2015 year in review

Written by Alpenglow Images on December 24th, 2015

It’s that time of year again when you start to see ‘best of’ lists popping up all over the internet.  I can’t lie–I enjoy them just as much as the next person.  It’s always fun to look back on the year, to think about where you’ve been, where you’re going, and to think about what lies ahead in the coming year.  In choosing my most memorable images of the year, it became all about reflection.

Photographically, the most notable thing about 2015 was travel to new and exciting places.  Iceland, Canada, and Basin & Range country in Nevada were some of the new places I got to see in 2015, and I also “rediscovered” some of the mountain ranges here in southern California, seeing them with new eyes.  Solo exploration allowed time for quiet contemplation, and of course the best adventures often are shared with people close to you–these are the ones I’ll never forget.  In the span of week in August, I was in central Nevada soaking in hot springs and watching wild horses at 11,000′, then hiking through the pouring rain in Alberta.  It was a very special year indeed.

Below are some of my favorite and most memorable images from this past year.  As always, I want to thank Jim Goldstein for putting together a very comprehensive index of best-of lists from photographers around the world.  Make sure to check it out on his blog; the list should be available in early 2016.

You can also see some of my favorite images from years past as well: 20142013 | 2012 | 2011

Stormy mountain scene near Vik

Icelandic mountain scene – January

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland – January


Pinto Basin, Joshua Tree National Park, California – February

san juan river from goosenecks state park, utah

San Juan River, Utah – July

south twin river toiyabe mountains

Toiyabe Mountains, Nevada – August

playa in monitor valley nevada

Edge of the Playa, Nevada – August

avalanche creek, glacier national park

Glacier National Park, Montana – August

Saskatchewan River Banff National Park

Banff National Park, Canada – August

stormy sunset inyo mountains california

Inyo Mountains, California – November

san gabriel mountains moonset near wrightwood

San Gabriel Mountains, California – November

desert view sunrise, grand canyon national park

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – December

lipan point sunrise, grand canyon national park, arizona

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – December


11 Comments so far ↓

  1. Dee Davis says:

    Greg, these images are remarkable. You are a master. Thanks for taking the time to compile them and for sharing.

  2. Rachel Cohen says:

    Wonderful collection of images Greg! All the best to you and your family in 2016! 🙂

  3. Russ Bishop says:

    You certainly had a varied and exciting year Greg, and came away with some wonderful images. I’m especially drawn to the Playa and Autumn Leaf images. Wishing you all the best in 2016!

  4. Greg, it looks like a fine year. I particularly like “Edge of the Playa”, and agree with you about the semi-infinite possibilities in Avalanche Gorge.

    Thanks also for your publication of “An Honest Silence”. Alongside Guy Tal’s writings, it’s some of the writings that resonated most with me this year.

    If you’re ever interested in photographing along the Central Coast area, let me know.

  5. You have had a diverse and expanding year, Greg. These are all worth looking at in depth. My favorites are the first one of Iceland and Inyo Mountains. May you have a year as good or better in 2016.

  6. Mark says:

    Wishing you continued good light and creativity for 2016 Greg. Beautiful set you gathered here.

  7. Pat Ulrich says:

    Stunning collection of images, Greg! The playa in Nevada really caught my eye. On first glance it looks like breaking waves along the coastline. All the best for 2016!

  8. Great selection Greg, you had a productive year! my favorite image is Toiyabe Mountains. Wishing you the best for you and your family in 2016.

  9. Sarah Marino says:

    Hi Greg – I really enjoyed looking through your selection of 2015 photos. I really appreciate the diversity and uniqueness of views. My favorites among a wonderful group of photos: the Edge of the Playa and the Toiyabe Mountains intimate. Cheers for a happy 2016!

  10. Richard Wong says:

    Great mix of images Greg. I like that you have your own unique vision and not just standard copycat stuff that is so common these days.

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