Favorite Photos of 2017

Ron Niebrugge Photos, Travel 2 Comments

Another busy but wonderful year!  First year in a long time I didn’t travel to Antarctica, but still hit many amazing places.

For those interested, here are more: 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.

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

 

Javelina - two bodies one head?

Javelina – two bodies one head?

We have spent a lot of time in Arizona developing the Desert Photo Retreat.  I’m looking forward to many more photo opportunities from the area, these are a few including the crazy looking javelina.

Gilded Flicker, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Gilded Flicker, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

A Gilded Flicker – maybe my favorite photo of the year.

Rainbow, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Rainbow, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

We sure had some cool weather in Arizona last winter.

Spring wildflowers, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Spring wildflowers, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Last spring was wonderful for desert wildflowers.

Pyrrhuloxia, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Pyrrhuloxia, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

One of my favorite desert birds.

Gray fox, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Gray fox, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Definitely one of my favorite desert mammals, and a daily visitor to the Retreat.

Double humpback breech - Southeast Alaska.

Double humpback breech – Southeast Alaska.

Two humpbacks in the air at once!  During a spring trip to Glacier Bay National Park.

Holland America ship in front of the Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

Holland America ship in front of the Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

Another Glacier Bay image – scouting for this year’s photo tour.

Nursing brown bear cubs, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Nursing brown bear cubs, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

I had two of the best bear tours that I have had in many years.  So many bears, lots of cubs and even a wolf!

Brown bear, Southeast Alaska.

Brown bear, Southeast Alaska.

My bear and whale yacht trips still end up being my favorite trips of the year, and were really productive again in 2017.  We had everything from rain and fog, to hot sunshine.

Bald eagle, Southeast Alaska.

Bald eagle, Southeast Alaska.

Tracy Arm.

Brown bear, Pack Creek, Southeast Alaska.

Brown bear, Pack Creek, Southeast Alaska.

 

Star trails, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Star trails, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Back to the Desert Photo Retreat – so much to photograph here.

Seward Boat Harbor, Alaska.

Seward Boat Harbor, Alaska.

Have to have an image from the hometown!

Polar bears playing in Alaska.

Polar bears playing in Alaska.

From a trip I help guide.

Howler monkey in Costa Rica.

Howler monkey in Costa Rica.

A final image from a fun trip to Costa Rica this fall!

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