2022 is on the way! Here I am, like I always do during this period, to say goodbye to this ending year and to welcome the upcoming one! 2021 has gone and I quite don’t actually realize this. It’s gone so fast, leaving us with some doubts and uncertainties and still facing new Covid restrictions. So I just set apart (once again!) every travel plan that I could have in my mind and I’m preparing to spend the end of the year just relaxing in my home.

If you read my “Goodbye 2020” post last year, you know that for this year I wanted to focus on the little things that are part of our life and that mostly we don’t notice; I wanted to take the best of everything and appreciate everything that is part of my life. Well, I think that’s exactly what I did! At least inside of me I feel this way. I tried to give the right value to the things that we usually don’t consider, and that made me happy. And I definitely want to go on this way.

Despite some up and downs it’s been a positive year. On the photography side there’s not much new unfortunately. As always, my woods, my favourite place, Acquerino Cantagallo Nature Reserve, never disappoints me. I had some beautiful encounters there with deer and wild boars, although I couldn’t go there so many times this year. I’m still waiting for the snow (I mean, a real big snowfall) to enjoy the magic of the forest covered in white. And to track the wolf, hopefully able to get a shot one day!

Deer in the woods at winter

I enjoyed another amazing photography moment during the summer, when I went to the Dolomites. Dolomites are one of the most astonishing place in Italy and I invite you all to visit them. The landscape there is really stunning; literally every corner is a discover. Plus, there is a lot to see, many different places, mountains, woods, lakes, beautiful hiking trails with different levels of difficulty. Many other activities to enjoy the outdoors, it’s really a paradise for mountains lovers. You can see some photos taken there in my previous post “The Mountains Are Calling..”.

And to end the photography chapter, during this year I built my new workstation for photo and video editing. After my laptop abandoned me, I decided to go for a desktop, but I decided to build it by myself. In this way I was able to build a good machine with great specs, saving a lot of money. And this turns into saving a lot of time. Yes, because thanks to this my editing process has become much faster. Just think that in these last months I was able to edit all the Dolomites photos, plus the USA photos that I left apart before because I never found the time to edit them. Also with all the other photos taken during these months, not counting video and timelapses. And I can now edit 4K resolution videos smoothly. So, that was a good investment!

Horseriding in Monument Valley

But now let’s talk about the upcoming year! We all hope that we will finally have some good news about the pandemic situation, and that we will be able to finally see an end to this. And I want to be positive! That’s why I’m thinking about travelling. Something that I’m not doing (properly) for a long time! I have so many different locations I want to see, and I’m not sure my whole life would be enough. But there’s always something in my mind. There’s always a place that keeps echoing in my head and dreams. It’s a wild place, probably one of the wildest in the world. This place is Alaska!

Now, I’m not the new Chris McCandless from Into The Wild of course! 🙂 But that place has something so fascinating, something that attracts me in a very powerful way. Maybe it’s this idea of the wild, of experiencing the true wild essence of nature in its greatest expression. I’m sure every nature and wildlife lover here can perfectly understand me. Staying in a place where nature is the undisputed master, and you can’t do anything else than following its rules. This is the kind of experience that makes me feel alive. I don’t know if I would be able to go to Alaska in 2022, but that’s definitely at the top of my list. What about you? What are your top travel destinations? Share them with me in the comments.

Hut on a field with mountains on the background

I’m sure the new year will be full of novelties and many more things will happen. I’m also planning a restyle of the website, but I’m not sure I’ll do it during the next year, I have to see if I find the time to schedule it. But I would like to give it a fresh look and to update it more easily; right now I coded all the website by myself (except the blog page), so if I want to change something I have to do everything manually on the code. If you have any suggestion about this it would be really appreciate of course. Before starting to work on it I need to design it in my mind!

As always, I would like to thank you for your support that means everything to me. I’m glad to get to know some amazing persons that share the same passions as mines. It’s really beautiful to connect this way. And when we will be able to travel normally, I hope to meet you all, and to meet again the ones I already met before. Stay with me also for 2022 for more nature and wildlife! I’m leaving you with a timelapse that I recorded in the Dolomites, at Lake Sorapis, a beautiful turquoise lake.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year full of joy and happiness. See you again on My Wild Path!

Mirko Chianucci Written by:

I'm a nature and wildlife photographer based in Italy. With a great desire to explore the world, I'm deeply in love with nature and wildlife. My goal is to raise awareness on natural environment and wildlife conservation to help preserving the amazing wonders of our planet.

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