Puerto Rico

Ten Favorite Photos of 2011

Elizabeth Brown Photography

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.


Story Behind the Photo: El Gato

El Gato. Cat in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

If you are avid reader of the PhotoBlog, you’ve likely been wondering if what rock I’ve been hiding under for the last few months. I wish that I’d been on some exotic assignment taking photos at the ends of the earth but I’ve just been busy juggling too many things at once and something had to give. While photography is my passion, it is unfortunately not how I pay the bills and my ‘real job’ was exceptionally demanding in the last few months. Add to that ensuring that I spent quality time with my family and it left little time for shooting new photos or blogging.

Fall hasn’t been completely devoid of new photos, though. There was a trip to Puerto Rico in mid-October, and a long weekend in Raleigh, NC to see some fall colors a couple of weeks ago. All of the photos from Puerto Rico are up on my website, and I’m hoping to have the fall foliage photos up soon. In the last few months I have also been sneaking in some time here and there to get through a backlog of photos that need to be edited, and feel good that I’m getting caught up.

Now that things aren’t so hectic, it’s time to start blogging again, and that brings me to this photo from San Juan, Puerto Rico. While strolling through Old San Juan and trying to take in all of the beautiful historic architecture, it seems like there was something new to see around every corner. The bright Caribbean colors with bright white trim and were absolutely beautiful and gave each building its own character. While admiring the intense school-bus-yellow on this building, a black and white cat wondered by and added a little of his own character to the photo.

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