Here, the fifth annual Monthly Favorites post, an exercise in editing and impossible choices for me (is there a distinction?), but perhaps a bit of fun for you.
|The morning after the big storm, Grand Canyon
|Sieur De Monts, Acadia National Park
|Predawn Moonset, Dead Horse Point State Park
A side trip from the Moab Photo Symposium, this morning at Dead Horse Point State Park (Utah) with photo friend Kim Gray had it all; setting moon, delicate color, and a sexy foreground tree. Like many of my favorites, I look at this image and recall the feel of the air, scents, and texture of the rock. Can you hear the Canyon Wrens?
|Sego Lily, Western Grand Canyon
After three years or so exploring the more isolated views of the Grand Canyon, I've found some favorites. This spot in the Buffalo Ranch area does provide spectacular views, but also consistently surprises me with what's at my feet. I know I'll keep coming back here; it's good for my soul.
|Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe Sunrise
Two weeks on the road in Northern California and Nevada. How do I choose a favorite? This is one of those photogasmic moments I've written about. Our little group rolled out of bed at 3:15 AM and stood (on the side of the road, no less) wondering what gifts the light would give us. Slowly it dawned (no pun) on us that we were witnessing something rare.
|Brown Bear, Katmai NP, Alaska
Bears. I just can't seem to choose a favorite image from this trip to Katmai National Park in Alaska. Here's one I'll use to sort of symbolize the whole body of work. I have such gratitude for my traveling companions, Guide Chris Cornetet, and especially Stan Cunningham (our fearless leader).
|Telephoto view from Grandview Point, Grand Canyon NP
The Grand Canyon has been photographed and rephotographed. This image highlights two of my strategies for presenting a different take on this unparalleled place. First, I love to photograph it when clouds provide light and shadow, highlighting its contours. I've also used a longer focal length (telephoto lens) to carve out details and leave distracting busyness behind. You could say that the black & white treatment simplifies and provides a different view as well. In any case, I love the line and curve of this unassuming shot.
|Desert View rain curtain, Grand Canyon
I don't know how I continue to do this annual post, because the choices are too difficult. September included the New Mexico Badlands, spectacular scenery on the Navajo Reservation, the turkey vultures which inhabit Yarnell, a cool studio project with feathers, and a fun day with the Arizona Game & Fish Tortoise expert, Cristina Jones. You'd think I'd choose a distinct location, but we're back at the Grand Canyon. I was thrilled to stand in a drenching monsoon storm (alone, of course. All the sensible folks found shelter) at the East end of the park, watching curtains of rain pass through and the play of light. There was a rainbow that same afternoon, but I prefer this subtler composition.
|Stone, Treman State Park, New York
|Cave Creek Canyon, AZ
The Southern Arizona trip was fabulous, and presents another challenge choosing a favorite. I'll pick this one, partly because it didn't make it to the original post. I couldn't get over the color of the water in this little pool in Cave Creek Canyon, and the sycamore leaves which anchor the composition. I had to blend images at different ISOs to have the little cascade blurred, the water transparent, and the leaves still.
|Icicles on Joshua Tree, Death Valley National Park
Thanks for riding along with me through the year. Best wishes for all your 2017 adventures!