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!
While I’ve always loved to watch and photograph sunsets, this one in particular brings back wonderful memories. Seven years ago today my husband and I were embarking on our journey to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean for our honeymoon. As one of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia sits on the boundary between the eastern Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean. With the trade winds moderating the weather, the island has beautiful tropical weather year round with a rainy season from June through November. The sunsets over the Caribbean were spectacular each night, but something about the thatched roof and palm tree in the foreground of this photo reminds me what it was like to be in the islands unlike any other photo I have from that trip.