Wow, what a year 2015 was. From going to Alaska, photographing covered bridges in Autumn, to making an unexpected trip to Dallas in early December. Last year brought many highlights in my life and these 12 pictures are to help show you.
This top picture was taken from the main highway between Fairbanks and Denali National Park. I pulled the car over and had to stand on a guardrail post to get high enough to capture pictures without trees in my way. This is part of the Alaska Mountain Range.
Here is a couple Canadian Geese that I got pictures of while out practicing with a rental lens for my trip to Alaska. Since I do not often take pictures of wildlife, I went out several times to get practice following birds with the hopes of getting a chance at photographing some eagles.
This is Polychrome Pass inside Denali National Park. The only way to get here during the busy tourist season is by riding a bus, which stops several times along the way. What a gorgeous view here with a couple rivers running out of the mountains. Panoramic pictures is something I took many pictures for during this trip.
While in Denali National Park, I planned to go to Wonder Lake and get a famous picture of Mt. McKinley reflecting in the water. But the weather did not cooperate and I never saw the mountain while in the park. My wife and I did make to Wonder Lake and Mt. McKinley is somewhere behind all those clouds hiding from me.
After leaving Denali National Park, we drove south toward Anchorage, stopping at the the Denali State Park viewing areas and got the marvelous view of Mt. McKinley with it’s peak showing through the clouds. It is said that the peak is only visible about one-third of the time.
Traveling from Anchorage to Seward Alaska, we rode the Alaskan RR which is supposed to be the most beautiful section that the train travels. I would agree and have many beautiful pictures from the ride. This one was taken shortly after leaving Anchorage showing off the train and the mountains nearby.
While visiting Seward, we went on a marine wildlife tour and while returning to port, this bald eagle was sitting at the dock. I assume there must be easy food to catch nearby.
Going to Alaska would not be accomplished without doing a whale watching adventure. Off of Icy Strait Point, we saw several humpback whales and I got this pictures of a tail while squished between other photographers on the boat. There is always an excitement while watching these creatures gracefully rise and submerge in the water.
This is Nugget Falls and is close to Mendenhall Glacier. When photographed from the glacier visitor center, it looks rather small, but it is actually rather tall. If you look to the right, about a third of the way up in my picture, you will see people standing nearby, which gives a sense of scale.
Here, I am standing on the back of the cruise ship while we are traveling toward our next destination. These are hills along the Inside Passage and the haze adds a special effect to the evening light.
In October, I went to Ashtabula County, Ohio and took pictures of several covered bridges. This is Olin’s Covered Bridge. Standing in the shallow water with the sun at my back provided great light for the bridge and the colored leaves of the surrounding trees.
This last picture is of the Omni Hotel that I stayed at while on an unexpected trip to Dallas Texas. The time was early December and the Christmas bulb decoration added to the lighted the hotel scene at night.
Hopefully that gives you a quick glimpse into last year for me.
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