Lindsey Vonn

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Lindsey Kildow, now Lindsey Vonn at the Slalom race during the 2004 Chevrolet U.S. Alpine National Championships, Alyeska Resort, Alaska.

Lindsey Kildow, now Lindsey Vonn at the Slalom race during the 2004 Chevrolet U.S. Alpine National Championships, Alyeska Resort, Alaska.

Back in 2004 I was excited to pick up a press photo pass for the U.S. Alpine National Championships which were being held just an hour and a half from my home.  I was excited to see and photograph the likes of Bodie Miller and Daron Rahlves and Julia Mancuso.  Fortunately I also photographed the lessor known athletes as well.  Little did I know then, but one of them one,  become the most successful female alpine skiers in history!

Back then she was known as Lindsey Kildow.  I remember her because she had fallen early on and scratched her chin and always had a band-aid on it.  I actually have a fair number of photos of her skiing and at the podiums as she had a successful Championships.  It is fun to look back at the images of her as little did anyone know then, she would soon become a household name!  So this weekend she is retiring from skiing – cheers to a fantastic career!

Favorite Photos from 2018

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Another busy but wonderful year!

So here are a few of my favorite images from the past year thanks to a tradition started by Jim Goldstein many years ago.

It is hard to narrow down to just my choices.  I did a fair amount of people photography this year, and some of them could have made the cut.  Plus, I have lots of birds and wildflower from the Desert Photo Retreat, but tried to keep it to just a handful of each subject.  Except bears – have to include lots of bears!

For those interested, here are more:  Favorite Photos of 2017  Favorite Photos of 2016  Favorite Photos of 2015Favorites of 2014  Favorite photo of 2013  Favorite photos of 2012favorite photos of 2011favorite photos of 2010  –  favorite photos of 2009 and finally, favorite photos of 2008.

Brown bear taking a break, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park.

This pose was just too cute!  The brown bear photos are from my photo tours.

 

Brown bear sow with two third summer cubs.

Brown Bear Boar, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown bear sow with two third summer cubs – what a family pose!

 

Brown Bear Boar, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bear Boar, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

This male was absolutely huge!

 

Wild red fox.

Wild red fox.

A wild red fox from my Alaska Bear Photo Tour.

 

Gray fox, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Gray fox, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Maybe my favorite of the year in part because of how much work went into capturing this photo.  Three flashes, a remote and a sunset all finally came together to capture one of our local residents.

 

Lazuli Bunting.

Lazuli Bunting.

One of our many colorful migrants here in Arizona.

 

Northern Mockingbird.

Northern Mockingbird.

Another regular around here.

 

Bobcat, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Bobcat, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

I love bobcats, it was such a thrill to have two regulars last Spring.

 

Northern Lights over Resurrection Bay, Seward, Alaska.

Northern Lights over Resurrection Bay, Seward, Alaska.

Every year I have at least one photo from my “front yard”  It was a treat to have aurora there this fall.

 

Polar bear, Alaska Arctic.

Polar bear, Alaska Arctic.

Snowy polar bear!

 

Curved-Billed Thrasher, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Curved-Billed Thrasher, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

A final image from our desert property.

Algae Bear

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Brown bear on Chichagof Island, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Brown bear on Chichagof Island, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

This was some crazy green algae during low tide – I was so glad when this brown bear decided to pass through the area.  This was from a year ago as I get caught up.