The best part of being a photographer is visiting beautiful places and sharing that beauty with others. Photographer Mark Denman put it well: "God creates the beauty. My camera and I are a witness." But selecting the best photos of the year is daunting, challenging, exasperating, and fun. It is a valuable exercise to look through my photos to identify those that are exemplary. But it is frustrating and much like being forced to choose a favorite child. Thanks to friends and family who helped me narrow them down!
"The Cathedral" on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai'i. A doors-off helicopter flight was a beautiful part of our 30th Anniversary Hawai'i vacation!
Lava pours into the water from the coast of the Big Island in Hawai'i.
An ocean-weathered tree is the foreground of this beach sunset:
Hoarfrost covers a spider web in the Smoky Mountains.
Japanese Maples and Bald Cypress trees color the autumn landscape at Gibbs Gardens.
Sandhill Cranes descend on Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge.
A long exposure blurs the waves on this rocky Hawaiian beach.
Looking Glass Falls near Brevard, North Carolina.
Morning Fog covers the valleys of the Smoky Mountains.
Fog and Hoarfrost on Sparks Lane in Cades Cove