The Best in Photos 2015
I visited a slew of destinations this year and naturally ended up with a lot of fantastic photos that I took. While I am pleased with my efforts on the photography front, I hope in 2016 to actually pop open and read the DSLR tips and trick book I bought back in May since I don’t really experiment too much with my camera. But for now here are my ten photo favorites from 2015.
Delicate Arch-Arches National Park (Utah, USA)
Of course I had to include a photo of this magnificent natural structure, one that involved a lot of sweat and toil to get to (it was a somewhat difficult hike for this city girl as it included a lot of steep, upward climbing coupled with elevation gains). When I first heard of Arches National Park, I naively assumed that the park was littered with arches that you could get out and see after parking your car. No, most of them you need to search out and Delicate was no exception. But once you passed around that final bend and saw it before you, the feeling was just incredible.
Nyhavn (Copenhagen, Denmark)
While I’m sure some of you are mildly tired of hearing about my immense love for the Danish capital, Nyhavn was probably my favorite part. Although it was mobbed with people, the canals, the bright colorful buildings, and the overall enjoyable ambiance made hanging out in the waterfront district one of my happiest memories of Copenhagen. Having dinner at one of the restaurants there and people watching, all while the sun was still out in full force at 9 in the evening, was just perfect.
Looking down on Ålesund from atop Mount Aksla (Ålesund, Norway)
On my seven night cruise to Norway, the city of Ålesund was where I celebrated my 30th birthday so naturally that made it extra special. Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the port adventure we did while there, I did love the bus ride to the top of Mount Aksla which offered the most fantastic views of the city below and the surrounding area. Ålesund is a beautiful city, famous for its Art Nouveau buildings, and I love that even from way up high, you can not only see the lovely colors but also the uniqueness of the Norwegian landscape here.
Hanging with the dead in Bonaventure Cemetery (Savannah, Georgia)
I love visiting cemeteries, especially if they’re uber historic and Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery is just that. So many of the tombstones and mausoleums there are simply striking and paired against the backdrop of the seductive and glamorous Spanish moss, it is a photographer’s delight. I’m especially fond of this picture since I love how the grave is somewhat obscured by all of the trees and vegetation and that she seems to just “pop” through.
Just around the bend (Geirangerfjord, Norway)
While the weather in Geirangerfjord was the worst during our cruise, its spectacular and awe-inspiring scenery more than made up for it. Just as I was wowed last year on my trip to Peru with its striking and diverse landscapes, the same could be said in Norway, specifically its fjords. I took this photo from atop a vantage point that involved traveling up the incredibly steep and curvy Eagle Road. While it was so cold at that point and it had even started to rain (nothing is worse than cold rain), I loved the views offered here.
Sunset at 30,000 feet
I often miss out on taking sunset pictures and let’s face it, I’m never going to set my alarm in the morning with the hope I’ll capture a great sunrise. So luckily for me, coming home from our cruise to the Bahamas last month, our plane was traveling in the late afternoon and I was able to capture this beauty. #Nofilterneeded.
A Philadelphia Fall (Shofuso Japanese House and Garden)
As I mentioned previously, this past fall I really got into the season in terms of being thoroughly smitten with its enchanting beauty. The weekend I went home to Philadelphia for a visit, autumn was truly at its peak and I was able to capture some awesome shots. While it’s hard to choose since I had a couple of pictures I just adored, this is probably my favorite since the combination of the bright blue sky and the multiple colors just made it perfect in my opinion.
The colors of the Bahamas (Nassau, Bahamas)
The second stop on our food tour in the Bahamian capital of Nassau was at the famous and luxurious Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant. Dating from the mid-18th century, it is your typical utterly beautiful colonial era building. While hanging around the garden, I came across a doorway that led to the street and I just loved the view I saw. Modern day colors, complete with the Bahamian version of a crosswalk as framed from a centuries old building that dates to when the Bahamas was a colony of the British Empire. I loved the many colonial buildings we saw during our walking tour of Nassau, but I loved this simple and modern look too.
The strikingly beautiful Ohio Statehouse (Columbus, Ohio)
Let’s just say that I never knew that a statehouse (the capitol building) could be so beautiful. While rather plain and perhaps even a bit uninspiring from the outside (typical governmental architectural style I suppose), the inside is simply striking. In the many different areas we explored I was wowed by what I saw, but the gorgeous cupola was probably my favorite. Whether in old European cities, or inside an American state capitol building, you should always remember to look up because you will almost always be rewarded with an utterly incredible view.
Bunker Hill Monument (Boston, Massachusetts)
As you are well aware by now, I loved my first ever visit to Boston and have been gushing about it ever since. I took a great many terrific photos so it was hard to choose only one but this might just be my favorite due to its basically perfect framing. While the monument itself is on the plainer side (it commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first major conflict between British and Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War), I just adore the vibrant blue skies and the fact that you see nothing in the picture except the monument and a statue of a key figure from the event (Colonel William Prescott, for those who are interested). Nothing else-no mobs of tourists (there were plenty the day I visited), no cars, no modern anything since when the battle was fought, it was just a hill.
Which of the 10 photos I selected is your favorite?