I seriously can’t believe it’s that time again, but here we are at the end of 2016 and (drum roll) it is time for the Best of 2016! The time when we all must sort through hundreds, or thousands of photographs to narrow it down to our five or ten best, or favorite images of the year. In my case these are my favorite images of 2016. In the past I have usually posted 10 images, this year I found only nine to be my favorites.
This is the 5th year that I have participated in Jim Goldstein’s annual Best Photos Project that he hosts for all photographers who would like to participate.
Thank very much for all of your hard work Jim! I really appreciate it!
Before getting to my Best of 2016 images , you might like to take a look at my favorite images from last year. You can view that post here in my 2015 Year in Review.
I had several occasions this summer and in early autumn to witness some amazing fog! I made a huge print of this for myself!
I was able to spend some time during spring in Traverse City and vicinity. I had come in hopes of experiencing the cherry blossoms but I was just a tad too late. The sunrises on the bay, like you see here, and time spent at Sleeping Bear Dunes was beautiful though!
While driving up H58 from Munising MI. to Grand Marais I just had to stop at this location and feel the strong winds pushing the waves ashore. The colors of the water, and sky were both amazing and there was a pop of orange color in small scruffy maples in the sand grass that just made the scene for me! I can seriously just allow myself to get lost in this photograph!
This was yet another day that started with heavy low lying fog that rose higher just as the sun began to shine! It created a delightful atmosphere with it’s warm hues! I really loved the sunbeams streaming through the tree and fog! It looks amazing in a print or canvas!
One of my favorite places to stop at along highway 28 just outside of Munising, MI. It’s always beautiful in autumn with the fall color set against the evergreen trees and rocks!
Along H58 from Munising MI. to Grand Marais there are many beautiful places to stop, all within Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore area. This wonderful location had superb conditions when I arrived there! I just recently made a large print of this photograph.
This autumn I spent several hours at Lake of the Clouds with the weather changing from full rain to completely sunny and everything in between. It is spectacular no matter what the weather!
Having been to Laughing Whitefish Falls before, I have often found it to have quite a low water flow. I know my timing has been off because after a rain this place can present with torrents of water. I happened to catch it at a good time this year with a nice, full, but not overwhelming, flow of water.
This concludes my Best of 2016 favorite images. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them as much as I enjoyed the opportunity to experience these places and make these photographs!
Finally as we enter into the new year, I would like to wish all of my family and friends, all of you who read my blog, and everyone from near and far a most wonderful and adventurous 2017!!
I’ll end this post with one of my favorite quotes:
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” ~ Edward Abbey ~
19 thoughts on ““My Best of 2016””
This is a wonderfully varied selection, Rachel. The Golden Sunlight is my favorite. Wishing you a wonderful holiday and all the best in 2017!
Hi Russ, thanks very much! It was a beautiful foggy morning! I wish you and your family a wonderful 2017 as well! 🙂
Beautiful work, Rachel. Rivers and waterfalls are in short supply here so I found myself drawn to your last two images. I hope your 2017 is equally productive and creative.
Thanks so much Joe! I hope to be able to photograph a lot more waterfalls in the new year if possible! I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2017! 🙂
Well done, lovely selection ! Happy 2017 😉
Hi Philippe, Thanks very much! All the best in 2017 to you and your family!! 🙂
Wow, these are all wonderful, Rachel. However, I like the first 5 the best. Great eye for color and complimentary composition… Hope your 2017 is all you want it to be.
I really appreciate the comment David! I wish you a wonderful 2017 too! Maybe another trip to MI., this time the UP! 🙂
I will definitely be returning, no doubt, but probably not as soon as 2017. The UP is high on my list, partly with your inspiration. 🙂
Beautiful photographs Rachel. Thank you for sharing your vision of Michigan’s beauty! I hope you have a creative and healthy 2017!
Thanks very much Mark! As you know, there sure is a lot of beauty here in MI! I can’t wait to get up to the UP again! Happy 2017 to you and your family too!!
Beautiful images Rachel! Thanks for taking part in my yearly blog project once again. BTW “Golden Sunlight Blessings” is really special.
Thanks very much Jim! I really appreciate you hosting the blog project each year for all of us!! 🙂
Fantastic images Rachel! I especially like the Autumn Winds and Color and the Stairway to Lake Superior photos. Happy 2017!
Thanks so much Clint! I really appreciate that! Happy 2017 to you and your family too!!
What a beautiful collection of images Rachel! My favorite is the Golden Burst of Morning image – wow! I wish you a happy and prosperous year. Enjoy!
Thanks very much for stopping by Patricia! I really appreciate your kind comments! Happy 2017 to you and yours!! 🙂