeed! :-)

      January 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm

  34. GREAT news and so very well deserved, dear Adrian; A massive bunch of congratulations for making it to National Geographic!! The perfect way to close 2015. We wish you the best for all your projects for 2016.
    Best regards from the four of us,
    Dina & co x

    January 14, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    • Thank you Dina! It really was a nice way to end the year! I really appreciate your comments over the last year. I’m certainly looking forward to taking on some new and exciting projects and re-visiting some favourite places. Iceland for one. I’m off in just over a week now.. can’t wait.. :-)x

      January 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm

  35. Congrats – the captures is beautiful! I have not yet been to Iceland, but there are so many beautiful photo from this island so I think it is a must do sometime in the near future:) What time of year would you recommend. Is March to early?

    January 15, 2016 at 1:37 am

    • Hello Inger, thanks for your comment! When you visit Iceland really depends on what you want to see. In March there will still be a lot of snow and ice around although the authorities work hard to ensure the main ‘attractions’ are accessible! :-)

      January 15, 2016 at 9:09 am

  36. Oh Congratulations ! It’s such a beautiful picture, I’m not surprised it catches the editor’s eyes ! :-)

    January 15, 2016 at 10:17 am

    • Thank you again Gin. It was a great way to end the year! :-)

      January 22, 2016 at 6:16 pm

  37. An amazing photograph. A real work of art. Huge congratulations!

    January 29, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    • Thank you very much Elena! Much appreciated. :-)

      February 5, 2016 at 8:49 am

  38. It’s a stunning photo. No wonder it was picked by NG. Congratulations. And a belated Happy New Year, Adrian.

    January 29, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    • Thank you very much Otto! Sorry for the late reply to your comment. It was very much appreciated!

      February 5, 2016 at 8:49 am

  39. Truly one of the most stunning photos I’ve seen! And yes, I recognize it. Such a well deserved recognition.

    February 10, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    • Thank you very much Karen. I appreciate your comment! :-)

      February 12, 2016 at 5:04 pm