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 45 of my best photographs from 2021 below, in chronological order. After you look through these, please use the form at the bottom of this post to list your ten favorites.
Please don’t post your votes in the comments, or send them by email, because they won’t be counted! Use the form at the bottom of this post instead.
You don’t have to list your ten favorites in any order; just pick up to ten images. (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.
The voting deadline is Tuesday, January 4th, 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. Misty ridges, Sierra Nevada foothills, California
2. Sandhill cranes at sunrise, San Joaquin Valley, California
3. Three Brothers, Sentinel Rock, and the Merced River at sunrise, Yosemite NP, California
4. Sandhill cranes in fog, San Joaquin Valley, California
5. Oak in a snowstorm, Yosemite NP, California
6. El Capitan emerging from clouds, Yosemite NP, California
7. Clearing spring storm, Tunnel View, Yosemite NP, California
8. Light and shadows on dogwood blossoms, Yosemite NP, California
9. Dogwood above the Merced River, Yosemite NP, California
10. Rainbow panorama from Glacier Point, Yosemite NP, California
11. False hellbore in a redwood forest, northern California
12. Waves, fog, and sea stacks, northern California coast
13. Fogbow in a redwood forest, northern California
14. Young and old redwoods, northern California
15. Peak and lake at sunset, Yosemite NP, California
16. Milky Way and meteor reflected in an alpine lake, Yosemite NP, California
17. Trees and creek in fog, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming
18. Trumpeter Swan, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming
19. Early-morning mist in the Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming
20. People in the blue mist, Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming
21. Milky Way over a thermal pool, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming
22. Geyser erupting at night, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming
23. Mist and reflections, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming
24. Sun, mist, and tree shadows, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming
25. Aspens and pines in a snowstorm, Inyo NF, California
26. Storm clouds over the Sneffels Range, Colorado
27. Frosted aspens, Colorado
28. Aspens and conifers with a dusting of snow, Colorado
29. Hoodoos in reflected light, southern Utah
30. Blue boulder, Utah
31. Badlands in predawn light, Utah
32. Canyons in dappled light, Utah
33. Oak and maples, Utah
34. Sunbeams and natural bridge, Oregon Coast
35. Rock and waves, Oregon Coast
36. Rock formations, Oregon Coast
37. Clouds and sea stacks, Oregon coast
38. Cathedral Spires in mist, Yosemite NP, California
39. Oak tree in a snowstorm, Yosemite NP, California
40. Pink light on El Capitan at sunset, Yosemite NP, California
41. Half Dome and El Capitan, winter, Yosemite NP, California
42. Rainbow on Upper Yosemite Fall after a snowstorm, Yosemite NP, California
43. El Capitan at sunset, winter, Yosemite NP, California
44. Three Brothers on a misty winter night, Yosemite NP, California
45. Half Dome, Glacier Point, and the Merced River at night, Yosemite NP, California
The voting is closed! I’ll be posting the results soon.
Related Posts: My Top Photographs of 2020; My Top Photographs of 2019; My Top Photographs of 2018
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.