Yikes! It’s 2017 already. Though I think someone who takes their craft of photography seriously should always be improving, 2016 was not a very productive year for me. A year ago this past September my wife and I had our third child, which now gives us three kids five years old or younger, and the opportunities I had to get out and shoot seemed to almost completely dry up. I made it a priority to get out to photograph birds a few times times, because that is the photography I enjoy most and it is just so good for my soul. It helps that I’ve created a great place in our little yard to take photos of the Anna’s hummingbirds that reside along our street, often while our kids take their afternoon naps (not during the day’s prettiest light). Apart from birds, the rest of my favorite ten images from 2016 are all photos I captured early in the mornings on my way to work. This is tough for me to accept since there is so much more to the beautiful pacific northwest that I would really like to see and photograph. Lastly, as in years past, I have taken some photos that I think should really be included in this list, but I haven’t taken the time to date to process these to the satisfaction of my vision. Without any more excuses then, here are my favorite ten photos from this past year. I hope you enjoy them, and thank you for your support!