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As we approach the end of 2016  I’m looking back on the year’s images; seeing which were the most liked by others, which images I love, which techniques failed,  or succeeded, and falling in love all over again with the places I’ve visited, and the people I met during the last year.

I made thousands of images in 2016 whittling them down to just 10 isn’t easy when I love so many, and divorcing myself from the emotional aspects of making the images and being purely objective is hard!

While going through my images I also took a look at my 2016 Top Ten most viewed images over at my Flickr site. Since those are easier to get to I thought I’d share those images with you again this year.  Most of these you’ve seen before if you’ve been following my blog this year. Voici!

1) Sunset Martin's Beach Half Moon Bay

2)Horsetail Fall 2016

3)Dawn in Manhattan



5)Radio City Music Hall

6)Allen's Hummingbird Male

7)Swanson Creek Cascade


9)Anna's Hummingbird Female perched on a branch

10)Vermillion Flycatcher

Voila! The Top 10 2016 Most Viewed Images on my Flickr site.

I’ve whittled  down my favorites of the year down to 35. Getting that number down to 10-15 is my next task and I’ll share those images soon!

I hope those that celebrate Christmas had a lovely Holiday, and those celebrating Hanukkah are having a great one so far, and I hope we all have a fantastic week!

More to come…



  1. Excellent choices. I just stumbled upon your sight and am so glad I did. You do beautiful work. And what sights you see.

  2. Love the photos – especially the waterfall at El Cap. That took a lot of planning ahead of the capture.

    • Thank you so much Robert! I’m already thinking about this year’s possibilities. This could be the year…we’re getting the snow and rain we need…just need the sun, and me free to be able to get up there on one of the peak days to see it this year.

  3. The birds are perfect captures, Deborah! And the mountain top looks like El Capitain – is it? Stunning with that one ray of sun on it:)

    • Yes, that’s El Capitain with Horsetail Fall all lit up by the sun in February.

      Thank you so much for viewing and letting me know which images you like! xx

  4. These are wonderful photos that show your exceptional skills. Most of them could be postcards while one makes any mother or grandmother smile. 🙂

  5. Beautiful photos! I love the light on your grandson – he looks angelic.

    Hope you are having a lovely holiday :-).

    • Thank you so much Myriam! It’s been a really nice Holiday. I hope you’re enjoying some down time from studying!

  6. Your followers on Flickr have good taste 🙂
    #1 and #2 would be my choices as well … simply breathtaking!

  7. Absolutely stunning, each one. I can fully understand why they were ‘top’ liked on your flicker site, Deborah! 🙂

  8. These photos are stunning. I look forward to seeing some of your other favorites. 🙂

  9. Wow, two things are impressive, Deborah: 1) the photos. Even the ones I remember, were worth seeing. 2) 10? I’ve been going through Flickr and I’ve been working my butt of to get to 20. I’m going to post mine on Saturday, but I still don’t get close to 10.

    • Dan,

      1) THANK YOU!
      2) It was easy narrowing it down to 10 because I just went by the Top 10 highest viewed images. There are 3 possibly 4 that wouldn’t have made it to my Top 10 in this group of images.

      Among my Top 35 images are a few I’ve never worked on or posted. So there may be a surprise in group.

      I’m looking forward to seeing your Top Picks for 2016.

      • My problem is that a bunch of them are still in the top 10 from last year. I decided to pick 5 viewed, 5 commented, 5 “interesting” (whatever that means) and 5 that I thought should have been in one of those lists, but weren’t 😦

        • Oh, this should be a great post! That’s really good thinking.

          I only looked at 2016 images so there’d be no repeats from previous years.

          I’ve been slow to go back and cull more from my list of 35. I need to work on it! 🙂

          • If you post 35, you’ll make me look conservative with 20. Just a thought 😉

            • Just posted 30, You’re a lot more critical with your self critique than I am! 🙂

            • Ha – I don’t think so. I was just taking the easy way out.

  10. I can see why you would have a problem selecting a few. The photos are all gorgeous.

  11. The photograph of your sweet grandson is precious, Deborah!
    I liked the steep, tall cliff with the radiating thin stream (waterfall). This had a big “wow!” effect.
    The Allen’s Hummingbird is so detailed with the little strand of ferns under his claws. How cute!
    The whole set of pictures was fantastic and what a great year!

    • Thank you so much Robin! It’s really fun to look back and see where I’ve been and what I saw and thought to document on film with a photo.

      I call that image of my Grandson “Eyelashes to die for!”. He has great eyelashes. Thick and long.

      The waterfall is in Yosemite National Park. It’s called Horsetail Falls. I blogged about that at the link

      The Allen’s Hummer’s are so beautiful. They’re here in late Winter. I try to get over the hill to see and photograph them at least once while they’re here.

      • Oh, certainly those eyelashes are “to die for!”
        Thanks for the link to Horsetail Falls at Yosemite National Park. I will check it out and leave you a hello there. 🙂
        I think it is cool how the migrating Allen’s hummingbirds arrive in late Winter there. Heading over the hill and seeing them must just feel extra special as a once a year, rare treat.

  12. No, this is easy, numbers 7, 4 and 2 are my top three. Oh no wait, number one has to be in there. Oh and the cute little birdies are so adorable and number 3 is quite the dramatic skyline… Is this what I’ve been missing out on with my recent arrival to this blog? I can’t wait for your favourites of the year, Deborah. Some stunning work, well done 🙂

    • Thank you so much Phil! I really like 7 it’s higher on my personal list than #7.
      #4 surprises me b/c I didn’t put a lot of thought or effort into it as I was just making a test shot. I’m really glad it’s so well received!

      Ah, yes we started following each other late in the year and you found me through Thursday Doors I think. Surprise, I photograph a wee bit more than doors! 🙂

  13. I love that Rufous humming bird – at least that’s what I think it is – and suspect you used a very long lens because they are so tiny and skittish!

    • Thank you so much Bunty! I’m pretty sure it’s an Allen’s. They come up for Winter every year. I used my 200-500mm lens. 🙂

  14. All amazing Deborah!

  15. A beautiful selection.

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