Location matters a lot in photography.
“If you want to take more interesting pictures, stand in front of more interesting stuff ” – Joe McNally
That’s why I constantly strive to be standing in front of wildlife. But a funny thing happens along the way – I occasionally end up distracted by beautiful vistas. Most of the time I make photos … and usually regret the rest.
Maybe one year I will try for landscapes and get distracted by wildlife! I’m betting it wouldn’t work since I would be secretly hoping for bears to sneak into the scene. Despite my persistent bias, I posted enough non-wildlife photos in 2014 to find 10 shots I liked for this post.
Now I could set up another reader poll, but maybe it’s time to try something else. I have put the photos in order of my preference, ending with my favourite (recognizing that there is no accounting for my taste).
My question for you is which photo(s) would you move up to a higher ranking? Here we go, starting with the last of the best …
10. Regular temper tantrum
It’s hard to believe that a geyser can blow off steam so regularly. Does that remind you of anyone? I especially like the white on white as the wind carries away the steam. Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park
9. Rock pour
Do I cheer for the incessant current or the rocks holding firm? It’s not an easy choice. I especially like the coloured, layered rocks tilted at a ridiculous angle. Jasper National Park
8. Frozen falls
Winter is reluctantly giving way to summer. I especially like the massive chunks of ice and snow – cracked but still holding on. That sounds like me some days. Yellowstone National Park
7. Sunny bath
Sometimes a scene where I’m standing gets bathed in the colours of sunset. I especially like the colour frame at the top and bottom of the photo. Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park
6. Mount Krahn
Glue rock and ice together and chances are pretty good it’s a remarkable scenes. I especially like the texture of the rock and ice disappearing into a mysterious fog. Angel Glacier at Jasper National Park (most would call it Mount Edith Cavell)
5. Touched by the sun
This incredible light show lasted only a few minutes and stopped my truck in its tracks. I especially like the red-capped mountain (I enjoy red in a nature photo). Banff National Park
4. Icy creek
Water pouring through ice crystals is a scene soon lost to winter. I especially like the diamonds in the water flow. Jasper National Park
3. Fire light
Fire from a controlled burn casts an eerie shadow on a mountain forest. I especially like the layered red light (there’s that red thing again). Banff National Park
2. Hot sculptures
This layered sculpting on a hillside kept pulling me back and begging to be photographed. I especially like the castle – better than any I made as a kid. Yellowstone National Park
1. My kind of moon
Perhaps I snuck in a bit of a wildlife shot but, in my defence, the sandhill cranes are tiny. I especially like the mood set by the colours. Near my home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan