Playing favourites.

In the last WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge of the year, we’re invited to share our most meaningful photo of 2017, but – true to my indecisive nature – I couldn’t choose just one.

I’ve loved exploring photography this year. It’s been a year of learning to observe, to compose, to demystify the buttons on the camera… but also to gain patience, and practice perseverance, and to understand the value of a change in perspective.

To round up 2017, I’ll share some of my favourite photos along with links to the post (if applicable) in which they appeared.

Earlier in the year, I wrote more text to accompany my photos, while lately I’ve been focusing on images only. In any case, when I look at these pictures – each one, when I think about it, nothing more than an arrangement of pixels – I’m reminded of a place, a person, or an experience that has stayed with me. Maybe that moment helped me learn something about making pictures. Or maybe it taught me something more.

Here we go with the first twelve:









2017 Favorites (9 of 24)

The time I thought a dandelion was pretty.




Long exposure of a stump in the Grand River

The time I learned that a neutral density filter can turn a river into glass.


Are you still with me? Congratulations (and thank you)!

Here are twelve more:


Kids standing on a giant rock

The time it was too cold to swim but not too cold to surf.



Wind turbines in the mist

The time the wind turbines rose out of the mist to greet the sun.



Ivy-covered gateway

The time I was beckoned to a secret garden.


Church doors at night

The time symmetry looked beautiful in the dark.



Row of red-leaved trees in autumn

The time the trees were on fire.



Three trumpeter swans in the mist

The time these birds seemed to float out of a dream.


Abstract snowy winter scene

The time I wiggled the camera to make a painting in the snow.


Well, there you have it. Thanks for sticking with me. For those who have followed along over the past year: your visits and comments are truly appreciated. I’m touched when my words or photos resonate with others.

As for 2018 – I plan to make more pictures. I was going to try to write something deep about hopes and goals for the new year, but then I read a blog post by photographer David duChemin (a man of considerable talent with words, photos and inspiration). Anything I wrote afterwards just sounded like a really bad clichΓ©. So I leave you with this link to David’s words, because there’s no way I could’ve said it better.

Happy New Year, all!





18 thoughts on “Playing favourites.

  1. Hi Vanessa, What fabulous sets of favorites! (So hard to pick them, isn’t it?) You have a talented eye for composition, light and capturing the moment. Wishing you a wonderful 2018 full of more moments like these.

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  2. Beautiful. When i look back at my photographs, I find the those of my family are the ones I cherish most, regardless of how out-of-focused and poorly composed they are. Seeing your shots reminds me to take more photos of them πŸ™‚

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