It’s hard to believe that another year is approaching so quickly! Where did this year go? As I do every year, I write about my top favorite photos of the year. I’ve been participating in Jim Goldstein’s blog project featuring his & other photographer’s best photos of the year.  I’ve been doing this since 2013. This is my sixth year!  

Throughout 2018 I’ve been still traveling in an RV with my husband and living nomadically. Since I began landscape photography I feel like this is the year that I’ve photographed the least. Not sure exactly why because we did travel to some National Parks which have been on my bucket list for awhile. Sometimes I felt like I just wanted to enjoy and experience these locations rather than focus on photography. Because we travel often I sometimes like to experience the location first and maybe plan another time to return for serious photography. In any case we visited Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, California, Colorado, and Oregon. It’s been a busy year! 

My personal favorite photo of the year was taken at Yellowstone National Park. I had to concentrate on taking more intimate photos due to the amount of people around. While admiring the beautiful colors in this hot spring a bird flew into the scene. It was enjoyable watching him walk all around this pool where humans and other animals would not dare walk!

Upper Yellowstone Falls at Yellowstone National Park, WY.

 

After visiting Yellowstone National Park, we stayed in Grand Teton National Park. Because there were less people there, I really enjoyed my time there exploring the area. I saw my first moose there! The fires from the northwest were causing smokey skies during our stay there. I did find a couple of my favorite photos from the trip though. I definitely plan to return at another time! 

 

 

This year we spent a couple of months traveling throughout New Mexico. There were places we missed the previous year so I wanted to make sure we didn’t miss them this year. One place we loved was Carlsbad Cavern National Park. We loved it so much we spent a couple of days exploring the cave. We were there during week days and didn’t have to deal with crowds. 

 

Sunset at Saddle Mountain in Tonopah, Arizona.

We stayed in the Arizona desert boondocking at several places. My favorite new spot was in Tonopah where we met up with our friends Ray & Anne. Anne is also a nomadic nature photographer so it’s always fun to get together. 

 

A beautiful sunset and reflections on the beach in Bandon, Oregon.

 

Toketee Falls within the Umpqua National Forest, Oregon.

Whitehorse Falls was photographed during a rainy, autumn day. It’s located within the Umpqua National Forest in Oregon.

Back in Oregon I had a chance to stay awhile in our old stomping grounds in Coos Bay along the coast. I visited several of my favorite spots often.

When the weather was turning cooler in the fall we made it over to the Umpqua National Forest where I could photograph waterfalls. I mainly wanted to test out my new Fujifilm X-T3 since I had just received it.  

I’ve included in this post my annual slideshow of new releases in 2018 which I posted on YouTube. I hope you enjoy!  

Have a wonderful Christmas holiday season and all the best to you and yours in 2019!