Favorites of 2015
Happy New Year! This last one was a little strange, a little surprising, and most of my favorite outings and images last year were not quite what I might have expected or planned. I particularly notice that living on the edge of the Great Basin and Mojave deserts has shifted my productive season, and last year I found winter and spring to be more inspirational and motivating than summer or fall. I generally stayed local in eastern California and southwestern Nevada, though I did take an excellent trip with Greg Russell into the remote heart of Nevada and had a remarkably fiery trip to Idaho. I have numberless ideas for projects in 2016, though doubtless my best work will likely again take a form I do not now expect.
Without further ado, here are some my personal favorites from the year past.
January: Twilight in the Pinto Valley Wilderness, Clark County Nevada.
February: Badlands under the White Mountains, Esmeralda County, Nevada.
February: Snow squall over Westgard Pass, Deep Springs Valley, California.
March: Salt Creek pupfish (Cyprinodon salinus), the biological wonder of Death Valley.
April: Colorful badlands, Esmeralda County, Nevada.
April: Elizabeth Stewart of Lone Pine, California roping a calf at our annual branding at Deep Springs.
May: Sunrise light shines up the South Twin River canyon, Arc Dome Wilderness, Toiyabe Range, Nevada.
May: Polished granite canyon, Toiyabe Range, Nevada.
May: Maze of granite, Toiyabe Range, Nevada.
June: Unexpected late rains in May and June brought us an amazing desert wildflower bloom in Deep Springs Valley. I have a ton of satisfactory flower shots to choose from, but I especially like this juxtaposition of globe mallow and indigo bush.
July: Memory of Rain – dried raindrops in alluvial sand, Mono County, California.
August: Granite stripes looking towards Deep Springs Lake, California.
August: Pacific yew, near the Salmon River, Idaho.
August: Tepee Springs Fire at night above the Salmon River, Idaho.
October: Lingering autumn leaves, Big Pine Creek, Sierra Nevada, California.
December: Tucki Mountain reflected in Salt Creek, Death Valley, California.
Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2016 for all! Thank you to all my readers and well-wishers (not to mention clients! Big thanks to you folks!). It means a lot to me that people enjoy and appreciate my work, and I hope I offer a unique perspective on some of the more seldom-seen country of the American West.