These magnificent photographs are from the 2010 and 2011 National Geographic Photo Contests. I admire the stunning simplicity (which is somehow complex in its own way too), the incredible subjects, the richness of symbolism and the depth of emotions portrayed in both of them.
I wish I could capture this incomparable year, 2011, in photographs like these.
But as I consider the major leaps and bounds I've taken in my writing career, I feel nothing but immense gratitude and boundless appreciation for each special person who has significantly contributed to this success (you know who you are, readers, family, Twitter followers, and friends near and far).
I look forward to what 2012 will bring; thank you for helping me tell my stories.