The Year in Pictures: A Photographic Journey Around the World

What a year! My passion is photography, and I have been lucky enough to travel the world photographing some of the most beautiful and unique places on earth. It was a thrill for me to win gold in “Best Photo Illustration of Travel” at this year’s Society of American Travel Writers, Lowell Thomas Awards. I never thought I’d have anyone recognize my photography in such a way and then it happened. And now, I want to share my own round up of my favourite photos through This Year in Pictures…

January: Alberta

Lake Louise in Winter

Lake Louise in Winter

We ended 2014 in Alberta Canada. This time last year we were sitting in Canmore finishing up a trip doing amazing adventures in Banff and Lake Louise. What an adventure that was! Check out our fun and silly adventure Ski Jorring!

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in Alberta

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in Alberta

Ontario: Missinaibi Trek

The Missinaibi Headwaters Expedition in Ontario

The Missinaibi Headwaters Expedition in Ontario

Deb and I had the privilege of exploring our own backyard of Ontario Canada and let me tell you, it is beautiful! The sheer scope and scale of the province was astounding. We could drive for 12 hours and barely put a dent in our exploration of Ontario.

Dogsledding

Dogsledding with Winterdance

Dogsledding with Winterdance

Check out the Best of Ontario Winter.

Sunrise in Northern Ontario

Sunrise in Northern Ontario

 

Nearing the end of the Missinaibi Expedition.

Nearing the end of the Missinaibi Expedition.

 February: Queensland, Australia

Sunrise in Queensland, Australia

Sunrise in Queensland, Australia

We didn’t only spend time in Canada though, just when we thought we couldn’t take the cold any longer, we jetted off to Queensland, Australia to explore its tropical north.

The Gold Coast of Australia

The Gold Coast of Australia

What a beautiful destination, my favourite part of photographing Queensland was getting up in the mornings for sunrise. I don’t think we’ve ever set our alarms so early for so many days in a row.

Sunrise at Currumbin Beach

Sunrise at Currumbin Beach

See 8 Great Things to do in Queensland besides Surfing.

March: Australia to Oregon

Sunrise at the Sydney Opera House

Sunrise at the Sydney Opera House

 Oregon, USA

Sunrise at Smith Rock in Oregon

Sunrise at Smith Rock in Oregon

We then popped over to Oregon. That state surprised me. I loved photographing everything there. What was so surprising was how varied the landscape was. From the stark rocky landscape of Smith Rock to the high desert and even the lush forest with waterfalls and rivers, I have my camera ready to snap shots of everything.

Tumalo Falls in Oregon

Tumalo Falls in Oregon

See: Sisters to Smith Rock, Cycling Oregon’s Scenic Bikeway

April: Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher in Irealand on the Wild Atlantic Way

The Cliffs of Moher in Irealand on the Wild Atlantic Way

We then hopped a flight to Ireland where we had the honour of being the first media to drive and document the entire Wild Atlantic Way. This route is a photographer’s dream.

Horseback riding in Dingle, Ireland

Horseback riding in Dingle, Ireland

It was nearly impossible to drive more than a few miles before having to step out of the car and take yet another shot of the stunning coast. From the high cliffs of Moher to the green countryside of Dingle, it was one beautiful shot after another.

Sunrise in Dublin, Ireland

Sunrise in Dublin, Ireland

See: 10 Best Scenic Views on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

The Magnificent Skellig Michael

The Magnificent Skellig Michael

May: Whitewater Kayaking, Ontario

Whitewater Kayaking at Manawaska Canoe Center.

Whitewater Kayaking at Manawaska Canoe Center.

It was then a summer packed full of adrenaline as we took on daring adventures in Ontario, Canada. Adventures that challenged us, scared us, and excited us. I pulled out the GoPro for our water shots as we took on the Ottawa and Madawaska Rivers.

Whitewater Rafting on the Ottawa River with Owl Rafting

Whitewater Rafting on the Ottawa River with Owl Rafting

June: Moose Safari, Algonquin Park, Ontario

Moose Safari in Algonquin Park

Moose Safari in Algonquin Park

I then had my best lenses and gear armed and ready to capture moose in Algonquin Park.

A sunrise paddle in Algonquin Park

A sunrise paddle in Algonquin Park

 

Enjoying a cottage country sunset.

Enjoying a cottage country sunset.

 Fly Fishing: Hornpayne, Ontario

Fly fishing at Timberwolf Lodge in Northern Ontario

Fly fishing at Timberwolf Lodge in Northern Ontario

Later in the summer, we took a floatplane way up north to escape civilization in the Ontario Wilderness where we learned to fly fish. We had a cameraman with us on this trip, but I still brought my own gear and spent my time snapping photographs of this beautiful part of the Province.

A classic Fly in Lodge in Northern Ontario

A classic Fly in Lodge in Northern Ontario

July: Slate Islands, Ontario

Sunset on the Slate islands, Lake Superior, Ontario.

Sunset on the Slate islands, Lake Superior, Ontario.

We paddled the Slate Islands on Lake Superior in search of Caribou.

The Milky way as seen from the Slate Islands

The Milky way as seen from the Slate Islands

The Slate Islands are home to the largest concentration of Woodland Caribou

The Slate Islands are home to the largest concentration of Woodland Caribou

 Lake Superior, Ontario

Taking in the Petroglyphs on the North Shore of Lake Superior on our Motorcycle trip.

Taking in the Petroglyphs on the North Shore of Lake Superior on our Motorcycle trip.

We drove motorcycles around the same lake exploring the entire 2500 km of coast.

Beach time on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Beach time on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

August: Manitoulin Island, Ontario

What a view from the top of Manitoulin Island

What a view from the top of Manitoulin Island

We set off to Manitoulin Island: The world’s largest fresh water island, where we followed the Great Spirit Circle Trail with the Anishinabek People of the island.

Camping on Manitoulin Island is beautiful.

Camping on Manitoulin Island is beautiful.

 

Bridal Veil Falls on Manitoulin Island

Bridal Veil Falls on Manitoulin Island

 

Learning about First Nations culture on the Great Spirit Circle Trail.

Learning about First Nations culture on the Great Spirit Circle Trail.

 Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario

Hiking the Pukaskwa Coastal Trail in Ontario.

Hiking the Pukaskwa Coastal Trail in Ontario.

It was then back up to the North Shore of Lake Superior to hike the Pukaskwa Trail. Photography proved to be a challenge here because we had to carry all of our gear on our back for the entire the 60 km trail.

Enjoying the spectacular views on the Pukaskwa Hiking Trail.

Enjoying the spectacular views on the Pukaskwa Hiking Trail.

I wanted to scale back on my photography equipment, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture every moment of our time on this beautiful trail.

Taking a rest in the lush green forest of the Pukaskwa

Taking a rest in the lush green forest of the Pukaskwa

September: Cancun, Mexico

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Cancun

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Cancun

We then flew to Mexico where we finally had the chance to swim with whale sharks. The GoPro and Lumix waterproof cameras came in handy for this.

Sunrise in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Sunrise in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

 

Exploring the Cenotes of Rio Secreto in Cancun.

Exploring the Cenotes of Rio Secreto in Cancun.

Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges of Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges of Northern Ireland

It was then back to Ireland. But this time we drove the Causeway Coast seeing sites like….

Sunset at the Giants Causeway.

Sunset at the Giants Causeway.

The Dark Hedges

The most photographed castle in Ireland: Dunguaire Castle

The most photographed castle in Ireland: Dunguaire Castle

The Giant’s Causeway, And more!

Ballintoy Harbour.

Ballintoy Harbour.

October: Greece

The city of Oia at Sunset on the island of Santorini.

The city of Oia at Sunset on the island of Santorini.

I didn’t expect Santorini to be so photogenic. But it was.

Enjoying the view in Santorini.

Enjoying the view in Santorini.

The skies were blue, the towns of Oia, Imeroviglia, and Fira were picture perfect.

The classic Santorini view.

The classic Santorini view.

And the sunsets were glorious.

Enjoying the ruins of Athens, Greece.

Enjoying the ruins of Athens, Greece.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong at night from The Peak

Hong Kong at night from The Peak

We had visited Hong Kong once before in the past. But it was for two short days. This trip allowed us 7 days in the city and I made sure to photograph everything I missed before.

Monks gather for worship on Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Monks gather for worship on Lantau Island, Hong Kong

We ventured outside of Hong Kong several times and one lucky moment allowed us to glimpse monks doing their thing at the Big Buddha.

The famous light show from Harbour City Hong Kong

The famous light show from Harbour City Hong Kong

November: Sri Lanka

An aerial view of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka

An aerial view of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka

We love Sri Lanka. We spent a month there in 2010 and have always wanted to go back.

An Elephant Safari in Sri Lanka

An Elephant Safari in Sri Lanka

This trip was much too short and fast to really enjoy and explore, but I still managed a few photographs of places we hadn’t visited before.

The Temple of the tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka

The Temple of the tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Like the temple of the tooth in Kandy.

The Amazon

An epic view of the Amazon.

An epic view of the Amazon.

We took a cruise down the Amazon with International Expeditions on this beautiful boat.

I've got my eye on you...from the Amazon

I’ve got my eye on you…from the Amazon

We saw a lot of wildlife and birds.

An Amazon Sunset

An Amazon Sunset

And more spectacular sunsets.

I think the moments I remember most during 2014 were the quiet ones with Deb either early in the morning or watching the sun go down together. Photographing the world is a dream come true, but being able to stop and enjoy the moments without a lens to my eye is even better. So make sure to stop and enjoy the moments too. All the best to you for 2015!


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