10
Jan
Still have a few more Best of 2012 galleries to post before we start with 2013. This time its my favorite Nature/Scenery from the year. Very rarely do I actually go out intending to cover nature but since I almost always carry my camera with me it leads to most of these random photos.  Enjoy!

Still have a few more Best of 2012 galleries to post before we start with 2013. This time its my favorite Nature/Scenery from the year. Very rarely do I actually go out intending to cover nature but since I almost always carry my camera with me it leads to most of these random photos. Enjoy!

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A winter storm dumps rain near Lake Pleasant near New River, AZ.

A winter storm dumps rain near Lake Pleasant near New River, AZ.

Aerial view of a hazy day over downtown Indianapolis, IN.

Aerial view of a hazy day over downtown Indianapolis, IN.

A parking sign disrupts an otherwise paradise looking scene near La Jolla, CA.

A parking sign disrupts an otherwise paradise looking scene near La Jolla, CA.

The sun sets as waves crash along the coastline in Point Loma, CA

The sun sets as waves crash along the coastline in Point Loma, CA

A wild iguana swims out to our boat in the Blue Lagoon in Miami, FL during a fishing trip/

A wild iguana swims out to our boat in the Blue Lagoon in Miami, FL during a fishing trip.

Aerial view as clouds build along the gulf coast near Tampa, FL.

Aerial view as clouds build along the gulf coast near Tampa, FL.

A bird hunts from the cover of a bush along the Blue Lagoon in Miami, FL.

A bird hunts from the cover of a bush along the Blue Lagoon in Miami, FL.

A wild iguana suns itself on a wall along a canal through neighborhoods in Miami, FL.

A wild iguana suns itself on a wall along a canal through neighborhoods in Miami, FL.

The world famous Hollywood Sign as viewed from a hotel in Hollywood, CA.

The world famous Hollywood Sign as viewed from a hotel in Hollywood, CA.

A fishing boat heads out onto Lake Pleasant at sunset.

A fishing boat heads out onto Lake Pleasant at sunset.

Lightning strikes south of Chandler, AZ as viewed from atop South Mountain during a summer monsoon storm.

Lightning strikes south of Chandler, AZ as viewed from atop South Mountain during a summer monsoon storm.

A bolt of lightning strikes from a thunderhead south of Chandler, AZ during a summer monsoon storm.

A bolt of lightning strikes from a thunderhead south of Chandler, AZ during a summer monsoon storm.

Lightning strikes near downtown Phoenix, AZ during a summer monsoon storm.

Lightning strikes near downtown Phoenix, AZ during a summer monsoon storm.

Smoke glows orange as a lightning sparked wildfire burns in the desert south of Payson, AZ.

Smoke glows orange as a lightning sparked wildfire burns in the desert south of Payson, AZ.

A saguaro cactus stands in the foreground as the mountainside burns during a wildfire sparked off by a lightning strike during the summer monsoon season.

A saguaro cactus stands in the foreground as the mountainside burns during a wildfire sparked off by a lightning strike during the summer monsoon season.

Water drops on my lens from an afternoon monsoon storm are lit up by the setting sun. The smoke on the left is from a lightning induced wild fire.

Water drops on my lens from an afternoon monsoon storm are lit up by the setting sun. The smoke on the left is from a lightning induced wild fire.

A bald eagle grabs a rainbow trout from Woods Canyon Lake near Payson, AZ.

A bald eagle grabs a rainbow trout from Woods Canyon Lake near Payson, AZ.

Saguaro Lake is viewable in this aerial photo as the sun rises over the Arizona landscape.

Saguaro Lake is viewable in this aerial photo as the sun rises over the Arizona landscape.

Lightning strikes near Buckeye, AZ during a summer monsoon storm at sunset.

Lightning strikes near Buckeye, AZ during a summer monsoon storm at sunset.

The Transit of Venus is visible as a silhouette in front of the sun as it sets over the Arizona landscape.

The Transit of Venus is visible as a silhouette in front of the sun as it sets over the Arizona landscape.

The Brooklyn Bridge at night near New York, NY.

The Brooklyn Bridge at night near New York, NY.

A frog peeks its eyes above the water in a small retention pond near Joliet, IL.

A frog peeks its eyes above the water in a small retention pond near Joliet, IL.

A dust storm, or Haboob, makes its way across Scottsdale, AZ, during a summer monsoon storm.

A dust storm, or Haboob, makes its way across Scottsdale, AZ, during a summer monsoon storm.

The setting sun shines through the clouds creating a nuclear explosion looking photo during summer time storm shooting in Florence, AZ.

The setting sun shines through the clouds creating a nuclear explosion looking photo during summer time storm shooting in Florence, AZ.

A saguaro cactus stands tall beneath cloudy skies near Cave Creek, AZ.

A saguaro cactus stands tall beneath cloudy skies near Cave Creek, AZ.

The moon sets over the industrial portion of south Phoenix.

The moon sets over the industrial portion of south Phoenix.

A mother duck leads her ducklings across a small pond in a neighborhood near Indianapolis, IN.

A mother duck leads her ducklings across a small pond in a neighborhood near Indianapolis, IN.

Aerial view as storm clouds build near Las Vegas, NV during the summer monsoon season.

Aerial view as storm clouds build near Las Vegas, NV during the summer monsoon season.

Aerial view of swampland near the tip of the Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City, UT.

Aerial view of swampland along the edge of the Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City, UT.

Lightning accompanies a night time dust storm or Haboob as us locals call it during the summer monsoon storm season.

Lightning accompanies a night time dust storm or Haboob as us locals call it during the summer monsoon storm season.

The sun rises above the canyons along the Colorado River near Boulder, NV.

The sun rises above the canyons along the Colorado River near Boulder, NV.

An aerial view 35 thousand feet above Dallas, TX at night.

An aerial view 35 thousand feet above Dallas, TX at night.

View of desolate road to Hana along the Pacific Ocean on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

View of desolate road to Hana along the Pacific Ocean on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

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View of a beautiful black sand beach along the road to Hana on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

View of a beautiful black sand beach along the road to Hana on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

A rough road through the countryside on the southern portion of the Hawaiian island of Maui.

A rough road through the countryside on the southern portion of the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Next up in my Best of 2012 series is my Best of Football.


 
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3 Responses to “Best of 2012: Best of Nature/Scenery”

  1. Mike Moore says:

    Mark

    Fab stuff as expected ,love the iguana in the water and the frogs eyes above the waterline. I think the pics of the storm in Phoenix were some of your best ever.
    Have you ever thought of ( or maybe I missed) a couple of days at Bonneville.
    Keep em coming

    Mike Moore

  2. Chris Anderson says:

    Great stuff.

  3. Great images Mark! Don’t really like the new format of the blog :(

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