Picture #01: (Above) Fog and clouds rising over trees in forest along the Bolinas-Fairfax Ridge, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, California – (Click here to Purchase Prints or License Usage.)

Please enjoy this year-end collection of my favorite thirteen images made throughout 2017. (#13 is a lucky number in our family.) I’d love to know which one(s) you like if you’d care to leave a comment in the comment section below. 

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I also want to wish everyone a fantastic, happy, and safe 2018!

Picture #02: Morning light on a snow-covered Mount Tom in winter over the Owens River near Bishop, Inyo County, Eastern Sierra, California

Image: Morning light on a snow-covered Mount Tom in winter over the Owens River near Bishop, Inyo County, Eastern Sierra, California
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Picture #03: Mount Morrison in Winter (B&W), Mono County, Eastern Sierra, California

Image: Mount Morrison in Winter (B&W), Mono County, Eastern Sierra, California
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Picture #04: Sunset light on the Na Pali Coast from Pu’u O Kila Lookout, Kauai, Hawaii

Image: Sunset light on the Na Pali Coast from Pu’u O Kila Lookout, Kauai, Hawaii
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Picture #05: Sunrise over wildflowers in the Temblor Range, Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Image: Sunrise over wildflowers in the Temblor Range, Carrizo Plain National Monument, California
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Picture #06: Backlit Cottonwood tree in fall, Big Pine, Inyo County, Eastern Sierra, California

Image: Backlit Cottonwood tree in fall, Big Pine, Inyo County, Eastern Sierra, California
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Picture #07: Sunrise over rolling green hills in spring near Petaluma, Sonoma County, California

Image: Sunrise over rolling green hills in spring near Petaluma, Sonoma County, California
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Picture #08: Young woman fishing from rocks at sunset near Kahili Point, Big Island of Hawai’i, Hawaii

Image: Young woman fishing from rocks at sunset near Kahili Point, Big Island of Hawai'i, Hawaii
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Picture #09: Palapas on sand beach on a stormy morning near Playa Delfinas in the Hotel Zone, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Image: Palapas on sand beach on a stormy morning near Playa Delfinas in the Hotel Zone, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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Picture #10: Sunset over the Kona Coast at Holuahoa Bay, Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawai’i, Hawaii

Image: Sunset over the Kona Coast at Holuahoa Bay, Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawai'i, Hawaii
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Picture #11: Looking out over a sea of clouds at sunset from the summit of Mauna Kea (13,800′) toward Haleakala ( on the island of Maui), Big Island of Hawai’i, Hawaii

Image: Looking out over a sea of clouds at sunset from the summit of Mauna Kea (13,800') toward Haleakala ( on the island of Maui), Big Island of Hawai'i, Hawaii
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Picture #12: Stars at night over the Owens Valley Radio Observatory at Big Pine, Inyo County, Eastern Sierra, California

Image: Stars at night over the Owens Valley Radio Observatory at Big Pine, Inyo County, Eastern Sierra, California
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Picture #13: “Rise of the Mayan Sun God,” Crespuscular Rays (Sunbeams) behind cloud at sunrise over the Caribbean Sea from Cancun, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Image: Rise of the Mayan Sun God - Crespuscular Rays (Sunbeams) behind cloud at sunrise over the Caribbean Sea from Cancun, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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If you made it this far, Wow – Thank you so much for looking at all of these images. Again, if you’d care to leave a comment below, I’d love to know which one(s) caught your eye or you enjoyed the most.

And stay tuned as I’ll have another Best Of post coming within the next week or two. (You can get a free update notification when new material is posted on the blog by following the link below.)

Cheers and best wishes,
– Gary.

PS: Want to see more? Check out this Gallery of Favorites from the last few years.

PPS: As usual, I’m delighted to post this collection as part of the great Annual Best Photos Blog Project put on by my friend and fellow photographer Jim Goldstein



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Gary Crabbe is an award-winning commercial and editorial outdoor travel photographer and author based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, California. He has seven published books on California to his credit, including “Photographing California; v1-North”, which won the prestigious 2013 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal award as Best Regional title. His client and publication credits include the National Geographic Society, the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, TIME, The North Face, Subaru, L.L. Bean, Victoria’s Secret, Sunset Magazine, The Nature Conservancy, and many more. Gary is also a photography instructor and consultant, offering both public and private photo workshops. He also works occasionally a professional freelance Photo Editor.

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