Favorite photos of 2011

I took a lot of photos in 2011 -- over 5300 -- and shared most of them with you in these posts. Here are some of my favorites from the past year.

January: water drops on window pane

I did this last year and I'm using the same format: picking two images from each month (or maybe three if I just can't choose). That makes sure I choose just my absolute favorites, and that the whole year gets covered. Shall we begin?


Note that these are my favorite photos, not my favorite topics (or posts).

January: Bubbles in ice.

January: Aphid under microscope, with mood lighting.

February: ice coats everything.

February: I took a lot of photos of the ice.

March: Spring returns!

March: Another spring image.

April: Japanese maple 'Fireglow' (although unsure of ID)

April: woodchuck!

April: Bamboo shoot all wet (Ph. glauca 'Yunzhu')

May: Fly on Viburnum 'Onondaga' bloom.

May: 13-year cicadas emerge en masse!

May: Cardoon seed, forgotten in garage.

June: A storm to the east caught the evening light just right.

June: Cicada laying eggs in bamboo.

June: lots of great bug photos, but I really love the background on this one.

July: seeing in a different way

July: ambush bug on fennel flower

July: the Maypop blooms astound me

August: tobacco hornworm

August: black swallowtail butterfly

September: spider with happy squirrel markings

September: powdery bee bottom!

October: 'Moudry' fountain grass

October: Katydid on sweet potato vine.

November: Sumac at Shaw Nature Reserve

November: Frost.

December: Begonia leaf indoors.

December: Ice on the new pond.

December: Sweet gum sapling hiding.

It was actually quite difficult selecting some of these -- there were some months that I could have chosen 5 or more. (In reviewing my choices, it seems that I really prefer macro shots and textures. I should really concentrate on taking more "landscape" photos in 2012...)

I hope you have some favorites here too!


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (January 2, 2012 at 12:17 PM)  

Wow, simply stunning. The level of photography on your blog is off the charts.

Janet  – (January 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM)  

Inspiring series of photos, Alan. I particularly like your bug ones being a bit of a bug person myself...

scottweberpdx  – (January 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM)  

Beautiful post...love the September shot of the bee on the white flower...the recurved petals are seriously seductive!

Barbie  – (January 2, 2012 at 2:23 PM)  

What FAB photos.Nice to laso see which ones are your favourites. I love the bee bum...! My favourite! The cicadas are making noise here too now! I haven't heard them here in my neck of the woods - first year!

Cat  – (January 2, 2012 at 10:47 PM)  

Your selection made for a really enjoyable visit. I'd think oh, that's my favorite, then another would grab my attention! Happy New Year Alan

Christine @ The Gardening Blog  – (January 5, 2012 at 9:10 AM)  

Oh my, how did I miss this post? There are so many great photos here I can't pick a favourite but November: Sumac at Shaw Nature Reserve, March: Spring returns! and the woodchuck are definitely at the top of my list. Wonderful!

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