Another year has come and gone by so quickly I could barely notice. I was fortunate to travel to some fantastic places that I have never visited before and capture their natural beauty with an open mind. At the turn of the year, my wife and I enjoyed gorgeous sunsets during our honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii. We were able to escape the chill of early northeastern spring by spending a bit of time in California, where we photographed Yosemite, Sequoia/Kings Canyon and Death Valley National Parks. Never have I experienced such an amazing variety of landscapes and climates in such geographical proximity. I then spent a rain-soaked week during my first visit to the gorgeous Pacific Northwest in late August photographing Washington’s Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks. I was in a New York state of mind come autumn and took advantage of beautiful colors decorating the Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes regions in October.
Although the backlog of unprocessed images has never been more intimidating, my approach to photography remains unaltered. Quality work has always been more important to me than finishing processing a pile of images, and that is why some of the photos you may see below were not captured last year. Neither has it ever been about the necessity to upload a new image every day for display on photo sharing sites or posting on the social networks. It’s not about publications, contest wins, votes or likes. To me, photography has always been about filling a void in my soul by creating art for art’s sake.
On to my ten favorite images of 2013, in no particular order…
Which images are your favorites? How has your year been?
Thank you for continuing to support my work. I wish you very happy holidays and all the best in the New Year!
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