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My 10 favorite photo moments from 2012

Looking back on my 2012 travel, I had far more highlights than regrets. From spending my birthday week in Paris with my girlfriend to hiking through Yellowstone National Park with my nieces to short getaways in Dublin, London, San Francisco and Las Vegas, I tried to make the most of what seemed like far too few vacation days.

I took the photo above of my niece at Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Springs — the largest hot spring in the United States and one of thousands of geothermal features in Yellowstone, which as I wrote in a blog post is “one of the most beautiful and, simultaneously, one of the most malevolent places on earth.”

It’s no wonder that my trip to Wyoming’s Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks yielded some of my favorite photo opportunities of 2012.

Oxbow Bend, Wyoming

Oxbow Bend, Wyoming / Photo by Joe Newman

We drove through Grand Teton National Park on the way out of Yellowstone and made a couple stops for photos at locations immortalized by the legendary Ansel Adams. In a blog post, I wrote that you couldn’t take a photo trip out west without paying homage to the master.

Jogging in the Royal Palais, Paris

Jogging in the Royal Palais, Paris / Photo by Joe Newman

Paris in March was a little chilly and rainy but ….it’s Paris. We had a great time. I captured the photo of the jogger at the Palais Royal during a walking tour we took on our second day.

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Paris in the rain / Photo by Joe Newman

Shortly after we left the Palais Royal, we got caught in a furious rain storm. By the time we got to the Pont Alexandre III, pictured above, the rain had let up. My one regret is that I didn’t get the prerequisite shot of the gargoyle staring over the Paris skyline. Instead, I had to use a Flickr photo to illustrate a blog post on shooting the Paris skyline.
U.S. Capitol, Washington

U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.  / Photo by Joe Newman

Of course, I didn’t even have to leave town for some of my favorite “travel” photos. During rush hour, it might take me a half hour to get to the U.S. Capitol from my home but on Saturdays before sunrise, I can drive there in less than 15 minutes.

i-cP5HL6K-X3 U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial / Photo by Joe Newman

The Marine Corps War Memorial is often referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial, as it depicts the marines raising the American Flag over Iwo Jima during World War II. The memorial is actually across the Potomac River in Virginia.

Cyclist on Tower Bridge, London

Cyclist on Tower Bridge, London / Photo by Joe Newman

Our trip to London in the fall was too short. We were there for about two and a half days but still found time to do a lot of sightseeing. I got up early on our second morning and captured this cyclist crossing the Tower Bridge. Lamia met me later in the morning and we explored the Tower of London.

Guiness Storeroom, Dublin Guiness Storeroom, Dublin / Photo by Joe Newman

It’s fitting that one of the few photos I took during our trip to Dublin features a cold Guinness. I was so jet-lagged that I didn’t have much motivation to do much else except drink. I blogged about it in this post titled “48 hours in Dublin (or how how I caught up on my sleep)”.

Lincoln Memorial Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. / Photo by Joe Newman

If you visit D.C., set aside at least one night to tour the monuments. Many of them, such as the Lincoln Memorial, completely transform at night.

Me and Lamia at Yellowstone At Yellowstone / Photo by Derek Lukasik

Of course, being able to travel with someone you love makes the journey that much more special. This is a photo of me and Lamia hiking along Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon.

Joe Newman

I'm Joe Newman, multi-media story teller, non-profit do-gooder, international street photographer, serious poker player, intrepid traveler. Bourbon drinker.

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