This may not have been the year of living green, but judging from our favorite snapshots this year, travelers reveled in being enveloped by nature. In 2009, our readers shared with us photographs of their vacations near and far for our weekly "Best Shots" feature, transporting us to destinations that soothed the soul and connected us to the wonders of the earth. From the hunt in Alaska to the kings of the wild in Antarctica, the photos remind us of the true nature of travel. To explore, to learn, to observe, to share and most of all, to live.

- Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, Travel editor

Send us your photos

The Baltimore Sun welcomes submissions for "My Best Shot." Photos should have been taken within the past year and be accompanied by a description of when and where you took the picture and your name, address and phone number. Submissions cannot be individually acknowledged or returned, and upon submission become the property of The Baltimore Sun. Readers who have their photos selected for publication will receive

a travel book or guide. Write to: Travel Department, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail travel@baltsun.com.

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