Once again it is time to post my 10 favourite photographs from the past year. I do this yearly as it is a worthwhile exercise, and to take part in Jim Goldstein’s annual Your Best Photos project. His collection of these posts is a great place to view photographs and find some new photographers to follow.
I hope you enjoy my selections here and am curious to hear if you have a favourite. If you click on each photograph you’ll be taken to my Image Archive. Many of these photographs have corresponding blog posts that I’ve linked to underneath the thumbnails here. These aren’t in any specific order, but I did place the photograph “Rainbow over Hatzic Lake” at the beginning as I think this is the first time I’ve photographed a rainbow (successfully at least) outside of my backyard. I was also shielding the camera from a rainstorm with my body, so the photo deserves extra points for that. 😉
Here are my top 10 photos of 2016:
It still surprises me that these Annas Hummingbirds can overwinter in a cold environment like the Fraser Valley. This photo was made in September when it was still warm. This juvenile female was relaxed enough to land in a tree near me in the backyard. I just photographed a few yesterday at a neighbors house and they were quite active despite it being about -4°C!
Juvenile Female Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) perched in a tree
(Fraser Valley, British Columbia)
Blog post: Female Anna’s Hummingbird in the Fraser Valley
Crescent Beach (Blackie Spit) with skyline of Burnaby and the North Shore Mountains
(Surrey, British Columbia)
Blog post: Winter at Crescent Beach and Blackie Spit
Despite the nearly constant rain (600 mm/23.6 in) we had in the “fall foliage” months of October and November – I did a fair amount of driving looking for photo opportunities locally. I’d passed by this pond along the roadside in Mission, BC many times in the past but only stopped with a camera this year. I found some relatively subtle fall foliage (mostly Birch and Vine Maple trees) and some nice reflections to photograph.
Fall Reflections in Mill Pond
(Mission, British Columbia)
This was my first trip to Mt. Erie Park in Anacortes, Washington. I did not leave disappointed.
Moonrise over the North Cascades Range
(Mt. Erie, Anacortes, Washington)
Fall at Kilby Provincial Park
(Harrison Mills, British Columbia)
Panoramas are kind of tough to show off online in a relatively condensed format – especially one this “skinny”. The panorama of Vancouver below is best viewed by going to the blog post and clicking on the thumbnail there.
English Bay, Vancouver, and the Northshore Mountains from Kits Beach
(Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver, British Columbia)
Blog post: An Evening at Kits Beach in Vancouver
My top 10 photos from last year can be found here: My Top 10 Photos of 2015