Randy Bayne

Top Picks of 2019

Continuing with making images right up to the end of the year has caused a delay in posting my top picks of 2019. I wanted to get what I have finished posted even though I still have a few to process and edit. Any which turn out to make the favorites list will be added later.

Once again we made trips to California and South Carolina. Added in 2019 was a short trip to Apalachicola on the gulf coast of Florida. The image at the top is a sunrise over the Apalachicola River made during our visit.

Closer to home we visited several sites including the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Nutwood Plantation Winery in La Grange, GA., as well as events close to home. I tried to get at least one image of everything in the gallery, but probably missed something.

Scroll down, have a look, and enjoy this look back at 2019 through my lens. A handful of images were selected for this post as a teaser. Call them my favorites among my favorites. The entire gallery of top images of 2019 are in the Top Picks of 2019 Gallery. As I said, there are more images to be worked on, so more may be added. To keep the number reasonable some may be removed as well.

In case you’re interested, I cataloged just over 2,000 images in 2019. That is way up from the 1,358 images cataloged in 2018. By the way, here is a link to last year’s post.

Let me know what you think of my picks, and tell me about your favorites by leaving a comment or emailing me.

The images are posted in the order in which they were made. The same goes for those posted to the gallery.

Top Picks of 2019

Charlie the Pelican

Pelican on the Oceanside Pier

Let’s begin with Charlie the Pelican. Charlie is a big attraction on the Oceanside Pier, and has been dubbed the “unofficial mascot” of Oceanside, California. You can read more about Charlie here. What makes this one of my top images is that I was able to get so close and the detail. The lighting was pretty darn good for a very bright and sunny day. Besides, I like pelicans.

Del Mar, California Sunset

Sunset in Del Mar, California

Southern California has some of the best sunsets, and a sunset is likely to be part of any favorite list from me.

American Alligator

American Alligator

While walking along the trail at the Osprey Pond at Pickney Island National Wildlife Refuge I stumbled upon an the last of five alligators I saw during my morning hike. It was sunning itself on the bank next to the trail. Having never experienced an alligator in the wild, I was a little hesitant to continue my hike past him at first. Deciding I wanted to see what was ahead on the path, I slowly and confidently made my way past after taking a picture. The alligator never moved and I was able to go to breakfast later, rather than become breakfast on my hike.

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

I almost missed this one. Thankfully two other photographers were staring up into the tree trying to get a shot as well. Which was a good thing. I had never seen a Painted Bunting before, and it is one of my “life shots,” sort of a bucket list for bird photographers.

If you want to read more about my morning at Pickney Island NWR follow this link. National wildlife refuges are great places for wildlife photography. Visit one. There is probably one close to wherever you are.



My photography isn’t only about nature and landscape. Mostly, but not only. I do portraits too.

These sisters were sitting on steps with the whole family, about a dozen people. After getting a few shots of everybody I focused in on just the two of them. A little work hiding Grampa’s knee in the background resulted in this cute portrait.

Cape San Blas and St. George Lighthouse, Florida

Cape San Blas and St. George Lighthouse

These two shots are from our trip to Apalachicola, Florida. They made the top picks as examples of my goal to do more black and white in the coming year.

Raccoon Portrait


I spotted two raccoons grabbing a quick meal from a trash can outside our room on the Apalachicola River during our Florida trip. They seemed determined to let nothing get in their way, and I wasn’t going to argue. Just look at those claws.

Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge

Crossing Bridges

Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge made the Top Picks list in 2018 as well, and I like this year’s version is even better.

Wrapping Up

That’s a wrap on my Top Picks of 2019. A few more may be added to the gallery so be sure to check back to see all the Top Picks of 2019. If you have any questions, remarks, or want to tell me what your own favorites are you may post a comment or email me.

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