my year in pictures 2016

This year is nearly done so I figured I'd go through my archives and pick out a few of my favourite photos from the last year.

Most of them are from my wanderings for my On The Road column but there are one or two from my regular job at the Sun.

Those few, however, will be the last of my Sun pictures. As of December 9, I'm no longer with the company, at least as a full-time photojournalist. It was a choice I made with great reluctance and enduring sadness but after 31 years, my time at the Sun is done.

I will still be producing my On The Road pieces, though - at least for the foreseeable future - so please look for me every Sunday, both in the paper and on the Sun website. I'll also be posting my work to my Facebook page.

So goodbye 2016. Can't say it was a wonderful year but I'm truly looking forward to 2017 to see what that brings.

The future begins right now.

Aurora west of Linden, January 1 at 12:24 a.m.
Pastel sunset with cattle near Granum, April 26.
Humpback whale in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, September 30.
Spring planting west of Barons, April 26.
Mosquito, for some reason, on a calypso orchid at Barrier Lake, April 28.
An actual use for a midway teddy bear at the rainiest Calgary Stampede ever, July 9.
Griz snacking on spruce roots in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, May 10.
Rainbow over the Nanton Nite Rodeo, June 25.
Aurora over Calgary, August 8.
Antelope north of Leader, Saskatchewan, August 24.
Lightning near Cluny, July 2.
Fall in the foothills south of Calgary, September 27.
The Odd Couple, a whitetail buck nuzzles a mule deer buck near Dogpound, September 14.
These boots are made for dancin' at Country Thunder in Westwinds Park, August 19.
Might be a meteor, Chancellor, August 12.
Heading toward Beazer along the Lee Creek valley, May 25.
The Forks, where the Bow and Oldman become the South Saskatchewan River near Grassy Lake, September 20.
Morrissey Creek falls near Fernie, B.C., August 30.
First heavy frost, Sibbald Flats, September 13.
Harvest time in sepia near Brant, September 15.
A lonely larch, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, October 19.
A bunny in St Mary's Cemetery, August 13.
Prismatic clouds, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, December 7.

There's still a couple of weeks left in this frigid month so maybe I'll come up with a few more. But at the moment, that's all she wrote for 2016.

Merry Christmas, Happy New year and I'll see you all somewhere down the road.

Mike,

December 11, 2016.

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