It’s never an easy task choosing your favourite captures from a year of photography. At least it never is for me. Of course I don’t help my own cause by travelling so much. I was on the road, camera in hand, for 6 of the 12 months of 2013, less time than I had intended at the turn of the year. The majority of my time on the road this year was spent in North America (Hawaii, Alaska, the US West Coast & Mexico) & Central America, with time also spent on the US East Coast & in Portugal. Six hundred and four images I used this year to populate my travel blog entries for 2013, the same number of images I started with as I attempted to select my 10 favourites for this ‘A Look Back’ posting. I managed easily enough to whittle that number down to 33, but that’s where the problems began. Getting from there to 12 took what felt like forever, questioning or second-guessing every selection or omission as I went. But I eventually made it. I then attempted to get from 12 to 10, a task that proved beyond me. So while I initially envisioned this A Look Back entry highlighting my favourite 10 pictures from a year of travel & photography | photography & travel that was 2013, here instead I present 12, displayed in chronological order. Sorry. I’ll try harder next year.

– One || Oahu, Hawaii, USA –

Dancers at Germaine's Luau, Oahu, Hawaii. February 27th 2013.

Kane (men) & wahine (women) dancers at Germaine’s Luau, Oahu, Hawaii. February 27th 2013

– Two || Alaska, USA –

Tern Lake at the junction of the Sterling & Seward Highways, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, USA. March 18th 2013.

Tern Lake at the junction of the Sterling & Seward Highways, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, USA. March 18th 2013 Iceland Gallery

– Three || Seattle, Washington, USA –

A picture taken from a cruise in Elliott Bay, Seattle, Washington, USA. March 25th 2013.

Seattle as seen from a cruise in Elliott Bay, Seattle, Washington, USA. March 25th 2013 Iceland Gallery

– Four || Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA –

Sunset from a perilous position at Eagle Point, The Grand Canyon West, Arizona, USA. April 6th 2013.

Sunset from a perilous position at Eagle Point, The Grand Canyon West, Arizona, USA. April 6th 2013 Iceland Gallery

– Five || San Francisco, California, USA –

Nearing sunset on Baker Beach, San Francisco, California, USA. April 10th 2013.

Nearing sunset on Baker Beach, San Francisco, California, USA. April 10th 2013 Iceland Gallery

– Six || Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico –

El Castillo / Pyramid of Kukulcan, Chichén Itzá, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. May 3rd 2013.

El Castillo / Pyramid of Kukulcan, Chichén Itzá, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. May 3rd 2013 Iceland Gallery

– Seven || Antigua, Guatemala –

Three Mayan ladies taking a break from peddling their wares by the edge of Parque Central, Antigua, Guatemala. May 19th 2013.

Three Mayan ladies taking a break from peddling their wares by the edge of Parque Central, Antigua, Guatemala. May 19th 2013 Iceland Gallery

– Eight || Leon, Nicaragua –

Exiting Leon Cathedral, Leon, Nicaragua. June 16th 2013.

Exiting Leon Cathedral, Central America’s largest church. Leon, Nicaragua. June 16th 2013 Iceland Gallery

– Nine || Miami, Florida, USA –

Ocean Drive, Miami, Florida. July 8th 2013.

Ocean Drive, Miami, Florida. July 8th 2013 Iceland Gallery

– Ten || New York City, USA –

Traffic outside Grand Central Station/Terminal, New York City, USA. July 13th 2013. (iPod)

Traffic outside Grand Central Station/Terminal, New York City, USA. July 13th 2013 (iPod) Iceland Gallery

– Eleven || Boston, Massachusetts, USA –

Crossing State Street in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, USA. July 15th 2013.

Crossing State Street in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, USA. July 15th 2013 Iceland Gallery

– Twelve || Lisbon, Portugal –

Looking down Rua Augusta from under the Rua Augusta Arch, Commerce Square, Lisbon, Portugal. August 26th 2013.

Looking down Rua Augusta from under the Rua Augusta Arch, Commerce Square, Lisbon, Portugal. August 26th 2013 Iceland Gallery

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