A Look Back at 2018

As the end of the year is rapidly approaching, I thought I’d take a quick stroll down memory lane and look back at some highlights from the year.  

In the beginning of the year, I moved my website here to my current hosting site and re-did the site from scratch using WordPress.  This gave me a lot more flexibility in what I could do and total control over the look and feel of the website.  I’ve learned a thing or two but am pretty happy with it for the most part.  

I also launched my Etsy store where you can purchase prints of your favorite AHP photos.  And about mid way through the year, I upgraded my photo printer so I can deliver high quality prints very quickly.  I have had several 5-star reviews on my store so if you haven’t been there yet, click this link and take a look! 

Favorite Photos from 2018

Let me take you through a few of my favorite photos from the year. This first image was taken on a bitter cold day in January.  This is a soap bubble in mid-freeze.  You could watch the crystalline shapes grow and completely engulf the bubble in about 20 seconds! 

Here’s a couple other shots that just make you want to say, “Brrrr!”.  

Here’s a couple more photos taken in January that just make you want to say, “Brrrr!”.   This is the Point Iroquois Lighthouse near Bay Mills in the U.P.

Here’s a chilly shot of the ice near the Les Cheneaux Islands.  

In the spring, I learned a technique for taking close-up photos of flowers that I had a lot of fun with.  

The spring also brought a trip to Windmill Island in Holland for the tulips. 

In June, there was a celestial event known as the Strawberry Moon.  I went out around 9:30 in the evening on this June night looking for a good vantage point to shot the Strawberry Moon rising.  I happened on this farm pretty much by accident and got the moon between the silos. 

We also had the opportunity to take a vacation in the U.P. of Michigan in July.  I know I can count on great sunsets over Lake Superior and this year was no exception.  

But I was also hoping to see some Loons while we were up there. I purchased a waterproof camera bag for the trip and kept my eyes peeled in the early mornings. And sure enough, one July morning, I was looking out on the lake drinking my coffee and I saw a Loon not too far out on the water.  So I grabbed my camera and waterproof bag and jumped (so to speak) in the kayak and headed out after it.  But the closer I got, the more it swam away.  I finally decided to give up and turned the kayak around.  And much to my pleasant surprise, found 3 Loons following along behind me!  What a treat that was!

Speaking of birds, I had a fun year photographing lots of birds including some first time visitors to my yard.  

Female American Redstart

Nashville Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Molting Scarlet Tanager

Black and White Warbler

Goldfinch

Male Baltimore Oriole

Female Baltimore Oriole

 

In October, we took a fall color tour trip up to Sleeping Bear Dunes which is a favorite area in Michigan for us.  We did a lot of hiking and hit the jackpot in finding Petoskey stones.  It was a great adventure! 

I’m looking forward to the new year with great anticipation! My wife recently retired and am hoping that we can start taking many trips to lots of great places which translates to more great photos!  

I want to wish you all a very, Merry Christmas and the Happiest New Year filled with blessings, health, peace, and love.    Thanks from AHP!!

 

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