Top 10 Landscape and Nature Photos of 2016

December 30, 2016  •  4 Comments

The challenge of selecting the top 10 photos of the year is daunting! I enjoy taking on this challenge each year because it forces me to really evaluate my images for artistry. Throughout the year I put my favorite photos into a folder and then come December I pull the best ones for this project. Usually I'll have 20 to 30 shots that I think are pretty good. This year I had 89. I'd like to think that means I'm getting better but what if it means I'm just getting less selective?

Here they are in no particular order:

 

Reflected White Waterlilies, shot with a Canon 5d mk IV.

Hoarfrost on Hyatt Lane, Cades Cove on a cold morning walk.

Great Blue Heron in Clearwater, Florida. I love the simplicity of the heron's shapes against the light pastel background.

Graceful Great Egret on her nest. How can anything look so elegant when she is cleaning the bugs from her body?

Butterfly, waterlily, and reflections

A couple watches the sunset on the Oregon Coast. The repetition of shapes makes the image.

Early morning light hits the rolling hills of the Palouse in Eastern Washington.

Early Winter at Tremont in the Great Smoky Mountains 

Wedding Gazebo Reflection at Gibbs Gardens

Mom Always Liked You Best! I love the look on the young egret's face

The Roots of Autumn. This one is a bonus. I shot this in 2015 but processed it in 2016. Does that count?

This was actually shot in summer and was all green but I thought it would be a more interesting image with orange leaves (and since I didn't get back to the Blue Ridge Parkway in October, I painted them in Photoshop).


Comments

Jim Goldstein(non-registered)
Wonderful photos Thomas. Have a great 2017!
Kevin Hibbard(non-registered)
These are amazing, as always! Hoarfrost is my favorite. Not sure why. It just speaks to me. Early Morning is my second favorite, but early winter and wedding Gazebo are too good not to be favorites. Keep up the good work, Tom!
Cynthia Lyon(non-registered)
These are amazingly beautiful. The scenes in the Smoky Moutains and Gibbs Gardens speak to me beyond words. Birds are always loved. You are truly talented.
Sean Smith(non-registered)
Beautiful pictures! You are so incredibly talented!
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