I can't believe another year has gone by. This marks the start of the fifth year of my website and my monthly blog posts - having missed only one month! The monthly schedule has forced me to spend more time photographing - especially close to home. And while I love going on the hiking and photography trips, it is the "close to home" images that are more rewarding to me - seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Like the image above - taken on a wet summer day at Ricketts Glen. If you look closely you see a combination of the reflecting colors on the surface mixed with the colors of the rock and algae underneath. And then sprinkle in a few dabs of blue from the sky and it all comes together in a kaleidoscope of color that makes the photo interesting - at least to me.
As most of you will be aware, water - and the reflecting colors in the water - are a favorite subject of mine. I am working on a project that I will soon publish to the site called "WaterColors". And as the image above shows, it doesn't just have to be the yellows and reds of autumn - the deep greens of summer can be just as exciting.
As I did last year, I decided to take a look back at my favorite photos from 2017. Of course the Zion National Park trip is represented but so is my own backyard - really the backyard of my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. Click on the link (Favorites of 2017) to see the ones I like best - a mix of images published before as well as several not yet published to this site. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them!