Twelve Best of 2017

I like to pick (with the help of friends) my favorite shots of the year just ended. As Ansel Adams once said:

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.

That was back in the days of film, but I still feel that twelve is a good number.

This year animals were featured often in my photographs. I visited Yellowstone National Park in June - the park is always a target rich environment for photography. Closer to home, I was even able to capture some coyotes wandering in the open space behind my house in Westminster, Colorado.

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Coyote in Big Dry Creek Open Space

I surprised a coyote that was walking along a frozen creek bed on the day after Christmas. He took off up the side and paused to look at me.

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Pelican Creek, Yellowstone National Park

I spent a week in Yellowstone National Park camped at the fishing bridge campsite this summer. I would leave before sunrise headed out to see what I could find in the morning. Usually I'd head towards Hayden Valley, but on this morning I headed the other way and found this tranquil scene at Pelican Creek, just north of Lake Yellowstone.

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Moose in the Indian Peaks

Moose are plentiful near Brainard Lake in the Rocky Mountains. I came upon this one while hiking on the south side of Long Lake. I used a 500mm lens on this one - I'm  not as close as it seems.

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Grizzly Bear near Grand  Teton National Park

It's always exciting to come across a grizzly bear. This photograph was made not too far east of Grand Teton National  Park.

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Emergence

I was fortunate to come across a couple of groups of bison crossing the Yellowstone River  just upstream of  the Lower Falls this past June. The groups both seemed to be in a hurry to get to the river, running from the trees nearby. As they reached the river they hesitated just for a moment, then got in and started swimming. Bison are not terribly buoyant, so only a part of their head stuck up above water. As they crossed they were breathing and grunting heavily, laboring against the current, aiming upstream.  One mother was herding her calf as they swam. Upon reaching the other side they shook off gallons of water and continued on into Hayden Valley. 

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Young Marmots in Grand Teton National Park

Before visiting Yellowstone this past summer I spent a few days at Grand Teton National Park at Colter Bay campsite. The campsite is well placed to allow for some exploration of nearby areas where grizzly bears can be found. On this morning I came up empty, but did find some marmots sunning themselves on a fallen tree.

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Wandering Coyote, Big Dry Creek Open Space, Westminster, Colorado

A coyote wanders in big  Dry Creek open space in Westminster, Colorado, looking for food.

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Rainbow over Wonder Valley

Early this year I traveled to visit family in Wonder Valley near Twentynine Palms, California. I happened to fly in during a huge rainstorm and over the next few days there was a lot of rain in southern California. One result was this rainbow over the Valley.

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Mount Moran from Oxbow Bend

The view of Mount Moran reflecting in the Snake River at Oxbow Bend.

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Blue Lake  in the Indian Peaks

Blue Lake can be reached from the Mitchell Lake trailhead in Brainard Lake Recreation Area. The hike is a five mile round trip to this elevation at a little over 11,300 feet.

Attitude

A bison eats his breakfast in Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park.

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Madras Maiden B-17G

This past summer B-17G "Madras Maiden" visited nearby Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. I spent time over two days photographing this beautifully restored aircraft.

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