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So long, winter

So long, winter

Late winter is always is “go” time for me – the days are growing longer and it won’t be long until the snow melts and my opportunity for winter photography has passed for the season. With each new snow, I more anxiously plan and work to get outside in the right location at the right time.

Photographing in winter, and snow specifically, can have such a short window with each storm. Go in the midst of it and there may be too much snow falling to see anything. Go too far after it has stopped, and it could be tracked over, fallen off trees or structures, or even melted away. 

The photos here are from two such late-season outings. One from Rocky Mountain National Park and one of the bison at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

(And to think, I almost made it through the winter without sharing photos of bison in snow.)

The craziest moonlighting I’ve seen. I wasn’t planning on taking a photo here, but when the full moon dropped behind the mountains, it lit the fringes of the swirling clouds in a way I’ve never seen. The experience was similar to watching the northern lights.
2021 in Numbers

2021 in Numbers

In 2020 I started keeping track of how many photos I actually took, and in 2021 I kept at it and even added to it a bit, keeping track by type of outing (wildlife, landscape, around town, etc.).

While looking back at my favorite photos tells part of the story of the year for me, looking at the numbers is equally fun – at least for me. 🙂

Faroe Islands

So, how did 2021 turn out?

2021 Year in Review

2021 Year in Review

2021, the extended transition from 2020 to 2022? However it will be described, it was an interesting year on many fronts and, in looking back, not a bad one at all for us.

As I try to do each year, I’ve selected 20 30 (I tried to get it down to 20, but gave up) 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 30 from 2021.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Then and Now: Alberta Falls

Then and Now: Alberta Falls

This summer I spent a morning in Rocky Mountain National Park and made my way to Alberta Falls. This is one of the most popular hikes in the park – a well-built trail, only about a mile, and a great payoff at the end. In part due to that popularity, I hadn’t been to the falls in some time, or just briefly looked that direction while heading further down the trail.

On this particular day, I decided to stop and take some photos. It was early, I had time to spare, and the crowds had yet to arrive.

The photos I got were some of my favorite from the day. And while editing, I got to wondering when I actually last photographed here. So, through the archives I went, and, to my surprise, it had been 17 years since I last photographed Alberta Falls. Thousands of photos in RMNP since and not one of Alberta. No wonder it was so fun to photograph again.

Black and White

Black and White

A few more from our now, not-so-recent road trip (see posts 1 & 2). I processed more photos as black and white than I normally do, and some some turned out to be among my favorites from this trip.