It’s been wonderful to see so much beauty and breathe lots of fresh air this past year. Photography can’t capture all of that — there’s no substitute for experiencing it yourself. But I hope some of the loveliness of what we’ve seen comes through in this collection of my favorite images from 2011.

Clicking each photo will take you to a larger version on my flickr site. You can also view all my photos there:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/myelectricsheep/

Night Sky in Winter, Tahoe National Forest, California
Night Sky in Winter, Tahoe National Forest, California

Dawn at Rae Lakes, Kings Canyon National Park
Dawn at Rae Lakes, Kings Canyon National Park
Rocks, Irish Beach, California
Rocks, Irish Beach, California
Salamander, Ventana Wilderness, California
Salamander, Ventana Wilderness, California
Ridge Lakes I
Ridge Lakes, Lassen National Park
Branches in Grass, Junction Meadow, Kings Canyon National Park
Branches in Grass, Junction Meadow, Kings Canyon National Park
Rocks in the Little Sur, Pico Blanco, Ventana Wilderness
Rocks in the Little Sur, Pico Blanco, Ventana Wilderness
Stalks in Laurel Lake, Yosemite National Park
Stalks in Laurel Lake, Yosemite National Park
Lizard on Rock, Sunol Regional Wilderness, California
Lizard on Rock, Sunol Regional Wilderness, California
Japanese Maple (Momiji), San Francisco
Japanese Maple (Momiji), San Francisco

Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to many great adventures in 2012.

12 comments

  1. I don’t know how you picked your favorites – from your absolutely incredible (and endless) collection of photos. These are gorgeous, but so are all the others! It is such fun to be related to you!

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    1. Thank you Barb! I looked through quite a few to pick these, but it can be difficult to choose. I found it valuable to go through that process, because it forced me to think about what makes one photograph better than another.

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    1. Thanks Rockin’! It’s a 30-second exposure on a tripod, that’s it. It was hard to compose though since my camera’s screen was totally black. I knew there was the potential for something good since the stars were just perfect, and the snow and trees made sense. I had to focus manually also.

      After I took this, Anna and I slept in the snow trench we’d dug earlier. It was a really fun trip with the Sierra Club. Their snow camping training is top notch!

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