Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

My favorites of 2010 – Happy New Year everyone!

Whoa, it seems like yesterday that I wished a Happy New Year… wait. It was yesterday. Ugh, never mind. So many things happened in 2010, the year flew by like monarch butterflies over the state of California and I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent in the field, photographing in the jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring locations in the western US, namely Yosemite National Park, Arches and Canyonlands NP in Utah, the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon and a few lesser known places on the way, but see for yourself.

Without further blah blah, here are my favorite 5 images of the last year.


1. “Granite Reflections” – Yosemite National Park, California

The Death Hike, Cathedral Peak, Yosemite -- Granite Reflections

Cathedral Peak majestically towers over Upper Cathedral Lake high in the Sierra and a lesser visited area in the Yosemite National Park, California. Read the story behind the ascent here or by clicking the image above.



2. “Defiance Falls” – Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Defiance Falls

The official name of this little known jewel in the Columbia River Gorge is Lancaster Falls, named after Samuel C. Lancaster, an engineer responsible for the construction of much of the original Columbia River Gorge Highway. (Which is an awesome drive by the way!)



3. “Captain’s Point” – Cape Kiwanda, Oregon

Captain's Point

A beautiful soft and warm evening light kisses the sandstone formations of Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon coast near Pacific City while the raging surf shapes the ever-changing cliffs.



4. “Rising Dawn” – Convict Lake, California

Early Morning Crime Scene

Stormy rain clouds are pushing over the ridge of Mt. Laurel at Convict Lake, California; lit by the rising sun over the Eastern Sierra Nevada.



5. “Firestorm” – Natural Bridges State Park, California

Firestorm

A rare colorful sunset during the late summer season in California. Usually the beaches in Northern California are covered in a thick marine layer which blankets the coast like an impenetrable coat, suffocating all chances of possible color. With a little luck and a lot of patience, the spectacular sunset eventually happened, accompanied by lit up rain showers.


Last but not least, I want to thank you all for the support throughout the year. I resolve to post more in 2011, spend even more time in the field, explore new places, offer a better experience when browsing and shopping for images on my website (reads: a major upgrade is in the works) and buy more of the Cialis and Rolex watches I am offered every day. Thanks Spammers. I love you too.

Laced In Frost (Firework Edition)

That said, enjoy “Laced in Frost”. My last image of the past year taken on December 30th; complete with hoarfrost covered branches, steam rising from the river and a little pink magic; brings 2010 to a worthy end. Here’s to a great Twenty-Eleven y’all!

David

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  1. Greg Russell

    11:36

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    05 Jan

    2011

    You’ve got some beautiful images here, David. The Sierra holds a soft spot in my heart, but the seascapes are magnificent. Here’s to a great 2011!

    Cheers.

  2. latoga

    06:01

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    07 Jan

    2011

    Looks like 2010 was a wonderful year for you. These are a some amazing waterscapes; the color of the winter river scene is magical. And now on to building the 2011 post… :-)

  3. David Richter

    01:12

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    08 Jan

    2011

    Thank you Greg for the nice comment. To both of you, actually. ;-) Never before I experienced such natural beauty as I did in the Sierra, from Yosemite to Mono Lake, from Convict Lake to Bishop and the Alabama Hills. I sure will be back. It is quite easy to be astounded there and with the right light and a bit of luck, you are rewarded with great images and memories you will treasure forever. Same goes for every magical sunset at the coast, especially when it takes you 8 hours to reach the nearest, not even photogenic coast back home. Thanks!

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  6. Chris

    05:53

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    12 Jan

    2011

    Wow! You first image from Cathedral Peak is just Amazing! I love it!

    I think that is the best shot I have ever seen from that area, and I have wanted to head there for a really long time!

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  13. David Richter

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    16 Jan

    2011

    Thank you very much for the nice comment, Chris. Yes, Cathedral Peak is really something you must see. It’s a bit of a murder hike when you head in straight from the coast and do the hike the next day but it’s so worth it. The views are excellent and the crowds are low, even on such a nice day we had in the late summer with hardly any mosquitos which are a challenge when you come earlier in the season, especially in the meadows you need to cross.

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