Talk about a daunting challenge. My best picture for 2017! I think maybe I need to look for my favorite because I’m not sure what “best” would really be. Even “favorite” is pretty daunting. I know which was the most popular, but best?

I couldn’t do it. I got it down to two, but I apologize because I just couldn’t decide.

This first one is a favorite because it is the road on which we live with the sun going down. It probably isn’t “best” because it wasn’t taken with one of my better lenses and was a “grabbed” shot, less than half a mile from home. Taken mid January 2017.

But this final one is a picture I’ve taken almost every year for the past ten years. This particular tree is a sugar maple and on a good year turns completely scarlet. This year, it didn’t turn red, but pumpkin orange. In its own way, it is nearly perfect because it is exactly what I wanted.

October 11, 2017


This is my favorite among Garry’s pictures. It is as good an autumn shot of the Blackstone Canal as I’ve seen.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

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Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


  1. Damnit! I like all three. Garry impresses me as to how his “eye” has matured over time. Truth be told there are several of yours that I have liked over the years and I have a folder labeled “Marilyn & Garry’s.” So, best this year may not hold a candle to some great ones you’ve taken in the past.., but, of course, we’re not talking about the past, are we?

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    1. I was thinking that also, that some of my past pictures were better … but honestly, it’s hard for me to remember the pictures. I had to go through the albums, month by month. Garry’s was easier because I just love that picture. It may not be HIS favorite, but it is mine. I also think some of my black & white pictures are probably more artistic and a couple have been really popular, but I had to go by my personal favorites because otherwise, I got lost 🙂

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  2. Those are calendar quality photos… which reminds me that I need to pick up a calendar before that new year starts. I’m probably the only person left who still uses wall calendars to keep track of appointments…

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    1. Nope. We have at least two — one in Garry’s office and a big one in the kitchen. If I don’t have a calendar, I don’t know what day it is without looking at the computer and sometimes (gads!) the computer is off!

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    1. Thanks. No, it isn’t, especially because “best” and “favorite” are often surprisingly different. Even favorite and most popular are different … and then there’s the whole black & white bunch that are also favorites — comparing them is truly apples and pineapples 🙂 But it certainly is fun trying!

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  3. This has made me smile. It reminded me how much I love your photography, and how much having you in my blog-sphere has enriched my life. Thank you, Marilyn. May 2018 be kind to you and Garry! xx

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    1. I went through the year’s folders and I started narrowing it down — but entirely based on how I felt about them. I’m not sure there is another way and if I’d had a real choice, it would have been at least a handful of favorites. I have favorites that aren’t great pictures. I just LIKE them 🙂

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