Favorite photos of 2015

Every January I like to select my favorite photos from those that I took and posted about during the previous year. So today here's my look back at 2015, and the photos that I like the best. Note that these are not necessarily my favorite posts -- I list those in March on my blog's anniversary date.

January 2015: just the right light to capture seed heads and more

If you see something that you particularly like but don't remember reading about, use the "archives" listing on the right of this blog to browse for it. Links to previous "best photo" posts at the end of this one. Enjoy!


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How many of these do you remember?

January 2015: desiccated mantis found in my fireplace

January 2015: a rare daytime visit from a barred owl

February 2015: a weekend in Florida recharges

February 2015: sunrise and winter trees -- love both!

March 2015: Missouri landscape at Rockwoods Reservation

March 2015: chunks of pond ice make everything art

March 2015: huge flock of migrating bird in central Illinois

April 2015: toad hugs!

April 2015: Japanese Maple leave emerging

April 2015: ducks in the pond!

May 2015: Allium (onion) blooms start to open

May 2015: the excitement of new bamboo culms towering overhead!

May 2015: Allium (onion) bloom

June 2015: the first of two fawns

June 2015: this baby rabbit makes me smile

June 2015: the pond, so lush

July 2015: snail, unusual for this area

July 2015: stinkbug nymph playing peek-a-boo

July 2015: young turtle

August 2015: immature assassin bug

August 2015: giant hook and chain at Missouri river in Hermann

August 2015: love this color combo!

September 2015: Monarda seed head

September 2015: mantis living dangerously

September 2015: Cholla and color

September 2015: stick bug up close

October 2015: gray tree frog

October 2015: Alocasia seed pod forms goofy face

October 2015: field near my mom's house says Autumn!

November 2015: castor bean leaf fading

November 2015: jumping spider indoors

November 2015: bamboo with fall's colors

December 2015: so mild, plants lasting forever this year

December 2015: Christmas Eve sunrise

December 2015: love this combo so much


I hope you enjoy my photos -- I sure love taking them!

Previous years:

Favorite photos of 2014
Favorite photos of 2013


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (January 15, 2016 at 10:41 AM)  

I always look forward to your "photos of the year." 2015 was very animal-heavy, I just realized. The owl is my favorite, probably because I love owls.

Alan  – (January 15, 2016 at 11:51 AM)  

Gerhard: Glad you look forward to them! I was thinking the same thing as I was putting it together -- I guess the animals (and insects) just did it for me in 2015. :)

Lisa  – (January 15, 2016 at 12:20 PM)  

These are all great! One of my garden goals for 2016 is more photos. I do regular "overview" photos - kind of my photographic garden journal - but I want to capture more of the detail. You inspire me!

Maywyn Studio  – (January 15, 2016 at 12:50 PM)  

Great photos, thank you.
I clearly recall 14 photos, mostly the critters. The fawn and the field near you Mother's house are my favorites. Interesting the field reminds me of deer beds.

Peter/Outlaw  – (January 15, 2016 at 1:17 PM)  

I loved every one of these shots! Thanks for putting this together. It must have taken quite a bit of time to look through a years worth of images. Happy to say that I remembered all of the images this year!

spygarden.com  – (January 15, 2016 at 4:35 PM)  

Great selection; love the insect photos! Happy New Year!! Hopefully this spring we can finally visit. Cheers to a happy, healthy and plant-filled 2016!!

Renee  – (January 15, 2016 at 10:29 PM)  

so many pretty pictures! You do have a talent for making crawl-y bugs look amazing, but all these pictures are great.

chavliness  – (January 16, 2016 at 9:42 AM)  

You have such a keen eye! I wouldn't have spotted all these creatures. The owl is a favorites, as it the castor bean leaf; even in it's fading stage it looks more amazing then many.

Laurin Lindsey  – (January 16, 2016 at 11:04 AM)  

A excellent collection...I do remember several. I enjoy your take on the world and the beauty you find and capture with your lens. Check out this little video https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/briefbutspectacular?source=feed_text&story_id=10207427037088156&pnref=story Happy New Year!

danger garden  – (January 16, 2016 at 2:47 PM)  

Excellent look back Alan. I can't imagine the time it takes to do a post like this - thank you for the eye-candy!

Charlie@Seattle Trekker  – (January 16, 2016 at 3:46 PM)  

Now that is a pretty special year, such spectacular images in your album.

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