Another 12 From 12

This weeks weekly photo challenge theme is “My 2012 In Pictures.” 

Well as luck would have it I had already done a post of my favorites from the past year HERE. Let me tell you, it wasn’t an easy task narrowing it down to 20 for that post!

BUT

Never one to pass up a challenge, here are another dozen, give or take, images from the past year that I’m rather pleased with.

Don’t forget, there’s still time to vote for your favorite image that I’ve shared this year! 

Details and rules (Please read them carefully) are HERE.

Through The Lens, My Favorite 12 From 2012.

What a year! 

2012 has been an unbelievable year. I’ve created more commissioned work for others, and more of my work is finding its way onto people’s walls. I also feel I’m continuing to learn and grow as a photographer. I’d like to share with you my favorite 12 images from the past year.

(For this weeks Weekly Photo Challenge theme: Surprise. The “surprise?” I can’t count, my favorite 12 of 2012 is actually 20! Enjoy!)

 

 

Didn’t see your favorite Jeff Sinon Photography image? Well then click HERE and cast your vote and you could you see it in the upcoming “Fan Favorites Of 2012,” AND you’re vote automatically enters you in a chance to win an 8″ x 12″ copy for your very own. Contest details and rules here

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

Fauna.

A tiny, brightly colored juvenile Eastern Newt, commonly referred to as a Red Eft, crawls along the forest floor. It's bright orange skin stands in stark contrast to the surounding litter of leaves, twigs, and bits of tree bark. All seemingly insumountable obstacle for this delicate little amphibian.

You won’t find a much more delicate creature roaming the forest floor than the juvenile Eastern Newt, commonly known as the red eft. This little guy (gal?) was only about 2 in. (5cm) and very hard to miss, with such bright orange skin, as I was strolling along the trail. The adults are much less showy in color, and can reach a length of 5 in. (12.7 cm) and can live between 12 – 15 years in the wild.

Flora.

A single pink rose pagonia, a wild orchid found in peat bogs, itsdelicate pink petals covered in morning dew

Photographed on the same day as the Red Eft above, this Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides), a wild orchid found typically in fens and bogs. Also known as the snake mouthed orchid, this beautiful specimen was beautifully crowned with dew when I photographed it.

The clock is ticking…

Don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite Jeff Sinon Photography image from 2012! Details and rules HERE.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

My beautiful blue eyed daughter Nicole in her leopard print winter coat. Sitting in a tree smiling down at me.

What have I got to be thankful for? Where do I start?

My wonderful wife, who supports me in every way, and is extremely supportive of my efforts to further my photography. Who never, okay, mostly never, complains when I disappear for days on end in pursuit of my next photograph. She truly is my better half.

My beautiful, unbelievably intelligent daughter (above). Nothing gives me greater pleasure than the sparkle in her eyes, and there is no better sound in the world than the sound of her laughter. She is the light of my life.

My camera. My camera has brought me to amazing places, and introduced to some amazing and talented people. It has enabled me to see the natural world around me as never before.

And finally, you, my fans and followers. You all keep me inspired to create new, and better images, to become a better photographer. For all your support I thank you.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

Green, 

My first thoughts are of Spring, and new growth. But with Winter rapidly approaching, and the snow that will hopefully come with it, the vibrancy of Spring green is a long way off.

However, several of the images below were captured in the dead of winter.

For those of you thinking “I’d like to create amazing photographs but I don’t have a big fancy DSLR.” Take a close look at the image of my friend Melissa sprawled out on the ice. That’s a Canon G11 in her outstretched hands. Now take a look at the images she makes with it, here. I often envy her ability to put all her gear in her pocket when we get together to shoot.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

Renewal = Spring .

Though it’s hard to imagine, with winters icy grip, and its cold white coating of snow, just around the corner, for me when I think of renewal, I think of Spring. Spring is the time of renewal. Soon after the snow melts the wildflowers will begin to emerge and the young animals and birds will soon begin to be born. A new generation is about to commence.

Coming soon…

…to the Spring-time forest near you.

Painted Trillium

Close up of the white petals, with the band of deep pink at each petals base, of a painted trillium.

Pink Lady among the birches.

Pink Lady’s Slipper orchid.

Pink lady's slipper orchid standing next to a small white birch tree, the hint of another flower can be seen in the softly out of focus background, along with the leaf littered forest floor. Dappled sunlight lights the foreground flower seemingly from within. 

The Next Generation.

And soon there will be four.

Canada goose eggs sitting safely in their down lined nest.

Close up of four off white canada goose eggs, all nice and cozy in their down lined nest.

Siblings.

A pair of black bear cubs and their sleeping mother.

A black bear cub stands against a tree, front paws on the rough bark, appearing to look right out of the image and directly at you. It's sibling looks up, almost as if looking up in awe at an older more experience brother, from its comfortable resting place, nestled snuggly against  their sleeping mother.