As 2015 comes to a close, I can’t help but take a look back and be grateful for all the cool things I was able to see and do this year.  I’ve been to quite a few new places and got to shoot and hang out with some of my most favorite people.  It’s been a great year! In looking back on my photos, it was hard to choose just a few of my favorite photos of 2015. I’ve tried my darnedest to keep the list down, but there were just too many awesome memories for me in the photos! I hope you will enjoy my list. Happy New Year, everyone!

My year started off with a New Year’s Day drive to Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree is one of my favorite places, but I had never seen it like this! A rare snow had fallen and turned the desert into a winter wonderland.

Favorites of 2015

Snow in Joshua Tree

A couple weeks later I took my very first trip out to Death Valley, don’t know why it took me so long to get there since it’s really not all that far from me.  I had a great time finally getting to see and play hopscotch in Badwater Basin’s salt flats.

Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin ~ Death Valley

Then the real fun began! My photography family from the Arcanum embarked on an epic pilgrimage to Joshua Tree. My friend A.D. Wheeler came the furthest to be there, braving snow and ice storms all the way. We started our trip with an awesome private tour of Key’s Ranch. This is my favorite photo, because it’s about more than just shooting an abandoned car.

Photography Family

Murray, Caleb, A.D. and Erin shoot an old car while Steve checks out another.

After Joshua tree it was off to Amboy, Death Valley and then Eldorado Canyon and the Techatticup Mine in Southern Nevada. The place was awesome! So much to see and shoot there, that you don’t know where to look first. This would also be where I said my goodbyes to my friends for this trip.  🙁 This was my favorite photo from that awesome place. The color orange and I had never been very good friends for some reason, but that all changed right here. I love that when I look at this photo, I seem to step back in time.

The Lone Star Dodge

Lone Star Dodge

I met up with my bud Caleb in May to shoot the Balboa Pier.  What we found when we got there was a ten-foot sand berm on the beach attempting to hold back the 15 foot waves. A storm that started down in New Zealand had come across the ocean to provide us with an awesome display of nature. I took it upon myself to create a scene worthy of the waves.

Balboa

The Balboa Storm

What an awesome start to 2015! That was just the first half of the year.  Join me tomorrow for Part II and more of my favorite photos and memories from 2015!  Have a Happy and Safe New Year’s Eve!

~L

A big thank you goes out to my friend John Ott for the cool photos of me shooting. (header photo)

To see these photos large and see even more favorites from the first half of 2015 visit my Gallery.

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