2016 was another good year personally and for photography. This showcase of my favorite images will be shorter than usual as I am behind on processing. There will certainly be highlights in late 2017 from 2016 as I get caught up. Mainly this applies to my Desert Southwest trip where I have many keeper photos and only a handful are here.
I was thankful to get out to some new places which I always seek to do whether it's for photography or family trips. New scenery excites the senses and stimulates the creative spirit in me. I imagine that is similar for many of us.
As always thank you for the support from my peers to my customers and most importantly my wife and kids who support me on this never ending endeavour. More important than even the business aspect is what it does for me mentally and physically from getting outdoors to exercise. You can't put a price on that.
If you did not get a chance to check the annual year end Photo Cascadia slideshow for 2016 it's worth the 4 minutes. Everything from local Pacific Northwest to Patagonia is showcased along with many behind the scenes snap shots.
Here is to a stellar 2017 to you, to me, to all of us.
The Desert Southwest trip visiting Arizona, Utah and Nevada was definitely the photography highlight. Traveling with four other Photo Cascadia team members we visited great spots at the right time.
Coal Mine Sunrise - Here is friend David Cobb standing at the edge of Coal Mine Canyon at sunrise.
Friend and Photo Cascadia team member Chip Phillips getting into the zone out in the backcountry of Utah.
Blending Into The HillsMy friend Chip Phillips busy caputring the beauty of this scene in the Desert Southwest. If you look close you can see our ride, black FJ, near the center of the photo. Simply shows the immense scale of this backcountry scene in Utah.
The Haunting - Canyon hiking on the Colorado Plateau of Utah with an amazing cracked mud ground and desert varnish dripping from the walls.
Nature Tripping - Taken while walking on psychedelic candyland sandstone in Nevada. It was a rainbow of colors like nothing I had ever seen before. Felt as excited as a kid in a candy store as this was my first time photography sandstone like this, albeit this was far from candy!
Golden Pools - Numerous pools of water reflecting the warm and cool sky from above along the South Shore of Kauai, Hawaii.
More Than a Pond - A historic fishing pond from many generations ago on the island of Kauai, Hawaii with a vibrant sunset evening.
Seascape Dreams - As a photographer we often hope for a sky like this, if not daydream for one. At Cannon Beach, OR the dream came alive this time around. One of my nicer photos from this area while co-leading a spring time workshop with my friend David Cobb.
Seascape DreamsAs a photographer we hope for skies like this, in fact we sometimes dream of it. At Cannon Beach, OR the dream came aliive this time around. Short Sands - A very pleasant spring Sunday morning along the North Oregon Coast at Oswald West State Park. Another scene from a workshop with David Cobb where the participants were raving about the conditions.
Summer Wizardry - Sunrise along the rim of Crater Lake in Summer time at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. I was on a family camping trip yet my friend and I got out for one morning of photography. Although summer is busy here, sunrise is early and only a small number of folks up wandering around at this time.
Sounds of Stillness - All that could be heard was the sound of occasional water dripping and leaves waving when breezes came through. Acadia National Park in Maine. I had a short but very nice trip to see Acadia for the first time. This scene was one of my favorite on the main loop just before dark with almost no traffic coming by to rustle this field of ferns.
Marbles I - Colorful rocks along the shore in Acadia National Park in Maine. I could have spent half a day just starring at the rocks taking different compositions. This wide variety of different shapes, patterns and colors together on the same beach is not often seen.
Snow and Stars - I had not been snow camping for a couple years. it was good to get out with a good friend for a short trip of snow and testing out a new backpack for f-stop gear which I used to carry all my equipment and supplies.
My good friend Josh stands along the edge of Tam McArthur Rim in Central Oregon of Three Sisters Wilderness. This shows how small we are in the vast open earth we live on. This was one of two short backpacking trips for the year. LRG_DSC07186