2019 – The Year in Pictures

It’s hard to believe another year is coming to a close, but looking back on 2019 I’m filled with gratitude and amazement for the visual opportunities that I’ve been fortunate to witness.

Over a decade ago Jim Goldstein began this popular project, which has evolved over the years to include numerous friends and colleagues whose work continues to be a source of inspiration.

Here I’ve selected a few of my favorite images released in the past year. These are not necessarily my best or most popular, but each represents a special moment in time in which the beauty of this amazing world (both natural and man-made) passed before my lens.

Please share and enjoy! And feel free to let me know your thoughts. You can click on any image for a large high quality view, to learn more about it or share individually. I look forward to your selects in the weeks ahead, and wish everyone a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!

-Russ

 

Sunset over the bay at Zaton, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Sunset over the bay at Zaton, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Fishing nets drying in the sun, Sipanska Luka, Sipan Island, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Fishing nets drying in the sun, Sipanska Luka, Sipan Island, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata) and dunes, White Sands National Park, New Mexico
Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata) and dunes, White Sands National Park, New Mexico

California Poppies and Goldfield, Antelope Valley, California
California Poppies and Goldfield, Antelope Valley, California

Akaka Falls and kahili ginger, Akaka Falls State Park, Hamakua Coast, Hawaii 
Akaka Falls and kahili ginger, Akaka Falls State Park, Hamakua Coast, Hawaii
Slickrock formations in upper Antelope Canyon, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona
Slickrock formations in upper Antelope Canyon, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona

Pololu Valley and beach through hala trees, North Kohala, Hawaii
Pololu Valley and beach through hala trees, North Kohala, Hawaii

Slickrock formations in lower Antelope Canyon, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona
Slickrock formations in lower Antelope Canyon, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona

Evening light on Wukoki Ruin, Wupatki National Monument, Arizona
Evening light on Wukoki Ruin, Wupatki National Monument, Arizona

Sunset over Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California
Sunset over Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California

Evening light on the Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Evening light on the Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Giant Sequoia in the Congress Grove, Sequoia National Park, California
Giant Sequoia in the Congress Grove, Sequoia National Park, California

 

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Bonsai Rock – Lake Tahoe

Bonsai Rock at sunset, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Bonsai Rock at sunset, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Lake Tahoe is a land of superlatives. Straddling the border of California and Nevada at over 6,000 feet, it’s the deepest alpine lake in North America and second only to Crater Lake in overall depth.  It also has the largest volume of any lake in the United States behind the Great Lakes.  By day, the crystal clear waters of this mountain oasis entice with a cerulean hue that sparkles like a jewel amid the surrounding peaks.  But dusk and dawn have a special quality all their own for photography or just soaking up the magic hour experience.

Bonsai Rock shown here has become an icon of the lake, and the partially submerged boulders surrounding it make this a wonderful destination at sunset.  Located on the northern Nevada side not far from Sand Harbor State Park, it’s a bit tricky to find but well worth the short hike down from the road (providing you find parking along the narrow highway, and have a headlamp for the return).  The wind really sets the mood here for photography as it can be strong or non-existent, but a long shutter softens the scene when the lake is restless and adds to the timeless feeling of this beautiful location.

 

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