As I mentioned when I started this blog it wouldn't be one I would post a whole lot to yet when I do make posts they are worthwhile. As the year comes to an end it's always fun to review where I went and photographed. It was another good year visiting new places and returning to a few spots I have been many times. It was all good times whether with friends or family or solo.
For your viewing pleasure here are some of my favs, at least what I have processed. You will notice a fair number of have people or man made objects in them whether me or someone else. I notice I am definitely gravitating to mixing up my work more with people in them instead of 100% landscape. I think it's a better blend.
Thank you to all those that follow my work, my supportive wife and girls, clients and fellow photographer friends for a great 2015! I am excited for another new year and new adventures. May the new year be all that you are hoping for too!
If you missed there is also a Photo Cascadia best of slideshow yet that only covers a few of my favs for the year since it's a group of us we try to keep it to smaller number to avoid a 10 minute slideshow!
Starting off the year there wasn't a whole lot of photography. Even though it was a poor snow year I did manage to get up both at the resorts and hiking/skinning up for a number of trips. Here is me on one sunny blue bird day on Mount Hood skinning up on a splitboard.
Spring came very early this year as far as snow melting away, warming temps and blooming flowers. Here are some spring time photos from the Columbia River Gorge area. This first one is of an old homestead with moody skies rolling through.
Fruit tree's bloom with Mount Hood in the background in Hood River Valley. They seem to be cheering for the mountain.
Here is a more intimate and abstract view of Cabin Creek Falls. Plenty of spray from these tall skinny falls throughout the year, except maybe late summer.
During a April trip to the Oregon coast I caught some nice sunrise light near Manzanita.
Back to the Gorge again for some lush greens in April and May. Here is Gorton Creek.
By early May it was already "summer" backpacking season with how warm and mild the weather was. I took my girls for a trip to Salmon River area for an overnighter. They had a blast and I took a few photos too. This is one of them.
In late May my family and I hit Redwood National Park in our quest to see more an do more outside of Oregon. The kids won't put up a fight to come out of school for a few days to spend time camping. The rhodies were not having a great year but still some nice photos regardless. Here a couple of my favs with fogged in redwood trees.
In early June when the snow was already melting from high country, many weeks earlier than usual, I headed to Eagle Cap Wilderness in Eastern Oregon for a backpack trip with one of my best friends. Although I got quite sick and had to leave early (throwing up on the hike out) it was still a great time. Here is my favorite shot of the trip.
One evening in June I could driving real far yet wanted to get out so I checked out Larch Mountain view at sunset. I liked the dappled light across the forest and Mount Hood.
In late June I went down to a few places not far south from Portland, all the way down to the Central Oregon area. Central Oregon being one of my favorite areas in Oregon to spend time for no good reason and to photograph. The next couple are Abiqua Falls (self portrait) and Butte Creek Falls.
In Central Oregon I visited Proxy Falls, Koosah Falls and Scott Lake. Scott Lake had some great light and Koosah was flowing well. Proxy looked a little sad as it was definitely running low on water because of the low snow pack yet I found a comp I liked.
In mid-July my good friend and fellow photographer David Cobb and I backpacked into Glacier Peak Wilderness in Washington. I had not been before this trip and it did not disappoint even though every single flower was already fried and every tarn empty. We camped near a trickle of water to pump what we needed. This tent is not our camp site yet I liked the composition walking back to camp at sunset.
In late September it was off to the Canadian Rockies. Another place on my bucket list to visit in fall that I had not yet visited at all. It was all that I expected and more. Here are just a few of my favorites. The photog in the photo is my good friend Chip Phillips. The light was good just about every direction that evening.
In mid November it was looking nice one morning (by nice I mean overcast and dreary) and I took this chance to capture a fall image of the under photographed Multnomah Falls. You might have heard of this waterfall before?
Then in mid-December the Photo Cascadia crew met up in Eastern Oregon for a few days of fun, business and few more clicks of the shutter. We had blue skies, rain and snow. Plus a decent sunrise for photography. All in all a good way to start winding down 2015. The first photo is me standing above Wallowa Lake on a snow flurry morning. The second is of the remote Imnaha Canyon.