19 images Created 6 Dec 2020
20 for 2020
It was a rough year all around. While our family has weathered it without major disease or disaster, we've all lost something and/or someone we cherished. And the shutter counts on my cameras have advanced far fewer digits than in any recent turn of the calendar. Jobs were canceled, trips put on hold. Events didn't convene. I found myself surrounded by masked people — even as I cinched tight my own. But I sought light and beauty where and when I could: on long bike rides through our amazing landscape, hikes in the wilderness and lonely nights under the Milky Way. I skied until the lifts closed March 14, continuing to add to a collection of what I call "chairlift pictures" (more of which you can see in another gallery on this site). And a few creatures - particularly some Wilson's warblers who sought refuge in our sage bushes during a freak, early-September blizzard - touched me and my cameras' sensors. That snow melted, but more followed, if slowly, offering just enough to make the Beckwith Ranch shine under the stars in early December. As the year ends, I'm back on the chairlift - with a balaclava pulled up over my nose.