2018 Year in Review
|Winter Morning at Grand Canyon|
This was another year of adventure in photography where I did some new things, went to some new places and reached a few accomplishments. Along the way, I saw some great light and even made a few images I really liked. I feel lucky to have gotten out with the camera and try to make the most of my time in the field.
As is my tradition, I am out for sunrise on New Year's Day. It is my Day 1 ritual to be out waiting for that first sunrise of the year. In 19 years of doing this, I have yet to get a good image and 2018 was no exception. We had ice and the roads were not in good shape. I got out and walked on a cold and clear sky morning. I made a few images, but there just was not a good photo to be had.
January took me to Arizona where I got to hike in the Superstition Mountains and see
|Superstition Mountains, Arizona|
|Winter Camping at Grand Canyon|
I chased bluebonnets across north Texas in April but my favorite patches got mowed down! It was a tough year for wildflowers after that. May took me to Florida and I photographed the ocean and dune lakes of the Emerald Coast.
In June I was in California and got to spend a weekend in Yosemite on a chance. It was clear skies and only a trickle from the falls, but hey it is Yosemite! My normal tactic with clear skies is to go nocturnal and photograph hoping to get the Milky Way. So I was out at 0230 in the morning as the amost full moon was sinking in the west. This gave me a
|El Cap in Yosemite|
When the calendat turns to September I seem to go into hyper photography mode evey year. We start to cool down past the summer Texas heat, the light is better, there are fall colors to be chased and I am out with the camera all the time.
My big trip for the year was two weeks solo camping in Iceland! When I saw that American was launching direct service from DFW to Reykjavik I bought ticket and finally got to visit a place that had long been on my list. I will have detail this trip in longer posts, but I can say there were icebergs, glaciers, the aurora borealis, waterfalls, and much more. It was an incredible trip. It is also incredibly popular, the whole country is like and as a crowded as a US national park. It has scenery and sights that are truly breathtaking, but
|Aurora Borealis in Iceland|
October took me back to Zion. I spent a lot of time hiking and did not get to the Narrows. I did get to see the Milky Way one moring peaking out between the clouds and made a few shots. Zion is another place of amazing scenery and crowds, however the mandatory shuttle system into Zion Canyon works great. Keeping the cars out makes the canyon quiet despite the crowds. If you stay in the town of Springdale, they even shuttle you into the park so you don't have to drive.
|Glacier in Iceland|
October also took me to Minnesota and South Dakota. I got to take an evening hike along the bluffs of the Upper Mississippi River. This is a very neat area that few people visit and one have been lucky enough to see many times. I find it very scenic and have yet to ever encounter another photographer here. I made it over to Siuox Falls and got to photograph the Sioux Falls. Another neat area that only the locals will visit.
|Upper Mississippi River|
|Late December sunrise west of Fort Worth|
Have a great 2019 all!