My Favorite Photos of 2018

For the last few years, I started off January with a favorite flowers of the previous year post.  This year it’s a little later and I’ve also expanded my photos to include more types of posts.  My Top Posts of 2018 the first week of January addressed everyone else’s favorite posts.  Today I’m sharing my favorite photos from travel, home, nature, and garden posts of 2018.  I hope you enjoy it.  We’re starting with my post on beautiful Bok Tower Garden in Lake Wales, Florida. It’s one of my favorite places in Florida with lush contemplative garden rooms and beautiful bells ringing out in concerts.


Bok Tower




Last January I was trying to improve my food photography and really like my photos from Citrus-Berry Baby Greens Salad.




Citrus-Berry Baby Greens Salad



Florida Botanical Gardens here in Tampa Bay gave me this nature scene.




View of water from walkway, Florida Botanical Gardens




Sunset with a friend shared my love of Florida sunsets.




My friend’s orchids were spectacular.





Welcome to Miami shared photos from a condo looking across Miami Bay.




view from 16th floor apt balcony miami




Next is red roses and alstroemeria from my Valentine’s Brunch



I made a bouquet of red roses, alstroemeria, and baby's breath.



Meanwhile, February 2018 was filled with Florida beauty like the blue skies on my street.




Blue Sky and Clouds on My Street2




The end of the day at Rusty Pelican restaurant on Key Biscayne in the Miami Bay.



Rusty Pelican sunset



Tampa has a great state fair in February and I caught this ride.



old time ride at the Florida State Fair




Looking for Spring Colors shared my attempt to find spring flowers and settling for pink daisies.


Spring Color in Flowers



I loved my nephew’s photos from his trip to Washington, D.C.


National WW II Memorial



WW II Memorial - Night Sky



3 Iconic Landmarks in the Nation’s Capital



The White House, Washington, DC


Lincoln Memorial



View from Lincoln Memorial Washington DC



Now more flowers.


Azaleas at Jenna’s Home



Azaleas in Bloom








Spring Azaleas


White azalea


Baby Sandhill Crane had this fun photo.






Spring Bouquet



Spring Bouquet with Blue Flag Iris & Amaryllis



Spring Iris Tablescape





Spring Bouquet Side



End of Amaryllis Season



Amaryllis macro






Close-up spring bouquet



Leu Gardens, Orlando, Florida has lots of beautiful flowers including a rose garden.



pink flower in Pinewood Estates garden






Garden Plant Sale



Rose garden


Rose collage from rose garden at Leu Garden





My friend’s beautiful gardenias in the spring were amazing.







White Lilies



White lily collage




Garden in the Neighborhood



Sunflower side garden





Country Garden Table



Country Garden Bouquet



This photo was taken at Walmart garden department where a duck made himself at home. Amazingly the store staff gave it water and food.



This duck decided to make a nest in the flowers at Walmart


Roses for sale at Tasty Tuesday’s Farmers Market.


Rose display collage


Royal Poinciana Tree






#rose #flowers #collage



Sunset at Wild Florida





Great Smoky Mountain National Park



View the streams, rivers, and falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park #smokies #greatsmokymountains #smokymountains #tennessee


Plants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom



#beautiful start of #day #nature #sunlight #themepark #disneyanimalkingdom #landscaping




 Clearwater Beach


Sunset from SandBar at Opal Sands Resort #sunset #nature #beach




Beautiful Autumn Evening





The Mountains of the Grand Teton Are Calling



beauty of #nature at #grandtetons #park #wyoming



 My Fall Home


side view #autumn #livingroom #futon with #fall #pillows2



 Wood Storks



Neighbor #Wood #Stork #birds #nature




On Lake Tarpon



#nature #florida #laketarpon #lake #tarpon #trees #sky



Tarpon Springs Cruise



#tarponsprings #florida #cruise #collage




Nature at Phillipe Park



#nature #pinkskies #sunset #florida #safetyharbour #philippepark #tampabay



 Beauty of Nature


#sunset #time #nature #endofday #dusk #pink #sky #skies #lake



Christmas at Dollywood


#sunset #collage #nature




#christmas #decorations #christmaslights #dollywood #tennessee


I hope you enjoyed my collection of photos.  God bless!




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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

33 thoughts to “My Favorite Photos of 2018”

  1. I can see why you chose the ones you did — it had to be a tough call! My three faves? The fabulous one of the ride at the state fair (you couldn’t pay me enough to go on that thing!), the lucky crane crossing and that sweet duck nestled in the flowers and leaves. What a treat when I come here!

    1. FYI I DID NOT ride that ride at the fair – nope I don’t like those kind of rides. I kept thinking I was choosing too many photos but I like lots of them. And I agree the duck and cranes are the sweetest ones!

  2. Hello, gorgeous flowers and pretty sky captures. I also love the birds. The Florida parks are awesome. You had a great year, wonderful photos. Enjoy your day and have a happy weekend ahead.

  3. Some really beautiful photos here. The nature and flower ones are my favourites x #KeepingItReal

  4. Hi Carol, you have taken some nice photos over the last year, especially of flowers, but my favourite has to be the WW2 memorial. I get a feeling when I look at it (probably a strange way to explain it). The others are very eye catching too and you have a knack for catching very pretty skies.

    Thank you for popping over and sharing with #keepingitreal.


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