Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Top Ten Photos of 2013

2013 was an exceptional year... in the Spring I spent a few days in Oregon's Columbia Gorge, focusing my efforts on waterfalls in the less traveled wilderness of this exceptional rain forest environment. Later in the year, I traveled to the Tombstone Range in Canada's Yukon Territory for a two week long heli-in, heli-out backpacking trip in the wilderness of the Ogilvie Mountains. During the day we were surrounded by the peak Autumn color, showing a carpet of fall color on the tundra; at night, the Aurora Borealis danced across the sky. It was an exceptional trip. Finally, I spent a week closer to home in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during fall color, and was treated to exceptional conditions and the season's first snowfall.
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Here is my selection of my Top Ten Photos for 2013 (click an image to enlarge):

Honorable Mention: The Boathouse
An impressionistic view of an old boathouse along the St. John's River on a foggy morning.

10. Autumn Ablaze
Dramatic sunrise light over colorful tundra at the peak of Autumn in the Ogilvie Mountains, Yukon Territory.

9. Whispering Falls
Waterfall and cascades through lush greens in a remote and wild area of the Columbia Gorge.

8. Raging Spirit
The fierce flow and aquamarine water of Spirit Falls on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge.

7. Almost Paradise
A picturesque waterfall through a rainforest environment in a remote area of Oregon's Columbia Gorge.

6. In the Morning Mist
Fall becomes winter as soft light and morning frost accentuates this intimate scene after the season's first snowfall, Smoky Mountains.

5. Blaze of Beauty
A dazzling aurora blankets the night sky reflected in a lake below in the wilderness of the Ogilvie Mountains, Yukon Territory.

4. Breathless
The aurora bursts through the clouds in the night sky reflected in a small tributary below, deep in the wilderness of the Ogilvie Mountains, Yukon Territory.

3. Rainbow in the Mist
Cascades converge in a steep canyon, leading to a large waterfall below.

2. A Foggy Morning
Frost and a light snow in early morning light, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains.

1. Mountain Paradise Beautiful sunset light and colorful tundra looking toward Tombstone Mountain during Autumn in the Ogilvie Mountain wilderness, Yukon Territory.

Have a Top Ten list you want to share? Post a link in the comments.
Good light and happy shooting in 2014!


Unknown said...

Awesome photos, Chris. Really, really impressive. A lot of them remind me of Marc Adamus. I mean that as the highest compliment.

Elizabeth said...


Exploring Light said...

Thanks, Ben. Marc is certainly an inspiration.

Mark Metternich said...

Bad ass dude!!!! Makes me miss our little adventure! I cant wait to get back out there next year. Anyways, really great work and keep it up!!!

Jim Goldstein said...

Great work Chris! Thanks for submitting your best of post for my blog project. Have a great holidays!

Jim Goldstein said...

A great collection of photos Chris. Thanks for submitting them to my blog project. Have a great holidays!

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