My Favorite Photos of 2014

As 2014 came to a close, I reflected back on the year's photos.  I enjoyed our local Boerner Botanical, Chicago Botanic and Madison's Olbrich Botanical.  I took classes to refine my skills in macro and portrait photography.  I enjoyed the many wild flowers that grow in Wisconsin. My travels included Peru in August and Vienna in December along with some short trips and events in Wisconsin.    I have selected some of my favorites from the 50,000+ photos that I took throughout the year.   All-in-all it was quite a photo year!

"Windpoint Lighthouse"

on Lake Michigan, Racine, Wisconsin

It was a cold day in January 2014. The morning lighting was perfect.  I loved the contrast and detail that I captured. 

Dawn's Early LightWindpoint Lighthouse, Racine, Wisconsin

"Dawn's Early Light"

Another cold, wintery day at Windpoint Lighthouse in Racine.  I almost missed the shot because I didn't have an SD card in my camera!  The sunrise reflected on the snow and the silhouette  of the trees and building make the photo warm and interesting. 

"Flutterby Lunch"

Taken at the Milwaukee Public Museum Butterfly exhibit for my Macro Photography Class.  

A much different point-of-view from the usual butterfly shot.  

"A Floral Bouquet"

Another macro shot with light painting, where you control the emphasis. 

"Windy City Skyline" 

At the St. Patrick's Day celebration in Chicago, I took the architectural boat tour.  

Morning light from the east made the building colors very vivid.

"A Purple Poppy?"

No, it is an Anemone coronaria found at Chicago Botanic Gardens.  It was an indoor display with excellent lighting.  I loved the vivid color and texture. 

"The Perfect Trillium"

While hiking in Spring, I found a wooded area that was full of wildflowers.  With evening light, this trillium was displayed at its best.

"A Dewy Morning"

Boerner Botanic Gardens, Hales Corners, Wisconsin

"Perfect In Pink" 

Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners, Wisconsin "Sculptured Peony"

Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners, Wisconsin

"A Single Peony"

Boerner Botanical Garders, Hales Corners, Wisconsin

"A Little Sun, A Little Rain"

Boerner Botanical, Hales Corners, Wisconsin

"A Most Delicate Rose" 

Chicago Botanic, Glenview, Illinois "A Late Afternoon Ride"

Olbrich Botanical, Madison, Wisconsin


Chicago Botanic, Glenview, Illinois

"Lotus Blossom"

Chicago Botanic, Glenview, Illinois


My favorite from Portrait class. 

"Machu Picchu"

It was so awesome to see the sun come up over the surrounding mountains and illuminate Machu Picchu. 

"Fountain in Plaza de Armes"

Cusco, Perú

"Iglesia de la Compania"

Cusco, Peru 


"Holy Hill Basilica"

Hubertus, Wisconsin

"Fall Hills"

Western Wisconsin near Cashton, Wisconsin

"Ottawa Canyon"

Starved Rock State Park, Utica,  Illinois

"Grassalkovich Palace"

Bratislava, Slovakia

"Christmas Market"

Bratislava, Slovakia


Vienna, Austria

"Christmas Market in Museum Square"

Vienna, Austria

"Church of St. Michael Steeple"

Vienna, Austria

"O Christmas Tree"

North Cape Lutheran Church,  Franksville, Wisconsin