2016 IN DENTON: THE YEAR IN PHOTOS

We went through the entire year of 2016 posts on We Denton Do It and pulled a few of our favorite images from the past year. Looking back, one thing we can't ignore is the fact that we have a bunch of talented photographers in Denton capturing awesome moments on their phones, DSLRs, and film cameras. Also, we eat and drink too much probably.

If you ask us, a long post full of big pretty photos is probably our favorite type of post. We figured you'd dig it too. Click on most of the photos below to be led back to that photographer's Instagram account, or click on the links to reread some of our favorite pieces from the past year.


@greatamericanbrewerytour with a unique shot of the ubiquitous Denton County Courthouse 'gram from a few months ago. 

@greatamericanbrewerytour with a unique shot of the ubiquitous Denton County Courthouse 'gram from a few months ago. 

2016 was the year that Denton venues closed. Here's a shot from @anthonynajera90 of Sea Lion playing Rubber Gloves before they closed down midway through 2016. 

2016 was the year that Denton venues closed. Here's a shot from @anthonynajera90 of Sea Lion playing Rubber Gloves before they closed down midway through 2016. 

Speaking of venues closing, J and J's Old Dirty Basement also came to an end in 2016. Here's an image of Fishboy playing the late basement earlier in the year. Photo by @mrhuggins. 

Speaking of venues closing, J and J's Old Dirty Basement also came to an end in 2016. Here's an image of Fishboy playing the late basement earlier in the year. Photo by @mrhuggins. 

Here's John B. Denton (AKA @dentonaut in this case) sleeping at his own grave on Denton County's 170th Anniversary. Didn't they dig him up a few years ago, though? 

Here's John B. Denton (AKA @dentonaut in this case) sleeping at his own grave on Denton County's 170th Anniversary. Didn't they dig him up a few years ago, though? 

@karebarebrown and her crew killed it for Halloween this year. 

@karebarebrown and her crew killed it for Halloween this year. 

Here's our Photoshopped version of Edward Hopper's famed painting, Nighthawks, from our piece on finding solitude at Panda Express. We mostly just wanted to include it to point out the name at the top of the diner because that took Will like fifteen whole minutes to create and you might have missed it the first time and he keeps bringing it back up. 

Here's our Photoshopped version of Edward Hopper's famed painting, Nighthawks, from our piece on finding solitude at Panda Express. We mostly just wanted to include it to point out the name at the top of the diner because that took Will like fifteen whole minutes to create and you might have missed it the first time and he keeps bringing it back up. 

@sibelinof took this photo of lighting over downtown Denton last March. 

@sibelinof took this photo of lighting over downtown Denton last March. 

@thevisionbeautiful created this image of Leoncarlo Canlas for his album, Still Forms, earlier in the year. Check out our thoughts on the album here. 

@thevisionbeautiful created this image of Leoncarlo Canlas for his album, Still Forms, earlier in the year. Check out our thoughts on the album here

@bobhedlund, a sign, and a sunset. 

@bobhedlund, a sign, and a sunset. 

Andrew W.K. was one of our favorite performances at Oaktopia this year. 

Andrew W.K. was one of our favorite performances at Oaktopia this year. 

2016 was a year of change for Denton atelier, @wilkinsontx. You can read more about his changes and upcoming store in our article on him from last August. 

2016 was a year of change for Denton atelier, @wilkinsontx. You can read more about his changes and upcoming store in our article on him from last August

@betweenthepixels and @andy07 with some enlarged instant film from their Oaktopia promotional video. Check it out here. 

@betweenthepixels and @andy07 with some enlarged instant film from their Oaktopia promotional video. Check it out here

@briandoore with a crowd shot at one of the last shows at J and J's. 

@briandoore with a crowd shot at one of the last shows at J and J's. 

@archerplushare at 4th of July. 

@archerplushare at 4th of July. 

@will_milne with a shot of the chalk car at this year's Arts and Autos event. 

@will_milne with a shot of the chalk car at this year's Arts and Autos event. 

@bradholt at a Color Run fundraiser earlier in the year for Calhoun MIddle School. Did your camera survive this okay, @Bradholt? 

@bradholt at a Color Run fundraiser earlier in the year for Calhoun MIddle School. Did your camera survive this okay, @Bradholt? 

@erinsummerlin with a rooftop couple shot. 

@erinsummerlin with a rooftop couple shot. 

Sarah Jaffe with some of Denton's finest at Dan's Silverleaf earlier in the year. Photo by @wedentondoit. 

Sarah Jaffe with some of Denton's finest at Dan's Silverleaf earlier in the year. Photo by @wedentondoit. 

A shot from the Tom Petty-themed "Petty Fest" that kicked off this year's Oaktopia festival. 

A shot from the Tom Petty-themed "Petty Fest" that kicked off this year's Oaktopia festival. 

@silimoni on the first day of school. 

@silimoni on the first day of school. 

2016 was a banner year for Denton murals. Here's one of the many new murals from Keep Denton Beautiful. Photo by @circleofharmony. 

2016 was a banner year for Denton murals. Here's one of the many new murals from Keep Denton Beautiful. Photo by @circleofharmony. 

Batman also visited Denton in 2016 thanks to More Fun Comics and Games. Photo by @leithbm. 

Batman also visited Denton in 2016 thanks to More Fun Comics and Games. Photo by @leithbm. 

The "Backdough" late-night donuts at Queenie's became a big deal in 2016. Here's a photo from @negliacooks of a chicken fried steak donut. 

The "Backdough" late-night donuts at Queenie's became a big deal in 2016. Here's a photo from @negliacooks of a chicken fried steak donut. 

2016 also made us very excited for KUZU. Here's an image of Daniel Markham playing a fundraiser for the upcoming radio station at Harvest House. Read more about KUZU here. Photo by @wedentondoit. 

2016 also made us very excited for KUZU. Here's an image of Daniel Markham playing a fundraiser for the upcoming radio station at Harvest House. Read more about KUZU here. Photo by @wedentondoit. 

Denton's brunch options increased exponentially in 2016. Here's a photo of a chicken biscuit from 940's brunch offerings. Photo by @wedentondoit. 

Denton's brunch options increased exponentially in 2016. Here's a photo of a chicken biscuit from 940's brunch offerings. Photo by @wedentondoit. 

Juicy Pig also started slinging bbq in 2016. Photo by @joeymcclellan. 

Juicy Pig also started slinging bbq in 2016. Photo by @joeymcclellan. 

@mbryceo with a photo at this year's Touch a Truck event. 

@mbryceo with a photo at this year's Touch a Truck event. 

@wedentondoit at this year's Trashion Fashion show at KDB's Redbud Festival. 

@wedentondoit at this year's Trashion Fashion show at KDB's Redbud Festival. 

2016 saw the famed Eureka Park renovated. Photo by @wedentondoit. 

2016 saw the famed Eureka Park renovated. Photo by @wedentondoit. 

@peopleofdenton with our favorite dog shot of 2016. 

@peopleofdenton with our favorite dog shot of 2016. 

@dentonaut with a photo of a protest at the confederate monument on the square. Wanna know a little more about the history of the statue? Click here. 

@dentonaut with a photo of a protest at the confederate monument on the square. Wanna know a little more about the history of the statue? Click here

@peopleofdenton with a crowd shot at this year's Oaktopia music festival. 

@peopleofdenton with a crowd shot at this year's Oaktopia music festival. 

@shanna_freeman captured Raised Right Men playing East Side earlier in the year. 

@shanna_freeman captured Raised Right Men playing East Side earlier in the year. 

@orangefilmphoto captured the courthouse in a crystal ball. 

@orangefilmphoto captured the courthouse in a crystal ball. 

@wedentondoit with a mixed drink at The Greenhouse. 

@wedentondoit with a mixed drink at The Greenhouse. 

We'll end this look back at the photos of 2016 with a hopeful double rainbow over East Side from @_annavkarlsson. What does it mean?

We'll end this look back at the photos of 2016 with a hopeful double rainbow over East Side from @_annavkarlsson. What does it mean?