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Top 12 Images of 2013

Well, it’s that time of year again.  Yeah, it’s the end of 2013, who knew it would roll around so quickly?!  This year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect.  Luckily, Rachel and I created this box we call the Box of Awesome, which contains all of the highlights for the year.  On January 1st, we will open the box and look back on all that we did and experienced.  I’m so excited for that!

So, for this blog, I’m really focusing on highlights from a photography standpoint.  I’m excited by all the trips we took this year, but one in particular stands out above all the rest.  And that one was the John Muir Trail.  I carried about eight pounds of camera gear on that trek and I’m fairly happy with the results.  We published a book on Blurb and I have several items donning images from that trip for sale both at Zazzle and FineArtAmerica.

However, what I’ve done for this blog post is select my favorite image from each month of the year.  There is one exception, in that in October, I didn’t take any photographs at all, so I’ve filled that slot with an image from the trail that we finished in September.  Everything else was taken in the month mentioned.

January

Rincon Beach, Carpinteria

This was taken about a mile from our house at Rincon Beach on a beautiful winter day in January.

February

Carpinteria State Beach

This was actually my best selling print of 2013!

March

Alabama Hills Star Trails

A brisk evening of fun capturing these star trails in the Alabama Hills.

April

Ojai Raptor Center

My first ever trip to this amazing place – the Ojai Raptor Center.

May

 

While the experience of going into Oneonta Gorge was my favorite, this image from Punchbowl Falls on the Eagle Creek Trail topped the list for May.

While the experience of going into Oneonta Gorge was my favorite, this image from Punchbowl Falls on the Eagle Creek Trail topped the list for May.

June

 

A highlight from the year was watching these little guys battle it out on the milkweed in June.

A highlight from the year was watching these little guys battle it out on the milkweed in June.

July

 

Our first gear-test hike (and last) before our epic journey on the John Muir Trail.

Our first gear-test hike (and last) before our epic journey on the John Muir Trail.

August

 

By far, my favorite image of the journey on the JMT.  So much is represented here with the stormy skies, moon-like landscape, mountains, and aloneness in nature.

By far, my favorite image of the journey on the JMT. So much is represented here with the stormy skies, moon-like landscape, mountains, and aloneness in nature.

September

 

Again from the JMT, Sept 11, 2013 held the best looking skies for the entire month.  Awestruck around every corner of the trail.

Again from the JMT, Sept 11, 2013 held the best looking skies for the entire month. Awestruck around every corner of the trail.

October

 

While not actually shot in October, this is one final shot from the JMT.  A favorite of the Milky Way.

While not actually shot in October, this is one final shot from the JMT. A favorite of the Milky Way.

November

So many images from this November trip could have made the favorite list - what a hard decision.

So many images from this November trip could have made the favorite list – what a hard decision.

December

 

My first ever, planned, moon shot.  I love how it came out.

My first ever, planned, moon shot. I love how it came out.

 

Hopefully, you enjoyed these images as much as I enjoyed taking them.  I realize 2013 isn’t quite over, so if I happen to shoot something in December that I like better than the full moon rising, I’ll be sure to update this post.

   

Ojai Raptor Center

I’ve lived in Santa Barbara just about my entire life and I’d never heard of the Ojai Raptor Center before now.   In case you also haven’t heard of them, this is what they do – it’s pretty awesome!  Hope you enjoy the images from my visit this past Sunday during their open house.

Ojai Raptor Center (ORC) is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured, orphaned and displaced birds of prey, and to providing educational programs to teach about raptors and our shared environment. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, licensed by California State Fish & Game and Federal Fish & Wildlife. As such we rely solely on charitable contributions for our operations. All contributions are tax-deductible.

   

Sespe River Trail

Rachel, Romero and I headed out this morning for a stroll along the Sespe River.  At first, it was quite cold, but that didn’t last long up there in the mountains.  When we began, there were leaves on the ground that had ice on them!  And when we ended the walk, it was about 80 degrees!  All in all, it was a great day for a walk.

 

   

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