Lily in the Afternoon
I am not sure about the inclusion of this shot in my top 25. It isn't one that I really feel fits with my preferences, but in the end it is that uncharacteristic choice that tipped the balance.
Everyone needs a pretty photo once in a while :)
This lily was in a drainage trench, brilliantly lit by the afternoon sun. It was far enough away from me that I had to use nearly the full telephoto zoom to get the composition. And even with the bright light, I had to take quite a few to get it without motion blur.
PENTAX K-7, f/5.6 @ 260 mm, 1/100, ISO 400, No Flash