A long and winding 2023

Well, 2023 has been interesting… And, now it’s over. I didn’t get to nearly as many blog posts as I had planned, but I did get a lot accomplished… and I am thankful for that, and for my friends and family who make life joyful, for the unexpected and expected journeys that came my way, for the hard life lessons, and for the privilege of another turn around the sun, learning about life on our beautiful planet.

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Hoping to finish up the Mexico series this coming January. I also want to show how the new garden path turned out (a 2023 garden project) and need to set some new goals for 2024. And now, I am wondering if I should also do a small travelogue series on Patagonia, which we just returned from a couple days ago. But, all of that is yet to come. In the meantime, I hope each and every one of you had a happy and healthy holiday and are looking forward to 2024. Happy New Year’s Eve!

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  1. S.

    Patagonia would be fascinating. Please do.
    Looking forward to your 2023 project recap as well as your 2024 project list!

    Happy New Year!

  2. Elena

    Would love to hear about Patagonia, particularly any native orchids you came across.

    1. Botanica Chaotica

      At least three different species, my favorite being Chloraea magellanica. Got to finish a few other posts first though!

  3. Kris P

    I LOVE the long and winding road in your photo and was immediately curious about the backstory behind it so you definitely need to share the photos and stories you collected, Jerry. Best wishes for a happy new year!

    1. Botanica Chaotica

      Happy new year to you too! Ok, I’ll start planning the next travelogue series for Patagonia.

  4. danger garden

    That’s a big yes on Patagonia! But then I also want to hear more about your garden. Hmmm, maybe you should relook at the AI thing so you can write blog posts while you sleep? (kidding!) I love your blog (your writing, your stories, your photos) and look forward to whatever you chose to share. Happy New Year!

    1. Botanica Chaotica

      I always have more ideas than I have time. Someone once told me it’s the curse of being a Gemini, though I don’t place much stock in astrology.

  5. hb

    Gorgeous photo and Patagonia–wow! That must have been amazing.

    Best wishes for a great 2024, Jerry!

    1. Botanica Chaotica

      It was amazing. I wish I could have stayed longer, but I took over 3,000 photos to remember it all by. Now, just to whittle it all down to something more palatable. Digital photography is a magical thing. I’m just trying to imagine if we were still using film rolls, how hard it would have been to restrict myself to what I could put in my luggage, and then hope that at least something turned out. Photography is still a bit of a guessing game for me, but at least the odds are better that I will end up with something nice.

  6. Tracy

    Happy New Year, would love to hear about your trip… and the new path.

  7. Chavli

    I finally caught up on all your posts, 2021 to present: I enjoy reading all of it very much.
    The photo “Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile” is truly breathtaking! (I have a think for winding paths). A wonderful and inspiring view to start the new year with.

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