Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 AF Nikkor

After my birthday every year, I look to make a photograph where the number of my next birthday is in the image. On a Michigan Road trip earlier this year, I came upon this just south of Rochester, and it was perfect.

Today I complete 55 trips around the sun and begin my 56th. For most of these years I sought after perfection. In my 50s, I’ve finally come to accept that seeking it sets me up for disappointment and disenchantment. I’m a recovering perfectionist! But it’s good to be open to perfection when it finds you. Then stop and enjoy it as long as it lasts.

I’ve written a birthday reflection every year since I turned 44. See them all here.

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20 thoughts on “55

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    Another year! There are those that make a big deal out of their birthdays, with parties etc., and I am not one of those…I always find the day sort of steeped in melencholia and reflection. Probably the last 20 years, I haven’t even lived near people that knew it was my birthday and never really tell anyone I am around, of the date. I try to take the day off, if I’m working, but even then. not always. Don’t know why I feel this way.

  2. Happy birthday, sir! It’s funny to look back at prior birthdays and think about what a great age that was. Having put my 50s in the rear view, it seems a much better age than I thought it was when I was 55 myself. I suggest cake.

  3. DougD says:

    Happy Birthday! My thing for my 50s is enjoy doing what I can. Hard to imagine all this time has passed, isn’t it?

    Hope you’ve got a special dinner or weekend planned.

    • That 28-80 performs surprisingly well. I’m sure a bag full of primes along that spectrum would be better, but this lens is good enough for sure.

  4. DELORIS A DUTOI says:

    A very Happy Birthday to you even though it’s nearing the end of it. I’ll never forget your birthday because my daughter is 44 today. Cool that you both have double digits. I enjoy reading all your writings and seeing your pictures. 🎂🎉

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