The world seems awfully turbulent and noisy right now, and I don’t know about you, but I could use a little calm and serenity. In my world, calm and serenity often come from a quiet walk through a prairie early in the morning or late in the evening when the light is soft and the breeze is even softer. I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a few of those mornings and evenings this month, and I’m hoping maybe a few photos from those tranquil times might bring a little peacefulness into your life as well.
As promised, here are some my favorite photos from 2013. It was really tough to narrow these down to 22 (it was going to be 21, but see below) out of the roughly 1,800 images that were “keepers” from my various photography jaunts this year.
Of course, many of you joined in the winnowing process by helping me decide between two similar bison photos last week. Or at least that’s what was supposed to happen. Since the vote was nearly evenly split (and a lot of people voted “both”) I decided to include both photos. You’ll see them displayed back to back below.
I hope you enjoy the photos. If you let the slideshow run on its own, it’ll take a little under two minutes to cycle through. You can speed up the process, if you like, by clicking on the arrows within the frame.
If I had to choose a single favorite from the year, it would probably be the one below. It tells a great story without having to use any words at all.
I shot quite a few images of crab spider silhouettes that morning, trying to get one that was just right. I got some pretty nice ones, but none that were as striking as I’d hoped – until I was photo bombed by this ant. That’s often the way photography goes. Equipment and technique are both important, but you really just have to be in the right place at the right time.
I’m looking forward to being in lots of right places in 2014.
At the request of many of you, I’ve added captions to the slideshow photos I posted last November. Those slideshows can always be found from the home page of this blog (under the Photography Page). In addition, I’ve provided links to each at the end of this post.
Now that I’ve got them labeled, I’d appreciate any help you can give me in identifying species correctly. I’m pretty confident about the vertebrates and plants, but could sure use some assistance with the invertebrates. If you see one that I’ve got wrong, or you can identify it more specifically, please let me know by adding a comment below the slideshow.