Favorites of 2022


On the 11th anniversary of Jane’s Lens,  many thanks to my friends and the blogging community for your support and encouragement of my work. 

Thanks to my husband, Bob, a partner in our search for great locations, for patiently waiting and celebrating memorable moments. And to my family who inspire me everyday, I love you. Living close by has been rewarding and especially fun to see our granddaughters grow and thrive. 

Wishing you all a fantastic 2023 filled with kindness, creativity and happiness. 

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One of our first road trips of the year was to a favorite place, Big Sur. One morning it was a delight to see the land, water and sky meet in this spectacular way- I felt the freedom of being in this wide open space. 

Shot with my husband’s iPhone XS, ISO 25 1/700 sec @ f/1.8. I cannot explain why I did not have my camera with me! 

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Freedom

 

I love to find “tiny humans” on the landscape- captured in this moment in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Fujifilm X-T4, 35mm f/2 lens, 1/800sec at f/11, ISO 400 

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Haystack Rock Dreaming

 

It’s satisfying finding a unique perspective of the Golden Gate Bridge. This image embodies the feeling of foggy mornings on the bay.

iPhone 12 Pro Max, 1/1700 sec at f/2.2, ISO 20

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San Francisco Morning

 

I love studying nature’s small marvels. These tiny Echeveria blooms were a real challenge. 

Fujifilm X-T4, 90mm f/2 lens with a MCEX-16 macro extension tube, 1/15 sec at f/11, ISO 250, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod

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Echeveria Arch

 

This remarkable spot is not far from the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite. Given the severe drought in California, it was fortunate to find water for reflections. The sun setting on Half Dome was exciting and peaceful all at once.

Fujifilm X-T4, 18-55mm f/2 lens, 1/80 sec at f/8.0, ISO 800 

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Sunset Reflection, Half Dome

 

It is fascinating photographing succulents and cacti, and the Desert Garden at the Huntington provides many opportunities. This monochrome image celebrates all the prickly shapes and textures that are found here. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/640 sec at f/7.1, ISO 800

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Desert Garden

 

And speaking of prickly things… I laughed when I looked at these Cholla Teddybear Cactus through my lens. I could hear them calling, “Pick me, pick me!” 

Fujifilm X-T4, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/250 sec at f/11, ISO 200

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“Pick Me!” Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree

 

I found another unique vantage point to make this night shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The warehouse in the foreground reminds me of robots standing guard. 

Fujifilm X-T4, 18-55mm f/2 lens, 1/4 sec at f/4.0, ISO 1600, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod

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Night Delight

 

It’s lucky to find a Magnolia bloom that is low enough to photograph and the fact that it was fading past its prime was even more enticing. This image feels a bit like a Renaissance still life. 

iPhone 12 Pro Max, 1/320 sec at f/1.6, ISO 32

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Regal Magnolia

 

These two images illustrate how scenes exude different moods depending on the light and editing- modern clean line architecture vs vintage New York.

Fujifilm X-T4, 35mm F/2 lens, 1/50 sec at f/7.1, ISO 800

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Sunset Skyline, New York

 

Fujifilm X-T4, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/250 sec at f/11 ISO 200

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Early Morning, New York

 

I discovered these colorful beach rocks on a day trip to the Palos Verdes Peninsula – a reminder to always look down. 

Fujifilm X-T4, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/800 sec at f/11, ISO 400 

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Beach Rocks, California

 

You immediately become aware of the peacocks when visiting the Los Angeles Arboretum. They are strutting, squawking and roosting in trees. Luck was with me this day when a peacock unfurled its tail and I managed to get this lucky close-up.

Fujifilm X-T4, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/250 sec at f/6.4, ISO 1600

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Parading Peacock

 

A Pasadena sunset with the snowy San Gabriels in the background. Home. 

Fujifilm X-T2, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/80 sec at f/3.6 ISO 400 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod

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Good Night, Pasadena

 

Another year with our granddaughters who have gotten quite used to Grammy’s camera clicking away. Special kudos to Gramps for making them laugh! 

Fujifilm X-T4, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/800 sec at f/4.0, ISO 800. 

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Joyful Sisters

 

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” 

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

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138 comments

  1. You have such an eye for beauty, Jane. Seeing so many stunning images in one place almost took my breath away! The Emerson quote is so good I copied it and I’ll try to live by it! Thanks for sharing all this light and beauty with us.

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  2. Each of these photos is very special and I enjoy the diversity. It was interesting to see your notes on each image too. The quote from Emerson is lovely and gentle and I also wish you and all of us kindness in the year ahead. Kindness fosters so much!

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    • Hi Carol, It’s fun and instructive to look back on the year – I’m pleased you enjoyed the mix of subjects and their descriptions. Emerson’s quote is a reminder of what’s really important and I agree, kindness is the foundation for all! Thank you very much. 🙂

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  3. Wonderful series of pictures, Jane!! Masterpieces!!

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  4. What an excellent set of images, Jane. You and Bob certainly had a great year of travel. And Bob’s iPhone XS performed well in your capable hands. 🙂

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  5. Stunning, Jane. But blue and water has me every time so the first picture has to be my favourite. Although that pic of those smiling grandgirls are a close second. Everyone is getting so big.

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  6. These are fantastic images of the
    Thanks Anita NYC sky. I saw this child infront of the Rock.

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  7. Absolutely beautiful shots Jane. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary but more importantly thank you for sharing your glorious photos with us for eleven years. 🤗

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  8. These are fantastic pictures, all capturing something unique. I especially like your observation about the differences between the two NYC skylines and how your second picture is in black and white. And of course the joyful sisters – what better way to finish than with these two!

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  9. Isn’t it strange how the world can seem so big and so small at the same time. Your compilation of photos captures that for me. Wishing you a lovely new year!

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  10. OMG!! Your photos are absolutely amazing!!! I love the one with the little girl standing in front of Haystack Rock and I love the Freedom and the soft colours in the picture “Echeveria Arch” I love them all but the last one is my favorite in your amazing series of pictures. Joyful Sisters!! What wonderful joy they convey!

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    • Thanks so much, Anita, for your enthusiastic response- I really appreciate it! And it’s nice you’ve highlighted those images in particular. You won’t be surprised that I have a few thousand more photos of those Joyful Sisters, the light of our lives. Wishing you a great year ahead! 🌟🙂

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  11. Great year of images Jane. I really like that one of early morning New York!

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  12. Wow! Your work is stunning Jane! 💞

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  13. Man, it’s just one gobsmacking image after another. We’re not worthy! 🙂

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  14. Hi Jane
    What a joy to see your excellent pictures! We are very much impressed.
    Wishing you all the best and thanks for sharing your marvellous work
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  15. This 2022 review was a complete joy, Jane, thank you. I liked hearing about the places, enjoyed the RWE quote and your tribute to your family, your descriptions, and found pleasure in each and every photo. I love the fog photo at the GG Bridge, it instantly brought to me the hush that the fog brings. But the photo I really lingered over in complete respect was the magnolia flower. Those seeds cupped in the petal are truly precious. Light, color–magnificent. (I just cursored back again to look at the magnolia and have to say that the peacock was utterly delightful.)

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    • Hi Jet, Your response is a complete joy. Thank you for reading and taking the time to look at my images. I am mesmerized by the birds on the bay and was so lucky to capture that shot. The magnolia, perhaps a metaphor for the beauty found in later stages of life? And that peacock’s flashiness cannot be denied! RWE to me is a good yearly reminder of what’s important. Your blogging friendship is a gift. Can’t wait to see what you observe in the upcoming year- I always learn something new. 🌟

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  16. Remarkable photo gallery, Jane! Thanks for sharing your favorites with us. Lovely two sisters!

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  17. Hi Jane! Congrats 11th anniversary!

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  18. they are all brilliant! In particular the two kids, the black and white cacti photo and the very first one – what a beautiful sky!

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    • Thanks, Andy. You are partial to the black and whites, as am I. I have thousands of photos of those two kids, should you be interested. 🤣 So glad you enjoyed my year in review. Much appreciated! All the best to you in your travels this upcoming year! 🌟

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  19. Wonderful selection, Jane.
    I especially like the “San Francisco Morning”, so mysterious, shrouded in fog. But I also like the birds that seem very clear.

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    • Hi Rabirius, Happy new year! Hope your year is off to a great start. I’m glad you like SF morning in particular… I was very pleased with the clarity of the birds, and with my iPhone, it was a good get. Thanks so much!

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  20. Glorious pictures Jane and those images taken with the Canon Camera are breath taking🔥🔥🔥🔥

    My favorite one is that Night Delight and the Haystack Dream Rock, those are just impossibly shot🔥😍😍😍

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  21. A powerful set of gorgeousness is a weird phrase but that’s what comes to mind. Thank you for doing this as a wrap-up of your year – it’s nice to follow along. The opening salvo is fabulous. 🙂 The foggy GG Bridge composition with those birds is wonderful proof that sticking with a subject pays off. The “robots” standing guard there are terrific, too. I agree with you about the Renaissance atmosphere of your beautiful Magnolia as it wends its way home to earth. Another subject you’ve spent time with. The two NYC skylines are great and the beach rocks pair well with the peacock, too. It’s nice to finish with the girls – and in black and white, done beautifully! I would say more but we’re about to go out. Congratulations on a successful year, Jane. Let there be more!!

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  22. What a wonderful year! I don’t recall seeing ‘San Francisco Morning’ before … it is awesome. ‘Night Delight’ is a fantastic and fresh take on the bridge. You have such a wonderful collection. I really like ‘Goodnight Pasedena’ too for the wonderful color and melding of city and the bright peek at the mountains. Your work is always excellent and you are a photographer to admire! Good luck in 2023!

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  23. So many beautiful images to marvel at. Your artistry is truly inspiring Jane but I think I know you will agree with me that our grandchildren are our inspiration and never ending joy. Looking forward to seeing your photographic gems in 2023. 💕

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  24. All beautiful!

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  25. I love the tribute you give at the beginning of the post ~ it is reflected in your magnificent work. And had to laugh at the comment about your husband waiting patiently ~ it is easy for photographers to lose track of time and bearings 🙂 The first shot is fantastic and my favorite because it does have the feel of freedom… and it makes itself even more beautiful by being a shot from a phone. “It is not the equipment; it is the photographer!”
    Looking forward to seeing what you bring to us this year. Take care, Jane, and enjoy the new year!

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    • Thanks so much, Randall. I’m pleased you enjoyed this look back and tribute. Bob does deserve a lot of credit for his patience and good-natured support. I’m always surprised how many of my faves were shot with my phone. Perhaps it’s the spontaneity of the moment captured. I hope you are having a great time in your travels and that your year ahead will be filled with creative and exciting moments. Safe travels! 🙂

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  26. “Desert Garden” reminds me of home and the things that I miss most. Thank you

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  27. It brings joy to see these excellent photos. Thanks for sharing and good light in 2023.

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  28. Every picture is better than other you are really great 👍 ❤️ I loved it 😍 👏👏👏

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  29. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  30. A beautiful selection and collection. I wish you much love and many clicks in 2023.

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  31. Jane it’s a joy to see your photos from last year. They are fantastic. I also really enjoy your comments on each one although Emerson’s quote is poignant. My the new year bring you success and beauty.

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    • Thank you, Tim. Glad you enjoyed my descriptions, as well. I can manage to do that once a year. 🙂 And the Emerson quote a favorite reminder of what’s important. Wishing you a great year ahead filled with creativity and beautiful moments.

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  32. What a fabulous selection of favourites from last year! I can absolutely see why you’ve picked each one. Among them the Big Sur, foggy Golden Gate Bridge and Half Dome stand out. And aren’t your granddaughters cute?!

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  33. All so lovely. May your 2023 be a blessed year for you and your family.

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  34. Wonderful work Jane! Great subjects, beautiful composition, lighting, and treatment.

    Michael Iantosca

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  35. I always love that peacock! What a remarkable creature.. and you have captured the extreme detail!

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  36. What a beautiful overview, I like all your shots but the second one I like the most. A small child in a big, big, big world 🙂

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  37. Each one better than the last … I can’t even pick a favorite among these gems! Happy New Year, Jane. You have such a talent.

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  38. Terrific all, Jane, but the emptiness in the first (in all the best ways) took my breath away as did the peacock. I never leave disappointed.

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  39. A fabulous collection! Oh how I recall the Freedom pic. Believe it or not, I frequently think about that glorious image. Love the wide range of images you selected. Of course, I’m sure the last one is extra special. Thanks for sharing, Jane!

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    • Thank you, Frank. That’s so nice that you recall that photo–in reviewing, I was surprised it was with Bob’s X iPhone. (he’s since upgraded!) Pleased you enjoyed the review. Wishing you many happy beach walks and inspiring stories in the new year.

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  40. Beautiful recap, Jane. Your grandgirls are adorable! ❤

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  41. Well, this is a marvelous collection of favorites, Jane. If I were to pick a colour photo I would choose the peacock for it’s sheer abundance of bright pride. Early morning, New York I find a perfect B&W picture.

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  42. Tremendous choices, and each is a delight – from all the architectural ones, I find the New York images so exciting. Anyway, thanks, as always, for sharing, and I’m looking forward to your 2023 images!

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  43. I think you have succeeded on many counts Jane. Mr Emerson would be, and you should be, very proud. Great photos as always. I’ll look forward to many more fantastic photos in 2023. 😊

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  44. Great memories, thanks for sharing them with us.

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  45. An eclectic collection of very memorable moments!

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  46. Great photography. My guess is that this is not the first time you’ve taken pics 🤭 Happy 2023!

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  47. Fabulous post on many levels, Jane. What a treat!

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  48. Wonderful group of photos, Jane. I especially like the Echeveria blooms photo. It’s a beautiful composition. I also like the peacock shot. They used to roam around the Minneapolis zoo but I don’t think they ever wandered away. They had a good home and they knew it.

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    • Hi Ken, Thanks! I’ve gotten into macro shots and those tiny blooms are a wonder. Peacocks are beautiful and a bit nerve-racking. I was happy I had a telephoto ready! Wishing you a wonderful year ahead. 🙂

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  49. These are gorgeous images Jane, especially the first one, the peacock, and the sky at Pasadena. Kudos on your love for family, nature, and life.

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  50. Absolutely lovely work, Jane! Wishing You, Bob & Family all the Best in ’23!

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  51. Very beautiful photography as always, Jane! The iPhone did a nice job filling in for your real camera. The sisters are so adorable! ❤️🥰

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  52. Ethereal Jane. Yosemite and Pasadena are epic!

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