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.

Virtual Art Show Benefiting Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)

Virtual Art Show Benefiting Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) normally hosts local artists several times a year at their offices in Washington Park, Denver, including public viewings. In 2018, VOC hosted one such show for me and at the start of 2020 they kindly invited me back to do another show later this year.

And then, well, you know…

How to have National Parks to Yourself

How to have National Parks to Yourself

It’s summer and all across America, people are heading to our National Parks. Marketing efforts to get people out to the parks, an increase in demand for experiences over things, and perhaps a desire for picturesque Instagram photos, among other factors, has driven record crowds at Parks across the country.

In fact, the past three years (2016-18) have been the busiest three on record, though 2018 was back down a little. My “home” park, Rocky Mountain National Park, is the third busiest in the system with visitation approaching 5 million.

(As a quick aside, I’m not complaining about the crowds. I’m glad people are out visiting our parks, because if people are having great experiences in our parks, then hopefully they’ll be supporters/defenders/stewards of them in the future.)

With so many people, how do you work around them, either for photography or just your own solitude?

Here are the top ways I commonly navigate (away from) the crowds:

1. Go early. While each park can be different, most visitors typically aren’t out at sunrise. During the peak season, I will still see some people, but seeing or passing a handful of visitors is a lot better than the dozens or more just a few hours later.

Sprague Lake at sunrise, nearly to myself