Beautiful sunset over santorini

20 of My Best/Favorite Photos of 2013

Photo Essay, Photography

I was all set to do a Top 2013 photos of 2013 post. I thought 2013 photos from 2013 had a nice ring to it, plus it would spare me the arduous task of narrowing down my favorite and best photos. 

But I realized that some of my readers have jobs, or at least have jobs that don’t allow them to look at photos all day, so I decided to narrow it down to the top 20.

I had a great year in 2013. I spent 10 weeks traveling through Turkey, Greece, Italy and Malta – four very photogenic and interesting countries. I work a seasonal job in Denali National Park and although I was very busy as usual, I had time to get out and explore my corner of Alaska. I even scored several great photos of moose, something that has been eluding me for years.

Without further ado, here is a slideshow of 20 of my best/favorite photos. I tried to pick a few unpublished photos to give my avid reader(s) something new to see. Click on any photo to open a slideshow view. Thanks for reading and have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


What was your favorite photo in the set? 

What are your travel plans for 2014? 

Let’s discuss in the comments section. 


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56 thoughts on “20 of My Best/Favorite Photos of 2013”

  1. The Meteora shot is my all time favorite on your blog! 😉 I would hang the shot up in our house if I wasn’t too eager to get my ass up there myself and shoot for hours 🙂

    • I am also fond of that. That was a very cool evening, as the light kept changing as it broke through the clouds. It started sprinkling and there was a rainbow to the east. It was a great evening to be alive with a camera!

  2. A stunning collection. Plus, i’d never seen the Trevi Fountain photographed quite like that, and i live in Rome… Looking forward to seeing what next year will bring!

    • Thank you Alessandro. There was so much activity at the fountain I thought that was more interesting than the art! I love your photos of Rome. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. Adventures in Kevin's World says:

    Definitely nice photos. But the Meteora image wins by a long shot. That’s the shot to print at 11×14 and put in a 16×20 frame. Color me impressed.

  4. All the photos are gorgeous! I’m too crazy about Italy! Let’s see what 2014 has in store for me… my travels are usually unpredictable.

    • If a person can only go to one country, Italy would have to be the one. It is a great place!

      It is exciting that you don’t know where you will go – that means there are many possibilities!

    • Greece is one of my favorite countries now. Wonderful people, great food, awesome weather, history, islands, beaches, mountains, etc. It is a great country to travel through. I’ll be writing more and posting more photos of Greece in the next few weeks.

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  6. Fantastic photos! The colors that pop in your photos make the images so vivid. It is a tie for me between the Meteora image and the one taken in Cantwell, Alaska. I’ve been to both Greece and Alaska, but never to those specific places. Great work, thanks for sharing!

    • The fall colors in Alaska are truly stunning and the evening I got the photo near Cantwell, there wasn’t a breath of wind which turned the lakes to mirrors. The Meteora image seems to be the crowd favorite though.

      Thank you for commenting and have a happy new year!

  7. Jeff, you never fail to impress! Your photo of Ragusa is stunning, as is the Aurora Borealis. But the photo of the moose that you took from your living room just knocked my socks off and is my sentimental favorite. We highlighted your post on our Best of 2013 today. Happy New Year to you and Kristi. Can’t wait to follow your adventures next year. All the best, Terri & James

    • The night I got the moose photo, I was debating whether or not to leave the house and go out taking photos. I was lazy and decided to stay home and the mother and two calves came up the house for about an hour. It was pretty cool to say the least.

      Thank you for the shout out on your blog! I really appreciate it.

  8. My apologies for arriving late to the game. The moose photo is stunning but seeing spots we have traveled through your extraordinary eye are special…Santorini, Venice and those fishermen in Istanbul.

  9. Wow, great shots. I probably like the Meteora shot best. Really nice. What gear are using when traveling if I may ask?

  10. Outstanding photos! Really wish I had a better photography skills. What are your travel plans for this year? You could see more of Europe.

    • Although I love Europe, it is expensive so I probably won’t go back for awhile. We will probably go somewhere cheap and maybe stay in one town for about two months this fall, maybe in Guatemala or Asia. But it is too early to tell.

      How about you? What are your travel plans?

      • Probably somewhere in Asia like Vietnam or Cambodia. I’ve been on one month trips around Europe and to the US for about £2000 each so its time to go somewhere cheaper for longer.

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  12. I hope you know that copying is a compliment. I think I can honestly say I would not have thought of taking such a photo if I had not seen yours first. I’ve just posted on my FB page my photo of the fishermen on Galata Bridge at sunset. Thank you so much for the idea. It was fun trying to find just the right position.

    • That is a beautiful photo – you had dramatic skies like we did too. The first night we went to the bridge, all the elements were there for a great sunset, but the horizon clouded over. The 2nd time was the charm.

      Great photos of the balloons on your FB page, and I love the cat man. So many cats in Turkey!

      • Thanks Jeff. The catman was wonderful serendipity, and a sneaky shot. I was thrilled with my balloon shot – something I’d dreamed of seeing, and being able to capture photographically. For us too it was the second time on the bridge, and same as you the horizon clouded over the first time.

  13. Um I just noticed that you have Istanbul in Greece.You might want to change that 🙂
    Also I commented yesterday I think it was on a post that had your fifty favourite photos of 2013 and now I can’t find it. Puzzled.

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