Retrospective 2016 My year in photographs

Photographers often begin the New Year by reviewing what they have accomplished. The classic method is to select what they think is their Top Ten. This project defeats me, as I do not think I am a good judge of my own work. So my retrospective is a little different. I decided to select one photograph from each of the places I visited in 2016. Sometimes my resolve failed and one or two more snuck in.

For the first time in about fifteen years, I did not pack my bags as the snow hit the mountaintops and head off to Asia. I stayed in the Yukon until January but then headed off to Latin America with a friend from Alberta. My friend was born and raised in Wales and wanted to see where the Welsh had settled in Patagonia in the late nineteenth century. Of course, we explored much farther afield in Argentina and Chile but that Welsh exodus was the impetus for our journey.

As I looked at where I had spent my time during each month of 2016, I was surprised at how many places I had managed to get to – and in a year supposedly given to ‘staying home’.

My travelling friend is a mad hiker in the summer and an avid snowshoer in the winter. We took a day trip to Lake Louise with her hiking club. She snowshoed and I took photos.

Finally, at the end of January we were off. First stop - Buenos Aires.

Tango - at any age!

February

Patagonia - Peninsula Valdes - coastline where the Welsh landed
Looking back at Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego - the End of the Earth

Largo Grey in Argentinian Patagonia - where I fell in love with glaciers and icebergs

The blue of the glacier is really amazing.

Tantalizing tunnels appear every so often in the face of the glacier.

This iceberg seemed to make a pattern with the mountains behind.

Then, it was off to Chile across the Patagonia steppe.
Torres Del Paine National Park
The Horns of Paine - moody weather.
And when the weather changes.
Another glacier – Perito Moreno in Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz Province, Argentina accessed from the town of El Calafate.

Two walking poles and a lot of blood, sweat and tears got me to where I could photograph the famous Fitz Roy Mountain, a mountained shared by Argentina and Chile

Now, surely all that effort with the poles was worth including another shot of Fitz Roy.

March

At the beginning of March we visited Alcerce National Park where there are some of the oldest trees in the world. The one pictured below is the oldest - a mere 2,600 years old!

The beautiful Chilean lake district near Bariloche.

Then it was back into central Argentina and the colonial cities of Cordoba and Salta.

Cordoba cathedral.

Painter's Palette and cemetery, north of Salta.

After exploring Northern Argentina, we headed west again into the deserts of Northern Chile.

San Pedro de Atacama

Volcano Licancabur overlooking San Pedro.

Valley of the Moon, near San Pedro.

Valley of the Moon at sunset.

We flew 1000 kilometres south - to visit Valparaiso on the coast of Chile.

Valparaiso, an important port on Chile's Pacific coast

Very colourful street art in Valparaiso.

Did Vincent ever land in Valparaiso???

A quick way to get up and down the many hills of the city.

April

It was a short bus ride from Valparaiso to Santiago, the capital of Chile.

Santiago, capital of Chile.

A little role reversal, perhaps?

Fantastic fish market and fish restaurants as Santiago is only a few hours away from Valparaiso on the Pacific coast.

From Santiago my friend and I flew back to Calgary. I went immediately to England just in time to catch the end of the bluebells.

Spring at Kingston Lacy in Dorset.

May

Home to the Yukon.....

and to bears chomping on dandelions by the roadside.
Early paddlers heading from Kusawa Lake into the Takhini River.
Low water in Kluane Lake where the Slims River enters the lake.
Kluane, from the shore at Silver City.

June

Some of the back country around Atlin in Northern British Columbia.

Moonlight on Atlin Lake.

July

Definitely stayed home and supervised the construction of my new studio.

Ron, the concrete man smoothing the floor, watched by Ryan, the builder.

August

First Nations Stick Gambling Festival held at Helen's Fish Camp on the shores of Lake Laberge.
Day trip to Carcross - for a cup of coffee!

Late August - mad dash to Dawson - only 500 plus kilometres to the north.

Not too late for flowers....

...couldn't resist this shot...

but too soon for good colour on the Dempster Highway.

September

Fireweed releases its seeds - Fall is in the air.
Leaves are starting to turn golden.

Day trips.

Fish Lake is always lovely in the Fall.
And so is the Yukon River (looking north) at the bottom of Burma Road.
Frost nipped blueberries on the shores of Kusawa Lake.

October

Flaming birch trees stand sentinel at the top of the road that leads to Lake Laberge.

Golden sunset over Lake Laberge.

Days are growing shorter and the sun sets before I go to bed.

Muted Fall colours along the North Klondike Highway.

Mist rising off the lake hints at the cold weather to come.

First snowfall along the banks of the Yukon River in Whitehorse.

That's it. Snow. Time to pack my bag - for England not Asia, at least not yet!

The bridge at Blandford Forum in Dorset.

My second Fall - Autumn - at Kingston Lacy Gardens in Dorset.

Acer leaves at Kingston Lacy.

I don't know the name of this plant but the colours were lovely.

Everywhere at Kingston Lacy the leaves were turning but the fernery was still bright green.

Thistles at Bishop Well's Palace Garden in Somerset.

Something pretty from the same garden.

November

I was lucky - the warmest November on record in England.

Tree at Stourhead Landscape Garden in Wiltshire.
The bog at the end of the lake at Stourhead.

December

Off to Asia. First to Bangkok.

Wat Arun, Temple of the Dawn, on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.

Buddhas and more Buddhas.

Erawan shrine, images of the King of Thailand who died in October and Chinatown. .

If you click on the first image above, you can see each of them full size.
At last, goodbye Thailand, hello India - Kovalam, Kerala..

Lighthouse beach by day.....

and in the moonlight.

Not a bad way to end 2016. I wonder what 2017 has in store for me - and for you?

By Janet Webster AKA The Silver Nomad

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