Top 10 Photos of 2016

The following gallery shows 33 finalists for my “Top 10 Photos of 2016.” The photos are presented in reverse-chronological order beginning in December 2016 and ending in May 2016.

The Top 10 photos will be selected using reader feedback. Please enter a comment at the end of this post listing the number for each of your 10 favorite photos. If listing 10 photos is asking too much, then please list at least five photos, e.g., No. 5, 8, 14, 17, 21, etc. Thanks for sharing your selections, and thanks for following my photoblog!

No. 1

The following specimen was collected on 16 May 2016 (with permission from park staff) along the Potomac River at Riverbend Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. (This studio photograph, taken on 25 December 2016, hasn’t been published in a post.)

No. 2

The next specimen was collected on 07 July 2016 along the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. (This studio photograph was taken on 02 December 2016.)

An Eastern Amberwing dragonfly (Perithemis tenera) exuvia collected from the Potomac River, Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

07 JUL 2016 | Potomac River | Eastern Amberwing (exuvia, head-on)

No. 3

No. 4

A Shadow Darner dragonfly (Aeshna umbrosa) spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female heteromorph.

14 OCT 2016 | JMAWR | Shadow Darner (female heteromorph)

No. 5

No. 6

No. 7

No. 8

No. 9

No. 10

No. 11

No. 12

No. 13

No. 14

No. 15

No. 16

No. 17

No. 18

No. 19

No. 20

No. 21

No. 22

No. 23

No. 24

No. 25

No. 26

No. 27

A mating pair of Slender Spreadwing damselflies (Lestes rectangularis) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This pair is "in heart."

24 JUN 2016 | HMP | Slender Spreadwing (mating pair, “in heart“)

No. 28

No. 29

No. 30

No. 31

No. 32

No. 33

Editor’s Note: The following location codes are used in some photo captions, shown above.

Copyright © 2016 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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20 Responses to “Top 10 Photos of 2016”

  1. Pete Hillman Says:

    What a fantastic selection of images! They are all superb, but here are my ten, in no particular order: 18, 8, 10, 11, 30, 17, 2, 28, 16 and 15.

  2. lurker Says:

    29 – 19 – 4 – 8 – 23 – 3 – 13 for sure my faves,
    followed by 17 – 22 – 25
    it is torture trying to pick 10

    I get a kick out of your pictures and descriptions, and from time to time your enthusiasm for a particular subject brings a smile to my face. :o)

  3. Erin Says:

    They are all great shots!! My top 10 are: 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 18, 22, 29, 32

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Fred S Says:

    Nice selection Walter and thanks for all your ID help this year. My favorites in no particular order are 5,6,9,13,18 (excellent),19,24, 25, 32.

  5. Mike Powell Says:

    My absolute favorite is probably either 18 or 21. The other picks for me. in no particular order. are 5, 9, 13, 16, 17, 22, 24 and 25.

    • waltersanford Says:

      Thanks for voting, Mike! We share some of the same faves, probably a result of the fact that we visit many of the same places. I’ll say more after the poll is closed.

      • Mike Powell Says:

        It was tough for me to try to be objective, because I know how rare and unusual some of these species are in our area. When I am the one pushing the shutter button in those circumstances, a certain amount of emotion is attached to the moment and to the corresponding images. That tends to make certain photos special to me for reasons that others may not fully grasp. I suspect that you have similar feelings about some of your images, judging from some of your posts about new finds.

  6. Mike Boatwright Says:

    Love them all, but if I have to pick…3, 5, 8, 28, 33, 24, 13, 27, 19,10

    • waltersanford Says:

      Thanks for voting, Mike B. I’m too close to the photos to be completely objective, plus as Mike Powell said, I’m biased by the fact that I know how challenging it was to find some of the subjects.

  7. Dawn October Says:

    Hey Walt, these are too fabulous to rate but since you asked ….
    19, 13. 32, 4, 30, 29, 16, 18, 21, 23
    I have really enjoyed viewing these. Thank you for asking!!! Happy New Year. Tif

  8. Ted Carmody Says:

    6,8,13,16,17,18,21,29,30,32

  9. Daryl Elliott Says:

    5
    7
    9
    10
    11
    18
    21
    23
    25
    32

  10. Susan Kinsley Says:

    Oof, that was tough…so many fabulous shots.

    10 and 11 are definitely at the top of my list, with 23, 22, and 32 a close second. Then, 16, 18, 30, 6, and 8 in no particular order.

    Always awed by your talent!

  11. Jacki Morrison Says:

    Wow. That was difficult. It was also hard to just focus on the composition and not my favorite species, but here is what caught my eye in order: 2, 28, 13, 16, 14, 18, 19, 29, 8, 6. I had a hard time not including #10, that was beautiful. I will try not to go back and second guess myself now, tempting as that may be!

    Excellent work, Walter. I always enjoy your images and posts.

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