The end of the year is a time for looking back, as well as looking ahead. Every year I look over my collection of the year's images and choose my favorites. Here are my favorites of 2022 and why I chose them.
#10: While the image itself isn’t all that spectacular, the completion of the Boardman Lake Loop Trail is. The bridge over the lake’s south end makes for a wonderful spot to get out into the lake and see what critters currently inhabit the waters and mudflats there.
#9: Somehow, hay bale scenes always make it onto my favorites list. I liked these bales because they were more rounded and less perfect than many I’ve seen. They made for a pretty scene.
#8: With so many sunflower farms in the area, I’m fortunate to be able to catch fields of these beauties, as well as, single, sun-seeking flowers.
#7: This iconic barn is along M-22 just outside Glen Arbor and within the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Despite the gloomy skies, the barn was backed by spectacular fall color.
#6: During my September trip to Grand Marais in the Upper Peninsula, I caught several Lake Superior sunsets. But it was this afterglow scene that I liked best.
#5: I saw many herons this summer, including Great Blues and Greenies. I especially liked this Great Blue image because of its reflection in the pond water.
#4: On a drive through the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive within the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, I captured this scene of Alligator Hill alongside the two Glen Lakes.
#3: Lilies are one of my favorite flowers, and this vibrant variety really stood out among my photographs.
#2: Getting the chance to see a Bald Eagle is really special, but catching this one fishing through the ice on a farmland pond was an amazing experience.
#1: My favorite image of 2022 also came from my Grand Marais trip. It’s another sunset afterglow picture of sailboats moored on the West Bay Harbor.