2017 in Pictures – This year was definitely a busy one with almost 12,000 road-trip miles driven and probably about 200+ miles hiked… This was definitely hard to narrow down this year, but here are my favorite shots from 2017. (In no particular order.)
One night after work, I decided to bail on my original plan to bushwack into a lake and opted to climb a ridge above Vail instead. After waiting out a brief rainstorm and and watching a herd of Elk panic at that sounds of what I think were mountain lion growls, the sky lit up more colorful than I’ve ever seen.
I said these weren’t in any particular order, but I think this is #1.
Gabe Rivera, GoPro Mountain Games, Eagle, Colorado
I’ve been shooting the GoPro Mountain Games for a few years and finally took home first place with this image winning overall.
Deep Creek Canyon, the Flat Tops, Colorado
Thinking the sunset was a dud, I had actually already packed up my gear for the night. At least I knew better than to just leave right away…
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California
It was just a beautiful morning.
Courthouse Mountain & Chimney Rock, Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado
This scene has exploded in the photography world over the past few years and I made it my goal this fall to find it. The light didn’t totally cooperate, but at least I wasn’t totally shut out. I will definitely get back there next year for round 2 for hopefully some better light and more colorful Aspens.
Sky Pond, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
This was another place I was determined to get to and shoot this summer and I’d argue is one of the most impressive spots in all of Colorado.
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Lake Nicaragua & Concepcion Volcano, Nicaragua
Crater Lake, the Gore Range, Colorado
Aguereberry Point, Death Valley National Park, California
Piney Lake, Vail, Colorado
Gore Lake, Vail, Colorado
It wasn’t exactly the same seclusion as Crater Lake, but after the bear encounter, I was okay with that.
Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California
Piney River, Vail, Colorado
Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Cathedral Valley has just gotten so popular on the interwebs these days, I wanted to shoot it. It was actually more impressive than I had expected.
And of course this year wouldn’t be complete without a couple from the most magical place on the planet… Bora Bora.