2011 was a great year for me. I’m writing a blog, and this more than anything else really took me by surprise. I absolutely hated writing when I was in school, go figure. The Jeff Sinon Photography website is up and looking better all the time, and I have a Facebook fan page, almost 100 fans and still growing, Hint, Hint :-). If someone had told me five years ago that I would be doing any of this, I would have suggested they get their head examined.
This past year has also been a year of new friendships. Through my photography I have met many outstanding photographers, several of whom are becoming close friends. A few are regular companions as I travel the back roads and back woods of New Hampshire searching for new images to make. All have helped me see in new ways, and to grow as a photographer. To these wonderful people I say, Thank You.
To celebrate my first anniversary, I want to share some of my favorite images from the past year. In roughly chronological order, here are 25 of the images that I am most proud of from 2011.
Nubble Light in York, ME. The tail end of a passing weather front, combined with the light from the setting sun, gave the sky its pastel hues.
Sunrise At Tuckerman's Ravine. This is a favorite as much for the effort it took to arrive, as the beauty of the scene itself. Well worth the 3 a.m. start time for our hike.
A misty morning in Saco Heath during the rhodora bloom. Yes the boardwalk is a sketchy as it looks.
The Flume Gorge Covered Bridge. A covered bridge blanketed in snow, snow-capped peak in the distance. If this doesn't scream "New England in winter", I don't know what does.
A Jerry Monkman photograph inspired me to visit Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge. I found the trip, the view, and this image very rewarding. Thanks Jerry!
One of many image I've made on this abandoned farm in Jefferson, NH. I have visited several times and will likely return again.
You can often find beauty in unlikely places. The lowly skunk cabbage as work of art.
A dew drop catches the morning sun on the leaf of one of my favorite wildflowers, the painted trillium. This one was photographed in one of my "secret spots."
A nice pairing of two of New Hampshire's wildflowers. I found these bunchberry sharing space with a pink lady's slipper along the Sandwich Notch Rd. In The White Mountain National Forest.
Ready for take-off. This dragonfly patiently waited for me to take its picture.
St Matthew's Church, Sugar Hill, NH as seen from low in the lupine.
I had to share the field with more than a few ticks while making this photo. Sugar Hill, NH.
A father loon feeds a small fish to its young chick. I felt honored to be allowed such a close visit with these wonderful birds.
Another photographic goal achieved. I've wanted to capture an image of a young loon riding on the back of an adult for some time.
Civil twilight seen from just below the summit of Mt Washington, NH. The unfortunate passengers in the car still on the road are missing a spectacular show.
The "Home of the worst weather in the world," Mt Washington, NH. A drive to the summit, or in this case just below, to watch a sunrise is an experience I highly recommend.
A foggy sunrise at Odiorne Point, Rye, NH.
Sunrise over the rocky coast of New Hampshire.
The fall foliage provides a nice backdrop for this waterfall on Watson Rd. in Dover, NH. This image is part of a series of images I'm creating about Dover.
Due to a less than ideal foliage season, and a hectic schedule, this is one of the few fall foliage images I was able to make this year. This panoramic image is of Mt Chocorua over Chocorua Lake in Tamworth, NH.
Looking over the falls towards Central Ave. Dover, NH
The Cocheco Mill, its reflection in the Cocheco river above the falls. Mist from the waterfall hangs in the air above the buildings.
Sunrise over the Bellamy Wildlife Management Area, Dover, NH. One of my favorite pheasant hunting spots from my former life as an avid upland game hunter.
As the sun sinks towards the horizon, it casts a beautiful glow across the sands of Ft Foster in Kittery, ME.
The North Church in Market Square, Portsmouth, NH, at Christmas time. A well decorated Christmas tree sets the scene.