Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

11 Best Photos of 2011


In a year that took me all over the world, I probably took at least 10,000 photos before paring them down to a manageable 3,000 or so.

And some of them stand out more than the others.

Here are my 11 best photos from 2011:

Wolfgang Zee, Austria.  This was a stop on my Sound of Music tour and coming over a hill and seeing this lake simply took my breath away.  I’d love to go back to Austria and see more of the Salzkammergut region, which is filled with lakes like this.

Doorway in Ubud, Bali.  One thing I love about Bali is how much art is incorporated into people’s homes.  I was walking down a side street and just happened to get a shot of a random doorway — that happened to be guarded by the Hindu god Ganesh!

Sunset in Fethiye, Turkey.  This lovely, summery village was filled with hundreds of sailboats — which made it photogenic at any time of day.  I was sitting in a cafe as this was taken, and waited until the sky was its pinkest to take the shot.

Wadi Rum, Jordan, at Sunrise.  Probably my coolest shot of the year, this was taken atop a camel in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan as the sun rose.  An experience I will never forget.

Summer nights in Boston, Massachusetts.  This is my favorite time of year in Boston — when it’s hot, the sky is indigo, and it feels like you could stay out all night.  This was shot on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, dividing the North End and downtown.

Descending Mount Snowdon, Wales.  When we climbed Mount Snowdon, we were in a cloud at the top — so when we descended, we were thrust into sunshine again.  I love the understated beauty of the British countryside, and it couldn’t have been a more beautiful day.

Chef at Casa Artusi, Forlimpopoli, Italy.  My final adventure on the Delicious Emilia-Romagna trip in Italy was learning how to make pasta at Casa Artusi cooking school.  As our chef poured our celebratory wine, I took this shot — and immediately knew it had to be in black and white.  I love the contrast; I love how she’s posed.

Hoi An, Vietnam, at dusk.  Hoi An was such a beautiful town with its yellow buildings and red lanterns — but if you go during twilight, when the sky turns lavender, that brings it to the next level.

Perama Island, Lombok, Indonesia.  This was the first stop on my ill-fated cruise to Komodo Island — but what a sunset.  This is exactly how a sunset on a deserted beach should look.

Clarke Quay, Singapore.  I spent my time at Clarke Quay taking pictures, and this one was a challenge, as I had no tripod.  I’m happy with it — it’s such a Singaporean image!

Sunset over Lake Chocorua, New Hampshire.  I grew up camping in the White Mountains, but I had never seen Lake Chocorua, just north of our campground, White Lake, in Tamworth.  We got there just in time to capture the sun as it slipped behind the mountain.

Which photo do you think is the best?

Like these photos?  Check out my 2012 travel calendars, all from my own photography!

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25 Responses to “11 Best Photos of 2011”
  1. Vi says:

    My pick is Chef at Casa Artusi 🙂

  2. Betti says:

    Wadi Rum, hands down

  3. Amy says:

    Either Mount Snowdon or Austria! love them both and cannot choose.

    Great photos – what a year!

  4. Jaime says:

    The last photo is def my favorite… because I am a sucker for Sunsets. Great shots!!!

  5. Amanda says:

    Nice photos, Kate! I, like Jaime, am a sucker for sunsets – so I really love all your sunset pictures!

  6. Kristen says:

    Wadi Rum, the chef, and Sunset over Lake Chocorua. I can’t pick which one is my fav cuz they r all great. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Larissa says:

    Looks like it was quite the year! And here’s to an even better 2012. P.S. Vietnam just shot way up on my list!

  8. John says:

    Love the shot of Mount Snowdon…what time of day is that at? The colors are beautiful.

  9. choutos says:

    I like the Wales one! Great photo Kate.

  10. Nasstaja says:

    Nice photos! For me, It’s a ty between austria and the sunsets…

  11. I pick the Hoi An photograph because it shows people. Nothing says travel better to me than seeing the people who live where we go. All 11 are beautiful though. Especially like the way you shot the shadows in Jordan.

  12. the snowdon or Wolfgang Zee, i just love the view of green mountains, specially when combined with waters…i think i’d go for austria better!

  13. The Wolfgangsee looks amazing, I have to make sure to put it on our itinerary for our next visit to Austria. My other two favorite pictures are the silhouettes of the camels in Jordan, and the reflection of the sky in the last one. Oh and the photo in Ubud – gets us excited for Bali! Happy Holidays!!

  14. vira says:

    I vote for the one in Turkey! (It was a tough choice..)

  15. Jo says:

    Stunning pictures, Kate! Merry Christmas! 😉

  16. Ed de Hoogd says:

    Chef at Casa Artusi, Forlimpopoli, Italy. Is my favorite picture. made in this time but so much past in it.

  17. Amazing shots! Can’t pick a fave, sorry!!!

  18. Laura says:

    What a great collection of photos! For me it’s a tie between Wadi Rum and New Hampshire! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

  19. Cam says:

    Great photos – I like the last one best 😉

  20. Nice compilation Kate and like the Ganesh shot. Very nice. Its important in a hindu house to have a Ganesh facing the entrance – it welcome’s guests into their homes.

  21. Nice photos, enjoyed viewing them.

  22. these pictures are all amazing!!!! i envy all the cool places you’ve been to in 2011 Kate 🙂

  23. John Calhoun says:

    Wadi Rumm, no contest. I have over 18,000 desert images on my computer and those of Wadi Rum are my favorites. I hope I get to go there someday.

    John Calhoun,
    Fort Collins, CO

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