Top 10 Photos of 2020
Well, this year has been a bit weird, eh? My big travel plans which included a trip to Yellowstone, Route 66 and the SABR Convention in Baltimore were canceled due to the virus. 2020 was supposed to be an epic travel year - oops! What's the expression? Man plans, God laughs?
As a result this years photographs - for the first time- are really slim pickings. A few years I've had trouble narrowing it down to ten - this year - I'm struggling to find ten. I do this each year because a fellow photographer, Jim Goldstein, puts together a compilation of top photos by many photographers and each year I participate. It's a cool project and here is the link to his website.
I'm sure, in time, we will all have much to say about this challenging time in our lives. Currently here in California the hospitals are overflowing and the death count marches on. It is, seemingly, a chaotic almost dystopian Hell. I was forced to visit the ER too a few weeks back after becoming short of breath in the middle of the night but, fortunately, it wasn't COVID. The doctor told me, "good thing you don't have to be admitted because we don't have room". That was over 2 weeks ago...I can't imagine what's happening right now.
So, yes, it is a terrible time for many. Recently, I was speaking to a fellow friend of Bill W. and we were discussing the importance of having, "an attitude of gratitude". We discussed our belief that those of us who luckily haven't lost family members and have avoided the virus or have not been terribly sickened by it have MUCH to be grateful for -in fact, probably more than other years in our lives.
I am grateful I was able to get out a tiny bit. I'm grateful for my family and their health and the new granddaughter on the way. I am grateful to be alive. I am grateful that you are reading this. I am grateful for you. I hope these photos take your mind off our troubles for a brief moment.
About a year ago we moved and my daily walk takes me by the nearby high school. Valencia High was built in 1933 and many of the buildings, including the auditorium and cafeteria, were built during the depression by the WPA. It's a beautiful school.
The next four photos are from my annual trip to Gaviota State Park and nearby Los Osos. The fog rolled in and, well, I love the fog.
I was also able to get out to Anza Borrego for a few nights with my pal, Dell. By now you are probably aware of my affinity for that place.
I was also able to get out to Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park and the nearby wildlife refuges. It's a place that I just feel at home.
Lupe and I spent Thanksgiving at Pinnacles National Park. The photo below is of Bear Gulch Reservoir from a frigid (29F) morning hike.
My favorite trip for photography this year- although it too was cut short - not by COVID but rather electrical issues with my Casita - was to the McGee Creek area of the Sierra Nevada. The first photo is of a nearby aspen grove and the second of McGee Creek Pass.
So, there you have it. I am still planning trips for 2021 although all in California, Nevada and Arizona. I will also be spending much of my time planning for 2022. That year will mark my 65th on the planet and I want to celebrate in style. First, with a huge backyard fiesta and then with a 3 month cross country trip - similar to Travels with Charley and Blue Highways - well, my version, anyway. I am excited about it - it will be the "trip of a lifetime" from sea to shining sea. It will feature nature and plains and mountains and National Parks I haven't previously visited with lots of baseball including a visit to Cooperstown and music - lots of music - including much of the Mississippi Blues Trail. I hope to see you when I'm on the road!
Now, let's stay safe - let's get through 2021 in style and and may you all have the happiest of holiday seasons.
12/20/2020 11:47:44 am
Weird year is right! I'm so happy I finally had the opportunity to go to Pinnacles and Allensworth. Both so different but beautiful! My favorite part of the trip besides spending it with the best hubbie ever, was the wild turkeys that came through the campground each morning at Pinnacles, calling out with their gobble, gobble, gobble! Maybe turkeys should be like that on Thanksgiving ... carefree and "free range", LOL!
12/25/2020 04:45:04 pm
Thank you, Kate! I appreciate that
12/20/2020 12:01:19 pm
We’ll see you king before this, but I’m definitely crashing a portion of your 65 road trip. We’ll call it a do-over for the R66 trip.
12/25/2020 04:46:55 pm
Yes, Sir! Can’t wait until we see each other again
12/20/2020 12:37:39 pm
You do like fog. You must get to St John's Newfoundland. Enjoy your planning, your 65 is my 70. Nice pictures
12/29/2020 10:06:08 am
Thanks, Ian! I'm still hoping we can meet in the desert one of these days!
12/20/2020 01:35:14 pm
12/29/2020 10:05:26 am
Thanks, as always, Don. I hope your holidays are going beautifully.
12/20/2020 04:45:02 pm
Wow Doc! amazing photos! Thanks for sharing the link on twitter book that lead me here! I will definately visit more often!
12/20/2020 05:47:29 pm
I'm glad you still managed a few trips in spite of all the challenges this year. Love all the photographs too!
12/29/2020 10:07:10 am
Appreciate the kind thoughts as always, Elizabeth. Happy Holidays... xoxo
12/29/2020 10:09:18 am
Thanks, Steve - I sure appreciate the kind words - missing you on twitter pal...hope you'll be back and hope that you are enjoying a marvelous holiday season.
12/28/2020 02:05:03 pm
Thank you for sharing your beautiful perspective of this amazing world. We have remained in Colorado for the first time in many winters and have enjoyed watching the land hibernate. Your plans for 2022 sound amazing, hope next year is a "practice" year somewhat. If Colorado is on your way would love a visit. Love and light to you and yours.
1/1/2021 09:25:14 pm
Darla, thank you, as always for your kindness and friendship. Connecting with you the last few years has been an unexpected and fabulous blessing. You will DEFINITELY be on the 2022 agenda! Happy New Year - much love to you and yours...
12/29/2020 11:39:42 am
Wondering what camera you are using. I am looking forward to purchasing a camera for my adventures.
1/1/2021 09:27:01 pm
So- I started out with an iPhone - graduated to a Nikon D3300 and now use a Nikon D750 almost exclusively - I still mix in some iPhone images form time to time.
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