Each year photographer, Jim Goldstein graciously features a list of photographer blogs who share their best photos of the year. You can find out more about the project here. I have been participating since 2013 but have been a follower of Jim’s blog since 2009. I always enjoy seeing other outdoor photographer’s work. I have found so many great photographers from Jim’s list. You can find my 2015 blog post here.
2016 was a fun year of traveling the Southwest, California, Nevada and Oregon. There were trips planned to other places that didn’t work out. When you live nomadically in an RV, you know there will be time to get to places eventually, so you don’t sweat it. 2016 was the first full year living in our RV without a sticks and brick home. I wrote about about the first three months here.
Algodones Dunes Wilderness in California
In January my husband and I met up with photographer Anne McKinnell and her husband Ray along with other new RV friends at a BLM site off Ogilby Road in California, near the Arizona border. Anne and I took a run out to the North Algodones Dunes Wilderness to catch the sunset. You can read more about some of my travels and photographing the southwest here.
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
A trip to the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico was at the top of my bucket list so my husband and I made our way there hitting it right at spring break! You can read more about my experience here.
Lower Antelope Canyon ~ Page, Arizona
Another place that has been on my bucket list for awhile was Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona. I paid for two different photography tours. Read my blog post, Tips for Photographing Lower Antelope Canyon. I really enjoyed my tours and came back with several keepers. Below are a couple of my favorite.
McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park, California
On our way back to Oregon for the summer we traveled along California’s Highway 395.
I loved visiting Burney Falls even though the weather wasn’t cooperating. Despite poor light, I was able to get a couple of creative photos I really liked.
Lower Kentucky Falls ~ Oregon Coast Range
We decided to make our way up the California & Oregon Coasts after getting out of Redding. Once again the weather wasn’t cooperating with my plans for photography. Particularly when we visited the Redwoods again this year. Then we were back in my old stomping grounds along the Oregon Coast Range where we went on one of our favorite hikes along the Kentucky Falls Trail.
Lavenders in the Willamette Valley, Oregon
We spent 4 months in Oregon. We volunteered as camp hosts at Oregon State Parks in areas near our kids. This gave us a free place to camp. Our work schedules were light and we had plenty of time to see family and explore the areas we stayed in.
In June & July we stayed Champoeg State Park as Visitor Center hosts. We loved exploring the farmlands, seeing our kids in Portland and getting a chance to see the farms during the Lavender Festival. Next year I plan on checking out more lavender farms that participate. There are lots of photo ops there!
Smith Rock State Park ~ Redmond, Oregon
Then in August we spent a whole month on the property of Smith Rock State Park as Welcome Center Hosts to be close to our Bend family. There were many sunrises and sunsets that were pretty awesome to see and photograph during our stay there.
Sweet Creek Falls ~ Oregon Coast Range
In the fall we wanted to be close to one of our daughter’s who was having her first baby, so we were back near Portland. Besides lots of baby photos that I took when Jack finally arrived, we made it down to Sweet Creek Falls back in the Oregon Coast Range before heading south.
Even though I took less photos than I have in previous years, I would not change a thing. It was great to spend quality time with family, make new friends, take a slower pace in our travels and enjoy all the places we visited, thoroughly.