Ten Years, Ten Photos – 2015: Deeper Connections

Macro photo of an opened solitary bud of a California Buckwheat flower cluster, Black Mountain Open Space Preserve, San Diego, California

If there’s one thing I’m really good at it seems to be underestimating the dedication, time and perseverance taking on certain projects requires. I’m not sure if the “Ten Years, Ten Photos” series (which I began in 2017) is really one of those but for whatever reason, at some point I lost track of it! Typical. But, now that I have submitted my USCO registration for the first quarter of 2021, I am forced to take a short break from adding new photos to the site, and finally found the muse to return to writing this series, in March 2021 — just four years after I had begun it! :-O

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Ten Years, Ten Photos – 2014: Escape to the Dunes

Algodones Dunes in the pastel last light of day at dusk, near Glamis, Imperial County, California. July 2014.

By 2014, the landscapes and terrain of (Southern) California had become familiar to me, and I felt quite at home here photographically. The desert (mostly Anza Borrego Desert State Park), the foothills, the mountains, the coast – I have photos from all of these environments in my archive from 2014 that I’m still very happy with (my favorites from 2014 aren’t a bad selection, even though I’d choose different photos today). The one place that truly stood out in 2014 though was Algodones Dunes.

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Ten Years, Ten Photos – 2013: Seeing More

Brittlebush & Slot Canyon Wall, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California. February 2013.

2013 was a year that was filled with an incredible amount of activities: the early months were filled with many days of desert explorations, often with my friend Joe. In March, Shuwen and I went on a trip to Taiwan. In May I drove up the west coast all the way to Seattle with my friend Doug. In September another road trip took Shuwen and me up north along California’s coast, and ultimately to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.

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Ten Years, Ten Photos – 2012: Returning to Mountains

Half Dome View from Olmsted Point, Yosemite National Park, California. August 2012.

Looking back at 2012 and the photos that I made that year, I can honestly say that it was amazing: I’ve explored and hiked the many beautiful places in San Diego’s back country, got fascinated with the riparian woodlands in the canyons, fell in love with photographing in the fog, and so much more… looking at it now, my “top 10” selection from back then doesn’t really do the photographic output of that year justice – I would probably make a different selection today.

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