2011 was a great year looking back I ended up in a lot of places I never thought I would of or could of even made it to. It was tough deciding on what to put in this collection with out thinking about the effort it took get some of the images that did not make it onto the page here. Well it looks like I spent a lot of time in the Mojave Desert and Eastern Sierra, these two places have become my favorite over the years. I also made it down into Baja California despite the drug war going down there. With the 4 different trips I never ran into any problems besides getting searched at the check points, thankfully there were no rubber gloves involved there. Also finished the 50 mile backpacking trail along California’s Lost Coast and down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with a crazy group of hikers that run with their backpacks on. Couldn’t of done that with out Osprey and Tamron.
In 2011 I processed many images from previous years and only 25% were from 2011 so you’ll see more from 2011 later in other blog posts here. I’d like to to thank you all for taking a moment to view a photograph or two through out the year. See my 2010′s best. View the panoramas larger.
A student helped me by hitting the shutter on my camera while I demonstrated how I light paint off camera.
Took quite a few family portraits from Olmstead Point in the short amount of time I was here shooting Half Dome from the north.
Lot’s of changes to Havasu Canyon since the flood a few years back.
A UFO that drifted into the Mojave Desert, a little far way from the Eastern Sierra.
This was taken from the Mountaineer’s route on Mt Whitney.
Here is one of the largest coastal dune systems in North America, it’s right here on the Central California Coast.
This year we had the super moon out, according to science and astronomy it was the closest to the earth in years. Maybe that is why it looked like a ball of fire setting into breaking storm clouds over the Sierra.
Summer monsoon clouds over an emerald pool and waterfall in Baja California, Mexico.
Natural palm oasis in Baja California
Morning mist after a night of rain in Joshua Tree National Park.
Spring Cottonwoods in the Lower Owens River, Owens Valley.
Death Valley has bristlecone pines too, you know.
The Needles are such a fantastic desert mountain backdrop not really photograph often by photographers.
Did a couple of workhsops at Valley of Fire this year, I highly recommend the place!
Did another trip up Half Dome this year with some friends, two of them are on the cables in the shot here. I thought the top being covered in clouds would make it a little ominous.
Christina kayaking down the Colorado River in the Mojave Desert
A lush covered creek along California’s Lost Coast trail.
looming buckwheat under breaking fog at sunset along California’s Lost Coast Trail
Pancaked lenticular clouds along in the Kern River in the Southern Sierra
A new perspective of iconic Mt. Whitney.
With so many options how do we make a decision on where we’re off to next? I hope you have a great 2012 and make it to all the places you have plans and desires to make it too! May the good light be with you!
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