Saturday, December 29, 2012

Favorite photos of 2012

In 2012, I wrote 244 posts containing more than 3,500 photos. A few days ago I revealed my favorite posts of 2012. In this companion piece I show you my favorite photos of the year.

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White-lined sphynx (Hyles lineata), White Rock, AZ

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Porcupine tomato (Solanum pyracanthum), Davis, CA

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Protea ‘Pink Ice’, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

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Protea repens, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

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Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunshine’, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

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Leucadendron linifolium, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

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Kunzea baxteri, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

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Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

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Camellia japonica, Capitol Park, Sacramento, CA

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Delosperma cooperi, Davis, CA

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Rebutia krainziana, Davis, CA

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Astrophythum asterias, Davis, CA

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Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) and red bird of paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), Tucson, AZ

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Hesperoyucca whipplei, Tucson, AZ

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Boophone haemanthoides, Berkeley, CA

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Aeoniums, Alcatraz, CA

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Agave ‘Blue Flame’ and Agave ‘Blue Glow’, Succulent Gardens, Castroville, CA

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Dyckia ‘Silver Superstar’, Succulent Gardens, Castroville, CA

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Caruncled echeveria, Succulent Gardens, Castroville, CA

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Opuntia with fruit, Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek, CA

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Kalanchoe luciae ‘Fantastic’, Davis, CA

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Agave ghiesbrechtii, Davis, CA

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Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’, Davis, CA

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Crassula perforata, Davis, CA

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Aeonium ‘Catlins Hybrid’, Davis, CA

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Aeoniums and crassulas, Alcatraz, CA

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Sempervivum arachnoideum, Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek, CA

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Cycas revoluta, Davis, CA

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Ceiba speciosa, Davis, CA

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Agave multifilifera, Tucson, AZ

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Agave parryi var. huachucensis, Tucson, AZ

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Agave ‘Blue Flame’ and Aloe plicatilis, Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek, CA

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Agave ‘Blue Flame’ and lemons, Mill Valley, CA

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Agave ‘Blue Flame’ and lemons, Mill Valley, CA

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Dicksonia antartica, Mill Valley, CA

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Sequoiadendron giganteum, Mount Shasta, CA

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Quercus sp., Hakone Estate & Gardens, Saratoga, CA

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Fargesia robusta and Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’, Davis, CA

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Phyllostachys edulis ‘Heterocycla’, Hakone Estate & Gardens, Saratoga, CA

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Otatea acuminata ‘Aztecorum’, Foothill College, Los Altos, CA

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Phyllostachys edulis, Foothill College, Los Altos, CA

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Bambusa chungii ‘Barbellata’, Davis, CA

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View of San Francisco Bay, private residence, Mill Valley, CA

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Bastei and River Elbe, Elbe Sandstone Mountain National Park, near Dresden, Germany

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Colorado River from Mohave Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

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White Sands National Monument, NM

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Taos Pueblo, Taos, NM

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St Francis of Assisi Church, Taos, NM

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Abiquiú, NM

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Acoma Pueblo, NM

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Acoma Pueblo, NM

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Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, AZ

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Leaving Four Corners, AZ

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Mesa Verde National Park, CO

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Mesa Verde National Park, CO

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Arches National Park, UT

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Private residence, Davis, CA

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Leaves, Davis, CA

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Fall fruit, Davis, CA

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Arkansas Black apples, Placerville, CA

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Greenbelt in the fog, Davis, CA

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Tree silhouette in the rain, Davis, CA

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Palm trees and halo, Santa Cruz, CA

16 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing Gerhard. I love them all. Happy New Year. I am looking forward to your 2013 Photos.

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    1. Happy New Year, Laura! Here's wishing for a super exciting 2013! I'd love to visit you in the spring to see your garden paradise.

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  2. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing...

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  3. Wow there are some beauties there! I'm trying really hard to be happy that some Grevillea are hardy here in Portland and not be completely over the top jealous that the beautiful ones (as well as the Protea and Leucadendron) aren't...

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    1. I wish our winters were just a tad milder, then we could grow proteas.

      OTOH, my Grevillea 'Superb' is producing its first set of flowers. I can't wait for them to open up but that might take a while.

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  4. Wow, wow, wow!

    Your photography skills and quality of photos are superb Gerhard! It's difficult to choose which ones of them are our favourite as all of them look great. Looking forward to seeing what new photos you will feature in the coming new year :)

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, guys!

      Coming up next is a three-part post about the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. I was there yesterday and took 350 photos. Quite a few aloes were in bloom, others are getting ready to flower.

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  5. What an exhibition! It was a busy year with so many interesting and beautiful posts -- I hope 2013 will live up to the standard. ;-)

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    1. I don't plan on slowing down, and I hope you won't either. You set the bar very high with your own blog :-).

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  6. Wonderful, wonderful photos! I sometimes forget how very different the American southwest looks, almost like another world. I've never actually been there, but your photos make me itch to travel.

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    1. I agree, the Southwest is a completely different world. If I couldn't live where I live now, I'd probably move to Arizona or New Mexico. The land and the light are so magical, not to mention the plants.

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  7. Wow! Just gorgeous shots. I am glad you did not try to just pick one. THanks for sharing.

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    1. First I was going to pick 12 photos (12 for 2012) but then I decided to keep going. I'm never one for restraint, LOL!

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  8. Outstanding photography this year Gerhard! You were a busy guy going all over the place like you did! I hope to see more of you in the New Year. Have a nice time tonight and be safe! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Candy. That's high praise coming from a blogger you takes fantastic photos herself :-).

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