Previously I have shared with you my Best Sports and Disney photos for 2011. Now, it is time to present my top ten photos of 2011. It was not easy to whittle it down to 10. I started with over 200 images. Then I removed all Disney photos and the one sports photo and got it down to 100, then 50 then 13. I stared at those 13 for a long time before finally settling on these 10 presented in chronological order.
It is hard to show the pure size of the Taughannock Falls gorge unless you show something of scale near it as I did in January when I called it an Iced Cathedral.
Learning about Blue Hour and how to predict it opened up whole new possibilities for me after the Sun goes down.
I called this HDR image a Bridge of Hope in remembrance and in honor of those who have passed from and currently fighting cancer. The auction raised $200 for my Relay for Life team.
When I heard about the Salt Potato Eating Championship was being held in my hometown, I was not sure what to expect. I sure did not expect a WWE type of atmosphere and fun!
Reining competitions show the athleticism and strength of horses and their riders each year at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
I took a lot of wildlife photos this year but none were more challenging than this Clapper Rail in the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. He was taking a bath in a dark area and was splashing and moving until he suddenly stopped. For the next few seconds all I heard was three shutters firing as I and the two photographers with me took advantage to capture a wet and happy looking wading bird.
It is hard not to include a Lake Ontario sunset in this list so I did.
It has been 10 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center. The New York State Fair honored the victims of 9/11 and gave families a chance to teach their children about a day that changed our lives forever with special memorials and presentations.
Autumn this year seemed a bit subdued until I took a trip to Ithaca and found colors around the gorges and waterfalls the city is famous for.
What could be more impressive than 1,200 people running directly at you? This photo was chosen for the front page of my hometown’s newspaper the week after the annual Turkey Trot races on Thanksgiving.
It was quite a year. Here’s to another one….Happy New Year!