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    Posted January 1, 2015 by
    Horry County, South Carolina

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    My Last Photo


    In life, we never know what awaits us around the next bend.
    I was merely on an afternoon walk on New Years eve when I suddenly came upon this healthy and vibrant Red Tailed Hawk, obviously named for the striking red/orange at his tail. I never expected to find him so close to civilization, with golfers only a few hundred feet away. It's unusual for me to see a Red Tail in the open, on the ground, and close enough for me to photograph.
    He sat still only briefly. His sharp eyes immediately focused on me and stayed as I crossed the road to get closer to him.
    I always have my camera, and he vigilantly watched as I quickly attempted to find my spot, focus in on him, and venture closer, ever so slowly.
    As he suddenly took flight, I was reminded of all our cnn staff, ireports and those who have come and gone and I knew he would be my last photo of 2014 to help me ring in a new and better 2015.

    Many of us have touched and been touched by each other here in ways we may never know, and some had become e-friends who will be missed.
    My resolutions were the farthest thing from my mind when I started my walk, but his sudden ascent reminded me that we all need to soar in 2015, carry little baggage, and leave the past in the past to forgive and forget any negatives. In 2015 I resolve to listen for wisdom in whatever peaceful spot I find while whatever chaos life has in store for us swells around us.
    And finally, to quote Don Lemon on CNNs NYE show, most of all, "no regrets!"
    Happy New Year and thank you to all who have meant so much to me here in 2014, and for the past 7 years I've been a part of ireport.
    Wishing everyone a blessed, healthy and happy new year!


    *This photo is unedited, except to crop it to hopefully bring him in closer to see his beautiful markings

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