Choosing a top 10 list of photos at the end of every year never seems to be easy for me. It might be better categorized as a list of favourites as my choices do not always remain the same over time. I’ve made many photos this year I am proud of, and I think illustrate improvements over my photography from previous years (always a good thing). The exercise of choosing a list of only 10 photos is difficult, but I think it is a task that is well worthwhile – and I always enjoy being a part of Jim Goldstein’s annual Your Best Photos project. I have to ask myself what I like about my images, what I don’t, and which is a stronger representation of certain categories or locations I photographed during the year. Choosing images for my yearly Calendar is the start of this task, but at the very least I still have to weed out two images from that pile.
So in no specific order: My top 10 Photographs of 2013!
Eureka Falls and Silverhope Creek in the Skagit Valley
(Hope, British Columbia)
A sunset over the Coast Mountain Range and Nanaimo Harbour from Biggs Park
(Nanaimo, British Columbia)
Star Magnolia tree fall leaf colour at Queen Elizabeth Park
(Vancouver, British Columbia)
I struggled to choose between the image below and another from the same evening also on Mazama Ridge in Mount Rainier National Park. Ultimately I like the one below better, I feel it might be better overall. The one linked above has some fantastic flowers and sky colours in it, but I feel it is not as strong an image overall.
Mount Webb and fall colours at Chilliwack Lake in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
(Chilliwack, British Columbia)
Twin Falls on Lynn Creek at Lynn Canyon Park
(North Vancouver, British Columbia)
During my August trip to Mount Rainier National Park I got up before sunrise to photograph at Tipsoo Lake. While sunrise colours in the clouds did not materialize, I really like this shot anyway. Something a bit different than the oft photographed “iconic” view of Rainier reflecting in the waters of Upper Tipsoo Lake.
Early morning sun lights up Mount Rainier from above Upper Tipsoo Lake
(Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State)
Evening Panorama of Kalamalka Lake, Vernon and Coldstream
(Vernon, British Columbia)
Vine Maple Fall colour foliage along Rolley Creek in Rolley Lake Provincial Park
(Mission, British Columbia)
I am an opportunistic wildlife photographer. I do not often go out seeking wildlife specifically, but am always happy to photograph them when they are around. This large Black Bear was munching on Dandelion flowers along side the road in Manning Provincial Park. I stopped on the opposite side of the highway and watched it for about 30 minutes and was able to make some photos and video of it eating dinner.
A Black Bear (Ursus americanus) eating dandelion flowers
(EC Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia)