2013 has already come to a close, and it sure was a year filled with a lot of new experiences, opportunities, and of course some great photos along the way. I always like to look back on the year at this time and reflect on what I've accomplished and where I need to grow. Even though I have been photographing for many years, it wasn't until September 2012 that I officially became a business, making 2013 my first full year in business. This has given me a chance to figure out ways to produce income from my passion, gain a lot of experience with summer art shows, and start to learn what makes a business tick. It's been an emotional roller-coaster at times, but in the end I am so grateful to have all the customers I do enjoying my prints in the their homes. The support from everyone has been incredible and made it all possible! As far as photos go, I had some great chances to explore a few new wilderness areas in Colorado over the summer. I knew from first time I ever strapped a tent onto my backpack years ago that backpacking would forever change the way I see and photograph landscapes, taking me to remote locations that not very many people get to see and giving me the chance to get closer to some of the most pristine mountain beauty out there. Even a nice, easy one night trip can take you to some amazing places, so I embarked on several solo one-nighters over the summer and got some great photos out of it.
After the summer, we had the catastrophic flooding of September. I had never before seen the power of a raging river first-hand, and the destruction was unbelievable. It has been amazing to see how the community has rebuilt and how quickly important infrastructure and roadways were back in place, especially in my home town of Estes Park which was hit especially hard by the flooding. You'll even see a couple photos from the floods this year in the following list.
Enough with all the talk! Here are my top 13 favorite photos of 2013, in no particular order. Some are my favorites due to the journeys and memories that accompany them, and some are just ones that I feel are my strongest. Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!
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