My Ten Favorite Trip Reports of 2014

January 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

For some reason I never posted my favorite trip reports for 2013, but I'm bringing it back this year with my favorites from 2014.  I had an amazing year and visited a lot of new places, plus revisited some others.  I think I took some nice photos along the way and had a lot of fun.  All of the photos on this site come from these trips.  I try to post my best photos over here on Anasazi Photography, but there are plenty of other photos in my trip reports that don't make the cut and help document my adventures.  If you'd like to see more of those photos, make sure to check out ADVENTR.CO

Here are my top ten favorite trip reports from 2014.  As you might notice, I had a great year in Canyonlands National Park.

>> Maze Memorial Weekend

 

After the StormAfter the Storm

An amazing three days spent in the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park over Memorial Day weekend.  The sunrise on our last morning will be hard to forget!

 

>> Sand Cove & Yellow Rock

 

Coyote ButtesCoyote Buttes

My first visit to Coyote Buttes North this year and I had some beautiful conditions.  I spent much of the day hiking in lesser-traveled areas on my own.  I also finally managed to make it to Yellow Rock.  I've been trying to get there for years!

 

>> Wetterhorn Basin

 

Heisshorn SunsetHeisshorn Sunset

A nice overnight backpacking trip in the San Juan Mountains.  The highlight of this trip was climbing to the top of a nearby 13er to catch a spectacular sunset!

 

>> Blue Lakes

 

Blue Lake SunriseBlue Lake Sunrise

Another location in the San Juan Mountains that I have wanted to visit for a few years.  It's a beautiful area and there were plenty of wildflowers to be found.

 

>> Salt Creek Canyon

 

All American ManAll American Man

My desire to someday visit Salt Creek Canyon was part of the driving force for me to start backpacking a few years back.  I was finally able to reach this goal and had a great trip in the spring!

 

>> Fall Colors in the Elk Mountains

 

Mount Sopris GlowMount Sopris Glow

My annual Fall Colors trips in Colorado rarely disappoint, and this year was no exception in the Elk Mountains.

 

>> A Needles Tour

 

Cave GlowCave Glow

I always have a great time exploring the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

 

>> Courthouse Mountain

 

Storm LightStorm Light

After climbing Courthouse Mountain in the morning, I was treated to an exceptional sunset in Gray Copper Gulch before going to sleep for the night.

 

>> The White Rim

 

White Rim SunsetWhite Rim Sunset

I've tried to complete the White Rim Trail a few times in the past, but something has always prevented me from doing so.  2014 was the year I finally completed the loop.

 

>> Cedar Mesa & Beyond

Fallen Roof RuinFallen Roof Ruin What's better than spending the long Thanksgiving weekend hiking and searching for ruins and rock art on Cedar Mesa?

 


My Ten Favorite Photos of 2014

December 17, 2014  •  4 Comments

It's that time of the year when I look back at all the photos I have made throughout the year and try and pick out a few of my favorites.  I managed to get out on a lot of trips this year took quite a few photos along the way, so it's been difficult for me to pick out just a couple.  I hope you enjoy the photos I've chosen.  Please feel free to leave me comments on my selections below.

 

Blue Lake Sunrise

Blue Lake SunriseBlue Lake Sunrise I went on an amazing backpacking trip to the Blue Lakes in the San Juan Mountains this summer and managed to catch some nice wildflowers and a great reflection of Wolcott Mountain at sunrise next to the lower Blue Lake.

 

After the Storm

After the StormAfter the Storm After spending two days in The Maze District of Canyonlands National Park over the Memorial Day weekend, we were treated to this amazing sunrise from the Maze Overlook on our third day before heading back home.

 

Squaw Park View

Squaw Park ViewSquaw Park View A different view of the well-known Fisher Towers this past spring as I explored the Squaw Park area just east of Arches National Park.  The late afternoon storm moving through the area added a nice mood to the scene.

 

Sandstone Skeleton

Sandstone SkeletonSandstone Skeleton Sandstone details found in the back of a shallow alcove during a hike in into Horseshoe Canyon.  I almost didn't stop here for a photo as we hiked by, but am glad that I did!

 

Mount Sopris Dawn

Mount Sopris DawnMount Sopris Dawn Mount Sopris and the fast-moving clouds above before a beautiful sunrise this past fall on my annual Fall Colors trip in the mountains of Colorado.  I'm really hoping to climb those peaks in 2015!

 

Light Around the Bend

Light Around the BendLight Around the Bend Glowing light around a bend in Mary Jane Canyon.  This was a great hike up Professor Creek in the late spring that I hope to repeat again in 2015.

 

Flow

FlowFlow The detail of a small cascade along Dead Horse Creek during a hike up to Hanging Lakes near Glenwood Springs early in the summer.

 

Cascade Bend

Cascade BendCascade Bend One of the many photos I took on my first hike through The Narrows in Zion National Park this past fall.  This was my favorite from that day.

 

Storm Light

Storm LightStorm Light

A sunset in Gray Copper Gulch that I didn't think was going to happen.  There was a small enough gap in the clouds on the horizon that produced these colors at sunset during a stormy evening in the San Juan Mountains.

 

Angel Arch

Angel ArchAngel Arch Molar Rock and Angel Arch at sunrise during a backpacking trip through Salt Creek Canyon in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.  I've wanted to visit this arch for many years and was glad to finally reach that goal this year.

 

Since I always seem to have a difficult time choosing only ten of my favorite photos from the year,  here are a few runners-up that just missed making the top ten in 2014.  Enjoy!

 

Ancient Life

Ancient LifeAncient Life A very nice petroglyph panel found at the base of Cedar Mesa that I visited on a camping trip in the early spring.

 

Flowerful Sunset

Flowerful SunsetFlowerful Sunset I found this amazing patch of wildflowers near one of our camps in the San Juan Mountains shortly before sunset.  I quickly scrambled to take a few shots before it was too dark out. 
 

Dry Hollow Sunset

Dry Hollow SunsetDry Hollow Sunset There was an amazing sunset on this evening in the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument over the changing cottonwood trees that snake along the bottom of the canyon below.

 

Coyote Buttes

Coyote ButtesCoyote Buttes On my very first camping trip of the year I headed down to Coyote Buttes North and caught a little snow topping the sandstone mountains at sunrise from Sand Cove.

 

Fall in Ute Canyon

Fall in Ute CanyonFall in Ute Canyon

I've had this photo of Ute Canyon in the Colorado National Monument on my mind for a couple of year now and was finally able to pull it off this past fall.

 

Calf Creek Falls Detail

Calf Creek Falls DetailCalf Creek Falls Detail Calf Creek Falls has been on my list of places to visit for many years and I was finally able to get there this year.  I like this closeup view the best.

 

Grand Mesa Colors

Grand Mesa ColorsGrand Mesa Colors I enjoy trying to turn chaos into order through my photos, especially during fall.  I really like the way this one turned out on the Grand Mesa.

 

During the year I try to keep track of all my favorite photos by adding them to a Flickr album as I upload them.  You can check out my full album of favorites here to see which others didn't make this list:  

 

2014 Favorites on Flickr

 

Also, make sure to check out the recent additions to Anasazi Photography here:  
 

Peaks, Plateaus and Canyons of the Colorado Plateau

December 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Pothole PointPothole Point

 

If you read my last post on the blog, you may have noticed me mention that I have another photo on the cover of a 2015 calendar.  It's true!  My photo 'Pothole Point' is featured in the Peaks, Plateaus and Canyons of the Colorado Plateau 2015 Calendar for the month of December. This particular calendar is available at National Parks and Monuments throughout the Colorado Plateau, which is pretty cool.  However, if you buy the calendar at the Colorado National Monument, this photo is also on the cover!
 
It truly is an honor to have my photos featured on the covers of both of the 2015 calendars that are sold at the Colorado National Monument Visitor Center this year.

Colorado National Monument Calendars

December 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Monument CalendarsMonument Calendars

On may way to go hiking yesterday morning, I stopped at the Colorado National Monument Visitor Center to pick up a Peaks, Plateaus and Canyons of the Colorado Plateau 2015 Calendar (I have a photo on the cover of the calendar, but more on that in another post).  While I was there I took this quick photo of the calendar display with my iPhone since I have the cover photo on both of the 2015 calendars they are selling this year, and I'm not sure if that will ever happen again!


2015 Colorado National Monument Calendar

November 26, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

MonumentsMonuments

 

As the year 2014 nears it's end, I thought I would mention that there's still time left to get a copy of the 2015 Colorado National Monument calendar from the Colorado National Monument Association's website and the Visitor Center.  The photo above is used on the cover of the calendar and I also have a few other photos scattered throughout the inside.  It's an honor to have one of my photos chosen for the cover of this calendar two years in a row!

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