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My Favorite Photos of 2015

By December 28, 2015Colorado, Trip Reports
Landscape Arch Milky Way Moon Moab Utah

This wouldn’t have been a keeper were it not for the odd warm spell in late Winter that began to melt Dream Lake. Otherwise there wouldn’t have been a reflection and it would’ve just been a dull photo with a white foreground and no clouds.


This view of Cerro Torre was on my first day of backpacking the paradise of El Chalten, Patagonia

Mt Fitz Roy Patagonia Waterfall El Chalten Fall Colors

Mt. Fitz Roy waterfall near El Chalten, Argentina.

Lago de Los Tres Argentina Patagonia

This was a very difficult hike to Laguna de los Tres at the base of Mount Fitz Roy, and even though I was here for a sunrise shot, this gorgeous view of submerged rocks was my favorite from the day.


Herping is one of my absolute favorite photography experiences. Here’s a fine Western Rattlesnake from La Junta, Colorado.

Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado Milky Way

I’ll never forget how dramatic shooting the Milky Way above Mills Lake was. I began the 3 mile hike in the evening, long after all the hikers had left the National Park. I was completely alone here in the backcountry and free to experiment with light to my heart’s content.

Milky Way over Arches National Park Backbone Turret Arch

Arches National Park is Milky Way paradise with so many cool rock formations to place in the foreground.

Lake Isabell Waterfall Indian Peaks Colorado

Lake Isabelle, always a stunner.

Mills Lake Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado

I captured a very similar shot of Mills Lake about 10 years ago and have since hoped for the same conditions again. I had my rig set up for a few hours, but just for a few seconds the sun broke through the clouds to make the rocks glow, a light breeze made the light shimmer on the rocks, and the clouds formed into a dramatic shape. Then it was all gone.

Mt Crested Butte Sunset Yellow Wildflowers

With my rig set up standing in this beautiful meadow, the light wasn’t looking like a good sunset was going to happen.  Just as I was about to give up, the clouds turned pink for just a few seconds and it turned into one of my favorite shots of the year.

Bull Elk Sunset Rocky Mountain National Park RMNPColorado

Bull Elk

East Beckwith Peak Crested Butte Wildflowers

This is the most dramatically layered photo nature has ever given me. I owe it not only to the perfect clouds, but the convergence of meadow, forest and mountain.

Sky Pond RMNP Colorado

Sky Pond is my favorite hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.


A glorious sunset off my balcony.

chasm lake rocky mountain national park colorado

Chasm Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park was an exciting sunrise hike.

Notchtop Mountain Sunrise Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado

Gothic Mountain Fall Colors Crested Butte Colorado

This is another composition that I’ve previsualized and hoped to get for years, but the light finally came together in October

About Bryan Maltais

I'm a Colorado landscape photographer based in Ft. Collins. I blog about adventure in the Rocky Mountains and photo technique. I also make nature documentaries, tinker around with websites and grow vegetables.

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