Lens-Artists Challenge #77 – Favorite Images of 2019

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.

Imogen Cunningham

light, lily


The great Ansel Adams once said 12 significant photographs in any one year is a good crop“.  So in response to Patti’s Challenge, I’ve chosen 12 favorites from among this year’s  thousands. Each is special to me for a different reason, which I’ve included in my comments below.

To approach the task, I divided my 2019 archives into several categories.  I opened with a favorite of my Flower Images, chosen because of the way the exquisite light gives the lily a transparent purity against the dark background.

Glacier National Park, mountains, clouds, flowers


“My favorite photographs speak eloquently, both about and to us.”

Matei Glass

For my second category, Travel Photography, I first chose a capture of the incredible natural phenomenon we experienced in Glacier National Park. Climbing the Going To The Sun Road, we were totally fogged in and worried we’d see nothing of the park’s grandeur. As we rose above the deep mist we had a true AHA moment. The fluffy white clouds spanned the valley to reach the towering mountains on the other side. The purple lupines completed the palette of nature’s perfect painting.



“A good image can be created, executed, captured, and recorded but it is well before imagined by a mind.”

Lakshman Iyer

My second Travel image features the 2020 super bloom, which had to be seen to be believed. It’s not something one can plan for, never knowing when or if it will occur. I was fortunate to be visiting family in Arizona during the desert super bloom.  It is a memory I hope to have with me forever.

impressionist, fleld worker


“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”

Peter Adams

I sometimes enjoy creatively post-processing my images, so I’ve featured two captures from among my Artistic Impressions. I love the feeling of movement in the scene above, which highlights the bright green of Kiawah’s springtime marsh under beautiful blue skies, as a field worker focuses on his task.

Both Portraiture and Monochrome are featured in the post-processed image below. The color’s removal and a touch of grain to me give the image a more nostalgic feel. The little girl is my niece’s daughter – I like that the portrait captures the more serious side of her personality.

Child, beach


“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”

Edward Steichen

Next up, my favorite 2019 Kiawah Creature Images – beginning with our magnificent birds. I’ve chosen the Night Heron from among hundreds of 2019 birds. This particular species is quite elusive, often hiding in deep foliage beside one of our lagoons. They are usually partially hidden and are rarely seen with wings outstretched. The image captures the bird’s beautiful wings and coloring, as well as the intensity of its bright red eye. It is one of my favorite photography moments, simply because it is so rare.



“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”

Ansel Adams

Here on Kiawah, we co-exist peacefully with our deer population – they provide a lovely reminder of the nature that surrounds us. I like the way this image captures the doe within her typical environment;  the catchlight in her eye is an added bonus.  

deer, foliage


“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

I simply cannot omit alligators from a Kiawah Creatures category. In this image, I love the gator’s lazy, smiling face and its apparent indifference to the turtles below. I suspect the turtles’ shells offer little protection from the gator’s powerful jaws but perhaps he’ll seek an easier target should he awaken hungry from his nap.

alligator, turtles


“I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs.”

Wayne Miller

Finally, I’ve included some favorite Kiawah Landscapes – a true challenge since our island is so blessed with natural beauty. I love the soft light peeking through the clouds during a rainstorm in the image that follows. Its ethereal beauty speaks to me of Mother Nature’s many moods.

Kiawah landscape, fog


“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”

Marc Riboud

Amazing skies are a frequent occurrence on Kiawah. While the scene below seems dramatic in and of itself, for me the presence of the fisherman adds an extra touch of interest.

fisherman, clouds


“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.”

Alfred Eisenstaedt

Hurricanes can wreak havoc on a barrier island. This image was captured the day before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian. It left us with many downed trees and no power, but spared us from major damage. I was happy to capture the beachgoers enjoying the churning sea under the gathering clouds of the approaching storm.

Clouds, beach, Kiawah Island, swimmers


“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”

Annie Leibovitz

I agree whole-heartedly with the quote following my final image below. For me at least, it’s the things I’ve photographed that I most remember. The beauty of an autumn sunset on Kiawah’s beach, for example, will be with me for a lifetime.  Hopefully, on this one my choice speaks for itself.

Kiawah, beach, sunset


“What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

Aaron Siskind

So there you have it, my favorite images of 2019. Sincere thanks to those who stayed with me for my longer-than-usual post 🙂. I’d love to hear your thoughts on which image(s) you prefer and why.

Patti, Ann-Christine, Amy and I look forward to seeing which of YOUR images you count as personal favorites. Be sure to include the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you, and to link to Patti’s original challenge here. We hope you’ll join us next week when Ann-Christine posts Challenge #78. If you’re new to Lens-Artists, click here for information on how to join us.

As always, our team sincerely thanks you for your participation and  support of our challenges throughout the year. Happy 2020 everyone – wishing you a New Year filled with love, friendship, peace, fun and photography. 








153 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #77 – Favorite Images of 2019

  1. Nice photos, Tina – the beachgoers near the end was a surprise because at first I
    Only saw the dunes – it was cool to zoom in and see them.

    And agree so much with “things I’ve photographed that I most remember.”

  2. Wonderful photos! I’m not sure if it’s my connection or they are really huge… takes time to load though. anyways, they are all beautiful. The one titled “PEACEFUL COHABITATION” is rally a rare find and fantastic shot. But the flower on the top and the mountains with flowers are also something of great value!

      • I wanted to see them and I realized later that it was my connection. You are OK 🙂
        … and oh, I forgot to mention about the Arizona one with the Saguaros cacti – just awesome! 🙂

  3. I like the gentle, wistful ones… that little girl on the beach, the whooshy green grasses and the lovely doe. Not to mention Kiaweh at sunset. Wishing you another year to cherish, Tina 🙂 🙂

    • Thanks Sally, a high compliment indeed. And I absolutely loved your question! I learned that it’s nature’s gifts that most interest and excite me, although I’ve seen some amazing man-made wonders as well. So much to love about this world of ours, despite our efforts to inject some nasty wounds in it

  4. Hi, Tina. Your photos are gorgeous and always inspiring. I can’t pick a favorite, but I can tell you that the crocodile shot always makes me smile! Your Kiawah shots always reflect your love of the place. I can see why it inspires you! Thanks too for your collaboration on the LAPC project, your friendship, and your photographic inspiration!

  5. Great cross section of favorites… Deep in Thought and Cohabitations my favorites …… you have blessed us all throughout this year with the capturing of God’s magnificent creation with your eagle eye lens…. grateful for you my friend.

  6. Tina – outstanding images for 2019! I did not expect anything else. If I have to choose favorites, it must be Lovely light, Deep in thought and Night heron on the wing. Flowers always speak to me, the composition and mood of the young girl image gives me a deep feeling of nostalgia and the night heron is fantastic. I saw so many night herons in the Galápagos islands, but none of them had their wings spreading. They were all sitting or standing by the waters and the mangroves – deeply focused. Such a delight to see the wings too! Wish you all the best for 2020, Tina, and thank you for fruitful co-work!

  7. Amazing pictures, as usual!!! Not easy to select a favorite…. Lovely Light, is my winner… as you say the light adds something special.

    My best wishes for the New Year!!! 🙂

  8. These are all wonderful photos Tina! My favorite is “above the clouds”. The serendipity of being there to capture those lower lying clouds in the valley below those beautiful mountains is just so very fortunate. The photography gods were smiling on you at that moment.

    • Thank you Amy – it’s always challenging to winnow down from thousands to just a few but a fun and rewarding exercise. One of my highlights for the year was absolutely sharing the challenge teamwork with you, Patti and A-C. Here’s to a marvelous, magical 2020 for us all!

  9. What an awesome gallery to showcase your year Tina 🙂 As I went through I started with that’s a favourite for me and by the end it was hang it, I love them all. Happy New Year Tina

  10. They’re all perfect, of course, but the one that stands out is your portrait of your niece’s daughter. It’s a memorable image, like a great painting, with all elements working together beautifully.

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  12. Such lovely images Tina. I hope 2020 brings you much joy, happiness and I know there will be lots more wonderful photographs too.

  13. Like sepia/monochrome portrait of your niece’s daughter (great-niece). It has that vintage feel. The other is the sun peeking through the clouds and mist.

    Hope you had a nice Christmas. With the new year ’round the corner, best wishes for a great 2020. I guess 2020 means we’ll have perfect foresight, present view, and incredible hindsight … well maybe. 🙂

  14. Wonderful collection, Tina. I picked four that move me: Superbloom, Impressions (I love what you did with that), Peeking Through, and Calm Before the Storm. Ant way you look at it, yours is a great lineup and a joy to look at.

  15. FUN challenge – yay!! Your shots of Glacier and AZ are my favorites, mostly because these are two of my favorite places. Happy New Year! Thanks to you all for another year of great challenges 🙂

  16. Wonderful images Tina, it’s lovely to see a few favourites again, especially ‘Lovely Light’. Thank you for hosting these lovely challenges for us and all good wishes to you and your family for a very happy New Year! xxx

  17. So many wonderful choices! Guess I would say the night heron is my favorite…they usually are just sitting so quietly so to see one with full wing spread is incredible!

  18. Other shots were more stunning, but the alligator and the three turtles made me look twice, at least. Who was first? Why aren’t the turtles afraid? It is a photo that won’t be forgotten.

  19. As usual, spectacular photos!!!! I think my favorite is the Glacier National Park, not only for the image but for your description of your ‘’Aha’’ moment. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful photographs during the year.

  20. Great collection of photos! I love that desert super bloom. With all the rain Phoenix got this winter, I’m expecting another super bloom spring.

    The black-and-white nostalgia photo is my second favorite. Nice job of “oldifying” the image!

    • Thanks John. You’re very lucky to be so near the super blooms when they happen. It was on your blog that I first saw/heard of them actually. “Oldifying” must remember that one! All the best to you in 2020

  21. Wow! Though all your photos are amazing, these photos certainly deserve the title “The Best Photos of 2019” 🙂 My most favourite is the one at Glacier National Park. I hardly imagine that such scenery is real.

  22. The blooms in the desert are spectacular. What a shot that first photo is. So often I find I am looking out over a gorgeous place and the photo I get, doesn’t do it justice. This one did.

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