As a result, we are asking our Photo-remedy audience to select our Photo of the Year. From a cat who flipped this photographer her middle claw to several stunning natural wonders, there are 13 finalists to choose from.
All you have to do is take a look at (and hopefully appreciate) the options, and then select the one photograph that is worthy of being crowned ‘Photo-remedy Photo of the Year.’ The poll is offered at the bottom of this post. Here are the finalists, obviously in no particular order.
1. Sueltz Butterfly Is that the type of butterfly featured here? No, it was simply hanging out in our brother-in-law’s rather impressive Denver garden. Therefore, we named it after him. Thanks Dapper Dan Sueltz!
2. Dapper Ice Plants Again, a great garden produces lots of options and impressive amounts of photo-remedy.
3. Explosive Wedding We had to feature at least one of Will Gilstrap’s Photoshop creations.This photo was taken in early 2011 when our oldest son, Andrew, got married to our adorable neighbor, Katie Coronel. Will dressed up the groomsmen photo with some visual pyrotechnics. We are happy to report that Andrew and Katie are expecting a baby boy to join them in late January 2012.
5. Verde Canyon Railroad While living in Arizona, we have been blessed with the opportunity to experience a most interesting mix of domestic and international attractions and destinations. Yet, for the nearly twenty years we have lived here, we have failed to travel just an hour down the road to ride the scenic Verde Canyon Railroad. As part of our ongoing attempt to beat the 2011 summer heat, we finally corrected that omission. It was truly a memorable trip.
6. Boxer Rush When our daughter Amanda and her husband Stephen moved back to Arizona this year, they spent a couple of months living with us while they found a new home. Their time here gave us ample opportunity to fall in love with our first grandpup, Rush. Named after the famous UFC fighter Georges ‘Rush’ St-Pierre, this boxer loves to wrestle and run.
7. Blue Angels We had the good pleasure of visiting San Francisco during 2011 Fleet Week. The Blue Angels were the featured performers. Capturing the aerial acrobats in action was extremely challenging, but well worth the effort.
9. Sepia Tree This tree, near Boynton Canyon and Sedona, cried out for photographic preservation. The color version was interesting, but the Sepia tone development seemed to give it the ‘voice’ it needed.
10. An Angry Cat Our beloved Stella is both a lover and a fighter. I believe, however, this is the first time she was so bold as to flip me her middle claw. I can’t say I blame her. I imagine she gets tired of me pointing and clicking in her direction.
11. Prayerful Kitty Our daughter and son-in-law let me tag along this year when they attended the Phoenix Feline Association’s 19th Annual All Breed Cat Show. Cats are often accused of being aggressive beggars, but this little guy seemed to take it to a new level while on stage competing for ribbons and recognition. He certainly took a different approach than Stella.
12. Irish Arizona Being a ‘wee bit Irish,’ I’ve always dreamed of tipping a pint or two on the Emerald Isle. Not sure I’m up to traveling that far these days, but I’m holding tight to my dreams. Minus the coast and waterfalls, parts of a December drive through Arizona’s Tonto National Forest reminded me of some of the rocky Ireland scenery I’ve seen in photographs.
13. Big Cactus I must admit I love the Sonoran Desert. Many people don’t realize that Arizona is home to the world’s greenest, most flowering desert. This photo was taken during my December Tonto National Forest drive.
We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity–in the poll below–to rank our Best of 2011. Please vote early, vote often, and invite others to participate in this clearly un-scientific poll! We hope you had a great 2011, and that you are looking forward to an even better 2012.