Looking Back at 2022

This is my final blog post of 2022. Going through my images from the past 12 months, I can’t help but celebrate my blessings. What you might (I hope) view as a pretty picture, represents to me a thrilling moment in Nature. And believe me when I say that I remember the experience of witnessing every single image I share here.

2022 was the year my photography life returned to something resembling pre-pandemic “normal.” When the year’s photography highlights started with a northern lights show above Kirkjufell in Iceland, I should have recognized it as a harbinger of blessings in the year to come.

In no particular order, those blessings included returning to New Zealand for the first time in 3 years. Highlights there included a return to Doubtful Sound and Fox Glacier, snowcapped peaks, glacial lakes, and the incredible Southern Hemisphere night sky, where the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds ride high, the Milky Way is reversed, and the cohort of constellations is completely new. And I was extremely relieved to find that the vandalized solitary willow in Lake Wanaka hadn’t lost its essence.

Closer to home, the Grand Canyon, which never lets me down, shared even more gifts than usual. Especially memorable were a foggy sunrise that was unlike any sunrise I’ve ever witnessed, a new view of the Milky Way above the Colorado River (in darkest sky possible), and some of the most thrilling lightning experiences of my life—both in quality and quantity. On Hawaii, enhancing the lush beauty and rugged coast was the return of Kilauea’s eruption, which I hadn’t seen in 5 years. Seeing the volcano’s bubbling lava, and photographing the Milky Way above its incandescent glow, felt almost spiritual. And Yosemite, my special place, was as special as ever.

Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge all the wonderful people I got to share these moments with. Not only do my workshop students enable me to sustain this wonderful life, they are kindred spirits who make these moments in Nature even better. I have no idea what’s in store for 2023, but my 2022 experiences are a reminder that more special awaits, and I can’t wait to find out what it is. Stay tuned…

My 2022 In Pictures

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8 Comments on “Looking Back at 2022

  1. So lovely and moving! Delighted to have shared with you a couple of the Yosemite shots and on a previous year the Grand Canyon Milky Way! All wonderful experiences. Thanks 🙂

  2. Very nice Gary. Thank you for doing your weekly blogs. I enjoy them very much.

    Happy new year!

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Such wonderful memories for you! I was thrilled to be able to be a part of some of them with you and your workshops. Thanks for sharing. They are beautiful photos. Arlene

  4. Your photographs are absolutely sensational! You are a true artist in your field! I especially love the tree and the clouds.
    I hope to see many more of your photographs in the future!
    Happy New Year 2023!

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