Ten Favorite Photos of 2011

Now that 2012 is underway, it’s time to take a look back at a few favorite photos from 2011. The highlights of my year included two trips with my husband, one to the Southwestern US and one to Puerto Rico. Both were new experiences for us, and both left us wanting more.  My favorite photos from the Southwest are by far those from Antelope Canyon. While not the most serene to actually visit thanks to the many tourists and photographers, the photos from that visit amaze me every time I look at them. The expanse of the Grand Canyon was breathtaking, and I was really surprised by all of the trees and the surrounding forest. I’d always imagined the surrounding area to be desolate.

While the Grand Canyon was on my bucket list, I must say that I fell in love with Bryce Canyon. The intense colors of the hoodoos against the blue sky was simply beautiful, but the most memorable was the quiet  serenity of our day there.  We’ll be back for sure with much more time to explore. On a completely different note, Puerto Rico was a fantastic getaway, and surprisingly easy to get to. The ability to be in 2500 feet of crystal clear water in only a 20-minute boat ride was amazing! My favorite spots were the rain forest at El Yunque and streets of Old San Juan with the beautiful architecture and brilliant colors.

As usual, it was hard to narrow my favorite photos down to only ten this year. There isn’t really any rhyme or reason for why these photos are my favorites, but there is something about each one that I love. Enjoy the photos and have a wonderful 2012!

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon, near Page AZ.

Kolob Canyon at Zion National Park, UT.

Kolob Canyon at Zion National Park, UT.

La Coca Falls, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

La Coca Falls, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

Upper Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZ.

Ponderosa Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT.

Ponderosa Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT.

"Garita' along the city wall of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"Garita' along the city wall of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Powell Point. Grand Canyon South Rim, AZ.

Powell Point. Grand Canyon South Rim, AZ.

Agua Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

Agua Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

Spanish Colonial Architecture in Old San Juan. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Spanish Colonial Architecture in Old San Juan. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Upper Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ.

Upper Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ.

9 responses

  1. Great shots! I especially like the first one. I’d love to go to the National Parks in the American west, they all look amazing. Lake Powell is another place in that area I’d like to go.

    January 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm

  2. Nice work EB!! Hope 2012 is a great one!

    January 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  3. These are amazing! That last one is like “wow”! I’ve never been to the four corners and have always wanted to go. Now I really want to go and take photos! I had a goal of posting my favorite 2011 photos and thought I missed the mark since it’s already 2012. Thanks for reminding me it’s not too late! 🙂

    January 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm

  4. Betsy Glass

    Beautiful…they are all my favorites!!

    January 7, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  5. Great pictures, stunning!!

    February 5, 2012 at 12:53 am

  6. Wonderful shots of Antelope Canyon. I went there a couple of December’s ago and fell in love with it. While I agree with your comments about the amount of people, it’s quite an attraction to visit. For being such a small and confined area, it sure leaves quite an impression. Thanks for sharing your images.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:55 am

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