People hate the year 2020. It has been much reviled and its end celebrated. Perhaps this is justified as many tragedies occurred through out the year. But, it wasn’t a bad year for my photography hobby. In fact, I took some of the pictures that I am most happy with last year.
At the dawn of 2020 last January, I took some colorful photos of downtown Austin in the pre-dawn twilight that turned out quite nicely. The pinks and oranges of the morning sky are mirrored in the calm lake.
In February, the morning sun and mist at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge helped me create this photo. While jogging down this trail in full pack, desperate to find a composition for this beautiful light, I just stopped and took a photo of the trail going off into the golden country side.
In July I went hike-in camping with my daughter at a state park on a clear and moonless night. We sat up staring at Jupiter and the galaxy through the trees and I took this photo. Maybe not a great photo, but I like the way it makes me feel when I look at it.
In August, my other daughter and I went out in search of a Galveston Island sunset and were rewarded with a beautiful evening. We stood together with our cameras and tripods taking fantastic photos and swatting mosquitoes.
As the virus, violence, and hurricanes raged I sought refuge at the wildlife refuge and had many beautiful moments to myself.
Fleeing civilization, I spent three fantastic days at Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park photographing the beauty of the desert solitude.
I ended my year focused on photographing the nearly dry river bed of the North Fork San Gabriel and braving the rain and slippery rocks to shoot waterfalls at Colorado Bend.
There were many horrible things that happened in 2020, but I have a lot to be thankful for and photography is one of them.