Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Look Back at 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, I often look back through my blog photos and choose my ten favorite images of the year.  I've chosen some because of the experience I had capturing the image.   I've chosen others because I liked how the image turned out.  Here are my top ten photos of 2014 and the reasons why I chose them for this blog post. 

Having Gracie join my household shortly after Christmas of 2013 was the highlight of my 2014 year.  I chose this picture because it shows the connection she and Oakley have had from the beginning.

Fall is always a beautiful season in the North Country.  This vista from Braman Hill shows that fall 2014 lived up to that expectation.

This year I began developing my skills as an action photographer.  Watching and photographing surfers navigate the huge waves at Van's Beach was great fun and only whetted my appetite for more opportunities for sports, wildlife, and bird photography.

Deer inhabit my safe haven throughout the year.  I especially enjoy it when the does bring their new fawns for a visit, sampling the deer chow, and allowing me to photograph these beautiful young deer.

 This young Red-Tailed Hawk gave a friend and me the opportunity to photograph it from a very close distance.  It was such a beauty!

Photographing this deer jumping the fence into my back yard was very exciting.  I knew the deer had been helping themselves to the seed in my bird feeders, but I had to be especially vigilant to get this one caught in the act!

 Photographing two Sandhill Cranes at Cross Farms last September was another peak photographic experience.  Such beautiful birds!

This sunset photo of North Manitou was taken from a hilltop off Jelinek Road.  What I like about the image is the subtle colors of this sunset, making it seem more like a painting than a photograph.

This image of frozen Omena Bay also reminds me of a painting.  The deep snow in the foreground is a stark contrast to the empty swing.

While I chose this photo as my favorite of 2014, that choice really could have been any of the last four images.  I chose this particular one for two reasons.  The first is that it is an example of a vibrant Lake Michigan sunset from Christmas Cove.  What is even more unusual is that this photo was shot on May 3, when there were still ice floes on Lake Michigan.  What a testament to the winter of 2014 this image is!


  1. Beautiful retrospective, Karen!
    You certainly captured some fabulous shots during the past year.
    I'm looking forward to more in 2015. Happy New Year!

  2. Thanks, Jan. I appreciate your comment, and, yes, there will be more in 2015. Karen

  3. You captured a beautiful year, Karen. Thanks for sharing your look-back at these glorious images.

    1. Thanks, Pamela. I appreciate your visits and comments to my blog.

  4. I really like the variety of your beautiful shots, especially love the sharpness and majesty of that Red-Tail!

    1. Yes, that Red-Tail experience was special. I'm hoping to get that kind of shot with the Snowy Owl too.