Note: I’ve closed comments on this post because the voting deadline has passed. I’ll be posting the results soon!
Happy New Year!
It’s become a New Year’s tradition on this blog to pick my best images from the past year, and once again I’m inviting you to help me make these difficult choices. I’ve posted 44 of my best photographs from 2019 below, in chronological order. After you look through these, please post a comment listing your ten favorites.
You don’t have to list your ten favorites in any order, or even name them – just numbers will do. (The numbers are in the captions underneath the photographs. Also, you can click on the images to see them larger.) Once the votes are in I’ll post the top ten or twelve on this blog, and submit the final group to Jim Goldstein’s blog project, where he’ll be showcasing the best images of the year from over 300 photographers.
The voting deadline is this Friday, January 3rd, at midnight Pacific time.
As always, I reserve the right to override the votes if one of my favorites gets panned. But I’ve rarely had to exercise this power because my readers have excellent taste. 🙂
Thanks for your input — I appreciate your help!
— Michael Frye
1. Mossy oaks, Mariposa County, California
2. Lunar eclipse sequence, Trona Pinnacles, California, January 20, 2019
3. Reeds and red-winged blackbird, San Joaquin Valley, California
4. Reeds and cottonwoods, San Joaquin Valley, California
5. Ice-coated oaks at sunset, Mariposa County, California
6. Snow falling from trees, Yosemite
7. Stormy skies over the valley, Yosemite
8. El Capitan by moonlight, winter, Yosemite
9. Sandhill cranes at sunset, San Joaquin Valley, California
10. Sunrise from Tunnel View, Yosemite
11. Misty trees from Tunnel View, Yosemite
12. Desert in bloom at sunset, Joshua Tree NP, California
13. Dunes in a sandstorm, Death Valley NP, California
14. Stars, Orion, and zodiacal light over an eroded gully, Death Valley NP, California
15. Sand dune and star trails, Death Valley NP, California
16. Rolling dunes, Death Valley NP, California
17. Dogwood and late-afternoon light along the Merced River, Yosemite
18. Alder and dogwood above the Merced River, Yosemite
19. Wildflowers and oaks in the fog, Table Mountain, California
20. Swirling Clouds and Mist, Sunrise, Yosemite
21. Redwood and rhododendron in the fog, northern California
22. Sea stacks, late afternoon, northern California coast
23. Redwoods, rhododendron, and sunbeams, northern California
24. “Twins” – sun breaking through fog in a redwood forest, northern California
25. Old truck and shed underneath the Milky Way, Bodie SHP, California
26. Wagons and star trails, Bodie SHP, California
27. Creek flowing into the Pacific Ocean, Oregon coast
28. Autumn kaleidoscope, Manti-La Sal NF, Utah
29. Sunbeams, mountains, and autumn maples, Utah
30. Autumn waterfall, Colorado
31. Lenticular cloud at sunset, Mono Lake, California
32. Big-leaf maple in a burned forest, Yosemite
33. Autumn lakeshore, Yosemite
34. Leaf stack in the Merced River, Yosemite
35. Cliffs, mist, and snow, Yosemite
36. Snowy night along the Merced River, Yosemite
37. Cottonwood trees, winter, Yosemite
38. Oak and frost-tipped ponderosa pine, Yosemite
39. Half Dome and El Capitan during a clearing storm, Yosemite
40. The heart of El Capitan, Yosemite
41. Bridalveil Fall and El Capitan, sunrise, Yosemite
42. Pintails at sunrise, San Joaquin Valley, California
43. Ross’s geese taking flight at sunset, San Joaquin Valley, California
44. Ross’s geese and crescent moon at sunset, San Joaquin Valley, California
Thanks for voting!
Related Posts: My Top Photographs of 2018;My Top Photographs of 2017; My Top Photographs of 2016
Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author or principal photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite, Yosemite Meditations, Yosemite Meditations for Women, Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters. He has also written three eBooks: Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, Exposure for Outdoor Photography, and Landscapes in Lightroom: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide. Michael has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.