2017 our year in Review

This year has really flown by it seems but I have had an incredible year behind the lens and while my little weekly photo challenge I started here was a failure on my behalf I did still shoot a ton this year. 

January 2017 we started off the year with some good friends wedding reception (they got married in Disney last year) and was able to setup a photo booth that we really had some fun with.  Just so happened to be on Annita and I's anniversary so Wedding cake bonus!

 Rovnak Reception

Rovnak Reception

February 2017, Annita and I were able to get out and do some adventuring around the area and joining a group doing some skiing up in Pennsylvania and checking out some brewery's (not at the same time mind you).

 Dirt Farm Brewing Company

Dirt Farm Brewing Company

 Annita on the slopes at Whitetail Resort

Annita on the slopes at Whitetail Resort

March 2017 led us into Cherry Blossom season down at the Tidal Basin in DC where I spent many a mornings throughout the month.  Annita and I also ventured out to check out a waterfall at Crabtree Falls in Tyro Virginia which was nice but we got a little surprise along the way, yes the snake is harmless but I almost jumped into the water when it popped out. 

 Foggy morning over the Tidal Basin

Foggy morning over the Tidal Basin

 Harmless maybe but will still make you jump

Harmless maybe but will still make you jump

April 2017 - We finally got a chance to visit the Murphy's in PA and Annita and Kris did a little running as well.  We also got to do a little more exploring and bought annual passes to Meadowlark gardens and checked out Luray Caverns. 

 Annita and Kris getting their run on

Annita and Kris getting their run on

 Meadowlark Gardens

Meadowlark Gardens

 Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns

May was a pretty slow adventure month but we still manged to head up into Maryland and checkout another botanical garden, Brookeside Gardens. 

 Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens

In June we ventured out to Burke Lake park which is close by the house to check out some sunrises and get some walking in.  I also made a few adventures down to the Tidal Basin for some sunrise fun.  June was also my first baseball game in DC and got to see the Texas Rangers play which was an incredible time with my wife and met some Texas fans at the game that made us think of Dallas. 

 Burke Lake Park

Burke Lake Park

 Tidal Basin Sunrise

Tidal Basin Sunrise

 Washington Monument sunrise

Washington Monument sunrise

 Texas Rangers vs Washington Nationals - Beltre and Harper chatting

Texas Rangers vs Washington Nationals - Beltre and Harper chatting

July we got to visit the Murphy's again in PA and Kathy, Alan and Kyle up in CT for a balloon festival that was a bit of a bust due to weather. 

 A little roadside garden with the CT Folks

A little roadside garden with the CT Folks

 Annita in the pool at the Murphy's showing the girls how to swim

Annita in the pool at the Murphy's showing the girls how to swim

August we had our wonderful friends the Thornberry's from Texas come in to visit and you can guess it, I did some sunrise shots at the Tidal Basin and Naitonal Mall area.  At the end of August we headed to Seattle to jump on a Carnival Cruise to Alaska which was INCREDIBLE (that will be a seperate blog all in it's own).

 The Thornberry's

The Thornberry's

 Sunrise over the Tidal Basin

Sunrise over the Tidal Basin

 Starting the cruise off right and our in room lush Groot already hitting the bottle

Starting the cruise off right and our in room lush Groot already hitting the bottle

September started off with us in Alaska on our Cruise and I will pop in a few images but will do another blog post with the highlights from Alaska another time.  We also did some local running around hitting Meadowlark gardens and stopping in to check out Cars and Coffee in South Riding for a little fun.

 Tracy Arm Fjord

Tracy Arm Fjord

 Skagway Alaska Train and Bike Ride Excursion

Skagway Alaska Train and Bike Ride Excursion

 Juneau

Juneau

 Ketchikan Alaska Bering Sea Excursion

Ketchikan Alaska Bering Sea Excursion

October we got to be a part of the amazing wedding for our good friends Kathleen and Jonathan and headed back to Dallas for a short trip for my annual company BBQ.  I also got the chance towards the end of the month to head out with my good friend Angela to catch some sunrises on Skyline drive.

 Jonathan and Kathleen Fox

Jonathan and Kathleen Fox

 Sunset leaving Texas

Sunset leaving Texas

 Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive

November and December pretty much blended together with work and everything but we did get our first Snow of the season a little earlier this year so Angela and I grabbed the cameras and headed out to Great Falls to see what we could capture (I need work capturing snow falling).  I know this will suprise everyone that made it this far but I also spent some time down at the Monuments shooting sunrise. 

 Long Exposure of the falls

Long Exposure of the falls

 Angela getting the shot!

Angela getting the shot!

 Early light with the World War II memorial and Washington monument

Early light with the World War II memorial and Washington monument

 World War II Memorial fountain

World War II Memorial fountain

That is a quick glance at what we did in 2017 and already have some fun plans for 2018 and looking forward to capturing as much of it as I can through images and video for our memories and to share with everyone.