And there it was, the first sunrise of 2014

 

 

 

 

 

As 2014 opens as an unwritten book before our very eyes and feets, 2013 has closed it´s chapters.

A look back at 'a Norse View' author and photographer, Mike Koontz´s 2013 from a photographic point of view.

Sometimes the serendipity and chaos of life are worthy of prose, other times it demands clear science and facts. Sometimes the insanity of life writes itself like a dystopian nightmare from the future.
Yet, other times, life is the most beautiful song and love story never imagined. But today, for this article, all I will provide is a look back at the year of 2013 from my personal photographic point of view.
A brief look at a handful of my chosen few from the year that was, including the photo found at the top of this article. Which I actually took some time during 2011 if my memory serves me right, but as it sometimes happens in life, we do not always finish developing what we see or think before some additional time has floated under the bridge, just like we are a work in progress ourselves, sometimes our creativity needs to take a walk before it reaches a satisfying point in our own and our creations own life, and that was the case with this autumn image from a calm summers haven here on Earth - I finally finished making it what it always was a few years later.

But before I go on with writing the pages of this year, I will say tho.

Use the unwritten pages and chapters of 2014 to write your story, the very best way you can, because it is your story to write, enjoy, live and love - your way. It is not someone else's....

1 Year since the birth of a Norse View, 2.5 years since the start of G+

I also wanted to express my thank you to the more than 32 000 people that are already a part of the same journey as the one that the people working at a Norse View have been doing ever since the opening of g+ in the summer of 2011.

Thank you, it is incredibly much appreciated and i hope you will all enjoy our mutual adventures through life as much as we do..

 
 

Michael A Koontz
a Norse View, Imaging and publishing

Tales of Winters Realm - Poetry and Photography book
'Tales' - the photograph, as can be seen above, is both one of my personal fav photos from 2013, as well as the title of my first poetry, photography book to be finished and released. And as such it is a much celebrated part of 2013 for me.
In name, spirit, book and photograph.

It was captured during a mild winter day adventure outside in the forests during December.
 

Walking under the falling snow - winter´s realm II
This is not just one of my more cherished views and visual creations of 2013, it was also one of the more enjoyable wildlife adventures i did during the year.
Climbing a proper mountain and when taking a breath of fresh air on the way up, turning and looking out over a vast vista, enjoying the sights of forest, coast and open water interluding and playing tags beneath a beautiful sky.

Life does not get much more enjoyable then serene moments like that.
 

Moments before the snow - Novembers light III
A beautiful catch of light and frozen water, born sometime during November while I was out capturing some natural visual magic to share with my gf.

This was one of the enchanting images born that day, and good enough to end up in 'a Norse View' book "Soft Dreams of Love Letters From Earth", due out some day :).

Contributions to the book, "Soft dreams of love letters from Earth"

In photography and writing

Michael A Koontz and Teresa Stover

autumn Serenade, October Day V
Another strong moment and enjoyable outdoors adventure from 2013. I usually dont do that much B/W in my photographic adventures through life, but this archipelago view seemed destined for it.
 

autumn Serenade, October Day IV
October once again, but to no real surprise, it is one of the more beautiful months of the year, with it´s magical light and those short, sweet moments where nature are still clinging on to the indian Summer as well as Autumn and the approaching caress of winter.

It is a season and brief moment of the year as made for paintings and photography and tranquil walks through bush land and lake side settings.

autumn Serenade, October day II
One of my most tranquil captures of life and autumn. It carries with it a sense of calm and silent beauty.
 

Tales of Winters Realm - Photography and Poetry
And it is of course impossible to do a visual look back at 2013 without including my first book since it is after all 75 pages of both photography and poetry aimed to taking you on a delicate journey through one years sultry kisses and sweet moments.
Happy New Year and have a wonderful rest of 2014.

This book was released December 2013 and will be made available for our readers, directly here on a Norse View.com during 2014 in a drm free, html 5 powered high resolution version.

   Information, Book, release and availability
    For now, read this book on Scribd (subscription), or Purchase it individually for US$ 9.99    

Contributions to this book

In photography and writing

Michael A Koontz and Teresa Stover

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