This final photo in my top 10 photo list of 2015 is of a creek in my own back yard in Burnaby, BC.
When the weather is good and I have some spare time with no plans, I often like to take my camera and go look for something to shoot within walking distance. I think it's quite easy to make great pictures of something that you travel to with the specific intention of taking photos. That's not to take anything away those types of photos, they're generally amazing, and I take a lot of those types of photos as well. I do think however that it's essential to work out the muscle of looking at things photographically, and seeing the beauty that is hidden beneath the mundane.
I think limiting yourself to walking distance is the perfect test in this case, as you probably walk by many of the same scenes and objects every day to the point that even when you look at them, you no longer see them. Going out for a walk around your neighborhood with your camera forces you to look at your surroundings with new eyes, digging deeper than what you've grown accustomed to seeing.
I took three exposures of this scene and then manually blended them in Photoshop with layers and masks.