Below are some of my favorite pictures from this year. Not always because they were the sharpest, best composed, or otherwise exhibited technical excellence, but because they made me smile or invoked a sense of wonder.
What makes them really special is that they were all taken within a 50 mile radius of our house. Those who have visited Columbus Ohio may have left with the thought that it’s a pleasant enough place but not on your list of destinations that possess spectacular natural beauty. What probably would be noticed, more than the city, state and metro parks such as Clear Creek Metro Park, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Alum Creek Metro Park, and Glenn Helen Nature Preserve, are the numerous shopping malls, freeways and sprawling housing developments, none of which seem to be part of any vision of a larger overall aesthetic.
So our goal has been to dig deeper, look closer, and wouldn’t you just know it, every once and awhile, beauty appears that rivals that experienced on any of our far away travels.