As another amazing year draws to a close, I thought I'd put together a post featuring some of my favorite images from 2014. I didn't get out nearly as much as I would have liked this year, mostly due to a long recovery from a work related foot injury I suffered in 2013. That being said, I still enjoyed some wonderful hikes with friends, a few overnight backpacking trips, and two vacations covering seven national parks with my lovely wife, Bertina. But enough yapping already. You came here to see some pretty pictures, so here they are presented in the order in which they were taken. I hope you enjoy them, and have a great 2015!
This first image is from a January hike up to Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. I could barely make out the clouds in the darkness, but a long exposure brought them out nicely. The hike to Dream Lake is one of my favorites, and I often do it several times a year.
The next four images were taken on a beautiful foggy morning in Boulder's Flatiron Vista Open Space. When I was driving to the park well before sunrise, I almost turned around and went home because the fog was so thick I could barely see. I'm glad I decided to keep going.
The following image is my take on minimalist photography. I liked the way the power lines disappeared into the thick fog.
In March I decided to hike Joe Mills Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. I made good use of my snowshoes on this trip.
Last May Bertina and I drove out to Utah to visit Canyonlands National Park for the first time and to re-visit Arches National Park. The two following images were taken near the Squaw Flat Campground in Canyonlands.
While in Arches, we made a midnight hike up to Delicate Arch. Seeing this fantastic arch bathed in moonlight was absolutely breathtaking, and we had the place to ourselves the entire time we were up there.
I love the moon. I also love Longs Peak. This image is from the Twin Sisters Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Bertina and I backpacked up to American Lakes Basin in July. State Forest State Park lies along the Northern Border of Rocky Mountain National Park. This area offers stunning scenery and is quite possibly the best place in Colorado to see moose.
It's quite difficult convincing yourself to get out of your warm sleeping bag in the middle of the night to take pictures, but it is often very rewarding.
This is a photo from another trip up to Dream Lake. It's a bit hard to see, but if you look close on a larger version of this image, you can see Venus and Jupiter in conjunction just to the right of center.
Here is another image of the Venus-Jupiter Conjunction about a week later in Summit County, this time forming a triangle with the moon.
Bertina and I spent Labor Day Weekend in and around Ridgway, and one day we decided to hike up to Ice Lake Basin near Silverton. Ice Lake has an amazing electric blue color that you must see to believe. The hike to the lake isn't incredibly long, but it does gain quite a bit of elevation. Well worth the effort, though.
In September we took a long vacation to the Pacific Northwest to visit several national parks: Olympic, Mount Rainier, Crater Lake, Redwood, and Lassen Volcanic. I loved hiking among the giant redwood trees.
The day after I got back from our vacation, I hit the road once again to catch Colorado's fall colors. These next three photographs are also featured in an earlier blog post of my favorite autumn images.
Dream Lake once again. I told you I liked it, didn't I?
To cap off my 2014 photography, I made a solo overnight outing to photograph the popular fourteeners Grays and Torreys by moonlight. I had been wanting to shoot these peaks from this vantage for several years, and I'm glad that I finally made it happen.
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