My Favorites for my 365 Friends

Beth - Spigot in a Sea of Green. This is a wonderful capture and so is the other one, Steering a Course through a Sea of Green. And I love the word Spigot! I also love that you used these for an art project, they are so graphically appealing. I hope you will keep posting pictures of your art projects. I also love the picture of your family in the tree.

Billie - two of my favorites of yours are very recent. In fact, the colors are very complementary and must be ones that I really like. I think they would look wonderful framed and displayed together: Bird in Flight and Water and Tree at Night. I love and respect all your shots of people, ANTM is my favorite. Pink Petals in Harsh Light is amazing and a wonderful departure from the familiar flower shot.

Bright Star - 250/365 Star. I like the simplicity of composition and the post-processing and the fact that it is a bright star. :) Other than that, I'm going to have to go with your airport shots: 330/365, 332/365, and 302/365. They really capture the feeling of travel for me. Oh, and the vicarious hammie therapy was much appreciated!

Carol - 245 Red. Amazing light and color. Great eye. All your sunrise and sunset shots are amazing. And you are the reigning queen of the close up flower shot. Most of all, I will remember your shots for their cheerful, hopeful commentary and your obvious love for your family and friends.

Dalissa - Garden Blooms. Fantastic composition and background and they grew in your yard and they seem very *you*, at least to *me*. And then there are all the photos of your girls -- so lovely and filled with their personalities. Who could forget the kitchen art installation? You are wonderfully creative -- especially with obscene veggies (I'm still trying to find the link!)

Dancingirl - My Favorite Things. It looks real and I love chickadees and I love seeing something special to you. It's a really appealing composition too. And don't forget, if I ever visit, please take me to these trees.

Ianqui - Sir Gawain. Certainly you have many beautiful images, great city shots, and very creative shots too, but this one just strikes my fancy. I love the colors the angles and the absurdity of it. Plus it was one of the first few images of yours that I saw. And I can't forget this one, a favorite of my daughter, and soon to be on her wall (now that I have finally found a decent place from which to get prints).

Jayfish - 156/365 Subway. Such a tough choice, since I love your minimalist eye, but this one really stuck with me for its composition and mood. I also love your sunflower shots, 225/365 and 226/365, which were gorgeous and surprising coming from you. :)

Jeff - It has to be George. I love the creativity of your images and the messages they carry. Your wedding and engagement shots are amazing. But still, I adore this capture of George, with his little post-its on his lamp. He looks like someone I would like to sit and talk with. And this shot, Random, really captured something for me. I love the mood of it so much.

Jess - My favorite image of yours is the one on your header. The light is wonderful, casting the delicate shadow of the lace curtain. Just so lovely.

Jim - Encased. You're definitely a kindred spirit in what you like to photograph. This shot is wonderful with the red amidst the clear, shiny ice and the repetition of another berry in the background.

Jo(e) - And I Shall Have Some Peace There. First off, this place is gorgeous and I loved reading about your annual retreat. Second, I like imagining you amongst those sheep and possibly throwing one at someone. :) Frozen, is wonderful. I love that combination of colours (your spelling ;-))Of course, I am a big fan of the all naked blog shots too.

Julie - Budding Violets. I love the delicacy that you captured in this shot. The light is wonderful too. You have so many wonderful light shots -- like Come Into the Light. I've come to associate African Violets with you. Of course, I also count The Aftermath as a particular favorite, but I wanted to select a different one than you had for yourself. Oh and let me add Rising Up to Greet Me, because I was so trying to get a shot like that in the spring and I love this one with the blue sky.

Katrina - Sunset at Topsail Island. It's just so beautiful there. And it seemed to be such a special time that you all shared together.

Lauraliz - Changes. The seasons reflecting in the lake is a favorite of mine. But my all time favorite is Lamp Post and I can't even really say why. It just evokes something for me.

Liane - Support. I love the composition that creates the religious imagery, it seems especially appropriate for you. Of course, Not Hogwarts, is a very close second. I really want to sit in that room and think about important things. Oh, and here's a third, Coming Home. I really enjoyed seeing pictures that depict your life's calling and how much it means to you.

Mary - Of course I have to pick two, one for each location. For Dakar, it's a tie between Out to the Terrace and My Window. I love seeing your home and its architecture, plus window and doorway shots are so lovely. For stateside, my favorite is Smoky Sight. I can't get enough of how that white smoke looks against a grey sky. Even in an almost colorless setting, it is so striking.

Nicole Rae - I don't know if I could ever pick just one of yours. I love your eye and your post processing and the art you create. But here are a few of my faves: Abstraction, Old Navy, Purple, Buddhism...ok, so I do have a favorite: Haunted.

Overread - Where did you go?!? My favorite theme of yours is the smoke shots. Simply amazing. And your most memorable shot for me is your most excellent use of selective saturation.

Mike - I only started looking at your photos recently, but I do love seeing your little corner of the world, and your fondness for the sky and trees. This skywatch is a favorite of mine, as is this beauty of a tree.

Sandie - I LOVE your recent sky shot. The goat shots, especially Luna, are ever charming. And, of course, there's that handsome old man. And I musn't leave out this very creative reflection shot.

Sandy - the queen of nature shots. And do love nature shots! My faves are: Fall Reflections, Pink Hibiscus, Lizard, and Magnolia. Your photos remind of my childhood!

Sandy Cove - another kindred spirit with all your nature, sky and tree shots. But my absolute favorites of yours are Two Boys and Walking in the Woods.

Scrivener - you are an inspiration with your creativity, especially in your self-portraits. I bet you will make it through a year of them! My two favorite self-portraits are Christmas is going to the dogs and I couldn't sleep at all last night. Both of them amuse me and make aware of a deeper meaning at the same time. My favorite shot for the year, and I really don't know what it is about it, is Ellis' Rusty Bench.

Sharon - I love ALL of your sky watch shots, particularly this one. And I cannot get enough of the color, lighting and mood of these Christmas tree shots.

Susan - my favorite of yours, for the entire year, is a recent one: Water's edge. I also love you on the drums and the shot of your gazebo sanctuary.

Zerodoll - Queen of the displaced shopping carts. I also have to give you props for the most unusual and unexpected shot of the year, a very creative engagement announcement, and an abundance of cute cat shots.

I hope I did not forget anyone and that all the links work! Thanks so much everyone for enriching my life with your images this year.

ETA: I'm looking for the picture of the olive dish...whose was that?!?

ETA2: I just cleaned up all the typos that I could find and fixed a couple of missing links (haha darwin joke). So if you find a typo, please overlook it, and if you find a bad link, please let me know!!

ETA3: Thanks to Jo(e) I now know that the olive shot belongs to Ianqui. I remember that shot so well, it's just so excellent, and it made me realize how much I had to learn...in a good way.


julieunplugged said...

For Jo(e)'s you need to get the link by clicking open the comments. Then you'll get a true link. Otherwise you get her main page and most recent posts. Just something I discovered when trying to link to her specific posts before.

What a delightful trip down memory lane. You did such a nice job of summarizing too - a real gift to each of us. Thank you! A very thoughtful way to thank everyone, too.

Nicole Rae Studio said...

What a wonderful, thoughtful post. I can't believe you took so much time to look up all of these wonderful photos. I'm going to look at every single one of them. Thank you so much!

Scrivener said...

Wow, what a lot of effort must have gone into writing this post! It's cool to be reminded of so many peoples' great shots.

Thanks for your kind words about my photos. I'm looking forward to continuing this project with you.

my15minutes said...

Thanks so much for your kind acknowledgment. What a thoughtful thing to do, going through all the photos like that. If I get some time in the near future (I'm traveling tomorrow) I will try to do the same. For tonight, your post will keep me busy!

Sandie said...

Thank you! This is a wonderful summary of the year and I think you pick many of my favorites too. Maybe we need to publish our own calendar :) I really enjoyed clicking on every link and remembering the year. It is exciting to think of what's coming this year.

Sharon said...

You are so good!! :) I don't know how I could ever pick my favorites from everyone. Wonderful post, thank you, I'm going to check out all the links!

jo(e) said...

What a great post. I keep going back and clicking links. You've hit on some of my favourites too!

jo(e) said...

Oh, and the olives photo was one of Ianqui's ....

I'll try to put the link here.

Ampersand said...

Thanks, Jo(e)! I'll post the link to the olives right now.

Li said...

what a wonderful effort to put this post together! I just love the idea. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job of pulling together everyone's year-long efforts! And i thank you for your kind words, you picked three of my favorites as well.

Billie said...

What an awesome look at a year in Project 365 . . . thanks so much for pulling all of this together. You have selected a number of my favs, too.

Dancingirl365 said...

You are so great! I LOVED reading your reflections and looking at the photos you linked. I can't imagine how much effort went into it. So thoughtful! Thank you for this gift. My favorite of yours is the one of your bedroom window. I don't even have to look at them to remember it. I think you posted it in your year end montage.

Ianqui said...

Wow, what a post! I'm still out of town but I'm going to bookmark this page so that I can look through all these photos when I get back. This is a really lovely commemoration of the blogosphere's 365 collaborative (in a way!).

Cloudscome said...

This is amazing! Thank you so much for highlighting all these great photos. I'll have to come back a few more times to enjoy them all.

jayfish said...

thanks for this, truly kind of you. and thank you for making wonderful photos as well. looking forward to what you come up with in 2008.

Overread said...

This is so wonderful and thoughtful. Thank you so much for including me in the list of folks you've been watching. I've loved seeing yours too - Thank you!

MaryD said...

As usual I'm late late late but-- THANK YOU for your thoughtful post and taking the time to encourage everyone!