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At the start of the new year, we challenged you, the GOOD community, help us create a crowdsourced Picture Show about your favorite view. In the weeks that followed, readers sent in images of coastlines, city backdrops, and vistas. Some images celebrated the overwhelming and magnificent size of the landscapes we live in, while other pictures focused on smaller instances of natural beauty right under our noses.
Unfortunately, we were unable to fit all of the entries into the slideshow. But we did our best to select a handful that captured a variety of scenery. Here, we present to you the collaborative Picture Show created by the talented GOOD community. (Captions by the photographers.)
Now we need your help: Vote on your favorite submission by selecting the photographer's name above through February 3. The winning entry will be announced shortly after, featured on our homepage, and printed in the next issue of GOOD. We’ll also send a GOOD T-shirt and a free subscription (or gift subscription) to the winner.
This was taken in Deerfield Beach, Florida. This was my favorite place to run in the morning and take a dip before work. This particular morning, there was a storm out in the ocean. The photo reminds me of the word "hope," coming out of the darkness of the storms in life into the light of hope.
By Teresa Arcia
Belle Isle—seen here overlooking Windsor, Canada (left), and Detroit, Michigan (right)—is one of my favorite places on earth. The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. Bike rides around the island in summer. Picnics under willow trees. It’s bewitching.
By Stefanie Bohde
I took this photograph of a herd of bison, grazing within the southern portion of western North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a number of summers ago. The landscape and the bison are gorgeous and haunting.
By Ryan Redmond
This is a photo of the land my great grandfather got and has been in our family ever since. I'm using this image on the cover of my first book, Bastard Blue, to be out this year in June.
By Murray Dunlap
The sunrise on Wilkinson Street is always unique. Light rays bounce in and out and through the trees in a way I've yet to find anywhere else in town.
By Michael Tucker
Living for two years in South Dakota, I had to get used to loneliness. I would drive by this tree and field on my way out, and it would remind me of the power and significance of being alone, standing out, and being strong.
By Layli Samimi-Moore
When you find that a city holds a great deal of significance for you, there's nothing better than seeking out one of the highest points, discovering a view, and watching things happen beneath you. Los Angeles is my significant city, and this Griffith Observatory view is the best thing I've found.
By Laurel Crosby
I've always placed a high value on public resources such as parks—in this case, Griffith Park in Los Angeles, and its mesmerizing views of the rat race below. Relaxation, contemplation, revitalization.
By Dylan Boye
This was taken at sundown in the Cape Canaveral seashore National Park.
By Brendan O'Connor
The view from my back deck changes every day.
By Arthur O'Donnell
I took this photo in Malibu, California, in 2009. Took an early morning drive down the Pacific Coast Highway and stopped to watch some surfers. I could have sat there forever watching them and checking out the mountains all along the coast. What I loved about this image was how I caught the surfer stretching in the corner.
By Angela Datre
Warm November day in Boulder, Colorado (2010). Hiking in the Flatirons with my dog, Suki. Used my iPhone4 (camera and app) to capture the view. Can't think of a better picture to illustrate the beauty I see daily in this town.
By Amy Marquis
The sunset is always a beautiful sight, especially when it is viewed with family. My family travels a lot and this view was seen when visiting my brother at college. We are close-knit and love to explore the world together.
By Amanda Carvalho
This view is from Venice, Italy. It is my favorite view right now because it shows the tourist mobbed city in a tranquil, peaceful, and thought provoking light. This vacant piazza allows you to see the urban space as though time has stopped, and at the same time it emphasizes layers and layers of Venetian history.
By Alexa Helsell