Happy New Year all! It is that time of year where I dust off the 'ole photography bucket list --- take stock of any progress made, and re-evaluate as necessary! And upon reflection --- I have made very little progress against the list (maybe it's time to bring some of the project management skills in to play, and develop some kind of plan for progress!).
1. Northern lights - still tops the list, and still will require luck or an extended trip to the north. (This fall we had an evening or two that were reported as possibly having a chance to see them in PA --- but no luck from my locale)
2. Owl in the wild. Still haven't gotten this one. I had two instances this past year where far off in the distance I was seeing a large raptor of some kind. One time is was a bird in flight, and the flight pattern appeared different than most hawks or eagles that I have seen. But I was unable to identify it, and didn't have any long lenses with me to try to capture a picture. The second instance was a large bird perched in a tree. Huge white chest --- wasn't far from home so I ran home, grabbed my equipment but by the time I returned to the tree where it had been perched ... it was gone. May have just been a large hawk, but really not sure.
3. Snowflakes that are print worthy. This is a close to perfection as I can get with the equipment I currently have for macro work. I haven't seen how it works up in print yet but will put it on my next print order to take a look. If this one comes off the list, it will be replaced with Antelope Canyons (that is all a matter of time & trip planning)
4. Black bear in PA - I did have a sighting this year - on a solo trip and I was behind the wheel. Bear crossed road in front of me, and ran up through a clearing. I stopped when I saw him, picked up my gear, rolled down the window and slow pulled up to the clearing, by which time he was gone.
5. Shoot with a press pass at a John Mayer concert - he went on tour this year as part of Dead & Company. A show I'd love to shoot, but still have no idea on how to get a press pass (if I ever could --- and I need an event locally!). Not ready to 're-evaluate' this one off the list yet ....
6. Top of Mt. McKinley. This is on the list because I want to go back some day (and we never saw it on our first trip even though we circled it for a week).
7. Massive flock of migrating birds. As in tundra swans or snow geese. Seemed to me that the extremely cold winter caused a late spring and affected the length of the spring migration (they area I need to get to is about a 3 hour give or take drive). I am hoping this milder winter we are having will lead to a better migration season this coming spring and that I might be able to make it out.
8. Aspen groves in the fall. No trips out west this past fall, and not sure yet what 2016 travel plans will be.
9. Pink Flamingos (just because). Have pretty much ruled out swfl for this, have been told have a better shot as seeing them in the keys.
10. Cherry blossoms in DC - didn't make in 2015. Need to find a partner in crime to do this with me :)
So all in all, I pretty much failed (again) at making progress on my photography bucket list. But it's good to have goals, right?