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My Ten Favorite Photos of 2015

It’s that time of the year again- time to look back at all of the photos I took throughout the year and pick out a couple of my favorites. I didn’t seem to get out quite as much this year as I have in the past and am already planning to resolve that issue in 2016. That said, I still managed to visit some beautiful places this year and came back with plenty of photos to choose from. Here are my ten favorites! Please feel free to leave me a comment below to let me know what you think about my selections.

The Dragon's Back
An amazing sunset in Colorado’s Uncompahgre Wilderness with The Dragon’s Back front and center plus Uncompahgre Peak and Wetterhorn Peak in the background.

Passage Snow
We had a lot of fun hiking to The Wave after a big snowstorm on New Year’s Day. We were the very first visitors to The Wave in 2015!

Slickhorn Falls
We had to endure a lot of stormy weather on our lower San Juan River trip, but it was all worth it when we reached the mouth of Slickhorn Canyon and found it flash-flooding.

Uncompahgre Peak Sunrise
I’ve dreamed about photographing Uncompahgre Peak from this vantage point in the Big Blue Creek drainage since I first climbed the peak a few years back. I finally made it there over the Labor Day weekend and couldn’t have asked for a better sunrise!

I was happy to return to the Perfect Panel pictographs during our annual Memorial Day weekend trip to The Maze. These spectacular Barrier Canyon Style pictographs are very well preserved.

Corncob Granary
A small granary hidden deep inside a shallow alcove in a canyon of Cedar Mesa.

Grand View Sunset
As usual, I spent quite a bit of my time exploring and photographing the Colorado National Monument since it’s close to home. I caught this colorful sunset from Grand View Point earlier in the year.

Ancient Vessel
I’ve longed to find a complete ancient pot while hiking in the canyons of Cedar Mesa and was very happy to finally visit one this year. Such a treasure!

Painted Wall Dawn
It had been a few years since I last visited The Black Canyon of the Gunnison River and I was happy to experience this view of The Painted Wall shortly before the sun came up.

Moon House Ruin
I’ve visited the Moonhouse Ruins a few times in the past, but this year I wanted to concentrate on finally getting some good images from this location, and believe I succeeded.

Here are a few other highlights from the year that didn’t quite make the final cut but that I still wanted to share with you all.

Grand Valley Fog
Fog creeps up into Monument Canyon from the Grand Valley towards the base of Independence Monument shortly before sunrise on this cold morning.

Friendly Ptarmigan
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- I’m not much of a wildlife photographer, but if an opportunity presents itself I’ll try to take advantage. That’s what happened when I came across this ptarmigan while peak-bagging in the San Juan mountains.

Illinois Storm
While visiting my sister in Illinois over the summer I grabbed my camera when a powerful storm was moving through the area near her house. The clouds looked very ominous.


Throughout the year I try and keep track of all my favorite photos by adding them to an album on Flickr. Follow this link to see all of my favorites that didn’t make the final list:


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