Favorite Images of 2016

2016 was both an Interesting and Frustrating Year.  It started out very nicely, but in March, things went pretty South, due to an Injury.  It became very Difficult for me to Get Out and Enjoy all of the Things that I Enjoy doing… Photography alone was my Saving Grace for most of 2016 and I made the Best of it and even managed to do a bit of Hiking even in my Aircast, lol  I’m almost back now and have finally started getting some real Hikes in, so I’m really looking forward to more Adventures in 2017.

As a Nature Photographer, I Shoot so many Different Subjects, that it really is Impossible to narrow my Favorites down very far, so I break my Subjects down into Categories and just pick a Favorite from each Category.  I’ve Doubled the Categories from last Year, because again, it’s just so hard to narrow things down and it helps me keep all of these Images organized, lol  Some Images also end up in Several Categories, so it gives a Favorite more than 1 Chance of being Selected too…

And if you have read my 2015 Post of Favorites, you already know that I call these Favorites for just that Reason… These Images may not be my Best Technical Images, but they are the Ones that I enjoy the most, due to Location, Situation, Emotion or whatever, lol

I did have some Good Trips this Year, especially as the Year waned and I was more Mobile.  I hope you Enjoy my Images as much as I Enjoyed making them…

Abstract – Sucked In                                                                                                                           Reflection and Flow on the Verde Riverdscn2963p-suckedin-pambarnhart2016-abstract

Amphibians – Jeremiah                                                                                                                   American Bullfrogdscn8662p-jeremiahamericanbullfrog-pambarnhart2016-amphibians

Architecture – Zebras at the Light Rail                                                                                           Downtown Phoenixdscn2806p-zebrasatthelightrail-pambarnhart2016-architecture

Autumn – Autumn Lagoon                                                                                                                 Reflections of Fall Colors in the Colorado Riverdscn4366p-autumnlagoon-pambarnhart2016-autumn

Birds – Golden Hour Portrait                                                                                                             Great Blue Herondscn4923p-goldenhourportraitgreatblueheron-pambarnhart2016-birds

Black and White – Pollen Party                                                                                                           A Spring Cholla Bloom that was Snowing Pollen in the Arizona Desertdscn4523pppp-pollenparty-pambarnhart2016-blackandwhite

Butterflies – Tiny Diner                                                                                                                       Western Pygmy-Blue Butterfly.  It’s one of the smallest Butterflies in the U.S. About the size of a Dime…dscn2238p-tinydinerwesternpygmy-blue-pambarnhart2016-butterflies

Dragonflies – Ode Love                                                                                                                       Blue-eyed Darnersdscn8823p-odeloveblue-eyeddarners-pambarnhart2016-dragonflies

Flowers – Summer Meadow                                                                                                               At a Northern AZ Arboretum… This could most likely go into the Wildflower Category as well, but since it was in a Controlled Setting, it ends up in Flowers too…dscn9420p-summermeadow-pambarnhart2016-flowers

Hiking – The Pink Hour                                                                                                                       Signature Red Rocks from a Range in Central AZ after the Sun went down.dscn0046p-thepinkhour-pambarnhart2016-hiking

Intimate Landscapes – Golden Mirror                                                                                             I do love my Golden Hours, especially if I get a Reflection as a Bonus!dscn0455p-goldenmirror-pambarnhart2016-intimatelandscapes

Landscapes – The Light Reward                                                                                                         Breakthrough Storm Light on a Prominent Peak in Southern AZ.  The Light was Intermittent and took Patience, but the Reward was pretty Sweet….dscn2514p-thelightreward-pambarnhart2016-landscapes

Macro – The Beauty Within                                                                                                                 A Closer Look at a Thistledscn0821p-thebeautywithinthistle-pambarnhart2016-macro

Wild Mammals – 2 For the Price of 1 – Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels                             This was a tough Choice, but I chose this, because the Odds of ever getting a Shot like this are pretty Slim, loldscn9243p-2forthepriceof1golden-mantledgroundssquirrels-pambarnhart2016-mammals

Miscellaneous – A Restful Path                                                                                                         As a Nature Photographer, any Image that contains something Man Made goes into this Category just to separate it from Scenes that are totally Natural…. So, who wouldn’t want to sit here???dscn6365p-arestfulpath-pambarnhart2016-misc

Miscellaneous Wildlife – Black and Orange – Tarantula                                                               Any Wild Creature that isn’t a Bird or a Mammal….dscn1587p-blackandorangetarantula-pambarnhart2016-misc-wildlife

Nightscapes – Death Valley Risingdscn4807p-deathvalleyrising-pambarnhart2016-nightscapes

Non-Technical Canyoneering – Perennial Flows                                                                           A Canyon you can Hike without Technical Geardscn1416pp-perennialflows-pambarnhart2016-non-techcanyoneering

People and Kids – Paige                                                                                                                       Sweet Baby and I really liked this Image as a Black and White as well….dscn4907pp-paige-pambarnhart2016-peopleandkids

People and Outdoors – Gliding Through Gold                                                                                 Kayaker at the start of the Golden Hour….dscn0472p-glidingthroughgold-pambarnhart2016-peopleandoutdoors

Domestic Animals – Autumn Leisure                                                                                              A Couple of Ranch Hands enjoying an Autumn Meadow during their Off-Time…dscn0259pp-autumnleisure-pambarnhart2016-domesticanimals

Captive Wildlife – Anasazi II – Golden Eagle                                                                                  An Education Bird that is not able to be Released into the Wild due to Physical Problems… She was Beautiful.  I so Appreciate our Wildlife Rescue Groups that not only Rescue Injured Wildlife, but can also give them a Permanent Home if needed….dscn2151pp-anasazi-ii-goldeneagle-pambarnhart2016-captivewildlife

Reflections – Roadside Attraction                                                                                                     Not too shabby of a View from a Rain-filled, Road-side Ditch…dscn0837p-roadsideattraction-pambarnhart2016-reflections

Reptiles – Emerging – Chuckwalla                                                                                                   Time to come out of the Shade and Catch some Rays….dscn0557-emergingchuckwalla-pambarnhart2016-reptiles

Road Shots – Peace and Turmoil                                                                                                       Hard to beat Autumn and Storms and the Roads that Travel through them….dscn0410p-peaceandturmoil-pambarnhart2016-roadshots

Spring – In the Spotlight                                                                                                                    The Spring Blooms of a Hedgehog Cactus in the Desert….dscn1784p-inthespotlight-pambarnhart2016-spring

Sunrise/Sunset – Witnesses                                                                                                               Sunset in the Sonoran Desertdscn0790p-witnesses-pambarnhart2016-sunrisesunset

Technical Canyoneering – Desert River Narrows                                                                          Technical Equipment is needed to go down there.  We did, but I ended up with a Busted Up Ankle.  This is a Canyon I hope to Return to someday and get it Right… It’s too Beautiful to not be Enjoyed….p1020864p-desertrivernarrows-pambarnhart2016-technicalcanyons

The Southwest – Dust to Light – Saguaros                                                                                      Breakthrough Light during a Dust Storm in the Sonoran Desert…dscn2549pp-dusttolight-pambarnhart2016-thesw

Trail Shots – Autumn Path                                                                                                                  A Walk through Autumn in Central AZ….dscn2031p-autumnpath-pambarnhart2016-trailshots

Urban – Art and Architecture                                                                                                             Downtown Phoenixdscn2836p-artandarchitecture-pambarnhart2016-urban

Waterscapes – Flowing Glass                                                                                                             Verde River Currentsdscn2956pp-flowingglass-pambarnhart2016-waterscapes

Weather – Framed with Promises                                                                                                     Sonoran Desert Storm Archesdscn9809pp-framedwithpromises-pambarnhart2016-weather

Western – River Crossing                                                                                                                    A Wrangler crossing the Verde River….dscn2983pp-rivercrossing-pambarnhart2016-western

Wildflowers – Summer Jubilee                                                                                                           The Colors of a Northern Arizona Meadow in Summer….dscn8930p-summerjubilee-pambarnhart2016-wildflowers

I wish you all the Best in 2017 and May the Light Be With You… Onward to New Adventures and Places this Year….