Every year I like to review my photos and choose my favorite images for the year. 2020 was a challenging year in many aspects, but I was still able to create some new images. These images are published in chronological order so the order is not any indication of my preference for a particular image. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed shooting them!
In February we traveled to the Yucatan peninsula for our first and only long distance trip in 2020. The ocean in Cancun was such a beautiful color. I like this image of a small dock I found near our hotel with some fabulous clouds in the sky.
The Yucatan Peninsula has many cenote which are underground caves with pools of water. This area is mostly limestone which is easily eroded by water. There are also many underground rivers which create pools of water in the cenote. Most cenote have an opening to the ground above, but Suytun Cenote above has a very small opening so it looks like you are totally underground. I like the platform which allows you to walk out over the water. It was a magical place to see!
The Pandemic became a real issue in March and the state of Washington was under lock down orders for several months. So I decided to do some photography at home. We get a lot of rainfall in the spring and I noticed that many of the plants in our garden were often covered with water drops. So I shot a series of photographs of close up views of water drops in our garden. This one is my favorite of this series.
During the lock down I also spent a lot of time walking around our neighborhood. Since it was springtime there were lots of plants blooming. I would take my camera on many of these walks and found myself shooting many of the flowers and trees blooming in the neighborhood. These tassels are actually the flowers of a corkscrew willow tree. I like the selective focus of this image.
Later in the spring the total lock down ended and it became possible to travel locally. So I decided to take several brief trips to the Palouse in eastern Washington state and Idaho. One of my favorite spots for photography in the Palouse is Steptoe Butte which has the highest altitude in the Palouse and offers wonderful views of the countryside. This image was taken just after sunrise and is a typical view of the Palouse countryside
On one of my trips to the Palouse I spent some time exploring the Idaho side which I had not visited previously. One evening I came across these fields of canola and wheat illuminated by the late evening sun. I like the bands of color in this image.
On another trip to the Palouse I spent one morning at the base of Kamiak Butte. While I was not at a very high altitude, the elevated position provided a wonderful view of the farm fields surrounding Kamiak Butte. I like this abstract composition of the Palouse farm fields.
In the summer we visited Mt. Rainer to do some hiking and see the wildflowers. One morning I got up early and hiked up the Naches Peak Loop Trail. When I arrived at the trailhead there was very thick fog with very little visibility, but after I hiked for 20 or 30 minutes I got above the cloud layer and was treated to this view. In Japan this phenomenon is called a Sea of Clouds which I think is a very appropriate name.
As summer turned into autumn long distance travel was still very problematic so I decided to shoot some autumn images locally. One of the locations I like to visit locally is Kubota Garden in south Seattle. On one of my trips there I found these bright red Japanese maple leaves. I like the selective focus of this image.
Another local spot I like to shoot in the autumn is the Seattle Japanese Garden. One day when it looked like the autumn colors were at their peak I visited and was able to capture this image. The autumn leaves were so red that it almost looked like the trees were on fire and as an added bonus they were reflected in the small pond in the center of the garden. What a beautiful sight to see!
So as you can see, even with the pandemic it is still possible to find some interesting images to shoot. I only hope that next year the pandemic will become a thing of the past and we can resume traveling where ever and when ever we want.
Happy New Year! Wishing you the Best in 2021. I hope our paths may cross! All of the above images are available to purchase as prints.