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    Your favorite photos of 2009

    Post your favorite two photos from 2009. They can be your favorites for any reason: technically good, great memory, etc. Explain where you took the pic and why you like it.

    Both of mine are from a five-day Grand Canyon backpack trip in April. Once in a lifetime trip with great company, scenery, weather, and camping spots. Started at Grandview and finished at Bright Angel.

    First pic is my buddy John taking a picture of the silver suspension bridge spanning the Colorado River.
    http://walkinginthewoods.smugmug.com...67_8KGj2-XL-LB

    Second pic is taken at sunset from a little ways down the Grandview Trail. I call this "Biblical Light" because the lighting reminds me of some of the paintings I've seen in churches and in illustrated Bibles.
    http://walkinginthewoods.smugmug.com...26_ySz8G-XL-LB

    (if you're a Grand Canyon nut, single click on either pic and it takes you back to the whole gallery)
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    Billy, gorgeous canyon pics!!



    Sunrise at Bold Coast, Maine.



    Sunset on Mt. Monroe.

    I think the "why" should be self-explanatory. :-)
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    How bout a "Top 9 of '09"

    How fast the year goes by...seems a bit early for a retrospective, with a few good weeks to go...but indeed, soon I'll be traveling to see family and friends for the holiday's and the hiking year will be over...

    There's a good bit of history for these threads...

    2006: http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthread.php?t=15244
    2007: http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthread.php?t=19465
    2008: http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthread.php?t=26831

    I would like to ask the OP to expand the # a few, as for many here who have a year's worth of fine hikes and experiences to narrow down from, two doesn't even cover the seasons.

    How about a 'top 9 for '09' thread...and lets keep it running THROUGH the end of the year...

    I'll start digging...
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    I always love seeing the "best of" photo threads. My 2009 unfortunately was spent attending batchelor parties and weddings instead of hiking, so here are the few photos of hiking that I have this year from the times that i remembered to pack my camera.

    Gothics in the ADK's


    Indian Head in the ADK's


    My photo submission from my wedding tour- The "Bean" in downtown Chicago reflecting the skyline with me and the Mrs.



    late entry
    Bigelows rising above the clouds
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    This shot of the wildcats from the Shelby Ski trail on Columbus Day weekend.

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    Great pics so far! I'll have to check back -- I love these threads every year.

    Picking nine would be tough, so for now I'll go with my favorite picture of the year (disclaimer: Steve actually took it, we only have one camera, but I was there :P).

    The view from Nub Peak in Assiniboine Provincial Park (Canadian Rockies)


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    My son, Cameron (right), and me, well on our way back to the trail head from Redfield (Camís 45th High Peak) after having to descend the mountain during a thunderstorm. By the time we reached Lake Colden, the sky had cleared beautifully, and we had a spectacular trip along the lakes and through Avalanche Pass.



    This next one was my most important photo of the year, if not my sharpest.



    That is sort of a joke, but not entirely.

    That is where I found my camera after I lost it while climbing Mount Morgan in the Adirondacks in September. It was under that stump, bottom side up, and it had taken me about 45 minutes to find it. My first reaction upon seeing it laying there was to reach for my hip so I could grab my camera and take a picture of it ... and then I remembered, oh yeah, itís not on my hip. Itís laying there on the ground. So I picked it up, cleaned the dirt off it, and took a picture of its hiding place. Then I climbed back up to what I assume was the summit of the mountain, much relieved.

    Being able to take this picture meant I hadnít lost the pictures Iíd taken to that point during my vacation, and that I wouldnít have to spend the rest of my week off searching for the camera.

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    Seven more

    Yeah, I posted it before, but, Camís 46th.



    I wish I knew know how to get these panoramas bigger.







    View from Shining Rock below Little Haystack in the White Mountains.



    The ubiquitous fall foliage photos.




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    My favorite was a bunchberry close-up on a rainy day hike to Waumbek:

    " by reason of much foule weather and Extreme Bad Woods to travel in.."- From the letter of my great uncle Samuel Willard (accompanied by my grandfather Henry) to Governor Dummer on August 16, 1725, explaining the reason for his return, being instructed to "range all the country", of the Wawobadenik (White Mountains) July 19-August 16, 1725. I am a 13th generation New Englander and proud of it.

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    I kind of like this picture. I wonder if I could sell it to a cigarette company. (Note how the red north arrow of the compass lines up with the hand-drawn magnetic north lines on the map in its protective plastic case.)
    Last edited by Neil; 12-14-2009 at 12:54 PM.

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    My Fav

    Sunrise at Thousand Island Lake in the Sierras:



    Clearing Clouds at South Branch Pond in Baxter SP:

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    Climbers on the sharp snow ridge off Aigulle Du Midi cable car station, Mont Blanc Massif (June 2009)
    http://leaf.smugmug.com/France-2009/...46_jSdwL-XL-LB

    Sunrise at ~13,000 feet on Mont Blanc Du Tacul (June 2009)
    http://leaf.smugmug.com/France-2009/...39_YB85x-XL-LB

    Longs Peak at sunrise, Rocky Nat'l Park, CO (September 2009)
    http://leaf.smugmug.com/Colorado/Lon...66_K4jZ9-XL-LB

    Stoney checking out the Sharkstooth before our ascent, Rocky Nat'l Park, CO (September 2009)
    http://leaf.smugmug.com/Colorado/The...16_jMVVt-XL-LB
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    And here's cbcbd's submission:

    leaf at camp in the North Cascades, WA (May 2009)
    http://leaf.smugmug.com/Washington-S...41_wdaiJ-XL-LB

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    Great shots so far...

    This year, though I spent alot of nights up in the mountains, the light rarely happened for me while on designated hiking photo trips. However, I did witness some good light and scenes while not hiking, and thats what is represented here...

    In chronological order...My top 9...

    Below Zero in Portsmouth Harbor...



    Sunrise at Ethan Pond...



    Grass Pink Orchid in June



    Morning Mist in Sugar Hill



    September Frost at Ponemah Bog...



    Tye-Dyed Hippie Plant...



    Stillness and Storm, Little Cherry Pond, Jefferson...



    Waiting For Snow...



    First Snowfall of the Winter Season...



    Hoping for better light while at elevation this coming year...but I shouldn't complain, as any day out is a good day!!!

    Looking forward to more shots...
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