Photo Album: 2012 in Pictures

2012 has been an interesting year. This year has seen it’s highs and lows. Photography is one of the best methods to tell a story and to record history. I’ve decided do this by showcasing 2012 in Pictures today. I’ve decided to showcase 1 photo per month.

January 2012: The Northern Lights made their appearance over Northern Europe during this month. Astrophotographer Antti Pietikainen took this photo on the 24th of this month in Muonio, Lapland, Finland. I still have to see this for myself one day. Maybe I’ll take a trip to Scandinavia (if the world doesn’t end on the 21st of December).

Aurora in Finland Photo Album: 2012 in Pictures

February 2012: During this month I made my way to the Up the Creek festival near Swellendam in the Western Cape. It was 3.5 days of fun in the sun and one of the best music festivals that I’ve ever been to. The line-up and the vibe was absolutely awesome. I am thinking of and hoping to attend Up The Creek at the end of January 2013. If you haven’t been there, you should check it out.

Up The Creek 2012 Photo Album: 2012 in Pictures

March 2012: RAMFest 2012 happened in this month. Unfortunately I could not make it to RAMFest 2012 Cape Town this year, but I did attend the Johannesburg. The line-up on the day was absolutely amazing. One of the highlights of RAMFest 2012 was definitely the performance Swedish Metal band In Flames. I’m really looking forward to RAMFest 2013 (which will feature Rise Against as one of the international headliners).

In Flames @ RAMFest 2012 JHB Photo Album: 2012 in Pictures

April 2012: In this photo below a spectacular cloudy sky is pictured above an Allgaeu landscape near Geislatsried, Germany on the 10th of April. Southern Bavaria enjoyed typical unsettled April weather with a mix of clouds, rains and sunshine. This is one bloody stunning photo if you ask me. Nature is truly amazing.

Cloudy Sky Over Germany Photo Album: 2012 in Pictures

May 2012: This month marks the start of the winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Cape Town based photographer Anelia Loubser took this photo on the 8th of this month. It has been featured on this blog before, but it’s stunning enough to feature for this 2012 in Pictures album.

Mist Coming In Over Cape Town Photo Album: 2012 in Pictures

June 2012: Hong Kong is buzzling metropolis with a population of more than 7 million people. It has been part of mainland China since 1997. This photo was taken on the 19th of June 2012 and features a rainbow over Hong Kong harbor.

Rainbow over Hong Kong Harbor 720x480 Photo Album: 2012 in Pictures

July 2012: The opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics took place on the 27th of July 2012 at the Olympic stadium. More than 10,000 athletes from 204 Olympic Committee’s participated in this year’s games. This photo was taken during the opening ceremony.

London 2012 Opening Ceremony 720x454 Photo Album: 2012 in Pictures

August 2012: It was time for Oppikoppi number 14 for me this month. More than 18,000 people made their way to the farm outside Northam in Limpopo province to attend South Africa’s premier music festival. More than 100 acts (including 4 international headliners) performed at the festival. I’m already looking forward to Oppikoppi 2013.

Oppikoppi 2012 Sweet Thing 720x480 Photo Album: 2012 in Pictures

September 2012: The 11th of this month marked the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001. In this photo Frances Mercado places a flower on the etched name of her late sister, Myrna T. Maldonado-Agosto, at the North Pool during ceremonies held this year. I can’t believe it has been 11 years since these dreadful attacks on the USA.

September 11th 2012 720x464 Photo Album: 2012 in Pictures

October 2012: Hurricane Sandy struck the USA’s Eastern seaboard and parts of the Caribbean in late October. The hurricane caused more than $56 billion damage and killed more than 250 people in 7 countries. In this photo two boys run down Foster Avenue while dodging high winds and waves from the effects of Hurricane Sandy in Marshfield, Massachusetts on the 29th of October.

Hurricane Sandy 720x480 Photo Album: 2012 in Pictures

November 2012: Kuwait gained independence from the UK in 1961. The country’s capital is Kuwait City. On the 10th of November 2012 there was an hour long fireworks display was held to commemorate Constitution Day. The $14 million spectacle competed for a place in the Guinness Book of Records. It must have been quite a spectacle (judging by the photo below).

Fireworks over Kuwait City 720x468 Photo Album: 2012 in Pictures

December 2012: Winter is full swing in the Northern Hemisphere. It looks like its going to be a white Christmas there for most countries. In this photo two girls play in the snow on the bank of an island in the middle of the Yenisei River. The air temperature reached minus 22 degrees Celsius in nearby Krasnoyarsk (which is located in Siberia, Russia) on the 6th of this month. Suddenly I’m glad I live in South Africa.

Snow in Russia 720x498 Photo Album: 2012 in Pictures

There you have it, 2012 in Pictures. Which one of these photos are your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.

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