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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:27 AM

2012: A Look Back

Time for my annual photo retrospective. For those of you who haven't seen one of these before, I always have two rules in building this collection:

1) One photo per month.
2) None of which has been shown on DU before.

Normally, at this point, I gripe about how difficult it's been to choose this year, because I tend to post every good image I shoot here. This has been an unusual year, though. Through about mid-July, I was keeping up to my normal pattern of posting after most of my shoots. From that point onward, however, I pretty much dropped out of the loop in the Photo Group. Maybe it was because I had less opportunities for photo trips out of the area, maybe because most of my visits to this political site were, in the autumn of a preisdential election year, concerned overtly with politics. However, the upshot is that much of this material will be completely new for DU -- not just the shots themselves, but any photos from those shoots.


January began with a bang -- literally, in the form of a once-every-hundred-years ice storm that culminated with the crown of a large maple tree breaking off and crashing through our bedroom ceiling at four in the morning. Needless to say, after that, photography got pushed to the back burner for awhile while I concerned myself with matters such as having part of the house rebuilt. The photo here was from the early part of the storm, back when it was just an average winter snowfall, before things got seriously weird. (NOTE: This was not the tree that fell on the house.)




As I indicated above, February was largely spent with contractors and insurance adjusters rather than photography. However, I did have time to get this predawn image of a snowy Mount Rainier.




As usual, March was the beginning of flower season in the Northwest, with the Skagit daffodil fields coming into bloom.




April brought us tulips in the same farming area.




Finally, the azaleas and rhododendrons came into bloom in May.




June marked our long-anticipated trip to Yosemite.




July found me experimenting with nighttime photography, with this view of the galaxy captured near the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park.




August marked a return to Rainier, and the shocking discovery that the National Park Service, in the spirit of "we had to destroy the village in order to save it," had paved over a large strip of wildflowers at Reflection Lakes in the name of building a barrier...to prevent people from trampling on the wildflowers. Since the location was one where I had long planned to shoot, but always been stymied by bad weather, early road closures, or other obstacles, this was an especially hard blow. Eventually, I found a position on the barrier where I was able to capture the sunrise vista, along with the flowers that were left. Nice, but...you should have seen it a few years ago!




September brought the beginning of autumn foliage, as found in these dwarf maples.




October saw me returning to Kuboda Garden, where this scene was waiting.




By November, the leaves were gone, and we were back to bare trees.




And December culminates with an "urban landscape" -- the holiday-bedecked Space Needle against the nighttime Seattle skyline.



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regnaD kciN Dec 2012 OP
Scuba Dec 2012 #1
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #2
handmade34 Dec 2012 #3
L.A.TEXAS Dec 2012 #4
Celebration Dec 2012 #5
lark Dec 2012 #6
AtheistCrusader Dec 2012 #7
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #8
plethoro Dec 2012 #9
emmadoggy Jan 2013 #10
love_katz Jan 2013 #11
flying_wahini Jan 2013 #12
renate Jan 2013 #13
babylonsister Jan 2013 #14
skydive forever Jan 2013 #15
SunSeeker Jan 2013 #16

Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:31 AM

1. Very nice, can't pick a favorite. Thanks!!

on edit: btw, how's "Nancy"?

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:28 AM

2. All Wonderful. Thank you!

July is magical! I found myself tilting my head up and up. As if I was standing in the photo.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:59 AM

3. very nice tribute to 2012

proving that each month and season has so much to offer

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:25 AM

4. I fell in love with Seattle when I visited my son

Those are beautiful photos, love them all

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:37 AM

5. As always, looks like the makings of a calendar!

I always look forward to these and glad we are not forgotten.

I love a number of them, but that is an amazing galaxy photo.

Sorry you missed that Rainier photo before they spoiled it. I hate it when photogenic places are ruined by people that don't know any better. It happens everywhere.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 01:49 PM

6. Thank you for the lovely pictures.

They brightened my day in this dreary office with a wonderful glimpse of mother nature.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:36 PM

7. How did you set up and take that wonderful picture of the night sky at Rainier?

Lens/Camera/Filters?

That is amazing

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:35 PM

8. beautiful, as always, regnaD,

and thanks for the reminder that it's time for the retrospectives. I, too, am in awe of your night sky shot.

And I'm sorry about your Mt. Rainier spot. Some of our favorite camping places up here have been ruined by "improvements." Well, not exactly ruined but we actually like the more primitive settings. Too many accommodations are made for the big RV owners, I think.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:45 PM

9. Masterful. What kind of camera were you using? I am

 

in the market for a camera and I do not know a lot about them. Right now I shoot pictures on my Razr.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:14 AM

10. Stunning!! I am truly in awe.

April, June, July, and December are my favorites, but they are all incredibly beautiful.

July is my most favorite - it looks surreal!

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:32 AM

11. Congrats on capturing some of the beauty of the Pacific NW.

Great pics. Thank you for sharing. You have a very good eye for color and composition.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:39 AM

12. Kuboda Garden is my favorite, I think. Maybe 11 close runner ups....

Just love your pictures.... What a talent you have.

THANKS.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:41 PM

13. gorgeous!

Funny... my favorite was the one from August, and then I read your commentary and saw that you were disappointed in the changes at Reflection Lake. It still looks pretty amazing to me!

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 08:03 PM

14. Really gorgeous! Thank you!!! nt

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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:06 PM

15. Awesome! Thank you.

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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:22 AM

16. Beautiful!

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