I think I've decided that the "new year" for me shall begin on February 1st each year. Given the work I do, and the arena in which I do it, December and January are just...plain...overwhelming. Very long work days. Very long work weeks (hello Saturday work!). At some point last week I realized that trying to "start new" in January with some personal and photography projects is just plain impossible. Three times this month we've tried to head back to Pocosin Lakes NWR and three times things fell through. We have a few more shots at it before the migratory birds move on, so we'll just have to see.