My 16 favorite images from 2016 …and looking back on a year of paring down.

Milky Way and Night Clouds Over Mount Lassen, Manzanita Lake

As I look back on 2016, as cliche as I know it sounds, it was a whirlwind, busy year. I had photography trips planned out a year in advance, and many miles were spent on the road during my downtime from a full time job. After a loss in my family at the end of 2015, I did not take much time to stop and reflect, electing instead to keep pushing and keep my mind, feet, and camera occupied.

Coyote Hunting in the Snow

The upside is that I realized many personal goals and visions this year; most important to me by far was my success in having my photography commissioned in hospitals and clinics to enhance healing environments, a cause that is very important to me, and even more so during the past year.

Yosemite National Park
Horsetail Falls Golden Glow, Yosemite National Park

Just 3 days before my 46th birthday in October, I went in for a routine mammogram, ultimately resulting in a staggering breast cancer diagnosis.
There were many silver linings through this experience, though: I have a great support system of friends, family, a supportive workplace, and my significant other, who has been incredible through all of this. Although the type of breast cancer I had was particularly aggressive, it was caught very early in Stage 1; because of it’s aggressive nature, however, I’m looking at a 2017 filled with recovery from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Garrapata State Park Lilies, Big Sur, California

In addition to dodging a huge bullet, talk about irony coming full circle: recently, I was checking in for an oncology appointment at Sutter Health downtown, and there are my photographs on the wall! I did not put 2 and 2 together until I got there, but was a not so gentle reminder that I am on the right path, and everything is going to be OK.

Moody Lone Cypress

2016 is barely over, but this much I do know: 2017 will be the year to slow down, to reflect, to cultivate relationships and have a far greater appreciation for the less frequent adventures I will have this year.

Tunnel View God Rays, Yosemite National Park


Zabriskie Point Badlands Sunrise Panorama, Death Valley National Park, CA


Milky Way Over Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe, Nevada


Eagle Falls Greets the Morning, South Lake Tahoe, CA


Juniper Sunburst, Olmsted Point, Yosemite National Park


Main Street, Bodie State Historic Park


Autumn Kaleidoscope and Aspens, Lee Vining, CA


Autumn Rainbow, Conway Summit Eastern Sierra, CA


Cathedral Rocks Autumn Reflections, Yosemite National Park


El Capitan Reflections, Yosemite National Park


Foggy Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park


Ansel Adams said these famous, often quoted words: “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop”. These photographs are by no means significant, but meaningful to me, and I hope, maybe to a few others as well. Here’s to a happy, healthy 2017!

My name is Beth Young, and I'm a licensed architect specializing in healthcare facilities, with a strong passion for capturing the beauty of the natural world through photography. Please feel free to browse or comment. If you wish, prints are available using long lasting and high quality photographic paper or museum quality canvas using archival inks at my website:

One Comment

  1. February 26

    Hello Beth,
    I just stumbled on your work today (you can thank Outdoor Photographer for that). Your work is exactly the inspiration and high-water-mark that I would like to achieve…someday.

    I just wanted to “thank you” for sharing your work and I look forward to more of your landscape photography. I hope 2017 turns out better than expected.

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