Top Photos of 2010

I know most people do a “Top 10″, but in our family, thirteen is a lucky number. (Both of our kids were born on a 13, and we were married on a 26) So without further delay, here’s my top 13 photos of 2010. If you’d like to see all of the images larger on a single page, along with a few ‘Honorable Mentions’, click here.

Picture: Fireworks on the 4th of July, Pleasant Hill, California
Photo: Fireworks on the 4th of July, Pleasant Hill, California

Picture: My son reading the Wall of Names at the USS ARIZONA Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii
Photo: My son reading the Wall of Names at the USS ARIZONA Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii

Picture: Horseback Riders approaching Leavitt Pass, Emigrant Wilderness, Toulumne County, California
Photo: Horseback Riders approaching Leavitt Pass, Emigrant Wilderness, Toulumne County, California

Picture: Red clouds at sunset over oak trees and hills, Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, California
Photo: Red clouds at sunset over oak trees and hills, Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, California

Picture: Sunset light on Fletcher Peak reflected in Boothe Lake, Yosemite National Park, California
Photo: Sunset light on Fletcher Peak reflected in Boothe Lake, Yosemite National Park, California


Picture: Sunbrust through rocks on the crest of Vogelsang Peak, Yosemite National Park, California
Photo: Sunbrust through rocks on the crest of Vogelsang Peak, Yosemite National Park, California

Picture: Total Lunar Eclipse on the winter Solstice, December 20-21, 2010
Photo: Total Lunar Eclipse on the winter Solstice, December 20-21, 2010
According to NASA, this was the first such total lunar eclipse to fall on the winter solstice since 1638, 372 years ago, and only the second such eclipse of the last 2010 years, since the start of the Common Era. In other words, it was pretty darn special.

Picture: Full moon resting on rock precipice near Tioga Pass, Mono County, California
Photo: Full moon resting on rock precipice near Tioga Pass, Mono County, California

Picture: Morning mist and sea stacks along the Mendocino County coast, near Elk, California
Photo: Morning mist and sea stacks along the Mendocino County coast, near Elk, California

Picture: Sunset light on Fletcher Peak reflected in Vogelsang Lake, Yosemite National Park, California
Photo: Sunset light on Fletcher Peak reflected in Vogelsang Lake, Yosemite National Park, California

Picture: Seagull and crashig wave at sunset, Jug Handle State Reserve, Mendocino County, California
Photo: Seagull and crashig wave at sunset, Jug Handle State Reserve, Mendocino County, California

Picture: Dawn light at Bowling Ball Beach, near Point Arena, Mendocino County, California
Photo: Dawn light at Bowling Ball Beach, near Point Arena, Mendocino County, California

Picture: Sunset light at Bowling Ball Beach, near Point Arena, Mendocino County, California
Photo: Sunset light at Bowling Ball Beach, near Point Arena, Mendocino County, California

Again, if you’d like to see all of the images larger on a single page, along with a few ‘Honorable Mentions’, click here.

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14 Comments on “Top Photos of 2010”

  1. Ron Niebrugge Says:

    Those are great – looks like you had a wonderful year Gary!

  2. Richard Wong Says:

    Great choices Gary. You went to some amazing places this year.

  3. Rebecca Jackrel Says:

    A beautiful series Gary! I’m personally most moved by the Bowling Ball Beach shots – stunning work. Thank you for being inspiring!!

  4. Richard Bernabe Says:

    Nice work, Gary! Love BB Beach!

  5. Russ Bishop Says:

    Wonderul selection Gary. It was clearly a very good year for you.

  6. Mark Says:

    Great set Gary. Count me in the BB Beach crowd. That place looks magical.

  7. Youssef Ismail Says:

    Hey Gary, nice “Best Of” photos. I had to take a double take on that Lunar Eclipse photo, I thought it was mine :) Here’s mine organiclightp...returnpage=1

  8. Greg Russell Says:

    This is a really fantastic retrospective on 2010, Gary. Some of these I remembered (and remember liking when I saw them), others are new to me, but are very lovely.

    Can’t wait to see what 2011 brings…

  9. David Leland Hyde Says:

    In a sea of nothing but compliments I am going to give a bit of a mixed review. Not of you as a photographer at all. Nearly anyone knows you are a master photographer, and certainly far more skilled and professional than myself. I hope what I say is helpful to you as an artist: some images in this mix are wonderful and different from anything else around, some are not. Some of those that are not may pay the bills better. I just get tired of people sugar coating their comments and not offering suggestions for improvement. Hopefully I can say something that will help you as an artist. I am naturally biased against sunsets and mountain peaks with just the top drenched in red alpenglow, mainly because many of them tend to look similar. You know from my comments before that I am an admirer of much of your work. I like “Full moon resting on rock precipice…” and “Morning Mist…Mendocino Coast” the best. Even though it is a sunset too, I also like “Seagul and Crashing Wave…Jughandle State Reserve” because it has an unusual quality and seems more unique.

  10. Steve Sieren Says:

    Excellent series Gary, most of all I loved that last Bowling Ball Beach photograph! Have a great 2011, and keep brewing!

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  12. Phil Colla Says:

    Gary, your sublime coverage of California always appeals to me. Of these, I like “bowling ball beach” the best but they are all strong. Congrats on a great year!

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  14. Chris Says:

    Your Bowling Ball beach shots are incredible! I will have to think about getting out there!

    Thanks for the picture collection!



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