Favorite Photos from 2011

I have to thank Jim Goldstein for the idea of sharing a look at my favorite photos from the previous year.

With it cold and dark outside, it is a nice time of year to stop for a minute to reflect back on the previous year.  The constant pace to produce new material usually has my attention directed towards the future, but when I take the time to look back, I’m always amazed at the wonderful places and experiences I have been blessed to have witnessed in the previous year.

I also enjoy seeing the make up of my favorites.  Are they landscape, wildlife, travel or adventure sports?  The division between Alaska and outside Alaska is always interesting.  This year it looks like Alaska wildlife seems to be featured the most prominently – not surprising as that is some of my favorite subject material.  So, here they are – click on the thumbnail to see a larger version:

TOP 10

 

Denali, Denali National Park, Alaska.

Denali, Denali National Park, Alaska.

Great light, colors and subject – from my fall trip to Denali.

 

Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

This was from my Alaska bear photo tour last summer – we had a few great sunrises!

 

Seven Sacred Pools or O'heo Gulch, Haleakala National Park, near Hana, Maui, Hawaii.

Seven Sacred Pools or O'heo Gulch, Haleakala National Park, near Hana, Maui, Hawaii.

Sunset at the wonderful Seven Sacred Pools from our Fall trip to Hawaii.

 

Dall Sheep, Denali National Park, Alaska.

Dall Sheep, Denali National Park, Alaska.

On this trip to Denali I captured a few landscape images from this location – seeing and photographing a ram in such a beautiful setting was a real treat.

 

Enjoying Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii.

Enjoying Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii.

Something different for me that received a big response.

 

Spencer Glacier, Chugach National Forest, Alaska

Spencer Glacier, Chugach National Forest, Alaska

This was from an over-night trip last summer into a place I love to photograph – Chugach National Forest.

 

Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

Another one from last summer’s bear tour – already excited for next year!

 

Caribou in Denali National Park, Alaska

Caribou in Denali National Park, Alaska

I had a very limited collection of caribou photos so it was one of the subjects I concentrated on in Denali this fall and I think it paid off!

 

Northwestern Fjord sunset, Kenai Fjords National Park, near Seward, Alaska

Northwestern Fjord sunset, Kenai Fjords National Park, near Seward, Alaska

This was one of our overnight anchorages from my Kenai Fjords National Park photo tour last summer.

 

Field of Lupine at sunrise, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Field of Lupine at sunrise, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

This was taken fairly near my home in Seward, Alaska.

 

Honorable Mentions

I try to limit my selection to just 10, but I’m never successful – so here are some more that received some serious consideration.

 

Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada.

I do a fair amount of travel photography and considering this has already sold a number of times makes it a strong candidate for the top 10 list.

 

Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

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Brown bear, Chugach National Forest, Alaska.

Brown bear, Chugach National Forest, Alaska.

I like both these bear images and could have had 4 in my top 10!

 

American Dipper, Chugach National Forest, Alaska

American Dipper, Chugach National Forest, Alaska

This is a challenging bird to photograph and part of the reason I like this image – plus, it is a cute little guy!

 

Burrowing Owl, near the Salton Sea, Imperial Valley, CA

Burrowing Owl, near the Salton Sea, Imperial Valley, California.

Another really cool bird.

 

An un-named cactus forest, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

An un-named cactus forest, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

I have been asked why I like to travel to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park every winter.  Here is one reason – today in Seward it was 5 degrees, in Borrego, 85.  🙂

 

Rainbow over Kauai, Hawaii.

Rainbow over Kauai, Hawaii.

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Hotels along Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hotels along Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Two more from our Hawaii trip that I considered.

OK, that is enough!  I hope you enjoyed.