Year in Photos: 2016
So, I know it has been a little quiet around here, but that’s just because I’ve been having a fantastically awesome year with not a lot of time left over for personal projects and especially this blog. Never fear, though, as I’ve been taking photos all the while; and while it may be ages before I write about some of these places and trips, there’s no reason not to show off a few choice pictures now!
As with a similar post in 2015, I’ve chosen below not necessarily my favorite photo from a given month, but the one that most captures at a glance the tone or activity of that moment in time. Some positive, some reflective, but all representative of where I was either physically or mentally over the course of the year. (If you’re just looking for pretty pictures I took this year, you can also see those on my Instagram or Facebook Page as I finish up posting my favs for the year.)
Before the photos, however, a few stats from 2016. Travels in 10 countries (2 of those new to me – Chile and Eritrea – which also makes for two new* continents! ), 73,563 miles flown on 16 airlines, something like 23,312 photos taken (of which only 6,026 made it into the archive and an even smaller sliver of that have seen the light of the web), and about two and a half months in Kyrgyzstan (which is, after all, my putative home).
Oh right, and one more thing. Some of these photos are linked to a blog post, photo gallery, or other goodies that are worth have a look at if you want to know more about the photo or the trip that brought it to life. This was my year in photos. Give ’em a click, see if you find something you like.
Jan – Chilling in Chile
I started 2016 with every expectation of taking photos of a mountaineering expedition in Argentina for the first six weeks or so of the year, but some contract disputes that couldn’t be resolved agreeably saw me with flights already booked to Santiago de Chile and a month and a half to kill before the return. Solution: Patagonia. The photo above could be described as ‘max chill mode’, an awesome couple having invited me to her birthday party on the shores of little Laguna Sophia; the perfect intro to the region, and a great prelude to starting a hike at Torres del Paine a few days later.