Jim Goldstein had a good idea where he suggested photographers post their 10 best photos from 2008 on their blog. I keep putting the post off as we are busy with our travels - but it did sound fun, so last night I made the time even if I am too late for Jim’s blog. I have no idea which photos are my best or worst, so I just picked out my 10 favorites.
Since so many people receive the blog via email, I decided to limit this to small thumbnail sized images as to not over-load anyone’s email account. I do have a link to a much larger size version next to each image. Well, here it goes.
Just seeing this wild lynx in Denali National Park was the highlight of the year, having a photo from the experience made it an easy pick.
The two Grizzly bears in the fall Denali landscape don’t show as well in this small thumbnail, but are easy to see in the larger version.
Horned Puffin, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. These colorful birds were a blast to photograph. This one made the list because I really liked the flowers above the bird. I have some with mouths full of fish that were close honorable mentions.
Seeing the shorebird migration along the Copper River Delta, Alaska was another peak experience for the year.
A sow grizzly teaching a cub how to dig for clams, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. We felt honored to watch such a tender moment between such powerful animals.
Desert Bighorn, Moab, Uath. I really liked the setting for this Desert Bighorn image.
Wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California. Given I spent almost two months chasing beautiful wildflowers, you know at least one will make this list!
Mountain biking the Slickrock Trail, Moab, Utah. A fun place to photograph and ride!
Breeching Orca, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. I had to have one from my own “back yard”!
Sea Otter, Chugach National Forest, Alaska. He was too cute to leave off this list.
I really wanted to include a photo of the nesting great horned owls, or some of the rain forest grizzly bear images I worked so hard on near Seward this summer, or a few more desert landscapes, or even a desert tortoise, but I gotta stick to 10 – I hate to play favorites.
It is interesting to see 8 of the 10 are wildlife images as I did make a conscious effort to spend more time pursuing wildlife this year – photographing wildlife has always been something I really enjoyed, but in recent years, I had gotten away from that a bit. Wildlife can be really tough because it can involve a lot of time, and can provide little in return. It would have been interesting to see what the mix of images would have been from earlier years, or for next year!