Happy New Year! 2016 was a productive year. I traveled to Sweden, Boston, and Iceland; grew my stock photo business; signed with Robert Harding World Imagery; and, was invited to submit to Our State magazine for 2017 issues. I'm hoping this is just the tip of the iceberg. Speaking of icebergs, in a couple months I'll be returning to Iceland for the third time. I plan (with cooperation from the weather) to visit Jökulsárlón Beach to photograph icebergs and revisit the Solhiem Glacier. My fingers are also crossed for Northern Lights activity. The Aurora did not show itself during my October trip, but I'll have three opportunities to photograph it this year. Let's hope the odds are in my favor. After my late winter trip to Iceland, who knows what 2017 will bring. I'm thinking Banff National Park, but I'm keeping my options open.
I spent the week of Christmas bouncing around North and South Carolina from relative to relative with my wife and our two dogs. It was packed with activities, but I did manage to sneak away one morning to shoot the sunrise at Sunset Beach again. Along the way, I stopped to take a few shots at a bridge overlooking the intracoastal waters. I'm glad I did. It was a very colorful and calm morning scene with fog and pink light penetrating the dark rain clouds over a dock. This was the only time color and light painted the sky that morning. By the time I arrived on the shores of Sunset Beach, just before sunrise, the light had been snuffed out by dense fog that blurred the line between sky and sea. It became a bleak and low contrast scene. I made a few exposures anyway, knowing that they could become decent images in black and white. The beach was empty- only me and a few dog walkers as far as I could see in both directions. It provided a much needed relief from the traffic, shopping, and general chaos of the holiday season.
The final image I made in 2016 was of my house during the final sunrise of the year. We arrived home the day before to find that the first major snow of winter had finally occurred. I stepped out to get some wood for the fire on New Year's Eve morning and was struck by the colorful sky and blanket of snow on the forest floor. I went inside, popped my 18-35mm on a camera body, and quickly snapped the image below before I lost feeling in my bare fingers (it was 9 degrees). Winter, though late with its arrival, is officially here. In the Blue Ridge it is long and often harsh. Despite the challenges and hazards of nature photography during winter months, I'm going to try and make it as productive as possible. Stay tuned for updates and follow me on Instagram. Thanks to all my readers, and happy 2017!
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