Monday, January 4, 2010

My Favorite 18 From 2009

Since the new year rolled around I've been noticing that a lot of people like to share their best or favorite photos from the past year.  This sounded like something I'd like to try so I pulled up my library of "keepers" from 2009 and found I had 4,300!  Considering I delete 2/3 of what I take, that means I took about 13,000 photos last year.   Sounds like a lot, until I consider what some others take.

Going through 4,300 photos sounds like a monumental task.  The good news is I've used Adobe Lightroom's catalog feature to tag my top picks as I processed them.  That means I only had to go through a few hundred to pick out my favorites.  My goal was to get down to an even dozen, but I just couldn't do it. 

These are my personal favorites.  They may not be the best and you may not care for them, but they are the ones I like best.  Here are my favorite 18.  You can get a full sized image by clicking on the thumbnails.

Dawn of Affection - Great Blue Herons at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Florida. 

 Little Pigeon River, Great Smoky Mountains

Sunset from Clingman's Dome, Smoky Mountains


Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park

Great Grey Owl, Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone Lake

Trout Lake, Yellowstone NP

Busy Bee, Abingdon, VA

Lilly Pads, Atlanta

North GA Waterfall and Crabtree Falls, North Carolina

Bays Mountain, Kingsport

Warrior's Path State Park, Kingsport

Acuff's Chapel, Blountville, TN

Hold Out

Sunrise, Singer Island, Florida

Fire Beak - Great Blue Heron, Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Florida

There you have it.  My favorites from 2009.  I hope you have enjoyed these photos.  Please contact me if you have any questions about these or any other photos on my site.


  1. I can see why Richard, what a beautiful collection of images, you should be proud of all of them !!

  2. Awesome photos indeed, very well done! I like your style.
    The photo of the yellowstone lake in winter is amazing, a joy to walk there and enjoy nature in it's most pure form.