“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.” Ansel Adams
I carry both my camera and my phone with me nearly all the time just in case I see something I want to shoot at a moments notice. Because of this, I take thousands of photographs each year, many of which don’t fit the bill, but large numbers of which I enjoy and enjoy sharing on this blog.
Here, I’ve put together ten of my favorite photographs that I took in 2014. This is a continuation of a series of tops from 2014 including ‘My top hikes of 2014‘, ‘Overall favorite places of 2014‘ and ‘Year in review 2014‘ .
1. A view of Nevada Falls and Liberty Cap, Yosemite National Park, California
My favorite shot of 2014 was taken from the edge of the John Muir Trail running through Yosemite National Park. I love the view and the way the light was shining on Liberty Cap.
2. South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona
Overlooking the Grand Canyon at sunset, I love how the sun highlights this jutting rock and the various people looking over into the canyon below and experiencing this brilliant sight.
3. Monument Valley, Arizona
I snapped this photo as we were driving on US 163 into Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The wind was blowing quite strongly and whipping up some dust with it, which helped to produce some interesting clouds and lighting.
4. Arches National Park, Utah
Arches National Park in southeastern Utah is gorgeous as this photo shows. I love the layers in this shot, with the red formations, the gorgeous clouds, and the snow-capped peaks in the distance showing off.
5. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Overall, Bryce Canyon National Park is one of my favorite places in the entire country, and for good reason. The hoodoos are amazing at anytime, but when they are covered with a fresh layer of snow, their brilliance really shines.
6. Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Mesa Verde National Park in the four-corners region of the Southwest is a gem of a national park, containing remnants of a pre-Columbian civilization. I like this shot because of the light that glimmers from the east.
7. Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California
I included this shot because of my love affair with the giant Sequoia tree. I love how the forest provides depth with its varying shades and hues and the way the light filters down through the trees.
8. The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah
This photo, taken in The Narrows hike in Zion National Park in Utah highlights the wonderful natural colors that shine brightly in this dim canyon walk. It’s hard to do this place justice, but I think with the individuals in the foreground, one can sense the grandeur of the place.
9. View of the Rockies, Boulder, Colorado
The majestic Rocky Mountains often hide from us living on the Front Range. I like how this spring shot captures the still remaining snow pack on the high Rockies in contrast with the fresh grasses coming to life on the high plains below.
10. Yosemite National Park, California
One more shot of Sequoia National Park and one more of Nevada Falls. I couldn’t resist including this photo because of the color and light and the way they play together.