Best Of: Best Of 2014

2014 was a challenging year for me and one in which I took far fewer images than in previous years. I made very few trips this year. My main trip was to the Pacific Northwest in the spring and that was wonderful. I also had a very quick father and son drive to the desert, but we did very little photography. This year I didn't take an autumn trip but instead spent a few days in Iceland on the way to England to spend Christmas with my wife's family. Unfortunately the weather was terrible, the worst weather of the year for them with high winds and heavy snow making photography challening. Nonetheless, I am grateful for all that I had a chance to see and experience. I look forward to whatever adventures lie ahead in 2015. 

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Steps to the Past

Steps to the past, a view from Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Wachella Downpour

Water seems to flow from almost everywhere during a spring rainstorm at Wachell Falls, Oregon. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Pillar of Fire

Have you ever had an experience, perhaps an encounter with beauty that was more than any words could convey? As John O'Donohue writes, "We feel most alive in the presence of the Beautiful for it meets the needs of our soul. For a while...we glimpse behind the shudder of appearances the sure form of things.". Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Colorado Yellow

A vibrant stand of aspen glow in their autumn colors near Kebler Pass, CO. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Healing Waters

While there are no magical properties in the water itself, such exquisite beauty and the roaring sound of rushing water somehow brings a sense of healing into our trouble hearts, allowing us to perceive that in beauty is the answer to life. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Redwood Trail

An old road leads through the forest in Redwood National Park. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Struggle of Life

A small tree clings to the edge of a cliff while water pours down around it on every side. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Pacific Fragrance

Rhododendron's bloom next to giant redwoods, filling the air with the most amazing aromas. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

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Aurora Road-V

On an icy night in Iceland when no one was watching magical lights took to the sky and danced to a silent melody. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.