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2020 Year in Numbers

2020 Year in Numbers

In my 2019 Year in Review post I mentioned that I had taken 10,000 photos that year. However, as I also admitted, I really had no clue how many photos I took – only how many I kept. I also jokingly said I’d keep better track in 2020.

One of my favorite images of 2020.

Well, I did. Every time I came back from photographing, whether it be a walk near home or a bigger trip, I first recorded how many files were on my memory cards before starting my review and editing.

Now, 2020 turned out to probably not be the best year for tracking what’s “normal” in terms of the number of photos took considering how many trips were cancelled, but it did suggest that my 10,000 estimate was way low.

So how many did I take in 2020?

2020 Year in Review

2020 Year in Review

So, 2020…

No need to add commentary about the year on the whole, though, really, all-in-all I cannot complain. While this was the first year in a decade to not include international travel, I was still able to explore in my home state and region, as well as a trip to Maine.

As I try to do each year, I’ve selected 20 of my favorite images of the year. It’s always fun to look back, see where I’ve been and relive moments that seem so long ago but really were not.

Here are my personal top 20 from 2020. They weren’t always the most “liked” on social media (or even posted online) or the most eye-catching, but rather my personal 20 that captured my year outdoors.

Fall in Acadia National Park – 2020

Fall in Acadia National Park – 2020

After the trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Teton National Park, I had one more trip left for fall, Acadia National Park. Unlike the others, this wasn’t a road trip and as such it was almost called off to avoid flying. Luckily, everything worked out and we still made the trip, though with a few changes.

Below are a few of my favorites from in and around Acadia National Park this fall. 

Fall colors in Acadia National Park.
Fall in the Tetons – 2020

Fall in the Tetons – 2020

After the trip to Rocky Mountain National Park we headed to Grand Teton National Park. I had been all around Grand Teton – to the north, east, and south – but never actually to Grand Teton National Park proper.

What better time to check it out than during fall. Below are a few of my favorites from early October. 

My favorite photo of the trip, taken after arriving our first evening. The soft, golden light. The iconic Grand Teton. The hint of fall colors. All the ingredients for a great photo were there that evening.
Fall in Rocky Mountain National Park – 2020

Fall in Rocky Mountain National Park – 2020

Fall is hands-down my favorite season. I plan photography trips months in advance with the excitement really kicking in when the first leaves in the mountains start to change in late August. Then the days become noticeably shorter and the mornings a little cooler and a little crisper.  Finally, by late September it’s prime time for fall colors and wildlife photography.

When I lived in Washington State, I’d travel to the Cascades to photograph the larches. In California I’d travel to the eastern Sierra. And in Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park has often been a second home during fall.

Below are a few of my favorites from this fall, all taken during the last week of September. 

This fall wasn’t the best for the aspens in terms of their yellow leaves, but you can always find pockets of great color.