As I sweep 2015 under the rug and tidy up for 2016, I've put together a list of my favorite images from the past year. 2015 was my final "full" year navigating the 30's and I'm still trying to wrap my head around that. I said goodbye to Arizona and moved to Western Colorado. Growing up in Denver this was a homecoming of sorts and I was able to explore the familiar landscapes of my youth. Colorado National Monument became the main focal point of my work. I explored Abbey Country, hiked a 14er, saw the Northern Lights for the first time, tested my endurance on the Great Sand Dunes and spent time with old friends.
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A self-portrait of yours truly watching the morning sun light up Colorado National Monument and Pinon Mesa from Lands End on Grand Mesa.
An early summer storm sweeps through the Grand Valley from the rim of Fruita Canyon in Colorado National Monument.
Wind whipped dunes get a final taste of sunlight at Great Sand Dunes National Monument.
Twilight lingers over the Book Cliffs and the sagebrush scattered landscape.
The Milky Way arches over Finger Rock in Northwestern Arizona.
Campfire lit ponderosa pine reach for the stars on Grand Mesa.
An exhausting hike to one of the highest dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park rewards me with layers upon layers of untouched sand on a busy weekend in the park.
Turret Arch in Arches National Park sits under a fading Milky Way as morning makes it's introduction.
Wildflowers dot the rocky landscape of the Black Mountains in Northwestern Arizona during the magic hour.
The Northern Lights make a rare appearance over the Book Cliffs and Mount Garfield in Western Colorado.
A panorama of Colorado National Monument 20 minutes after the sunset and alpenglow lights up the sky and rocks.
An Evening Primrose on a slope along the Book Cliffs in Western Colorado.
The leading edge of a summer storm opens up over Colorado National Monument.
An autumn sky cooperates over Crystal Lake in the San Juan Mountains between Ouray and Silverton.
The plains of Eastern Colorado exploded last spring in a sea of wildflowers.