So once again, I'm featuring a representative photo from each month of blog posts from 2015. Although some are favorite images, a few photos were chosen because they portrayed a significant moment from the past year. Because I'm always terminally behind, some of these photographs weren't actually shot in the month they were posted. But no matter, your job is to merely sit back and enjoy this visual recap of Linda's Lens 2015.
|New Year's Day at the Coast
Finally recovered enough from my bunion surgery to drive again, I took my dog Bear on a New Year's Day excursion to the Oregon coast. Although chilly, the skies were wonderfully sunny, and I got some outstanding photographs. This image is bittersweet as it was Bear's last trip to the beach. Now nearly 14 years of age, he's unable to walk more than two blocks due to ailing hips.
|Smith Rock in Winter
A calendar photo of snow-covered Smith Rock State Park inspired me to rise early one morning and make a 3-hour drive to catch the sunrise here. Although last year's mild winter meant no snow, I did capture some wonderful early morning fog rising from the valley.
The snow gods aligned during a February trip to Bend with a much-needed snowstorm giving the Cascade Mountains a lovely white coat. I captured this stunning image of Mt. Washington from Santiam Pass.
A bucket list item finally fulfilled, I visited the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon during peak bloom. Thanks to fellow blogger Becky for being a such wonderful tour guide! We had fun capturing tons of colorful tulip images with our cameras.
|End of the Season
Okay, so this photo actually happened in April, but didn't get posted until May.... Although 2015 was a dismal snow year for the Cascades, I did manage a dozen days on the slopes. Santa brought me a GoPro camera, and I had fun recording images in a new way. Loved its wide angle lens - perfect for capturing chairlift photos with my favorite ski buddy!
A solo trip to the central Oregon coast gave me the freedom to stay up late and capture this stunning image of a sunset over the Pacific Ocean. 2015 was definitely the year of the coast - I logged more trips here than the previous five years combined.
|Panther Creek Falls
A jaw-dropping magazine image prompted me to find SW Washington's elusive Panther Creek Falls. Not easy to reach, but certainly worth the struggle. As I exclaimed in my post "I've found the most beautiful waterfall in the world!"
|A Deacon in the Family
Another event I was late in posting, my son Cody's deaconite ordination took place in June. My family traveled to Helena, Montana to witness this special ceremony. Naturally, I took copious photos, but my favorite was this candid moment between Cody and his bishop.
My foot finally healed, I filled the late summer months with hikes in the mountains. It was so hard to pick a favorite from September's many great treks, but this image of fireweed flowers from Mt. Hood's Vista Ridge Trail won out.
|Where the Buffalo Roam
During my annual family visit to South Dakota, I played tourist, taking in the various attractions from around the Black Hills. Although there were many great images to choose from, this buffalo in a unusual position (I referred to it as "buffalo yoga") was my favorite.
|Lassen National Park
In mid-September, I made a solo trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park (but *ahem* didn't blog about it until November). A place I'd wanted to visit for many years, this little-known National Park didn't disappoint. Truly one of this country's hidden gems, I'm already scheming to get back there again.
|Angels Landing, Zion National Park
2015 was the year of the National Parks. Not only did I make it to Lassen, in October my hubby and I made a grand three-park tour of the southwest, hitting Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon's North Rim. Although I've only begun recapping this amazing trip, there will be lots more good stuff to come! In the meantime, enjoy this image of Angels Landing, one of my favorite hikes in Zion National Park.
|Fall Colors, Indian Heaven Wilderness
Of course, because I'm unable to narrow my photos down to only 12, I always like to include one bonus image for my "year in review" post. Seeing as I didn't post any fall color pics (and believe me, there are many!) I'm including this shot of vivid huckleberry leaves from SW Washington's Indian Heaven Wilderness.
Thanks to all my readers for your visits, follows, and comments. This blog is merely a happy hobby to record my passions. I'm flattered so many of you are willing to view my photos and read my attempts at writing. I truly appreciate the support!
Looking to the year ahead, I'm already planning more adventures. Stick around and see where the road leads me and my camera in 2016.
Happy New Year!
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