Here I am in 1996 standing by a creek in Missoula, Montana. At the time I worked with a Boston-based nonprofit conducting sustainability-themed workshops for universities. For a number of years, I was able to travel around the country interacting with people of all ages and cultures. I was able to view landscapes like this that I’d read about but wasn’t sure I’d ever see in person. Few photographs did I take but I loved to tell stories of the places I’d visited with family and friends, in letters and by phone. In 2014, I hope to do more writing and storytelling about people and places and be more strategic with my photography. Meanwhile, as the year wraps up, here is a link to one of the most moving sets of images on the web — The New York Times 2013 Year in Pictures — and a page of wonderfully orchestrated New York Times Op-Docs.