The blue marble has once again flung itself around its centerpiece and once again we break out the booze and kazoos to celebrate. And, as if it's ingrained in our DNA, people break out their yearly "best" lists. I don't know why there's an innate (inane?) compulsion for sorting, categorizing, assigning status and recognition on a yearly basis, but I succumb. Presented are 12 of my "favorites" for the year 2014. There could have just as easily been 50 or 97 but over time we have latched upon the idea that a dozen or, more often, ten is the right amount. Fourteen would have also been appropriate.
This year I started with 352 images I had assigned a 5-Star rating to in Lightroom. These are images that I felt were worth keeping, posting, archiving and fretting over. Over time that number will dwindle as I re-evaluate and recognize that what I considered so absolutely wonderful is really just so absolutely average. But that requires the distance of time and continued exposure to what really is absolutely wonderful. In a few years I'll have to archive my 2014 library due to space limitations. By then I'll have whittled down the 5-star images and it will be interesting to see if the dozen below survive for the long term.
My 2014 library has 6,875 images representing over 20 locations; some of which, like Anza-Borrego, La Jolla, and San Diego's east county have 5-10 different sub-locations where each is a different trip. Five National Park visits this year with Saguaro being the only new one. Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Bryce and Zion are return visits. I only managed 7 states this year with most being repeat visits; Wisconsin is newly added. New scenic places include the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California, Mono Lake, Mammoth and Inyo National Forest.
Evidence to the contrary I did make some nice images of people and family members. It's just not my strength. Perhaps a people picture in next years batch is in order.
So, without further ado and in no particular order...
Portal - entrance to the sea cave at Pt. Loma's tidal pool area
Long-stemmed Rose - La Jolla's Hospitals Reef
La Jolla Falls - La Jolla's Hospitals Reef
Windswept - Joshua Tree National Park
Modern Dance - Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve (East)
Kryptonite - La Jolla, California
Wynola Orchard in Storm - Wynola, California
Oriflamme Downpour - Oriflamme Canyon from Sunrise Highway
Cape Neddick - Cape Neddick, Maine
Hoodoos in Monochrome - Sunrise, Bryce Canyon National Park
Slow Trucks - I-805 Overpass, Mission Valley, San Diego, CA
Hey Bud! - Saguaro National Park