Top Five Images from 2009 and Keeping It New

In what’s definitely good news for me, I had a really hard time trying to narrow five photos that I was really proud that I had taken during 2009. There were still quite a few I would have liked to have included, but I had already upped it from three to five so I had to draw the line somewhere. They’re in no particular order, but all resonated strongly with me from this past year for one reason or another.

In reflecting back on them and on the year that’s just come to an end, I realized that while not only has my photography changed (for the better), but I have as well (for better and worse). I thought back to when I first moved up here to Jackson Hole a little over a year ago and thought about how excited I was to wake up early every day and go exploring for anything I could find to take a picture of. – Continue reading

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Sweet Creek Hike Near Mapleton, Oregon

Fall leaves rest above Sweet Creek near Mapleton, Oregon.

Going back a bit for another shot taken along the Sweet Creek Trail just outside of Mapleton, Oregon. It almost felt like the trip actually started here since there wasn’t a whole lot that I wanted to see in Idaho. Eastern Oregon was interesting and scenic, but everything I was really looking forward to started once I left Eugene, Oregon, and of course began this short and easy hike. – Continue reading

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Fall Leaves Along Highway 26 in Oregon

Fall leaves change on maple trees along Highway 26 in Central Oregon.

Not even realizing it, mid-October turned out to be the perfect time of year to be driving through Oregon. Fall leaves were at their peak all along Highway 26 and made for an amazing display for practically the entire drive. Highway 26 itself is an extremely scenic drive that crosses virtually the entire state and in addition to all the fall colors, also passes by John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, among other things. – Continue reading

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Sweet Creek Hike Near Mapleton, Oregon

Sweet Creek Trail in Western Oregon’ alt=’Sweet Creek flows through a lush forest in Western Oregon.

The Sweet Creek Trail begins just outside of a small community called Mapleton, Oregon. I hiked it with my aunt on the way out of Eugene heading toward the Oregon coast. It’s a great representation of the Pacific Northwest and lush, old growth forests that are found all over Oregon. The hike goes up for one mile before reaching a small waterfall that naturally varies with the seasons. Given that it was fall there wasn’t too much force behind it, however it can change dramatically in the spring. – Continue reading

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Fall Colors at Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park

Fall colors on aspen trees surrounds Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park.

Yesterday I was hoping for a dramatic sunrise over the fall colors at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park. I was a little disappointed not just in the amount of photographers lined along the water’s edge, but also in an overcast sky that eventually brought some more heavy snowfall. Before the snow started to fall again, I headed just east of Oxbow Bend to the next pullout to get away from the crowds and get what turned out to be, in my opinion, a much more scenic shot of the area. Granted the water’s not very prominent in this shot, but since I was mainly going for the snow and fall colors, I’d say I accomplished my goal with flying colors! – Continue reading

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Moose Under Fall Cottonwood Trees in Gros Ventre Campground

A cow moose stands beneath fall cottonwood trees in Grand Teton National Park.

Unless I wind up unexpectedly coming back with some new shots of these particular moose, this is probably going to be the last post of the small group of moose that have been hanging around the Gros Ventre Campground in Grand Teton National Park. Fall’s beginning to wind down, snow’s on the mountains, and I’m itching to start seeing other sites around Jackson Hole again. This was however, one of the last shots I got of the moose and also one of my favorites. The lighting, the pose, the composition; it all just works for me. – Continue reading

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