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).