Anthologie 2009 Year In Review

Twelve moments that stand out from the rest With my newspaper background I have a habit of looking back as each December draws to a close. While it's fun to see where we've been and dream about the future, I wonder how many people realize that most media outlets practice the Year In Review simply because it's a holiday week and not a lot of news happens?

At any rate, a solid photography portfolio has no more than 12 images, which coincides nicely with the calendar. Following are some of my favorite images -- one per month -- from 2009. While it's nearly impossible to pick the absolute, best-of-the-best images (The shutter on my camera opens and closes tens of thousands of times each year), the photos that follow celebrate some of my favorite stories and moments of the past year. I hope you enjoy the show.

The skeltons of native flowers cast shadows on frozen snow Jan. 31 in Northfield, Minn.

Meredith Fierke tunes her Les Paul during a photo session Feb. 16 at the Rueb 'N' Stein in Northfield, Minn.

Following her South By Southwest debut, Meredith Fierke is trailed by the Grim Reaper March 21 on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.

Members of the Ebony II Dance Company perform to Roisin Murphy's "Night of the Dancing Flame" April 24 at Carleton College.

With the couple's North Mankato kitchen floor as the setting, Tyler proposes to Ashley 3:25 a.m. May 9 as their son Logan takes in the moment.

Newlyweds Tyler and Debbie seek refreshment from the hot summer air June 6 in Houston, Texas.

Only minutes away from seeing her soon-to-be husband, Jennifer reacts as her veil is put on by her sister July 25 in Minneapolis.

Six minutes after their outdoor ceremony was set to begin, Krista and Paul wait indoors for the raindrops to stop falling Aug. 1 on the shores of Lake Superior near Bayfield, Wis.

A Bald Eagle ambassador from from the National Eagle Center takes in the crowd of thousdands gathered at Bridge Square Sept. 13 in Northfield, Minn.

Ashley and Tyler celebrate their engagement by taking in the autumn air Oct. 10 at the Cannon River Winery vineyard near Sogn, Minn.

No stranger to the stage, high school senior Christian strikes a pose Nov. 9 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Five-month-old Stella reacts to seeing snow for the first time as the first major snowfall of the season moves in Dec. 3 in New Market, Minn.