Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Theme Day: Best Photo of 2007

How Magnolia Got Its Name

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Midway through 2007 I took a poll of SDP visitors favorite shots so far, and this one, How Magnolia Got It's Name, won the most votes for their pick of best photo. A friend told me that a European-American sailing into Seattle's Elliott Bay in the late 1800s saw the native madrona trees up on the bluff of what is now called the Magnolia neighborhood. He mistook them for the magnolia trees with which he was familiar and that name stuck. This is one of the few relatively healthy large madrona trees left along those bluffs, and I regularly see bald eagles perched in it. Most of the others have died in the past few years. Their brilliant bark in sunset light is amazing.

Over 200 City Daily Photo Bloggers worked very hard all year to bring us wonderful images of their cities each day. Today, 118 of us have selected the best of our shots to recap 2007. Enjoy your visual tour around the globe on this first day of 2008 by clicking these links to see our best of 2007:
Paris, France - London, England - Hyde, UK - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Grenoble, France - Stockholm, Sweden - Riga, Latvia - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Manila, Philippines - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Weston (FL), USA - Prague, Czech Republic - New Orleans (LA), USA - Wichita (KS), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - San Francisco (CA), USA - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Greenville (SC), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Mainz, Germany - Melbourne, Australia - Portland (OR), USA - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Toulouse, France - Naples (FL), USA - Jakarta, Indonesia - Brussels, Belgium - Stayton (OR), USA - Selma (AL), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Toruń, Poland - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - Budapest, Hungary - Baziège, France - Nashville (TN), USA - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Chicago (IL), USA - Prescott (AZ), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Nottingham, UK - Moscow, Russia - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Evry, France - Trujillo, Peru - Arlington (VA), USA - Denpasar, Indonesia - American Fork (UT), USA - Seattle (WA), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Coral Gables (FL), USA - Montpellier, France - Joplin (MO), USA - Pilisvörösvár, Hungary - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Bucaramanga (Santander), Colombia - Boston (MA), USA - Torun, Poland - New York City (NY), USA - Dunedin (FL), USA - Quincy (MA), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Chateaubriant, France - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Jackson (MS), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Budapest, Hungary - Austin (TX), USA - Montréal (QC), Canada - Cypress (TX), USA - Bicheno, Australia - Wrocław, Poland - Brookville (OH), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Nelson, New Zealand - Cheltenham, UK - Wellington, New Zealand - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Mumbai (Maharashtra), India - London, UK - Haninge, Sweden - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Arradon, France - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Orlando (FL), USA - Mumbai, India - Terrell (TX), USA - Bogor, Indonesia - Delta (CO), USA - Radonvilliers, France - Saigon, Vietnam - San Diego (CA), USA - Adelaide (SA), Australia - Belgrade, Serbia - Auckland, New Zealand - Seguin (TX), USA - Inverness (IL), USA - Oslo, Norway - Singapore, Singapore - Las Vegas (NV), USA - New York City (NY), USA - Anderson (SC), USA - Torino, Italy - Susanville (CA), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Sharon (CT), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Memphis (Tennessee), USA

27 comments:

Southern Heart said...

Beautiful! That bark is amazing! (I always love tree photos)...

Happy New Year!

Andrea

Isadora said...

Beautiful photo with an interesting subject.

Wishing you and yours a happy new year.

Rambling Round said...

What a huge tree trunk! Amazing photo. Is that the space needle in the background?

Hyde DP said...

love the colours here

Eric said...

Kim, Kim, Kim...what beauty. And the photograph is belle too! LOL I could not resist.

Bonne année de Paris et thank you for taking part in the City Daily Photo community. Your comments are always so nice to read and keep me going through out the year.

Dusty Lens said...

Pretty photo! What a beautiful tree. happy new year!

Ham said...

What a great shot - I love the contrast between nature and man made. Happy New Year!

Mitch said...

Fantastic color! Thank you for your comments on my blog!

Happy New Year from the frozen winter wonderland of Minneapolis!

May 2008 bring you good health & happiness,
- Mitch

zentmrs said...

Great shot! I like the lines of the tree and the Space Needle in the background. And the colors are wonderful!

Happy New Year Kim!

Thiên said...

I love it! Nice choice you've made. Happy new year and here's to more great shots to come. :)

Neva said...

I like this one....good choice! Happy New Year...I know it was a tough one with your loss in July. I hope 2008 is good for you. Prayers and good wishes your way.

Jenny said...

GREAT choice - what wonderful color and composition (and good history too!)


Happy New Year to you and yours and here's to a wonderful 2008 for the Daily City Photo Blog community.

santy said...

Kim, what a fresh photo! Natural beauty! Love it!

Thanks for your best wishes on my move to Kuwait. Enjoy 2008 as well :)

Me said...

I agree Kim, that is a great shot. Wonderful tree, neat to have the 'Needle in the background.

Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones! May 2008 be full of Love, Joy, and Prosperity for you all.

Wayne

Episcopollyanna said...

Beautiful! I love it. Have a happy new year. I love your blog so much.

Kate said...

I like the story very much, and, of course, your photo is outstanding. The wood looks rich and beautiful. It's an excellent choice for today. It is my hope that 2008 brings you much joy, happiness, and good health. Happy New Year, Kim!

edwin s said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR KIM!!!

Your comment on KLDP made me smile soooo much!

Thank you. I'm back. Yay!

Wishing you a year filled with love and smiles.

• Eliane • said...

A gorgeous pic to start the year. It almost look like the tree is painted. And I like how it is squirming too!
Happy New Year from New York City, Kim! May 2008 be full of satisfaction and happiness and many more of your wonderful photos!

Michael said...

I wish I could come to your blog more often because I am always so surprised and pleased. This is no exception. Beautiful...absolutely beautiful. The shapes of the two subjects, the colours...ahhhh

All my best to you in 2008. I hope it's great!

pusa said...

i do remember this post... great choice

happy new year

PaB said...

Great choice.
Happy new year 2008 and long life to your blog !

alice said...

I love these magnolias, like many trees! This one is...big and certainly old!
Happy New Year, Kim, Bonne et heureuse année from Arradon.

slinger said...

I remember this one. Awesome choice!

Happy New Years to you and yours in 2008!

Twin Cities Daily Photo

Joy said...

Beautiful shot. I like the contract between the tree and the background.

I look forward to visiting your blog more often this 2008. And you're welcome to mine, too! For some reason, my link was not included in the participating blogs for the 1st of January 2008 theme day. Sorry I wasn't able to visit your blog sooner. I was in transit the whole of yesterday. I am now back in Norwich after the most fantabulous time at home in Manila.

Happy New Year to you and everyone you hold dear!


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Annie said...

This is such a beautiful photo. I think it is my favorite favorite of ALL of the favorites. You take wonderful photos of a wonderful city. Happy New Year!

Lynette said...

Fantastic monthly theme day photo.

rodpascoe said...

Stunning tree stunning picture....