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Garden & Gun’s Best Photos of 2016

Take a moment to look back at some of our favorite photos from this past year
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Actor Matthew McConaughey relaxing for a moment in the Garden District of New Orleans.

photo: Nigel Perry

This Light Dragoon’s Punch, one of the most popular cocktails at Husk in Charleston, South Carolina, is a brandy-based libation said to have originated in 1783 at the Preservation Society of Charleston.

photo: Johnny Autry

Actor, writer, and comedian Danny McBride puts on a show in Asheville.

photo: Peter Yang

Singer, violinist, and banjo player Rhiannon Giddens shines before a show in Beacon, New York.

photo: John Huba

Matthew McConaughey kicks back in New Orleans’ Garden District between setups and wardrobe changes.

photo: Nigel Perry

Each year, for four decades running, an extended brood gathers for the Peoples family reunion in Texas. Clockwise from top left: Marthel Modkins; Vanessa Curlin with her daughter, Dai’sha; Alice Cummings Hill; Patricia Peoples and her granddaughter, Ke’marie.

photo: LeAnn Mueller

We caught this shot of a vintage Volkswagen bus on the Pacific Coast Highway, a photo from the April/May Los Angeles City Portrait.

photo: Amy Dickerson

A mighty full plate at North Carolina pit master Sam Jones’s new smokehouse—smoked chicken, turkey, chopped pork, ribs, and plenty of sides.

photo: Lissa Gotwals

Japanese magnolias, late-blooming camellias, kumquats, loropetalum, and bottlebrush set off this Southern display by Pistil and Stamen, of New Orleans.

photo: Alison Gootee

Sturgill Simpson and Merle Haggard trade a couple of notes and swap a few stories on Haggard’s Northern California ranch.

photo: David McClister

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Singer-songwriter Aubrie Sellers, whose debut full-length album, New City Blues, came out in Jan. 2016 poses in a New York studio following a recording session.

photo: Miller Mobley

A row of planked shad lined up during the smoking process at the Wakefield Shad Planking, a 70-year-old tradition that is part political rally, part community fish feed.

photo: Randy Harris

BB, an English setter, gets some love during a morning quail hunt at George Hi Plantation in North Carolina.

photo: Andrew Kornylak

Southern-born, Los Angeles–based actress Emayatzy Corinealdi at the Palihouse Santa Monica.

photo: Amy Dickerson

Our June/July cover shoot in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, went on for fifteen hours, but this fresh photo was one of the first shots of the day.

photo: Amy Dickerson

Scott Avett lights it up onstage during a show in Wilmington, North Carolina.

photo: Squire Fox

Landscape painter West Fraser stands with Lady Godiva, an English springer spaniel, in his Charleston, South Carolina, studio.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

A lone slice from our summer pie feature.

photo: Johnny Autry

This bedroom in designer Alexa Pulitzer’s New Orleans home, located in Bayou St. John, distinguishes itself with a mural by Rebecca Rebouché.

photo: Morgan & Owens

The Avett Brothers’ Bob Crawford, Scott Avett, Joe Kwon, and Seth Avett in front of their tour bus in Wilmington, North Carolina. We asked for rock-and-roll energy, so photographer Squire Fox brought along some fireworks, grabbed a few willing fans, and let the sparks fly.

photo: Squire Fox

There’s no finer quail country than the Red Hills, which boasts 300,000 acres of longleaf and wire grass and more than one hundred sprawling plantations between Tallahassee, Florida, and the Ochlockonee River north of Thomasville, Georgia.

photo: Andrew Kornylak

Chef Greg Baker (of the Refinery and Fodder & Shine) updates the sour orange pie, originally introduced to Florida by sixteenth-century settlers.

photo: Johnny Autry

A mess of crabs at Nick’s Seafood in Freeport, Florida.

photo: Cedric Angeles

Texas-born James Lee Burke, a titan among mystery writers, at his Montana ranch.

photo: Kyle Johnson

Volunteer coordinators John Shuck and Marvin Harris strip English ivy from a grave marker in Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, where thousands of African American graves lie obscured and overgrown.

photo: Michael JN Bowles

This Charleston, South Carolina, garden graced the August/September cover and is tended by a retired doctor.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

This photo from Bayou Ben Garden in Houston is one of the best magnolia shots we’ve seen (and we’ve seen a lot).

photo: Wynn Myers

A slate-roofed dovecote finds its home in a secret garden dreamed up by Greyson and Garland Tucker at their home in Raleigh.

photo: Patricia Lyons

A private cottage overlooks the crops on the property of Cumberland Island, Georgia’s Greyfield Inn.

photo: Gabriel Hanway

On Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, fresh white paint and playful details make the front porch at Rita Hayes’s home all the more inviting.

photo: Brie Williams

A beach towel hangs within easy reach on a newel post in Rita Hayes’s home on Sullivan’s Island.

photo: Brie Williams

Former Olympic skier Andy Mill and son Nicky show off a sixty-pound tarpon off the Florida Keys.

photo: Robb Aaron Gordon

Carla Hall’s callaloo collard greens draw inspiration from African American and African cooking, using thyme, coconut, and chile in the style of West African callaloo.

photo: Johnny Autry

Chef Griffin Bufkin, of Southern Soul Barbeque in St. Simons, Georgia, puts a twist on everyone’s favorite down-home dessert with this pineapple upside-down cornmeal cake.

photo: Johnny Autry

It took hours to get just the right amount of sauce and spice on the pickle-brined dipped chicken that covered our October/November issue.

photo: Johnny Autry

The palm-studded patio at the Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans’ Garden District.

photo: Amy Dickerson

The Knockaz Brass Band plays it loud in New Orleans’ Jackson Square.

photo: Amy Dickerson

Traditional meets modern inside antique dealer Roderick Coles’s charming Charlottesville, Virginia, bungalow.

photo: Patricia Lyons

Hunters crouch behind portable blinds as ducks come into view just after sunrise in South Carolina’s Santee River Delta.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

A hunter surveys the sky before calling it a morning.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Motte gets a post-hunt rinse.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Lead singer Paul Janeway and trombonist Chad Fisher of St. Paul & the Broken Bones clown around in Birmingham, Alabama, in front of the blast stoves at Sloss Furnaces.

photo: Eric Ryan Anderson

For chef Mimi Maumus, who runs home.made in Athens, Georgia, the only thing better than a cheese straw is one stuffed with pimento cheese.

photo: Johnny Autry

Interior designer Bunny Williams with one of her beloved rescue dogs on the lawn of her Connecticut home.

photo: William Waldron

An English setter in the field.

photo: Andrew Kornylak

In-demand designer Louisa Pierce in the living room of her Nashville home.

photo: Caroline Allison

In her kitchen, designer Louisa Pierce covered a range hood in subway tile, establishing one of the hallmarks of her distinctive style.

photo: Caroline Allison

Mercy Street actor McKinley Belcher III kicks back at Loew’s Jersey Theater in Jersey City, New Jersey.

photo: Ben Hoffman

A trio of English setters at the ready at Otter Creek Farm in Ohatchee, Alabama.

photo: Robb Aaron Anderson

Two English setters on point at Otter Creek Farm.

photo: Robb Aaron Gordon