Friday, 2 January 2015

2014: A Year In Review

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you've all enjoyed yourselves over the holidays and that 2014 was as good to you as it was to me.

My last blog post was a whole year ago, and during that time a lot has changed.

For the third time in recent years, I've moved back to Banff in the Canadian Rockies. I arrived back here in September after my longest stint away since discovering this place back in 2008. To say I was homesick for this little mountain town would be an understatement.

Once again, I've selected what I think are twelve of my strongest images from the past year to share with you. I hope you enjoy them.

(click on an image to enlarge)

Atlantic Puffin with sandeels - Skomer, Wales
A dazed fox kit seconds after slipping headfirst into a puddle - Cardiff, Wales
Female Kingfisher with newt - Cardiff, Wales
Female Kestrel - Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Wales
Red Fox vixen - Cardiff, Wales
Little Owl - Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Wales
Sunrise at Vermilion Lakes - Banff National Park, Alberta
Cow Moose - Alberta, Canada
Bull Elk - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Bull Moose - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Canadian Lynx - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Black Wolf - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

If I had to pick a personal favourite from the year, it would have to be the portrait of the fox kit. Simply because it's been something I've wanted to see and photograph in my home town for so many years now, and it was a huge relief to finally get that shot before leaving the UK again. However, the best encounter of 2014 has to go to the lynx. After all, you can't beat two hours with a wild cat in the snow can you? The perfect way to end another great year.

Looking back at this selection, I feel incredibly lucky once again for all the amazing things I've seen and done over the last twelve months. I'm confident that this is some of my best work to date, and I'm excited to see what 2015 will bring.

Best of luck to you all in the new year, and thanks for reading!