Here is a list of my favorite Instagram photos from 2015. The previous year I posted about my 10 favorite photos taken with my Nikon D3200. Unfortunately I had two hard drives crash over the year and lost a lot photos. I decided to comb through my Maine Wanderlust Instagram account instead and found a couple of gems.
#10 – Crawford Notch from Mount Willey Lookout
I hiked Mount Willey in August which had a great view over Crawford Notch State Park. It was cloudy but the clouds were high enough to give a view of all mountains except Mount Washington. In this photo the clouds were glowing with sunlight and Route 302 was lit up as it snaked by Webster Cliffs.
#9 – 4th of July Sunset over Mount Katahdin
My son and I hiked Baxter and Hamlin peaks on July 4th last year. I was too tired after the hike to drive to the fireworks in East Millinocket, but we watched the sun set from lakeside with Mount Katahdin in the background.
#8 – Mount Passaconaway Vista
In September I took three days to bike to the White Mountains and hike the 4000 Footers of the Sandwhich Range. On the last mountain of the hike I took the below photo from a vista looking toward the Kancamagus Highway. Owl and Green Cliffs contrasted against Mount Washington and the Carter-Moriah Range in the background.
#7 – Tumbledown Pond from Little Jackson
In September my friends Michael and John and I hiked Tumbledown Mountain and Little Jackson Mountain. It was an incredible day of bright blue skies and solitude in the mountains. Little Jackson had a great view overlooking Tumbledown Pond, where we had taken a swim during lunch.
#6 – Icy Tuckerman Ravine
This November my friend John and I braved Mount Washington despite icy conditions and hurricane force winds on the summit. I took the below photo from the lip of Tuckerman Ravine with Wildcat Mountain in the background.
#5 – Whitewall slide from Zeacliff
In the end of November my friends Michael and Jeff and I hiked Mount Hale and Mount Zealand. It was a gloomy day with snow flurries and icy trails. The gloominess was featured in the below photo of Whitewall slide taken from Zeacliff vista.
#4 – Lenticular clouds over the Presidentials
In mid-November I finally got up to the northern 4000 Footers in New Hampshire and climbed Mount Cabot on a cold and snowy day. I took the below photo from the summit of The Horn looking south toward the Presidential Range. There were some amazing Lenticular clouds hanging over Mount Madison that day.
#3 – Sunrise on Mount Jackson
In the beginning of December I got up hours before dawn to drive up to Crawford Notch and climb Mount Jackson for sunrise. I spent an hour and a half on the snowy summit taking photos and a time-lapse video of the sun rising. In the below photo a Whiskey Jack perched on an ice-caked tree for me. They’re so photogenic.
#2 – Cherry Creek Crossing
I typically use very little editing when posting on Instagram and I don’t care for the filters. I’ll adjust exposure and contrast, usually reduce the saturation and might add a vignette to try to recapture the depth you lose in a photograph. I cheated on this one by adding a heavy tilt shift, but I loved the way it extenuated the roaring Cherry Creek. While hiking in the Emigrant Wilderness this April with my friends John and Michael, we spent a lot of time trying to find a safe way across this creek.
#1 – Winter Warrior
My brother and I hiked Mount Hunger in Vermont in March. We struggled to make the summit in increasingly deep snow (we left our traction in the car, of course). I snapped this photo right before we broke treeline as the lighting was perfect.
Although I took a step back in my progress toward becoming an adept photographer due to technical issues (dying computer hardware), I became more active on Instagram this year. I found a great community of like-minded hikers in Maine, New Hampsire and around the world. I enjoy the enthusiasm and feedback from other wanderlusts and love being able to vicariously go on adventures every day of the week, even when I’m physically stuck in the office.