Favorite Photos of 2017
December 29, 2017 • 1 Comment
For the past few years, at the end of the year, I've posted a blog about my ten or so favorite or most meaningful photos taken during that calendar year. 2017 was a bit of a different year for me. The biggest change, and most exciting, was the birth of our daughter back in June. That, and shooting a book project for most of the summer months, meant that I didn't spend as much time shooting creatively as I normally do. So rather than coming up with ten or so "top photos" of 2017, I thought I'd share just four, two landscapes and two wildlife. The image above, Heavenly Waters, was taken along Yellowstone's Madison River. Despite appearances from the photo, the sunrise it's self wasn't spectacular, most of the sky was blue and cloudless. But by framing the photo to eliminate the blue sky and focus only on the lower portion of the sky along with the river, the photo really stood out in my mind.
Besides the obvious large amount of time spent helping my wife with our new daughter, I did some traveling throughout my home state of Montana photographing some locations for my forth coming book, Montana: A Photographic Journey, which will be out early in 2018. The book is a joint project with fellow Montana photographer Jason Savage, and between the two of us, we had a large part of the state covered. But I still needed to shoot a few locations and the Montana badlands were a welcome change to the usual mountains where I spend most of my time. Regardless of where they are, badlands magically come alive at sunrise and sunset when the light is nice and I was fortunate enough to have some truly magical light near Glendive one evening. After a day or rain, wind, and clouds, the sunset made the day a very memorable and favorite experience.
Since I was photographing for the book, I didn't have much time to spend photographing wildlife, but thanks to a couple of photographer friends, I was able to come away with two really fun photo shoots. In the spring, a red fox vixen had adopted a litter of kits from another vixen who was deceased. Whether she had been shot, hit by a car, or something else, no one seemed to know. But thanks to a tip from a friend, I learned of the location and spent some time there photographing. The first set of kits were considerably larger than the second set, which was the set birthed by the vixen who adopted the first set. In total, between 11 and 13 kits could be seen at any given time. The photo above was fun as a few of the kits cautiously watched the approach of a mule deer, who in turn cautiously watched the kits. My other favorite moment also involved a fox and also happened only because a couple of friends invited me to go and photograph with them. I accepted and we came across the red fox below. Most of our time with the fox was spent watching him or her sleep, but we did get a moment of action as he or she jumped to a higher vantage point... to sleep in the sun! I hope 2017 was a good year for everyone reading this and I hope 2018 will prove to be a wonderful year for all!
Milton J Pierce(non-registered)
thanks for your photo's. i look forward to your posts on FB. We came across your work when staying at the in yellowstone at the lake hotel and we actually got a chance to meet you. Three Amigo's is displayed prominently in our home, reminding us of our trip to Yellowstone. We look forward to a return. And your books were a great hit for Christmas this year for my wife. Happy new year to you and your expanding family sir!
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