My 12 Favorite Photos from 12 Months of 2012

Ahh yes, the end of another calendar year. A time to reflect on what was and what will be.

For me, 2012 has been quite an adventure. The year started in San Francisco and have since found me putting all my stuff in storage (again) and heading out into our big wonderful world. As always, my camera was by my side documenting the journey. So, without further adieu, here are my favorite photos from a year of travel and life.

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January: Fire Across the Street
Haight Ashbury, San Francisco, California, USA

2012 started with a blaze, as the house across the street from mine went up in flames on New Years Day. Half of our block was evacuated in precaution and I found myself quickly having to decide what was “most important” as I threw my life into a duffel bag and put the cat into a carrier: just in case.

A fire on Masonic Avenue in San Francisco on New Years Day, 2012
A fire on Masonic Avenue in San Francisco on New Years Day, 2012

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February: The Mighty Redwoods @ Rockefeller Grove
Avenue of the Giants, Northern California, USA

The redwood trees of Northern California are among the most spectacular natural sites in the world. Even being surrounded by them on a daily basis doesn’t stop me from appreciating these gentle giants every time I see one.

Avenue of the Giants - Rockefeller Grove - Northern California, USA
Avenue of the Giants - Rockefeller Grove – Northern California, USA

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March: Relaxation on the Shore of the Ganges River
Rishikesh, India

My wife Carrie had been studying yoga in Rishikesh since January, so when her course ended in March I hopped on a plane and joined her. A sleepy town on the shores of the Ganges River, Rishikesh is a haven for spiritual travelers of all nationalities.  {- take a photo tour of Rishikesh -}

The city of Rishikesh, India, and the River Ganges as seen from the far side of the Laxman Jula Bridge
The city of Rishikesh, India, and the River Ganges as seen from the far side of the Laxman Jula Bridge

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April: Golden Sunrise
Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

While the Taj Mahal gets more press as India’s most beautiful building, the Golden Temple in Amritsar gives it a run for it’s money. This is especially true during sunrise, when the early-morning light makes the temple sparkle.  {- read the whole story here -}

`Sunrise over the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, with Sieks sitting by the holy pool
Sunrise over the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, with Sieks sitting by the holy pool

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May: A Silhouette of Love
Taj Mahal, Agra, India

After trying to sneak the remains of my Great Aunt Donnie past Taj Mahal security, I was treated to this majestic view of the sun setting right behind the mausoleum. Had the checkpoint not turned into a ten+ minute ordeal, I never would have gotten this shot. Thanks, Donnie :)   {- read the whole story here -}

I wonder if I would have been able to get this shot of the Taj Mahal if I didn't get delayed for 10 minutes at security
I wonder if I would have been able to get this shot of the Taj Mahal if I didn’t get delayed for 10 minutes at security

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June: Christian Escapes the Fire
Baan Pai Riverside, Pai, Thailand

Fire seemed to be a theme in 2012, as Carrie and I found ourselves acting as Thai firefighters at 3am in an effort to save the bungalow village we were staying at. In this shot, Christian is fleeing his burning hut with his favorite sweatshirt. {- read the whole story here -}

Christian escapes across a bamboo bridge after running into his burning bamboo hut to save his favorite sweatshirt
Christian escapes across a bamboo bridge after running into his burning bamboo hut to save his favorite sweatshirt

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July: Won’t Someone Please Stop?
Sunday Walking Street Market, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Every Sunday, one of the largest streets in Chiang Mai’s old city becomes a pedestrian-only open-air market. In the middle, between endless rows of shoppers and tourists, beggars and musicians sit in hope that someone will drop a few baht into their laps. During this 30 second exposure, not a single person stopped.

Chiang Mai Walking Street Sunday Market - Two Street Singers Motion Blur
Chiang Mai Walking Street Sunday Market – Two Street Singers Motion Blur

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August: Thai Ganesh Staredown
Phra Thad Doy Wao Pagoda, Mai Sai, Thailand

Ganesh is known as a remover of obstacles and the patron God of travelling; so, you can imagine why he’s my favorite Hindu deity  I especially love encountering Ganesh statues outside of India, like this one I found in  a temple on the Thailand/Burma border.

Look into my eyes... a Thai Ganesh staredown at Phra Thad Doy Wao Pagoda in Mai Sai, Thailand
Look into my eyes… a Thai Ganesh staredown at Phra Thad Doy Wao Pagoda in Mai Sai, Thailand

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September: inSpired Blimp
Cologne, Germany

In September, I was hired by Samsung to present my work as a travel photographer and blogger at Photokina: the world’s largest photo trade fair. When I wasn’t presenting, there was plenty of time to wander the cobblestone streets of Cologne and enjoy a few majestic sunsets: including this one behind the Kolner Dom church. {- read the whole story here -}

Kolner Dom - Cologne Cathedral - at sunset with a blimp
Kolner Dom – Cologne Cathedral – at sunset with a blimp

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October: Home Sweet Home
Roosevelt Island, New York City, USA

After Photokina, I returned home to New York City to celebrate my mother‘s birthday and spend some time with friends and family. This view is pretty much exactly what I see from the balcony in my childhood apartment. {- i grew up on a small island in the middle of NYC -}

A Rainy Sunset from Roosevelt Island - Manhattan and the Queensboro Bridge
A Rainy Sunset from Roosevelt Island – Manhattan and the Queensboro Bridge

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November: Thousand Lantern Launch
Yi Ping Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand 

Carrie and I returned to Chiang Mai just in time for the Yi Ping Lantern Festival: a simultaneous launch of thousands of floating fiery vessels. It’s by far one of the most magical, powerful, and unforgettable experiences of my life. {- read the whole story here -}

Lanterns in motion after the mass release at the Yi Ping Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Lanterns in motion after the mass release at the Yi Ping Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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December: Buddha Sunburst
White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai’s White Temple is one of the most unique and photogenic Wats in Thailand. With various depictions of hell, detailed murals, and stark white architecture, the Wat is a photographer’s dream. Yet, this simple image of the sun shining from behind Lord Buddha is my favorite photo from my visit.

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Buddha Sunburst at the White Temple - Chiang Rai, Thailand
Buddha Sunburst at the White Temple – Chiang Rai, Thailand

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Namaste.
Happy New Year.
Thanks so much for your support. 

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  • http://independenttravelhelp.com Teresa

    Hi Greg. Great photos and what a lovely way to sum up your year!

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks so much Teresa!

  • http://sunshineandsiestas.com Cat of Sushine and Siestas

    Gorgeous work – so inspiring!

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words Cat :)

  • http://www.flashpackerfamily.com/ Bethaney – Flashpacker Family

    Your photos are amazing! The shot from Amritsar is just beautiful but the one that really takes my breath away is the beggar on the market street in Chiang Mai. It’s a truly amazing picture.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks Bethaney. The beggar photo really makes me stop and think every time I see it. Especially since I’m usually just one of the blur of people walking by.

  • http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/wandershopper/ Sarah Shaw

    Beautiful photos. Some many interesting angles and perspectives.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thank you kindly, Sarah :)

  • janet stanley

    Great pictures! I found the beggar photo particularly moving.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks so much Janet :) I did as well.

  • http://campnou.stadiumhotelguide.com/ hotels near campnou stadium

    Fascinating work. Fascinating photos.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks so much :)

  • http://onmyfeetorinmymind.com/ Erik

    Wow- these are amazing.

    Although I don’t have a lot of desire to visit India, I sure have enjoyed all of your photos from there.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Oh Erik. You’ll make it there one day and it will blow your mind. It also will bewilder, amaze, frustrate, enchant, and enlighten you… all in the same afternoon. Thanks for your comment :)

  • http://davidmbyrne.com/ David M

    Awesome stuff Greg. That Sunday Night Market shot in particular is stunning.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks so much David!

  • http://www.ontheluce.com Lucy

    Fantastic shots – I especially love the night market and the silhouette shots, puts an interesting and different perspective on iconic buildings like the Taj Mahal.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks Lucy! I was so happy to be able to get something a bit different for the Taj. Though, something tells me that I’m not the first to get that shot… not by a longshot :)

  • http://www.casaversa.com Jo Savill

    Amazing photos! A few too many things going up in flames around you though, hopefully that wont happen again in 2013!

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Haha. Thanks so much for your comment. Yeah, 2012 really was the year of fire. Maybe 2013 can be the year of fluffy white clouds :)

  • http://www.bbmexplorer.com Rob

    Wonderful pictures – thanks for sharing !!

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks Rob!

  • http://www.travelingwithsweeney.com Cathy Sweeney

    These are fantastic photos. I especially like the one in Cologne. The cathedral is so amazing at any angle, but this is a very unusual and creative perspective.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks Cathy. I can’t even tell you how long I waited for the blimp and sun to be in just the right place. So glad I did :)

  • http://www.findingtheuniverse.com Vera

    Such a great collection! For some reason, the picture of the Golden Temple really speaks to me, although I love it how all the other pictures tell stories… But yeah, that’s definitely my favourite!

  • http://www.theworldofdeej.com D.J. – The World of Deej

    An incredible year, and amazing pics. Bummed that I missed out on some of these stories during the year, but glad to have caught up with them here. The lantern pic almost makes me dizzy! Cheers to a great 2013…

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks DJ. It really was one of the most inspirational years of my life. I would say “one of,” because something tells me when I was a baby and everything on earth was new, that was a bit more inspirational. But 2012 sure did a good job of making me feel that way again.

  • http://www.travelocafe.com Laura @Travelocafe

    I love the Golden Temple photo!!

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks Laura. Me too :)

  • http://www.economycarhire.com/blog Kerri

    All amazing but the photo from the Yi Ping Festival is my favourite, a unique take on a popular sight :)

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks kindly, Kerri :)

  • http://www.travelaroundsolo.com/ John

    Yes was going to mention the Golden Temple photo looks amazing. Also really like what you did with the photo of the market in Chang Mai.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks John. Glad you liked ‘em :)

  • http://inspiringtravellers.com Andrea

    Incredible photos – thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks so much, Andrea :)

  • http://www.novacationrequired.com Caanan @ No Vacation Required

    Great shots. The “fire” shots are really powerful.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks Cannan. Looking forward to a fireless 2013!

  • http://travelproject.com.au Peter

    Stunning photos! July was my favourite.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks Peter.

  • http://www.justtravelous.com/en Yvonne

    Wow! Amazing pictures! Love love love the one from Chiang Mai’s night market!

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks Yvonne :) I love love love it too!

  • http://www.timetravelturtle.com/ Turtle

    Amazing photos! I particularly like the Indian ones!!