Best of WunderPhotoes - Best of the Rest

By: RevMac , 5:03 PM GMT on December 18, 2009

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Hello WU Friends:

Prompted by a desire to enjoy some of the great WU pics in the archives and share them with you - I began the Best of Month blog series a year ago. As the year went on, I realized that I had missed some best of shots as my research got more complete as the months passed.

So here's one more blog in this series giving you a look at some of the highest rated pics on this site. Again, I've tries to find the highest/most rated shots of the photogs - so these shots are really selected by the raters. I usually post 60 shots per blog adding them over a couple of weeks - so check back if you want to see them all.

Thank you for all who have shared your stories and added comments this past year. I truly appreciate my world wide extended family on WU. A very merry Christmas to all of you.

Mitch

Black Lake, Michigan tornado (JeffMasters)
Tornado over Black Lake, Michigan, during the October 18, 2007 tornado outbreak. This tornado was rated EF1 with winds up to 94 mph. Damage consisted of a barn destroyed just north of M-68. The sporadic damage path up through Black Lake was 1/8 mile wide and around 10 miles long. Some tree damage was seen around Black Lake. The photo taken by Nathan Krinsky from the back deck of his home on Black Lake in northern Michigan, 15 miles southeast of Cheboygan. The sun was setting at 5:25 pm EDT when this photo was taken, and if you look closely, you can see a rainbow, thanks to the spray kicked up by the tornado.
Black Lake, Michigan tornado
Tonight's Aurora (Glacierwolf)
Small aurora that started right at sunset tonight. Stayed just a stream for most of an hour. Hopefully we will see more in the next few days. You can see more Northern Lights photos in my folder here and at my web site www.northpolegallery.com
Tonight's Aurora
Mt St Helens (olderthandirt)
volcanic sunset
Mt St Helens
In Flight (In2Graphics)
I was out looking for some geese in flight when I scared up this rooster pheasant (along with several hens.) It's about as close as I've come to one with a camera in my hands.
In Flight
Parting shot... (Tsurai)
Talk about luck... No, I did NOT wait for the gull to fly across the sun! But I am very glad it did.
Parting shot...
Looks like green velvet.......... (jaydee)
Very beautiful, also very cold(-35c)BBRRRR !! I thought I was gonna have frostbite getting these pics!
Looks like green velvet..........
Cardinal Close (BettyFrance)
This is just the broadside of a cardinal. Testing my new lens, and it works wonderfully. First auto focus telephoto I have had, and for these 75 year old eyes, it is wonderful. I fought getting it, but now I am glad to have it.
Cardinal Close
Multnomah Falls (Leia)
Very hard to take pictures of water falls while it is raining. I was wiping my lens off between every shot. The umbrella couldn't stop the water fall spray coming from the front or the rain that was coming in from the side. Still, I had a wonderful time seeing these HUGE falls.
Multnomah Falls
Find me (rideaugirl)
Eastern Screech-Owl.
Find me
There's Hope! (highground)
In a secluded valley just off San Pasqual Valley by the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
There's Hope!
Jogging trail parallel to Magazine St. in Audubon Park
Live oaks
Peaceful (Shutterbug73)
The fog traces the path of the Buffalo River in Arkansas' Ozark Mountains.
Peaceful
Disco Deer (AlteredStars)
There were four deer headed in my direction. I stopped in the road to let them pass. This one seemed as though it was dancing across the road as I snapped the photo through my windshield.
Disco Deer
Tufted Titmouse (icmoore)
I can never do anything with these feathers when they're wet!
Tufted Titmouse
Sneaking up (orville)
Sneaking up
Snow river (juststarted)
Snow river
Winterwonderland (Toine)
Winterwonderland
our caravana in Sahara (AigaLiepina)
our caravana in Sahara
Gate to the Winter (chelleke)
Gate to the Winter
Too risky (Agris)
Weather report were about 25 km/h winds. Instead this port town Ventspils got about 25m/s few hours ago. There is too risky enter into seaport. Stormy weather is reported in many paces around Europe Atlantic side today.
Too risky
Whiteout (TPB)
Wet snow changes everything.
Whiteout
Snow Party (hurugo)
My Favorite Sqirrel Tail Hat
Snow Party
Double-ended goat :-) (Leelee)
No, it's just two Valaisian (?) Goats lying together in the sun. The front parts of the animals are black, the hind quarters white, which achieves that funny result.
Double-ended goat :-)
forest lights (AnneAbrams)
forest lights
Welcome to Beauty (daisywv)
Early evening rain showers gave way to create a tube of foggy mist snaking through the New River Gorge.
Welcome to Beauty
Saw Whet Owl (mrclark321)
Saw Whet Owl
shelf cloud (blade)
This shot was taken on the 10th of july when a cold front moved thru chicago pushing hot and humid air in front of it , its called a
shelf cloud
Wall Cloud At Sunset (rsanders)
Storm moving through Hastings NE around 8:48 PM
Wall Cloud At Sunset
Lake Windermere (Wilson)
Sunrise at Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere
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Hummingbird learning to Feed! (sheridragonfly)
this little hummer was trying to figure out how to drink from a hummingbird feeder..It had not been off the nest long...and found some refreshing nectar I had made for it...
Hummingbird learning to Feed!
Funnel over the neighbors (slars)
This funnel became a tornado that traveled a 1-mile path while staying on the ground for 30 minutes! The damage began less than 1 mile from where this picture was taken.
Funnel over the neighbors
before she went over (goferbs)
This is a photo of a ship about to go down. The huge swells just beat her bad>
before she went over
Stirrup Lake (belspy)
Does not look like a stirrup at all, but it is too pretty not to take some pictures.
Stirrup Lake
Fly Me To The Sun? (Ralfo)
After taking pictures of the Sunrise this morning I was setting up my telescope to look at the Sun. Two miles east I noticed some airplanes that flew close to the Sun. One look like it was heading directly into the Sun. This is it!!!
Fly Me To The Sun?
Parhelia (flotlaunder)
Sun Dogs. As the sun got higher it created a double halo with coronas on both
Parhelia
Another view of Cedar Falls (slieb25)
Cedar Falls at Hocking Hills State Park near Logan, OH
Another view of Cedar Falls
Visit to zoo in Edinburgh.
after the storm (Brenda2724)
after the storm
Capitol Reef NP (JoeP)
Capitol Reef NP
Jewel Tones (Muunstruk)
Jewel Tones
Lightning - Oklahoma City (Duff8402)
For about the past month I've been trying to get some good lightning photos. I've had my Digital SLR for about a year and a half now, and am just now finally starting to get the hang of using it. I've been driving out to the middle of the country during storms trying to capture lightning, but every time I get to my destination and the storms are gone. This time I just stayed at home and propped up the camera on the tripod, kicked back in a folding chair with a cold one and some smokes and started snapping pictures with the remote control. 8 second shutter speed at 100 ISO seemed to get the best results. Out of about 150 photos, I had 15 REALLY good ones...this was definitely my favorite of them all though
Lightning - Oklahoma City
Monday Morning Rainbow (DenJ)
This rainbow made me late for work this morning. View looking at St. Thomas,US Virign Islands Airport.
Monday Morning Rainbow
Waterspout over the Gulf (ColleenG)
This waterspout was spotted off the north side of Sunshine Key.
Waterspout over the Gulf
Wasatch Range (rdragon)
Taken from Interstate 15 near Brigham City Utah
Wasatch Range
Clouds Over North Phoenix (LarrySmit)
Saw these neat looking clouds and figured I would share them with you all. Enjoy!
Clouds Over North Phoenix
North pole Sky (alaskarap42)
The Sky had something planned all along.
North pole Sky
Burning Rays (webgal)
Burning Rays
Anticipation (RidgeWrunner)
The Night draws near and we wait expectantly...
Anticipation
Pink Ambiance (PnDspgs)
Such beautiful colors tonight. The very last light of the day.
Pink Ambiance
Eyes On The Road Buddy! (AlaskaMatt)
Eyes On The Road Buddy!
Only The Lonely (Doesiedoats)
I can't explain the title, it's just what I happened to think of while lookng at it. The muted colors look a little like an impressionist painting; pastel-like.
Only The Lonely
Winter in Sitka (chesteronriver)
The Sisters loom above the fog while the afternoon sun shines on the Sitka waterfront. The morning fog gradually gave way to more and more sunshine during the six hours of daylight that Sitka has in mid-December. Of course, we'll take any sunshine we can get this time of year.
Winter in Sitka
natures mirror (kuuonu)
true black%white without any editing...
natures mirror
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Hazy Sunrise (13468)
Sunrise (pre-sunrise) at Pine Glades Lake in Everglades National Park. This was a favorite straight from the camera.
Hazy Sunrise
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Puppy's 1st snow (postpounder)
My sisters new puppy.
Puppy's 1st snow
The Snowman and Chickadee (Jayne)
The Snowman and Chickadee
First Snow (gemini)
Handy use of the tail for an umbrella.
First Snow

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25. RevMac
5:04 PM GMT on January 18, 2010
I really enjoyed sharing all these great pics with you over the last year. I appreciate the thanks from so many who posted comments - but all I did was research what the raters acknowleged as great shots. We can debate the system but when 100, 200, 300 or more folks think a picture's of high quality it's more difficult to question their collective judgment.

So photomom3 and kuuono, you're welcome, but you earned a spot in this blog.

PhillipDallas2534 and seflagamma, thanks for stopping by.


Now, it's on to a new project for 2010. I've been contacting many of the regular WU contributors asking them to choose their top favorite pics they've ever submitted. Then I'm grouping theme by themes of emotion / feeling.

So, if you want to join in, start by choosing your 5 shots and sending me the titles and the dates. Then I'll email you back with the theme choices.

The first theme will be photos that symbolize Strength. For some of us, we may need some inspiration in this area to make it through Winter or a difficult situation.

Thanks again for all the comments and stories provided for the Best of Blog Series. You all helped make this a rewarding experience for me and many others.

Mitch
Member Since: August 28, 2007 Posts: 17 Comments: 62
24. seflagamma
9:18 PM GMT on January 16, 2010
Hello Mitch,

I always enjoy spending time looking at your selection of photographs.

thank you very much and have a great weekend.

Gams

Member Since: August 29, 2005 Posts: 298 Comments: 40903
23. PhillipDallas2534
8:25 PM GMT on January 16, 2010
The picture's were just breath taking!
22. kuuonu
8:16 PM GMT on January 16, 2010
Hello Mitch!
sorry that it took so long to answer to you, but i am really glad, that my picture is here.
this image was taken in Estonia, at Soodla river. i must say, that this is one of my favorite places.
21. photomom3
8:07 PM GMT on January 09, 2010
Thank you so much for choosing my photo "Monday Night in Pittsburgh". I also am very honored to have been chosen :). My husband and I dropped off our daughter at college and this was my first visit to Pittsburgh. Earlier that day I bought a cheapy tripod at Walmart because I was told that the city was spectacular at night. My husband and I ventured into the downtown area and drove up onto a hill overlooking the city. It took my breath away! We got out of the car and picked out a spot to take some shots. I wasn't even sure how to set up the tripod :). It was a gorgeous sight! Thank you again!

Carol
20. synthman19872003
8:12 PM GMT on December 31, 2009
Hope you have a wonderful new year! =)

Member Since: May 18, 2006 Posts: 52 Comments: 4045
19. icmoore
5:18 PM GMT on December 31, 2009


Happy New Year, Mitch!
Member Since: July 18, 2005 Posts: 9 Comments: 4146
18. RevMac
4:30 AM GMT on December 31, 2009
Thanks Julia (Doesiedoats) - I checked out your excellent companion pic and added a comment on your blog.

And icmoore, you're welcome and we love the birds shots you capture in your yard!

Mitch
Member Since: August 28, 2007 Posts: 17 Comments: 62
17. icmoore
12:50 AM GMT on December 31, 2009
Hi Mitch and thank you for taking the time to put together your wonderful blogs! What a privilege to have my little Titmouse picture here in the company of all of those amazing shots!! The biggest population of bird species that visit my backyard are the Tufted Titmouse. I enjoy watching them year round and in the spring/summer they are particularly fun to watch as they learn to land and bathe.
Member Since: July 18, 2005 Posts: 9 Comments: 4146
16. Doesiedoats
5:28 PM GMT on December 30, 2009
Greetings Mitch and WunderGround Photo friends!

The saying goes "If at first you do succeed, try not to look amazed". Well I am amazed anyway. I am also very honored and pleased both with the AC and with the invitation to comment on my photo included here.

We had a low of 23 the morning of "Only The Lonely" and I looked out the window to see this awesome freezing fog and the slightly pink light. I wound up taking a total of 14 photos of different exposures and focal lengths, that I ultimately filtered down to 2. I selected the one you have already seen and apparently that was the right thing to do. But I still like the companion photo which I titled "Lonesome Is Me". I have just posted it to my Blog so you might see it if you wish.

As afar as editing is concerned, I bumped the contrast, nudged the hue and gave it a short sharpening.

Thank you all for your very kind comments and ratings on my efforts.

Regards & Happy New Year!

Julia (Doesiedoats)
Member Since: September 27, 2007 Posts: 1 Comments: 730
15. RevMac
3:54 AM GMT on December 30, 2009
Thanks postpounder, 13468 and highground for telling us more about your pics. Rod, I look forward to your D5000 shots.

Mitch
Member Since: August 28, 2007 Posts: 17 Comments: 62
14. highground
5:33 PM GMT on December 29, 2009
I had to really slow down and check each foto in this collection. AMAZING what folks are capturing!
The story behind the field of flowers is that is was winter and after days and days of seeing snow, ice, sleet and generally COLD stuff on WU, on my way home one day the patch of color caught my eye and I had to navigate a few dirt roads to get to where someone had sewn all those seeds. We don't get much snow and ice here in San Diego but we do get great sunny days.
LOVE the tiger shot now up in the AC section. Some friends pitched in and got me a new D5000 so mebbe when I figger it out I'll get a good tiger shot also....(hope hope) Rod
Member Since: November 4, 2002 Posts: 5 Comments: 96
13. 13468
3:14 AM GMT on December 28, 2009
Hi Mitch, I am thrilled to be part of your blog among so many talented, wonderful photographers on our fabulous site! I really like what you've done!

My Hazy Sunrise was taken during an early morning trek to Everglades National Park. The everglades can be quite interesting especially during the pre-sunrise hour and that morning was no exception. A brief hike around the lake led me to this spot. I took a few shots then stopped to reflect on wanting to "bottle that moment". I think we all get such inspiration from our captures and our buddies on WU. I look forward to seeing the rest of your pix Mitch. Thanks so much!!
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12. postpounder
2:04 AM GMT on December 28, 2009
Hello Mitch. I'm Honored also to make your blog.
The puppy's first snow was shot at my Niece's house. My sister is coming up from Indiana to pick here up for Christmas so I went out and shot a ton of pictures. She's a 8 week Golden Retriever, One of 10. One photo for a single frame and then the rest for a collage. Which I will give to her for Christmas. I had just bought the Nikon D300s and thank God for 7 fps. It really helps when trying to get those action shots. I also did the same for my other sister which lives close by. She also will receive the photo's for Christmas. It was a cold day and me and the pup were getting cold, They learn fast where to go to get warm, right up to the front door. As far as the photo being posted on your blog that will be my gift. Just what I wished for too.
Thank You Steve G
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11. RevMac
1:57 AM GMT on December 28, 2009
Greetings WU Friends:

I hope everyone is well. My family enjoyed a Christmas with all present (all five from my bio pic) - which was the best present.

Glad to see some of this months photogs adding their comments. Leelee, I hope you read the comment by masshysteria. This is one of the main reasons I started this blog - for others to enjoy shots in the archives.

RidgeWrunner, after reading your comment I love your shot even more - and my wife also makes the final call on a group of pics - I'd call on her opinion often.

slieb25, synthman19872003 and MissKitty2 - thank you for adding to the enjoyment of your pics with your stories.

And idzrvit, MNTornado, myvalleylil and masshysteria - thank you for stopping by with your well wishes.

Mitch

Member Since: August 28, 2007 Posts: 17 Comments: 62
10. MissKitty2
1:35 AM GMT on December 28, 2009
Thank you so much Mitch, for including my photo "Rooted" in your photo blog. I feel honored to be sharing space with these very talented photographers and their exquisite photos that you've gathered here.

I have made many trips to Selby Botanical Gardens over the years. It's a virtual smorgasbord of unusual and exotic flora set beside the bay near downtown Sarasota, FL.

This particular tree, the Morton Bay Fig, has always been a favorite stop of mine and I've always photographed it. But on this visit, the first since I became serious about my photography and with my new camera in tow, I took a shot of this tree from every conceivable angle, distance, zoom in, zoom out, etc. It was difficult picking a photo for submission but this was my choice. As it turned out, it was a pretty good choice.

Thanks again, Mitch, and especially for this great blog of photos you've put together. I wasn't even aware of it but you can be sure, I'll be checking often. It was my pleasure to share this 'wonder' with everyone at WunderPhotos.

~Helen (*;*)
Member Since: June 17, 2009 Posts: 1 Comments: 801
9. synthman19872003
1:03 AM GMT on December 28, 2009
Hi Mitch, I'm honored that you chose "Ladybug on a Daisy 2" to be added to your collection!

I guess you can say I got lucky with that shot, as I remember I was REALLY wanting her to stand still right in the middle of the flower so I could get a picture like this. Up until this shot, all she was doing was scurrying around the petals, which I suppose I was sort of chasing her with the camera, so I guess it was my fault too. Well, she finally did stop and "pose" for me right in the middle of the flower (almost like she knew I wanted her to), and in part thanks to her cooperation, I received my very first AC here on WU =)
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8. masshysteria
12:22 AM GMT on December 28, 2009
Hi Mitch!

Thanks so much for posting all these beautiful holiday treats! Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas and have a fabulous New Year! Love those Valaisian Goats -- you don't know which end is up! LOL's!!
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7. slieb25
3:22 PM GMT on December 27, 2009
Thanks Mitch for picking my "Another view of Cedar Falls" in your picks, I am most honored to be included in company of these many wonderful shots.

Cedar Falls is located in Hocking Hills State Park near Logan, OH. It is one of my favorite places to take nature pics. It was really my inspiration to do waterfalls as my specialty.

I probably have been to this waterfall 10 times over the past years and this has enabled me to plan when to attend for best lighting conditions. The way the light reflects off the back of the shot and the rocks in the foreground of this shot really is what makes it good IMO.

Again thanks and glad to share my experiences.
6. myvalleylil
9:55 PM GMT on December 26, 2009
Hi Mitch, It's a wonderful work you're doing here,just like Shane I've missed a lot of the amazing photos you picked for us and thank you a lot for that! Merry Christmas time to you and your family!
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5. MNTornado
7:40 PM GMT on December 25, 2009
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4. RidgeWrunner
11:40 PM GMT on December 24, 2009
Wow! I'm flabbergasted that my photo Anticipation has been so well received - and now to be selected to rub elbows with these world class offerings! I am honored.

As for the inspiration behind the photo, this was a 10-15 year snowfall for us, and with four kids, two of them five year old twins, this was a Very Big Event! My cabin has bright floodlights high on the gables, and when snow falls, much time is spent at the upstairs windows watching the snowflakes drifting down. I wanted to preserve that feeling of the lights and the snow. I ran around the yard to avoid tracks, and tried many shots to no avail. The flash was useless in the still falling snow and without a tripod my timed exposures were blurred. So with freezing fingers and a wet camera it was back into the house to grab a tripod. This time was more successful, but I couldn't get a clear view of the house for the trees. I kept circling and found a spot where lights seemed to jell, took a final shot, and ran shivering back to the warmth within. When I showed them to the missus, she scrolled through them, got to the last one and said, "post this one, that's pretty good..."

The rest is history...

Thanks, Mitch, for your efforts in compiling these wonderful views of the world we live in... your labor of love is greatly appreciated!

Long Live Wunderphotos!
Ridge
Member Since: November 29, 2007 Posts: 1 Comments: 6
3. Leelee
4:47 PM GMT on December 23, 2009
Thank you very much! I feel honored to see my "Double-ended goat" photo included here :-)

The story behind the picture is as described with the photo but I got some nice reactions from other WUG users. Some felt reminded of "push-me-pull-me" from Dr. Doolittle :-)

One wrote:

Like "Push Me-Pull Me" (the two-headed llama) from "Dr. Doolittle." :-) My boys were small when the movie "Dr. Doolittle" was famous. One day we took them to the petting zoo & there was a llama there. They began yelling, "A one-headed llama!"

I wish you a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!

Andrea
Member Since: April 25, 2003 Posts: 14 Comments: 126
2. idzrvit
5:22 AM GMT on December 22, 2009
WOW! You have been busy! When I first looked, you had under 10 photos here! Now 45!
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1. idzrvit
5:14 PM GMT on December 18, 2009
Hello Mitch! I can't wait to see the rest! I actually spend A LOT of time in the archives and you still manage to find some incredible photos I've never seen! Thanks for keeping this blog up! I have enjoyed it very much!

Have a great day!

Shane
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