Over the year 2015 I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to both coasts and a few other places. I also made a few trips to local areas to score some “joy points.” With camera in hand I took 1000s of photos and following are some of my favorites from the year, with a brief story behind each photo.
Among the 1000s of photos are selfies, family shots, friends, scenery, wall art, nature and an abundance of other photos. I will not include selfies in this collection as I do a separate post on selfies and the fun I have with those. Rather, this post is a collection of my favorites (and in some cases there are some viewer favorites as well).
Top Ten Photos from 2015
#1 – Horses Grazing in Fall Colors – This photo was probably the hit of the year. I posted this and a few others on November 3 in a Photo Gallery on Facebook (see original post here) and it had over 3000 shares. This photo was taken on a drive back from Louisville. I decided to take Old Frankfort Pike, which is one of the Bluegrass Area’s most famed back road drives. When I saw this variety of horses, I checked my rearview mirror and saw there was no traffic coming. I stopped on the road, opened the car window and took this shot, hoping it would come out.
#2 – Seagull Eye – We visited our daughter and her children in Port Orchard, WA in late July and early August. On one of the days we took a ferry across the Puget Sound into Seattle. While on the boat, some folks were feeding the seagulls and I was able to grab some nice shots. This one, in my opinion, was a doozie. I took this with my telephoto lens, so I was able to get very close.
#3 – Fog Over Golden Gate Bridge – During the Memorial Day weekend I had the unique opportunity to attend Woodflock, a music/camping adventure sponsored by singer/songwriter/poet/storyteller/artist Antsy McClain. It has been held for 6 years in a row in at a campground in Red Bluff, CA. I flew out there and was picked up by Carla Lockwood, who was kind enough to be my host for a couple of days and take me up to Red Bluff from San Francisco. Along the way, we stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge for a spectacular view of the bridge and also of San Francisco across the bay.
#4 – Geese in Flight at Sunrise – I make numerous visits to Jacobson Lake in Lexington. It is my “Joy Point Factory” as I can go on an early morning, catch a sunrise, look at the birds and just relax from the cares of the world. On one glorious sunrise morning, I caught this flock of geese taking off. I have many photos of geese in flight, but this one was different as the sunlight glowed through the translucent wingtips of the birds. It was a lucky catch.
#5 – Sunrise on Old Orchard Beach – In September we made a visit to my son Seth and his family on the occasion of the birth of our 10th grandchild. My daughter Marissa and her children accompanied us on this trip and, during the visit, we ventured on a two day trip to Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. We spent the night at Old Orchard Beach, south of Portland, ME and I got up early in hopes of catching the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. I capture over 50 shots of this amazing morning, but this one was the best of the lot. This was not filtered…it is exactly as it looked that morning.
#6 – Raindrops on Lilacs – We have a huge lilac bush that grows on the side of our house next to our deck. In the spring it is a wonderful sight to behold. One morning it had rained early and I went out on the deck and noticed droplets still remaining on the flowers. I was able to capture the simple beauty as well as the miniature reflection in the raindrop.
#7 – Blue Heron in the Morning – I have noted many times on my blogs that I have a fascination with blue herons. When I make my frequent trips to Jacobson Lake, I am always on the lookout. One morning, while driving close by the lake, there was a heron on the side of the road standing in low water. These are nervous birds and they typically take off. But, this one sat there. I rolled down the car window and was able to capture the closeup beauty of this magnificent bird. He/she was literally only 7 feet away from me and didn’t take off until it got aggravated by me sitting there for five minutes enjoying its beauty. I scored extra joy points that day!
#8 – Sunbeams Over Lexington – During 2015 I did a good deal of work in downtown Lexington. One morning as I parked in the Victorian Square parking structure, I saw a glorious sunburst floating over Rupp Arena. I took a few shots and was fortunate to capture one that really represented it well.
#9 – Sunrise at Jacobson Lake – I made 20 or 30 visits to Jacobson Lake during the year. Some mornings were not as vivid, but brought me the relaxation I desired. But there were the rare morning where the clouds and sunrise were phenomenal. November had two or three of these. The sunrise captured below was taken on the morning before Thanksgiving.
#10 – Full Moon – 2015 seemed to offer some amazing full moons, more than I can recall (perhaps we had more clear skies this year!) I had a couple of opportunities to snap some great full moon shots. This one was probably my best one, taken in the summer.
Of course, only 10 photos really does no justice for the year as there were many more good ones. Following are quite a few others that I would like to share. Just a title and the photo.