|Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah|
Through the years, this little exercise has allowed me to immerse myself in the year's memories and to consider opportunities for gratitude. There are many.
|Moonrise over Watson Lake. Prescott, Arizona|
I love to chase the full moon, especially the moon set in the morning. There's a good deal of research and preparation involved in this game, but it doesn't always work out. I was concerned about the clouds this morning at Watson Lake in Prescott Arizona, but they made the image more interesting.
|Pre-launch, Alamo Lake Arizona|
Arizona Highways Magazine put out a call for images of Arizona State Parks early in the year. I had not spent much time at Alamo Lake State Park yet, and really enjoyed a handful of trips there to camp and shoot. One morning I rigged up my folding kayak and launched before sunrise. In February. Below freezing. The "real" shots were lovely, but I love the sense of anticipation in this one. My feet were numb for at least an hour despite the neoprene socks.
|Long Drink, Marana, Arizona|
Another lovely trip to the Desert Photo Retreat in Marana Arizona. There's a whole post on this trip, but here I submit a favorite; reflections, eye contact, behavior, color, and interest in a common critter. I love doing this trip with my friend Kim, and we'll be back in 2023.
|Trio, Along the San Juan River, New Mexico|
So begins the photography trips which include fishing. Honestly I didn't expect too much, as winter still had its hold on the San Juan River Valley in Northern New Mexico. Besides, I was trying to keep the dog out of the fishermen's way. This little layered tableau was a lovely bonus.
|Classic Grand Canyon View|
|Dory in Lava Falls, Grand Canyon|
Grand Canyon river trip #9. That'll teach me. High winds, infectious diseases, and an old, creaky body that doesn't bear up well to comparisons with its status at 21 years old when I took the first of these trips. Of course we managed to have a good time anyway. It's tough to choose one from two weeks of immersion (sometimes literally) in the Colorado River. So, I submit a couple. A classic river view in late light and one of our trip leader rowing the elegant dory through the infamous Lava Falls.
|Angler in Mogollon Rim Country, Arizona|
Fishing and photography. We've been working together these days; I'm photographing custom flyrods (marcoflyrods.com) and also shooting the angler in action. I'm also discovering places I might not have otherwise found, most of which have running water (See July). Here Marco is casting at East Clear Creek in Arizona.
|Summer on the Upper Provo River, Utah|
The upper Provo River, Utah. There are also fish here.
|Blue Ridge Reservoir, Arizona|
A cold morning on Blue Ridge Reservoir. Solitude, Osprey, fog. That's a memory for sure.
|Predawn Grand Canyon|
The best-laid plans. The Grand Canyon's South Rim is pretty crowded much of the time. I generally only go when I have a good reason. I'd hoped to catch some of the Plein Air painting during the Celebration of Art. I'd even made plans to meet an artist I particularly admire. No luck with any of that, but sunrise at Desert View was worth the price of admission.
|Morning Moonset, Fish Lake, Utah|
Another tough choice, given an epic, 2-week road trip through northern Arizona and Southern Utah. This is the winner; taken in the Pando Grove of aspens near Fish Lake Utah.
|Foggy Morning on Caddo Lake, Texas|
|Dramatic light at the end of the tree tunnel, Caddo Lake, Texas|
This was my first adventure in the great Cypress Swamps called Caddo Lake Texas. Yeah.
|Electric Light, Mojave National Preserve, CA|
There was a lot to choose from this month, including 7 days on the road at solstice. There was subtle light, too, but I thought I'd go out this year with a bang.
Cheers to y'all readers. See you next year!