Here is the fifth collection of my 10 favorite photos of the year.
|A Long Moment|
|Wildflowers by Moonlight|
I took this after realizing I had spent the entire evening facing the wrong direction. I had tried unsuccessfully to frame the flowers against the ocean or the less-than-impressive sunset. It was only when I turned around to head home that I saw the cliffs, hills and flowers illuminated by the moon.
|Morning Light, Minarets|
A beautiful morning high up in the Sierras.
2017 was a very snowy year and even in July there was still water everywhere from melting snow in the mountains. I liked the subtle alignment of the curves of the creek, the cliffs on the far side and the edge of the rocky shelf at my feet.
A thunderstorm passed through the Bay Area and was headed offshore at sunset. I was struck by how the light in this scene was neatly divided into regions warm and cool colors.
Some backlighting from the sun, a wide aperture and just a touch of frost created this miniature, sparkly scene.
This used to be where San Gregorio creek emptied into the ocean, but in the last few years a wide lagoon has formed here instead. A high vantage point on the cliffs allowed me to capture the reflection of the sunset in the still waters of the lagoon.
|Above and Below|
On the last day of the year a very low tide occurred at sunset at my favorite beach. I was happy to find an anemone in a shallow tide pool that I could fit in the frame along with the towering rocks.