Mary’s Top Photos of 2016

Winter sunset in Tucson

Winter sunset in Tucson

What a great exercise to look back at a year’s worth of images, re-live the moments when I pushed the shutter, and reflect on the variety of experiences I had.  Every year when Peter asks me (or rather forces me) to do this, I always think “I didn’t really shoot much this year that would make my top 10”.  When I had gathered 25 images and was still adding I realized that I rarely left home with out a camera (or two) in hand.  I think maybe I will post a top 10 iPhone photos of the year too!

I’ve been meaning to dive back into a new Project 52 but have been having difficulty getting organized.  2016 showed me that by just mixing up my photography style and subjects I could still explore the variations of the art form.  Some of my favorites this year were of family – but I thought that might be too reminiscent of torturing invited guests with the old slide projector, so I decided to focus on other subjects for this list.  I also reflected on how many of the images that made this list were taken on dedicated photography trips; when its just me (and Peter) and my camera on the itinerary with nothing else planned except seeing a particular part of the world through my lens.

So here they are, my top “10” (actually 14) favorite images of 206.

A different take on the might Saguaro

A different take on the mighty Saguaro

Abstraction of lines, curves, and shadows of the White Sands of New Mexico

Abstraction of lines, curves, and shadows of the White Sands of New Mexico

Evening landing for two Sandhill Cranes in Bosque de Apache New Mexico

Evening landing for two Sandhill Cranes in Bosque de Apache New Mexico

Fall color in Acadia National Park

Fall color in Acadia National Park

Fishing bouys at Bernard Harbor in Maine

Fishing bouys at Bernard Harbor in Maine

Colorful leaves on green moss

Colorful leaves on green moss

The one and only Zabi

The one and only Zabi

Springtime tulips at the Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Springtime tulips at the Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Storm coming in over the buttes in Utah

Storm coming in over the buttes in Utah

Sandstone sculpture of Canyon X in Arizona

Sandstone sculpture of Canyon X in Arizona

Colorful abstract of sandstone formations in the Lower Antelope Slot Canyon of Arizona

Colorful abstract of sandstone formations in the Lower Antelope Slot Canyon of Arizona

Black and white of Death Valley's Zabriskie Point

Black and white of Death Valley’s Zabriskie Point

Black and white of San Francisco shipping pier

Black and white of San Francisco shipping pier

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