It’s time again for our (eighth) annual digital Year in Pictures. We hope our greetings find you well as 2012 comes to a close. Kaweah is now officially waaaay over the hill, so we have been spending more quality time with her and letting Kaweah do what makes her little puppy self happy. Our fondness for Colorado grows each year as does our list of places to explore by foot or by ski within the state.
Here are some of our favorite photos from 2012.
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We spent New Year’s Day ski touring with Kaweah in the Indian Peaks Wilderness of Colorado.
Tandem. Sandhill crane migration in Monte Vista, Colorado (March).
Ducks take flight with the Sangre de Cristos as backdrop (Monte Vista, Colorado).
Sandhill cranes at dawn after waiting for hours in the freezing cold for sunrise (Monte Vista, Colorado).
Jeremy makes the most of a lean snow year, backcountry skiing in April (Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado).
Jeremy and I started a week-long trip in California with a backpack to Cloud’s Rest in Yosemite National Park (May).
My mom and aunts pay their respects on the one-year anniversary of my grandmother’s passing (California).
We took Mom and Dad on a day trip to California wine country.
Two days later, Jeremy and I were on Sandia Crest in New Mexico to photograph the annular solar eclipse with a jillion other eclipse watchers! Here is my setup at the eclipse maximum (500mm f4 Nikkor w solar filter, lens courtesy of Pro Photo Rental).
A composite of the annular eclipse as the sun set over the Rio Grande Rift Valley.
After the eclipse, I dropped Jeremy off in Socorro for a meeting and I continued south to White Sands National Monument. It’s white (and hot)!
Sunset and relief from the heat.
Jeremy held the second annual Boulder Extragalactic Astrophysics Retreat in June, hosting the final day at our mountain home. SCIENCE!
Colorado suffered severe drought and devastating wildfires before summer even started. The wildflowers bloomed early when the rains finally arrived in early July. Blue columbines in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
Bees find shelter from the rain under a teasel bloom.
We welcomed the wondrous rain storms and light shows.
…and mushrooms. My friend (a professional forager) taught me how to forage for porcinis in the mountains. King boletus in situ (undisclosed location).
August brought the Perseids meteor shower. A meteor and the Milky Way from our deck.
On the summit of Mount Democrat, the first of three fourteeners we hiked one windy summer morning.
I spent the last week of August getting a tour of the food scene in Portland, Maine and then hopping aboard the historic schooner J&E Riggin for a four-day cruise with Chef Annie Mahle and crew.
When in Maine…
Watching the sun go down from the water.
Fall colors came early to Colorado this year, and they were spectacular! Aspens, mottled light, and reflections above Ouray (September).
A golden stand near Crested Butte, one of our favorite places in Colorado.
Rainbow and clearing storm over Mount Crested Butte at sunset.
Clouds lift on a low sun over the Sneffels Range (Colorado).
A bull elk greets the first rays of morning, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
I returned to California in October with my shooting partner, Jason, to photograph a lovely wedding on an organic farm.
Kaweah celebrated her 14th birthday in December (om nom nom). Happy birthday, baby puppy!
Wishing you all a healthy, happy new year!
Jen, Jeremy, and Kaweah
In loving memory of my dear Barbara Harris.
There’s more over on The 2012 Cutting Room Floor.