Well, another year is nearly over and a new adventure about to begin! As is customary as the year comes to a close, I usually bring out ten of my best images of 2014, or actually my favorite images from the year. These are not in any particular order, but as you look through them you might see a familiar theme within almost all of the images! That theme involves water.
This first image is one taken in early autumn at Miner’s Falls in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I had tried to time my fall foliage trips to coincide with peak color. Well that didn’t always go as planned. Fall was a bit difficult to chase this year LOL!
In this next image you’ll notice a very turbulent looking Lake Michigan. What a beautiful day that was! Forty-Fifty mile an hour winds with wild and dramatic clouds swirling by!
During the spring I had the opportunity to go to one of my favorite locations in Pennsylvania, The Laurel Highlands. These next two images are from there. First is an area called Meadow Run. A beautiful fast running stream, that at times looks more like a river, and also like rapids.
This next image is of Cucumber Falls also in the same area of PA. I really love these falls. I’ve seen them many times, during drought, moderate rain, and during periods of good rain. I think this was during a good time with a strong flow of water. Cucumber Falls is a popular place to go, but if you get there when no one else is there, it’s pure Magic!
In keeping with this theme of water, and of my search for fall color during this autumn, I made it up to Tahquamenon Falls in Paradise Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. I was rewarded with some pretty good color at the time. It wasn’t at peak, but it was beautiful!
As you’ll see here, these are really not in chronological order at all. Below you’ll find beautiful Miner’s Castle, located in Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. It might look like it was photographed at some point during the winter, but this was actually in late May. The Great Lakes, especially Lake Superior were still having quite a bit of ice coverage even in late spring!
While in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in early summer I had the chance to not only photograph the mountains and valleys, but also the wildflowers. This one here made a big impression on me, and as it turns out is one of the endangered wildflowers around the Blue Ridge Parkway area of Virginia.
A beautiful day in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which you might say is not unusual, but on this particular trip it happened to be. I didn’t find very cooperative weather for most of the two times I was there this year. I really enjoyed the beautiful weather when I had it though!
As many of you know, I usually go up to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula pretty often. If you haven’t been there, you must cross the Mackinac Bridge to get from the lower part of MI. to the UP. This beautiful bridge is a five mile long suspension bridge which crosses over the straits of Mackinac. I often photograph the bridge in the daylight, but not often at night. This image was one of many night images taken on this particular trip.
Here you’ll find a study in minimalism. A wonderful sunrise over Lake Huron. The hues were gorgeous, the color lasted for quite a long time, and gave me a time to not only spend time photographing it, but just enjoying the peaceful moment.
On that note I would like to thank you all for stopping by not only for this post, but for others all through these past years!
I wish everyone much peace, blessings, and many happy moments not only behind the camera, but in all aspects of your lives!
Here we come 2015! Get Ready……..
14 thoughts on ““Best of 2014””
Impressive set of photos Rachel. Have a great holiday.
Thank you so much Len! All the best to you and your family in the new year! 🙂
A superb set of images, Rachel. All the best for the Holiday period and a Happy New Year to you.
Many many thanks Andy! Best wishes to you and your family too in 2015! 🙂
Really outstanding work this year Rachel. Happy New Year!
Thanks very much Edith! Happy New Year to you and your family too! 🙂
You have really beautiful waterfalls in the UP, Rachel. I need to visit someday!
Hi Richard, it really is beautiful in the Upper Peninsula. There are over 150 waterfalls in that area! 🙂
What a great representation of your year Rachel. I am partial to the Michigan shots 🙂 (and WOW, such beautiful shots on our lakes). Hope you have a great 2015.
Thanks so much Mark! I guess I’m partial too! I can’t wait to get out to the lakes again soon! Wishing you an awesome 2015! 🙂
Nice set of images, Rachel. I like how the falls are framed on “Tahquamenon Falls Autumn”. Have a great new year!
Thanks very much Mike! I really appreciate you stopping by! Thanks, you have a wonderful new year too! 🙂
Very beautiful images, Rachel. I love all the waterfalls, with Tahquamenon being my favorite. I also like Miner’s Castle on Ice, which is a different take on that one than I’ve seen. Images like the last one, your abstracts, I like a lot too. Hope you have a joy filled and prolific 2015!