2017 - A Year In Review

10th January 2018
2017 - A Year in Review

It was a busy year with lots of travel to new places. I spent some time in Fiji on the Island of Naukacuvu. No roads and one trail on the island proved quite relaxing, except for a major tropical storm that blew through. Made for some interesting images, but left the beaches quite a mess. The snorkeling was fantastic, too bad I am not an underwater photographer. The snorkeling and swimming was the highlight of this trip - a real tropical paradise.

Clearing Storm at Sunrise - Naukacuvu Island, Fiji

Upon returning to the US, I traveled up the California coast to the mighty Redwoods. I was hoping to find some of the vibrant Rhododendron trees in bloom among the Redwoods. Lack of spring sun had delayed the flowering trees considerably, but I managed to find a couple of beautiful blooms along the many trails and miles I hiked.

Sheltered Rhododendrons & Redwoods, Del Norte State Park, California

The summer brought me to the mountains of Maine where I explored Gulf Hagas, sometimes known as the Grand Canyon of Maine. The 3 mile slate gorge with 90 foot vertical walls is near the Appalachian Trail and home to hundreds of cascades, swimming holes and named waterfalls.

Screw Auger Falls Cascade, Gulf Hagas, Maine

I hadn't previously done much photography along the coast of Maine and had never been to Acadia National Park, despite it being only 4 hours from me. I made several trips this summer and fall up the coast, visiting lighthouses, rocky harbors and rugged shorelines that were new to me. I even ran into a college friend that I hadn't seen in 25 years, who had picked up photography as well.

Marshall Point Lighthouse at Sunrise, Port Clyde, Maine

Acadia National Park is one of the jewels of Maine, displaying unique pink granite outcroppings on the coast and mountain peaks with 360 degree views. The park is very accessible, allowing me to visit many areas in a single trip.

Boulder Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine

Cadillac Mountain & Otter Bay, Acadia National Park, Maine

An early autumn trip to Grand Teton National Park allowed me to photograph the 1st snow of the year, as several inches fell at various times while in Wyoming. I was able to do some backcountry hiking and camping and visit some of the iconic Teton views. It was a cold, stormy, beautiful trip.

Cascade Canyon & Tetons, Grand Teton National Park

Major travels came to an end in November with a trip to Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks in south central Utah. I had been to Bryce once before, but only for a day with poor photographic conditions. This trip allowed more time to explore various trails and vantage points and get some exciting light - which usually makes or breaks a landscape photo. Capitol Reef is much less visited, but stunning and unique in the way the earth decided to fold and wrinkle on itself for 100 miles.

Bryce Canyon Amphitheater, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Please visit my new galleries for images from these trips as well as the New Hampshire and Maine Galleries, as I will be updating them with new images from the past year.