2011: A Year in Photographs


2011 was a great year for our Photography business – but there were highs and lows. There were many FIRSTS for us over the past year.

In 2011, for the first time…

  • we published a full year’s worth of eBooks.
  • we visited Iceland, where…
  • Varina got hit by multiple icebergs. Ouch.
  • we destroyed 2 cameras and 2 lenses in a matter of 20 minutes. Ouch again.
  • we are parents of THREE teenagers. Triple ouch.
  • we closed a business… and started a new one in the same month. (We closed the doors on Visual Wilderness, and started selling our ebooks on our own websites.)
  • we were unable to get a permit to run a workshop in a National Park.
  • we did not visit Death Valley. (We’ve been to Death Valley at least once a year, every year since 2005.)
  • we joined Google+, and gained thousands of friends and followers almost overnight.

So, there you go. It’s been a crazy year…but it was great fun. Here are some of our images from 2011:

We are looking forward to 2012, and have an ambitious schedule laid out before us. We hope you’ll come along for the ride!

6 replies
  1. Patricia Davidson
    Patricia Davidson says:

    You both had a very busy and productive year! Sorry about a couple of accidents :( Thanks for sharing all your gorgeous photos, tips, tutorials, actions and great eBooks! Over my Christmas break I read a couple of your eBooks, they were great! I’m working through the rest as I can :)

    Happy 2012 to you and Jay! Looking forward to the Columbia Gorge Workshop :)

  2. Momo Vuyisich
    Momo Vuyisich says:

    Hi guys. Always love to read your blog and see your photos. I wonder which NP refused to issue you a permit? It seems everything is getting harder these days.

    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      Hi Momo,

      The National Park that wouldn’t issue the permit was Yellowstone. They are in the process of changing their requirements to make it possible to get a permit, so it’s possible that the policy has changed by now. Unfortunately, it’s too late for us. :) Thanks for your kindness!


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