2009 Favorites

Here we go…

It is becoming a tradition to post ones “favorite photographs of the year” right around Christmas and New Years holidays. I’ve done this for several years now, and I find it to be a bit of work and a bit of pleasure – fortunately more of the latter than the former! Since I post a new photograph at the blog every day there are a lot of photographs to review! On the other hand, I do enjoy taking one final comprehensive (but quick) look at what I posted over the past year and having a chance to be reminded of the great and diverse photographic opportunities I’ve had.

I want to point out that I describe these as my favorite photographs of the year and not necessarily my best photographs. This is important, I think, for several reasons. First, while I have some ideas about which photographs are my favorites, I find it a lot harder to figure out which might be my “best.” I may not be the best judge of that, and in some cases the photographs that I happen to think are potential “bests” may not strike a chord with others at all. Second, by calling them “my favorites,” I think I give myself permission to go way overboard and post far more images than I could justify under the heading of “best!” :-)

Yes, I did post a lot of photographs on this page.

What criteria did I use for selecting these photographs? They made it onto this page for one or more of a long list of possible reasons, including:

  • I felt like it. :-)
  • The photo is one that seems to appeal to a lot of viewers.
  • I think it has some merit that may not be immediately apparent to a casual viewer.
  • The image evokes pleasant associations with the place or the circumstances in which it was made.
  • The shot is representative of a subject that I spent time on this year.
  • Etc.

The linked title text above each photograph will take you to the original post of the photo where you can read more about the photograph.

Note #1: Since some of you are landing at my site for the first time on this page via links from other sites, I’d like to invite you to visit my home page, too, where I post a new photograph every day along with other articles, commentary, stories, and news.

Note #2: Feel free to leave a comment and let me know which ones you like! I’m always interested in understanding how viewers respond to my photography.

Note #2: There are a lot of photographs embedded in this page – please be patient if it takes a while to load. You may have to reload if too many others are trying to view it at the same time.

Note #3: I also have a presence on several of the social media sites:

And so, thanks for visiting and now on to the photographs… Enjoy!

Edge of the Light – Yosemite Valley

Edge of the Light - Yosemite Valley

Edge of the Light – Yosemite Valley. Yosemite National Park, California. October 31, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

San Francisco Skyline, Winter Fog and Haze

San Francisco Skyline, Winter Fog and Haze

San Francisco Skyline, Winter Fog and Haze. San Francisco, California. December 18, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Steps, Handrail, Mailbox, Door

Steps, Handrail, Mailbox, Door

Steps, Handrail, Mailbox, Door. San Jose, California. December 26, 2008. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Winter Shadows on Tiles

Winter Shadows on Tiles

Winter Shadows on Tiles. San Jose, California. January 20, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Last Light, Boulders and Sand

Last Light, Panther Beach

Last Light, Panther Beach. Pacific Ocean North of Santa Cruz, California. January 11, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Boulders, Panther Beach, Twilight

Boulders, Panther Beach, Twilight

Boulders, Panther Beach, Twilight. North of Santa Cruz, California. January 11, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Six Pelicans

Six Pelicans

Six Pelicans. Point Lobos State Reserve, California. January 25, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Floyd Landis Warms Up

Floyd Landis Warms Up

Floyd Landis Warms Up – Tour of California 2009. Sacramento, California. February 14, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Lance Armstrong, 2009 Tour of California

Lance Armstrong, 2009 Tour of California

Lance Armstrong, 2009 Tour of California. Sacramento, California. February 14, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Birds and Winter Surf

Birds and Winter Surf

Birds and Winter Surf. South of San Francisco, California. January 12, 2008. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Bicycles in Rain

Bicycles in Rain

Bicycles in Rain, 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Sausalito, California. February 16, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Lance Armstrong, Prologue, 2009 Amgen Tour of California

Lance Armstrong, Prologue, 2009 Amgen Tour of California

Lance Armstrong, Prologue, 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Sacramento, California. February 14, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

The Sprint – American Velodrome Challenge

The Sprint - American Velodrome Challenge

The Sprint – American Velodrome Challenge. Hellyer Park Velodrome, San Jose, California. June 26, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Redwood Forest, Morning

Redwood Forest, Morning. Muir Woods National Monument, California. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

Redwood Forest, Morning. Muir Woods National Monument, California. February 28, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Steps, Ocean View Trail

Steps, Ocean View Trail. Muir Woods National Monument. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

Steps, Ocean View Trail. Muir Woods National Monument, California. February 28, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Ferns and Rock

Ferns and Rock

Ferns and Rock. Muir Woods National Monument, California. March 7, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Trillium Flowers, Muir Woods

Trillium Flowers, Muir Woods

Trillium Flowers, Muir Woods. Muir Woods National Monument, California. March 7, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Moonlit Steel Towers, Brick Building with Window Arches

Moonlit Steel Towers, Brick Building with Window Arches

Moonlit Steel Towers, Brick Building with Window Arches. Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California. March 7, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay, Morning Light

Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay, Morning Light

Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay, Morning Light. San Francisco, California. March 21, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Blue Dicks Flowers

Blue Dicks Flowers

Blue Dicks Flowers. Quicksilver Hills, California. March 28, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Road, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Morning

Road, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Morning

Road, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Morning. Death Valley National Park, California. April 2, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Gully, Morning Light, Zabriskie Point

Gully, Morning Light, Zabriskie Point

Gully, Morning Light, Zabriskie Point. Death Valley National Park, California. April 3, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Rhyolite, Desert Mountains, Sunrise

Rhyolite, Desert Mountains, Sunrise

Rhyolite, Desert Mountains, Sunrise. Rhyolite, Nevada. April 1, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

California Buckeye, Morning Fog

California Buckeye, Morning Fog

California Buckeye, Morning Fog. Calero Hills, California. April 18, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Meadow, Hills, and Fence

Meadow, Hills, and Fence

Meadow, Hills, and Fence. Calero Hills, California. April 18, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Dogwood Tree in Bloom, Detail

Dogwood Tree in Bloom, Detail

Dogwood Tree in Bloom, Detail. Yosemite Valley, California. May 9, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Dogwood Blossom, Branches, and Leaves

Dogwood Blossom, Branches, and Leaves

Dogwood Blossom, Branches, and Leaves. Yosemite Valley, California. May 9, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

San Francisco Muni, Evening

San Francisco Muni, Evening

San Francisco Muni, Evening. San Francisco, California. May 15, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

People on MUNI Platform

People on MUNI Platform

People on MUNI Platform. San Francisco, California. May 26, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.


2nd and King Streets, Dusk

2nd and King Streets, Dusk

2nd and King Streets, Dusk. San Francisco, California. May 26, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Bear Family in Tree, Yosemite

Bear Family in Tree, Yosemite

Bear Family in Tree, Yosemite. Yosemite National Park, California. June 7, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Five Sequoias, Mariposa Grove

Five Sequoias, Mariposa Grove

Five Sequoias, Mariposa Grove. Yosemite National Park, California. June 7, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Dogwood Leaves After Rain

Dogwood Leaves After Rain

Dogwood Leaves After Rain. Yosemite National Park, California. June 6, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Tufa Towers, Mono Lake, Dawn

Tufa Towers, Mono Lake, Dawn

Tufa Towers, Mono Lake, Dawn. Mono Lake, California. June 7, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Chairs and Terrace, Olympic Sculpture Park

Chairs and Terrace, Olympic Sculpture Park

Chairs and Terrace, Olympic Sculpture Park. Seattle, Washington. June 21, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Brick Wall and Shutter, Glo’s

Brick Wall and Shutter, Glo's

Brick Wall and Shutter, Glo’s. Seattle, Washington. June 21, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Last Light, Tuolumne River

Last Light, Tuolumne River

Last Light, Tuolumne River. Yosemite National Park, California. July 10, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Fiery Evening Sky, Tuolumne Meadows

Fiery Evening Sky, Tuolumne Meadows

Fiery Evening Sky, Tuolumne Meadows. Yosemite National Park, California. July 10, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Twilight, Tuolumne River and Tuolumne Meadows, Sierra Crest

Twilight, Tuolumne River and Tuolumne Meadows, Sierra Crest

Twilight, Tuolumne River and Tuolumne Meadows, Sierra Crest. Yosemite National Park, California. July 10, 2009. © Copyright G DanMitchell – all rights reserved.

Java Hut Employee

Java Hut Employee

Java Hut Employee. San Francisco, California. July 1, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Flock of Gulls

Flock of Gulls

Flock of Gulls. Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, California. July 2, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Two Elephant Seals Sparring

Two Elephant Seals Sparring

Two Elephant Seals Sparring. Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, California. July 2, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Tarn and Forest, Tioga Pass Road

Tarn and Forest, Tioga Pass Road

Tarn and Forest, Tioga Pass Road. Yosemite National Park, California. June 7, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Sunset, Mount Conness and Lower Young Lake

Sunset, Mount Conness and Lower Young Lake

Sunset, Mount Conness and Lower Young Lake. Yosemite National Park, California. July 30, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Shoreline, Upper Young Lake

Shoreline, Upper Young Lake

Shoreline, Upper Young Lake. Yosemite National Park, California. July 29, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Lupine, Upper Sabrina Basin

Lupine, Upper Sabrina Basin

Lupine, Upper Sabrina Basin. John Muir Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California. August 7, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Tree and Windows

Tree and Windows

Tree and Windows. San Francisco, California. August 18, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Man Walking Past Painted Brick Wall

Man Walking Past Painted Brick Wall

Man Walking Past Painted Brick Wall. San Francisco, California. August 18, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Urban Runner and Tree

Urban Runner and Tree

Urban Runner and Tree. San Francisco, California. August 18, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Cypress Trees in Fog

Cypress Trees in Fog

Cypress Trees in Fog. Point Lobos State Reserve, California. August 21, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Public Stairway, Telegraph Hill

Public Stairway, Telegraph Hill

Public Stairway, Telegraph Hill. San Francisco, California. August 18, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Redwood Trees and Ferns

Redwood Trees and Ferns

Redwood Trees and Ferns. Muir Woods National Monument, California. August 19, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Beach Walkers, Winter Sunset, Panther Beach

Winter Sunset, Panther Beach

Beach Walkers, Winter Sunset, Panther Beach. Pacific Coast, California. January 11, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Facade, Building 101

Facade, Building 101

Facade, Building 101. Mare Island Naval Ship Yard, Vallejo, California. August 30, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Mount Conness, Early Evening Thunderstorms

Mount Conness, Early Evening Thunderstorms

Mount Conness, Early Evening Thunderstorms. Yosemite National Park, California. September 9, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

San Francisco Buildings, Foot of Market

San Francisco Buildings, Foot of Market

San Francisco Buildings, Foot of Market. San Francisco, California. September 16, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Aspen Trees, Rock Face With Lichen

Aspen Trees, Rock Face With Lichen

Aspen Trees, Rock Face With Lichen. Near South Lake, SIerra Nevada, California. October 3, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Shoreline Trees in Morning Light, Upper Cathedral Lake

Shoreline Trees in Morning Light, Upper Cathedral Lake

Shoreline Trees in Morning Light, Upper Cathedral Lake. Yosemite National Park, California. September 27, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Aspen Leaves in Transition – Near Conway Summit

Aspen Leaves in Transition - Near Conway Summit

Aspen Leaves in Transition – Near Conway Summit. Sierra Nevada, California. September 27, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Aspen Trunks, Autumn

Aspen Trunks, Autumn

Aspen Trunks, Autumn. Sierra Nevada, California. October 3, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Autumn Storm Clouds at Dawn – Basin Mountain and Mount Humphreys

Autumn Storm Clouds at Dawn - Basin Mountain and Mount Humphreys

Autumn Storm Clouds at Dawn – Basin Mountain and Mount Humphreys. Sierra Nevada, California. October 3, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Note: Several people tell me that they prefer this color version of the scene made the same morning: Basin Mountain, Morning Light

Clearing Autumn Snow Storm – Eastern Sierra Near Mount Tom

Clearing Autumn Snow Storm - Eastern Sierra Near Mount Tom

Clearing Autumn Snow Storm – Eastern Sierra Near Mount Tom. Sierra Nevada, California. October 4, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Redwood Forest, Morning Light

Redwood Forest, Morning Light

Redwood Forest, Morning Light. Muir Woods National Monument, California. October 25, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Treasure Island Harbor and Bay Bridge, Dawn

Treasure Island Harbor and Bay Bridge, Dawn

Treasure Island Harbor and Bay Bridge, Dawn. San Francisco, California. October 25, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Half Dome Sunset from Big Oak Flat Road

Half Dome Sunset from Big Oak Flat Road

Half Dome Sunset from Big Oak Flat Road. Yosemite National Park, California. November 1, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Offshore Squall and Layered Clouds, Point Lobos

Offshore Squall and Layered Clouds, Point Lobos.

Offshore Squall and Layered Clouds, Point Lobos. Point Lobos State Reserve, California. November 22, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Rocks, Spray, and Gulls – Punta de los Lobos Marinos

Rocks, Spray, and Gulls - Punta de los Lobos Marinos

Rocks, Spray, and Gulls – Punta de los Lobos Marinos. Point Lobos State Reserve, California. November 22, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Glacier Point Geology Hut, Early Morning Light

Glacier Point Geology Hut, Early Morning Light

Glacier Point Geology Hut, Early Morning Light. Yosemite National Park, California. November 1, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Cottonwood Grove, Shadow’s Edge

Cottonwood Grove, Shadow's Edge


Cottonwood Grove, Shadow’s Edge. Yosemite Valley, California. October 31, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Detail, Last Light on El Capitan

Detail, Last Light on El Capitan


Detail, Last Light on El Capitan. Yosemite Valley, California. October 31, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Three Pelicans in Flight, Waddell Beach

Three Pelicans in Flight, Waddell Beach

Three Pelicans in Flight, Waddell Beach. Pacific Coast, California. December 4, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Richardson Bay and Morning Haze

Richardson Bay and Morning Haze

Richardson Bay and Morning Haze. San Francisco Bay, California. October 25, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Converging Lines and Clouds

Converging Lines and Clouds

Converging Lines and Clouds. San Francisco, California. September 16, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Winter Seascape – Near Waddell Beach

Winter Seascape - Near Waddell Beach

Winter Seascape – Near Waddell Beach. Pacific Ocean Coastline, California. December 20, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell

Winter Sunset, Waddell Beach

Winter Sunset, Waddell Beach. Big Basin State Park, Pacific Coast, California. December 20, 2009. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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