Once again another year has drawn to a close and it’s time for my now annual review of my favourite ten images of the year. I started posting my Top Ten Favourites three years ago after seeing Jim Goldstein’s Blog Project: Your Best Photos From (year) and I now look forward to participating in it and seeing the best Jim and others have to offer.
There never seems to be enough time to get out with a camera as much as I’d like and this year was definitely a hectic one. Perhaps in 2018 I will be able to stick a little closer to my intended photographic path.
In no particular order, here are my favourites of 2017:
At the beginning of 2017 it stayed just below freezing for long enough for a thin layer of ice to form on a small local lake. Looking at the tiny bubbles in the ice somehow reminded me of outer space, so I made sure the background was as dark as possible. If you look at the bubbles on the lower portion of this image, you can see my reflection.
- Sunburst through a Tree
I always enjoy going for a hike in the forest, especially places like Avatar Grove, on Vancouver Island, where there is still some very impressive old growth, including this tree which has seen better days, but still survives.
- Nature’s Pathways
The way the sun was lighting up the patterns on this leaf in a garden a Hatley Park caught my eye and I couldn’t walk past.
- Rippled Reflections
I love reflections and this abstract image is of the boardwalk near Ed McGreggor park in Sooke, BC.
- Shades of Gray Turned Upside Down
Take a closer look at this black and white image and you will see that it is actually upside down. I made this photo while peeking through a gap in the low hanging trees and ground, on walk around a partially ice covered local lake.
- Here’s Looking at You, Woody
I love walking along the many local beaches and looking for interesting driftwood. Often the patterns of the wood can have hidden surprises, like this one, seeming to me to reveal some sort bizarre of animal face.
- Nature’s Playground
Botanical Bay, at Port Renfrew, is an amazing place to visit at low tide, when the many pothole looking tide pools are revealed.
- Time to Pollinate
The (mostly) black and white butterfly presents a stark contrast to the bright orange and green background and gives me a warm feeling.
- Come Sail Away
While travelling on another ferry I saw one of the newest ones in BC Ferries fleet (the Salish Eagle) and was able to time it so that Mount Baker, in Washington state, was in the background.
- Light up with colourful lights for the winter holiday season
Every December the British Columbia Legislature lights up the Parliament building with colourful lights. I prefer having some colour in the sky so I only waited about twenty minutes after sunset to make this image.
If you enjoyed my favourites consider following my blog so you can see more of my photography! I hope everyone has a very happy and healthy 2018.