2017 – The Year in Pictures

In keeping the tradition that Jim Goldstein started over 10 years ago, I’ve selected my favorite images released in the past year. These are not necessarily my best or most popular, but each holds a special place as a moment in time not soon to be repeated or forgotten.

Enjoy! And feel free to let me know your favorites. You can click on any image for a large view, to learn more about it, or share individually. I look forward to seeing your selects in the weeks ahead, and wish everyone a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year full of beauty, adventure and photographic possibilities.

-Russ


Lava flow entering the ocean at dawn, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Lava flow entering the ocean at dawn, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
The Three Brothers above the Merced River in winter, Yosemite National Park, California
The Three Brothers above the Merced River in winter, Yosemite National Park, California
Winter sunset over Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California
Winter sunset over Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California
Lush vegetation along the Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii
Lush vegetation along the Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii
Evening light in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Evening light in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
The Milky Way over the Palisades, John Muir Wilderness, California
The Milky Way over the Palisades, John Muir Wilderness, California
Ke'e Beach from the Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii
Ke’e Beach from the Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii
Yosemite Falls after a winter storm, Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite Falls after a winter storm, Yosemite National Park, California
Lava flow entering the ocean at dawn, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Lava flow entering the ocean at dawn, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Northern elephant seals at Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery, San Simeon, California
Northern elephant seals at Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery, San Simeon, California
Sunset over the Na Pali Coast from Tunnels Beach, Haena State Park, Kauai, Hawaii
Sunset over the Na Pali Coast from Tunnels Beach, Haena State Park, Kauai, Hawaii
Yosemite chapel in winter, Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite chapel in winter, Yosemite National Park, California

 

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Happy Holidays!

Winter sunset over Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California
Winter sunset over Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Happy Holidays and welcome Winter Solstice!

Midwinter, Yule, the Longest Night, Jól – the Winter Solstice is known by many names, but the shortest day of the year is the official start of winter and the perfect time to reflect on the past twelve months.

As 2017 comes to a close I’d like to thank everyone who has connected online and through my blog, clients new and old who have supported my work, and my friends and family who have joined me in exploring all the natural beauty that surrounds us.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, prosperous New Year.

-Russ

Backcountry Bliss

 

Backcountry skier under Banner and Ritter Peaks, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
Skier under Banner and Ritter Peaks, Ansel Adams Wilderness, California

Backcountry skiing in the Sierra Nevada is a perfect winter counterpart to the Desert Solitaire of Edward Abbey’s Utah. This popular and often crowded summer destination takes on another form during the shortest days of the year where deep in the wilderness that rare form of quiet is still plentiful.

Whether you want to ski your own private bowls or just enjoy the tranquility and unique photographic opportunities, it’s all there for the taking. Proper equipment and skills are obvious requirements and outdoor retailers like REI not only sell all the appropriate gear, but also offer classes in technique and safety. Enjoy the season!

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Grand Staircase-Escalante

Slot canyon in Spooky Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah USA (Russ Bishop/Russ Bishop Photography)
Spooky Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

One of the largest yet least explored parks in the country, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a vast desert landscape of mesas, slot canyons, petrified sand dunes, archaeological treasures and American history. Divided by a single long ridge called the Kaiparowits Plateau, this remote region was the last place in the continental United States to be mapped and is a wonderful destination to find that desert solitude that Edward Abbey so passionately wrote about.

From the south, the Vermilion, White, Gray, and Pink cliffs rise to form the giant multi-hued terraces of the Grand Staircase. And to the east the Escalante Canyons are a labyrinth of geologic wonders slowly winding their way down to Lake Powell. Together these escarpments expose 200 million years of the earth’s history in a visual feast for the eyes, and contain the most continuous record of Late Cretaceous terrestrial life in the world.

For the photographer, the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument is a sublime location where the possibilities are endless and the light, which seems to glow from within, is worthy most anytime of day. I’ve often said you could spend your whole life in southern Utah and not see it all, but that might just be true of this very special park. The temptation to try is always present.

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