Saturday, January 21, 2012

Treasure rediscovered

Today is a happy day for me.  Today is the day I recovered my lost photographs.  After searching my computer for months to find over 2500 images from our travels over the past three years,  today I found them hiding in my bookcase.  Actually I probably shouldn't even admit to what happened--but I'm so happy that I want to share the story.

Briefly, I had a computer problem last May and had to go to my backup drive to restore the data.  When I did so I found that a great chunk of my iPhoto library was missing.  All the techie people I know tried to find these missing photos on my backup drive without success.  I had resigned myself (after a great deal of whining) to the fact that these photos were gone forever.  But today I found a little stack of CDs hidden away that contained all the images I thought I'd lost.

Somehow I'd forgotten that I had saved these to the CDs and deleted them from my iPhoto library.  No wonder we couldn't find them!  But none of this matters now.  I have my photos back.  Here are just a few to show you the treasure I rediscovered.

The top three were taken on our drives through the western states.

This is the very old part of Patzcuaro, Michoacan, in Mexico.

Below are two of the many "wall photos" I thought I'd lost.

That's my sweet Maggie resting in a foggy vineyard in the Napa valley.

A view of the hills outside of Alamos, Sonora, showing the trees in bloom.  I never did find out the name of them.

    And one of many marvellous cacti that I took photos of.

It's a funny thing though--in my memory these photographs took on epic proportions.  When I look at them now I see that they're nice and they carry wonderful memories.  But they aren't nearly as stunning as I remembered them.


  1. awwwwwwwwwwwwwww, so happy you found them.
    Maybe the memories of taking the photos made them so much better.
    and they look great to me especially the first three.

    cheers, parsnip

  2. Just another senior moment LOL I don't agree that these aren't stunning: the moodiness of the field under a dark sky; the texture and geometry of the cactus; and just about everything in that photo of the two women is worth a few looks. Good stuff.

    And many thanks for your so-appreciated comment - it meant a lot to me. You didn't miss the giveaway deadline - draw tomorrow at midnight.

  3. I am sooooo glad you found them. I know how horrible it would be for us to lose ours, hence why I recently bought a "stick" to back them up on. The thought was just too horrible to contemplate! They are wonderful photos! Cathy

  4. I'm so glad you found them, even though they weren't really lost!

  5. I think they're stunning indeed. Where was the dune photo taken, Johanna? I love the blowing sand.

    1. Hi Barb,
      That photo is taken in northern California-- not exactly sure where though. it,s actually mist though and not sand. These are dry hills and not dunes. maybe it,s around San Lius Obispo.

  6. wonderful pics.

    it's wonderful to hear you've found your photos. it's surprising what comes back when you're not even looking for them.

    have a sweet day.


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