It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by! It’s that time of year once again where I post my top ten photos of the year. And it’s where I participate in Jim Goldstein’s annual project where he curates a list of other photographers showcasing their favorite photos. I’ve lost track, but I’m sure I’ve participated at least 5 years now.
Last year (2017) I didn’t travel as much as previous years. There were some destination cancellations due to vehicle problems. Since I now live nomadically in an RV, sometimes the weather or vehicle problems can dictate a change of plans. And that has been the case this year and even the previous year. I did however, get to spend about 4 months back in Oregon. I also spent some time in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, California and Colorado.
Another thing that occurred last year that changed my plans was the death of my father. He was 89 years old. I thought for sure he would live to be 90 this year and all my family would get together to celebrate it. Unfortunately, dad had a year of ups and downs with his health and he passed away on September 2nd. I am glad Mike & I stopped at his house in April on our way back to Oregon and enjoyed a nice visit. I took so many photos of dad during our time there. I’m still deeply saddened by his death and missing him so much. Nothing prepares you for the death of a family member.
It was definitely a struggle to come up with ten images as I feel like I didn’t shoot as much. The positive thing is that I spent a lot of time with family this year.
If you missed my annual slideshow where I’ve added some of these photos, I’ve included the link at the bottom where it’s hosted on YouTube. Thanks for taking a look and Happy New Year!
My husband and I spent a lot of time in Arizona last year. A new place we stayed was at Lost Dutchman State Park with the beautiful Superstition Mountains very close and easily accessed from the park. We’ve tried to stay in this campground before but it’s always been booked up. We got lucky and were able to stay for a week. In this particular image, I took a panorama to capture the full mountain range. I took other photos while there but this was my favorite during a week with very little color.
I loved hanging out in the Tucson area for a few weeks. This photo was taken during an approaching rain storm. A rare thing in the winter! I have several beautiful sunset shots out in the desert, but for some reason I really like this one.
It was great to be back in Oregon and wandering one of my favorite beaches, Bandon! I must say, I do miss getting out to do beach photography on a regular basis. I lived on the Southern Oregon Coast for over 20 years and the beaches there were my playground and backyard.
We made it to Yosemite National Park but for only a couple of days as we were in a hurry to get back to Oregon by May. I had a chance to meet up my friend, Franka Gabler who is a fantastic landscape photographer who lives near Yosemite. Check out her inspiring photography. Though I didn’t come away with anything I felt was really great, it was just wonderful to wander around such a gorgeous area.
We spent an entire month in Central Oregon during the month of August. It was definitely hard to leave this area!
Another image at Sparks Lake, of course. We did get out to do some kayaking there with our wonderful family.
One of the best thing about being in Central Oregon was staying on the property of Smith Rock State Park. My husband and I were camp hosts for the Welcome Center. Theres nothing like camping right there at Smith Rock!
We were there at Smith Rock State Park during the solar eclipse. Since we were on duty, I didn’t plan any photography during the event. I wrote about it here. You can also read read about it on our travel blog.
One of the places we stayed for a couple of weeks was Sedona, Arizona. We had the greatest campsite with some incredible views. I guess I really liked this shot best waiting for sunset.
In this Sedona image I loved how the light hit the rocks and the approaching storm clouds.