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Reflecting on 2016

Saying 2016 was a horrible and forgettable year is a trendy thing to say and I won’t follow suit. I will say this year has been bittersweet. Yes it was a painful and unsettling year but it was also a time of experiencing many wonderful and unforgettable things. As my wife Heidi’s fight with stage IV breast cancer continued to progress we were able to make some great memories as a family, and go on some spectacular trips like our bucket-list trip to Alaska to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Another unforgettable aspect of this year was experiencing the amount of love and care that was showered on our family throughout the year. Be it meals, childcare or other practical needs met to just simply loving on our family in this tough time I am so grateful and humbled by it all.

With that said here are some my favorite photos from 2016 in no particular order. I hope you enjoy them.

Polychrome Overlook, Denail National Park

Mesquite Dunes

Contorted Bristlecone Tree Limb

Entering a cloudy Glacier Bay National Park

Unknown Creek feeding into Taku Inlet near Juneau, Alaska

Mummified Abstract Design remains of a prickly pear cactus

Harvard Glacier, College Fjord

Tide Pools - Corona Del Mar, CA

Waiting for the sun to rise in the Alabama Hills

And one more bonus image for sentimental reasons, mainly because I didn’t think we would get to take this photo. Back in June Heidi’s doctor gave her 90 days to live after they found the cancer had moved to her brain and spine. She well outlived that prognosis and all the ones they gave her afterwards. In October we were able to squeeze in one more trip to see the Sierra fall colors up by Mammoth and Bishop before Heidi got too weak to travel.  On the last day heading home she was awake enough, and the girls cooperated enough to get the picture below. Photographically speaking it’s not the greatest image but personally it meant so much to get this fleeting moment documented forever.

So here’s to 2016 and the hope of better 2017 to come.

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