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Vote for your Favorite Photo from 2019

Ok, ok…I know this post is late. It is nearly February and I’m just getting around to wrapping up 2019 by picking out my best work of the year. No good excuse, other than January has been positively frantic.

But with that said, this annual post is always one of the most popular of the year…many of you enjoy sharing your opinon of my work. So, listed below, in no particular order, is a selection of the candidates for your review. Just pop me back a response to this blog and list your top 10 picks by Feb 14.

  1. This Bald Eagle had landed on a dead tree that was home to a bunch of small Swifts at Chilkat State Park (a few miles south of Haines Alaska). They took exception to his presense and positively swarmed him. While he was distracted, I was able sneak up pretty close to the action. Finally the eagle had enough and took off. By then I was all ‘dialed in’ and captured a nice series of shots as he soared away in frustration.
#1 “Incoming”

2. This sunset at Arches National Park provided one of the most majestic panoramas I’ve ever witnessed. The dramatic dark storm clouds, pouring rain, low-angle light and a fortuitous rainbow were something to behold.

#2 “Red Planet”

3. I spent an hour laying on the cold sand while my camera captured this shot of Polaris and the surrounding star trails under Pine Tree Arch. I wish I could say it was relaxing but I had heard stories of rattlesnakes slithering up to people for body heat in the desert at night and and I’d be liar if I said I was able to keep that thought completely out of my mind;)

“God’s Eye”

4. A lone hiker dwarfed by Seljalandsfoss…one of Iceland’s most photographed icons.


5. Green River Overlook at Canyonlands NP at sunset. Telephoto view of this vibrant, colorful and tortured landscape.

“Harsh Reality”

6. It is a humbling experience to stand in the darkness with this massive sandstone monument before you and the Lyrid meteor shower streaking miles over your head. In this self-portrait, Double Arch near Moab, Utah is illuminated by the moon and some small LEDs.

“The Seeker”

7. Early morning, no wind, violent clouds. Perhaps not the colorful sunrise I had hoped for but a soul-pleasing vista all the same. Lake Eden Vermont

“Violent Calm”

8. The riverside view of Shanghai is a colorful, futuristic, effervescent  vision that George Jetson would have appreciated.

“Orbit City”

9. Iceland’s Vestra Horn greets the dawn. Black sand beaches, icebergs, dramatic mountains, pounding surf….I honestly think it would be hard to create a bad image here.

“High Drama”

10. The fishermen of China’s Li River are surrounded by some of the Earth’s most incredible landscapes. I spent a few hours photographing this old veteran and was blessed by a purple sunset that had me thinking of the artist formerly known as Prince…

“The Lavender Fisherman”

11. I had the chance to photograph Ice Caves for the first time in 2019. Images like the one below are why I’m not going to wait another 60 years to do it again!

“Bond…James Bond”

12. The King of Wings in New Mexico’s Bisti Badlands is one of the largest and most impressive wings you will find anywhere. Easily 8 feet tall and over 20′ feet in length, it arrogantly defies gravity with an elegant arrogance. The soaring raven and the orange light of sunset provided warmth to otherwise barren landscape.

“Long Live the King!”

13. The northern lights are a spectacle that is beyond words…even pictures can’t truly capture their essence. Here is my best effort: a long exposure taken inches above a calm Icelandic tidal lagoon that provided a perfect mirror for Odin’s heavenly antics.

“Valhalla’s Kaleidoscope”

14. Double O Arch features one of the most expansive and iconically American vistas anywhere. I used some Photoshop wizardy to put my silhouette on top of the Arch since the Park Services discourages that kind of behavior.

“Man with a View”

15. The ‘Sun Voyager’ or Sólfar is a large stainless steel sculpture on Reykjavik’s shoreline. The artist, Jón Gunnar Árnason intended it to symbolize the promise of new, undiscovered territory. It is incredible and truly sings to any photographer.

“Ragnar’s Ride”

16. The Lake Apopka Nature Trail is nearby conservation area that I like to visit and photograph Florida wildlife. This osprey entertained me over 30 minutes by unsuccessfully diving two times trying to catch a sushi breakfast. I got a kick out of photographing his third, and finally fruitful effort.

“Third Time’s a Charm”

17. Only 50 miles away from world-reknowned Mesa Arch, Partition Arch provides a beauty all it’s own. It’s more challenging to reach than Mesa and you have to hike in the dark for an hour or so…but views like this are a sweet payback.

“High Desert Drama”

18. A black sand beach littered with fragments of glacier ice…that’s Diamond Beach on Iceland’s southern coast. I could spend days here running back and forth between the different chucks of ice looking for compositions…

“Diamond in the Rough”

19. The Bisti Badlands are already down-right weird during the day, which means after dark it becomes an absolutely different world. One of my favorite places on earth to photograph at night.

“Forbidden Planet”

20. Aldeygarfoss is located in Iceland’s northern highlands. A magnificent setting for a waterfall that has a carved a basin through standing basalt columns. Iceland is truly filled with an embarrassment of photographic riches…

“Odin’s Goblet”

21. Another image from my memorable trip to Iceland last winter. Wild clouds frame Eystra Horn as the mountain boldy struts it stuff overlooking a frozen marsh in the foreground.

“Calling Ansel”

22. Ancient volcanic gravel swirl in the ceiling of the Kotlujokull Glacier Ice Cave while a buddy of mine strolls towards the entrance with a tripod over his shoulder.


And there you have your 22 options. Have fun and just pop your responses back to me over the next two weeks. I’m looking forward to seeing your decisions.


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Results of your votes for my Top Ten Photos of 2018!

Hello all,

I’ve finally tabulated the results of your votes for my Top Ten photos of 2018.  Thank you all who participated in this year’s voting and I especially appreciated the comments that accompanied many of your ballots (particularly those who tried to ‘influence the voting’ to help their favorites!   I received a lot votes, substantially more than last year, but that could have been because I also thought to include my my website’s Facebook page followers this year.  

So, with no further ado, here are the results:

#1 “Mars Attacks”

The top shot was this image of Mars and the Milky Way over the Bisti Badlands.  I spent a lonely night here and had to experiment a lot with the LLL (low level lighting) but the results were sweet! 

 #2  “Ragnarök”

This sunrise view of Lake Pehoé in Torres del Paine National Park captures the essence of Patagonia’s cruel beauty.  

#3  “Badass Badlands”

Taking the third spot was another image taken the same night as “Mars Attacks”.  Twenty-four separate 4 minute exposure were taken over an hour and combined to show the star trails circling Polaris.  This is a shot I had planned out months in advance and it was gratifying that the final result equaled my imagination.

#4 “Patagonian Juxtaposition”

This panorama of the Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate, Argentina fails to capture just how expansive and impressive the view really is.  Sometimes a photograph, no matter how good, can’t begin to capture the impact of being there in person!

#5  “Bucket List”

This shot of Mt. Fitroy was included in more top three votes than any other but on the other hand it didn’t gather as many total votes as the top 4 shots did.  But I guess that the folks that loved it really loved it.

#6 “Tatooine?  Altair IV?  Vulcan?”

This black and white version of the “Conversing Hoodoos’ in the Bisti Badlands finished in the sixth spot.   Sometime monochrome helps your eyes to focus on the essence of the image by eliminating the visual ‘ color clutter.’

#7 “Mirador”

A print of this view of Mt. FitzRoy framed by an Antarctic Beech tree and a valley of crimson autumn leaves is hanging on the wall in my den.  It wasn’t a planned shot,  I just noticed the view when I glanced over my shoulder while hiking back from a sunrise shot.  The sunrise photos were fine, but this spontaneous view captured the magnificence of Patagonia far better.

#8   ” My Kingdom for a Horse…!”

My only wildlife shot in your top ten and an underwater one at that!  Sometimes you just can’t beat cute.

#9   “Ripley’s Revenge”

I guess my “Aliens” movie reference didn’t scare off everyone.  This shot of the ‘Alien Egg Hatchery’  captures a bit of his bizarre and otherworldly nature of this famous spot in the Bisti Badlands.

#10   “”Gaucho Gump”

Rounding off the top 10 was another shot with a movie reference for a title.   This iconic view of  Route 23 leading up to El Chaltan in Patagonia reminded me of the famous Monument Valley  scene in ‘Forest Gump’ with Tom Hanks jogging down the highway.  It was far too cold for me to jog but not so frigid that I couldn’t squeeze off a frame or two.

So there you have your Voter’s Choice for my best work of 2018.   It was an exciting year for me,  photographing locations like Bisti and Patagonia that had been on ‘my list’ for ages. 

In 2019, I will visit Iceland and New England with maybe a trip to the American Southwest thrown in as well….hopefully it will be as fun and productive as last year!

Thanks again for votes!

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