Everyone seems to be doing their "15 favorites from 2015" so I thought I'd join them. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I couldn't narrow my favorites from the past year down to only 15. So, here they are:
Bear Rocks Preserve in West Virginia. The wind NEVER stopped which made it quite challenging to capture this image.
Elakala Falls in Blackwater Falls State Park - West Virginia. I had to be patient with this image as the lighting was constantly changing with the moving clouds.
Grist Mill - Babcock State Park - West Virginia. Ever since I saw an image of this mill over 20 years ago I had it on my bucket list of places to shoot. I finally had the opportunity this past year and hit the one day the colors were peak and the water was flowing.
Capitol Reef National Park - Utah. Talk about luck to have some cooperative horses in just the right position at sunset!
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument - Dance Hall Rock - Utah. This past year I tried my hand at some night photography. I placed my gas lantern behind the small knoll in the foreground so it wouldn't be in the shot but still would light up Dance Hall Rock. This feature is about 70-80 feet tall.
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument - Horizon Arch - Utah. This is another location I've been wanting to shoot for quite some time. It was pure luck that I got this shot as I arrived literally 2 minutes before the light on the rocks was gone. We almost had to spend an unplanned night in the desert since we didn't set waypoints on our GPS going in.
White Aspens - Utah. My wife found this image in a remote area of Utah. There were some black rocks behind the aspens which really made them stand out.
Zion National Park - Left Fork North Creek - Utah. I've done the hike to the Subway numerous times over the past 28 years and have never shot this particular crack in the ground with the water flowing through it. No, I did not place those leaves there. This is how we found them when we arrived.
Zion National Park - Utah. I took this image about 45 minutes before sunrise. Most photographers go here at sunrise but the pre-dawn glow is simply amazing. If you look closely, you can still see some stars.
Zion National Park - Utah. This is the same shot only taken at sunrise the same morning. Not sure which one I like better.
American Basin - Colorado. This is probably the best year I've seen at American Basin. The columbine were also profuse.
Chimney Peak and Courthouse Mountain - Colorado. After 3 days of winter storms, I could see the clouds starting to break up from our house. I ran down to this location and was simply in awe of the scene happening in front of me. It was one of those incredibly rare sunsets where everything comes together.
Aspens - Colorado. The aspen trees in spring can be almost as beautiful as in the fall in my opinion.
Governor Basin - Colorado. I've been going to this location for over 25 years but never seemed to have time to go for sunrise. Now that we live here, it takes a very short time from our house to get here with the dirtbike. I went here 3 mornings in a row to get this image.
Molas Pass area - Colorado. This is another image that I was able to capture by living here. I could see the clouds to the west clearing so I knew it would be a high probability of a good sunset. It didn't disappoint.
Mount Sneffels - Colorado. I actually took this image from our front deck one morning this past spring.
Old pickup and fall colors - Colorado. I've probably walked right by this old pickup over a dozen times going to another location. This past year it caught my attention with all the color around it.
Curved aspen trees - Colorado. This particular location is quickly becoming "discovered" by the throngs of photographers that come to this area. Hopefully it stays pristine and doesn't get trampled.
San Juan Mountains - Colorado. Once in a while the clouds cooperate and move just where you want them.
Mt. Sneffels and San Juan Mountains - Colorado. This is a relatively unknown pond on private property. We had a dusting of snow the night before and a perfect reflection which made everything come together.
Stony Pass - Colorado. This was by far the best year I've seen at Stony Pass in all my years of going there.
Sydney Basin - Colorado. This took me a couple of mornings to get this image. This is another location where the dirtbike makes it SO much easier and quicker to get to.