Top 10 Photos of 2012

Happy New Year!!

Top 10 Photos of 2012It’s been a big year.

In the first half of the year my husband and I finished the second half of our year-long North American Adventure. We left Florida in January, travelled west to California and then north to BC and were back home in June.

It was a little sad that the trip was over but frankly I was too sad about the loss of my dog to notice. On the other other hand it was great to spend a few months with my family back home in the summer.

I changed gears and started spending more time writing in the fall which led to the release of the first eBook I am selling in October. It turned out to be a big success. Then I was offered a couple of blog writing gigs as well.

So, it’s official. I’m a writer and photographer!! The career switch maneuver is complete.

We left BC in November and headed back down to the American Southwest for the winter where my husband and I are both working on new projects.

Yesterday’s post was about the top 10 blog posts from 2012. Now I want to share with you my top 10 photos from 2012. These images are not only my personal favourites, but they exemplify my quest to photograph beautiful things, to see the good in the world, and thereby become a happier person.

I hope that you too can look at these images and see that there are good things in the world.

These photos are listed in the order I made them. Please click on any image to view a larger version.

1. Burrowing owl at Cape Coral, Florida

Burrowing owl at Cape Coral, Florida.

2. Roseate Spoonbill, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Roseate Spoonbill, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Florida.

3. Cacti, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Cacti, Big Bend National Park, Texas

4. Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas.

5. Contrabando, Big Bend State Park, Texas

Contrabando, Big Bend State Park, Texas

6. Supermoon at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Supermoon at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

7. Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, California

Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, California

8. Rebecca Spit, Quadra Island, British Columbia

Rebecca Spit, Quadra Island, British Columbia

9. Arch Rock, Joshue Tree National Park, California

Arch Rock, Joshue Tree National Park, California.

10. Joshua Tree National Park Star Trails, California

Joshua Tree National Park Star Trails, California

Thank you for being a part of my world in 2012 and I wish you all good luck and good light in 2013.

Do you have a post of your top 10 images from 2012? Leave a link in the comments!

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  1. says

    A really stunning collection of images Anne! If I had to pick a favorite I would have to say Supermoon at Bryce Canyon National Park or Rebecca Spit… I love the extreme perspective!

    All the best in the new year, looking forward to more of your images and writing!
    Kyle McDougall recently posted..Top 10 Images For 2012My Profile

  2. says

    Great stuff, Anne, excellent collection! I find myself very jaded to Bryce pictures these days, but this one of yours is definitely a beautiful exception. Rebecca Spit is very cool, and the Big Bend shots really make me want to head to the desert (it’s a cold new year here in Santa Fe).

  3. says

    Hi Anne –

    These are gorgeous! Hope you have a wonderfully successful and happy 2013.

    My husband and I took a trip to the Pacific NW, including Victoria and Vancouver. I was flipping through some tour book and saw a photo of yours (totem pole against the Victoria Parliament Building). I was so excited. I know her, I told my husband! Course I don’t really know you, but I do follow you and take inspiration from your work.

    Anyway, best to you and yours in the New Year.

    Babylon and Beyond Photography, Babylon, NY

    • says

      Hi Vicki, you know the exact same thing happened to me! I mean I knew someone bought that photo, but I didn’t know what it was for. I was on the Coho flipping through the magazine and I said, hey, that’s my photo!! And sure enough, there was my name under it! All the best to you in 2013 Vicki.

    • says

      Hi Kathy, no, it’s no filter! It’s the lens quality, using a tripod, and getting the focus just right. I do sharpen most of my images a little bit in post-processing, which I think everyone does. The biggest factor is the tripod.

    • says

      Thanks Roger :) In my travels I meet a lot of people in their 70 and 80s and they all say we’re doing the right thing by travelling now. I guess it does take courage to live this way, but I was afraid of not living my dream at all if I waited. You just never know.

  4. says

    What absolutely gorgeous shots! It is a dream of mine to have “nomad” on my business card and to be able to travel by RV as you’re doing. You are an inspiration to me, both as a “career changer” and as a photographer. I look forward to continuing to follow your adventures in 2013!

  5. nitin bhargava says

    Awesome pix ANNE .you are very talented i n India photography it’s different but you are of my taste……… good work keep it up god bless

  6. Nubia says

    Hi Anne,

    First time I write. Looove the star trails and rocks, lovely images of Big Bend, Bryce Canyon, Ding Darling.
    I don’t always read the blogs, sometimes is overwhelming the information overload of today, and I apologize for not always following your wonderful work and adventures.
    I had to say something when I saw and read about Oscar and your beautiful message to him. My heart foes out to you. It’s obvious how much you loved each other and understand the magnitude of your sorrow from personal experience when I had to let my adorable 16 year old Cocker Spaniel Cherie go. It was 5 years ago and I still miss her.
    Someone wrote in your blog about being thankful for having each other all those happy years, this is so true. May peace follow.
    On another note, I admire your adventurous spirit and the way you are living and working, not for the faint of heart.
    I would do the same in a minute, were I younger. I have enjoyed wonderful RV experiences with my late husband, it is by far one of the best experiences of my life, just to experience the beauty of nature and record it is such a gift, no trip to great metropolis or fancy places beats it. Go Girl!

    • says

      Hi Nubia,
      Thank you so much for your very nice comment and your kind words about Oscar. It is truly amazing the strength of the bond we form with dogs. It’s been 8 months now and I miss him every day. But enough time has passed now that I can think of all the good times we had together and not think about his last moments. Although his last moments were totally peaceful and I am thankful that I had the strength to let him die peacefully. I’m so glad we went on our RV trip when we did. Not only are we having this amazing experience at a time in our lives when we can really enjoy it, but he also got a great last year of his life. I’m glad for you too that you got to experience the wonderful RV life with your husband while you could. There’s nothing like roaming the continent searching for beautiful places to enjoy. Thank you so much for your visit and comments, I really appreciate it!

  7. V K Valpadi says

    These are gorgeos…!All the ten photographs are one by one super…!!there is no chance to mark 1,2,3…but all stood on first rank.I think nobody will have words to comment because of it’s highest quality.
    With wish and regards,
    V K Valpadi(INDIA)


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