Continuing a look at my personal favorite captures of the past photo year, today for Freedom Friday we showcase my favorite photo subject, the bald eagle. Without a doubt, I take more pictures of bald eagles than any other type of creature. To me, they symbolize freedom, power and of course, our great nation and they have always held a special fascination for me. Over the 12 months I was fortunate to photograph hundreds of them across the state of Colorado in all seasons.
I had expected to have a bit more variety of views to enjoy during the past photo year. However, vacations were cancelled due to the virus and we stuck closer to home than anticipated. That was not entirely a bad thing given that Colorado certainly has lots to see and we managed to go some places that had been on our wish list for quite some time. From the eastern plains to those dominating, Rocky Mountains, we still managed to cover a good bit of ground. Here’s a look back at some of my favorite captures of the landscapes we saw in 2020.
I always joke that, “I don’t take pictures of little birds.” That is not entirely true and every now and then, a non-raptor will get my attention and I can’t help but take a picture. While I took pics of probably dozens of species of birds during my 2020 photo year, this is a look at 25 or so that I really liked, either because of the image itself or because of the species. All taken in Colorado. In order of appearance:
1. Broad-tailed hummingbird
2. Snowy egret
3. American goldfinch
4. American white pelican
5. Lark bunting
6. Long billed curlew
7. Northern flicker
8. Wood duck
9. Common nighthawk
10. White faced ibis
11. Black crowned night heron (juvenile)
12. Bullock’s oriole (female)
13. Blue grosbeak
14. Black capped chickadee
15. Red winged blackbird
16. Grasshopper sparrow
17. Great blue heron & American white pelican
19. Yellow headed blackbird
20. Double crested cormorant
21. American avocet
22. Dark eyed junco
23. Mallard duck (female) and ducklings
25. Blue jay
A look back at my personal favorite captures of these (usually) nocturnal birds taken during my 2020 photo year. Owls seem to capture the imagination unlike any other bird, probably due to the fact that while they are common, many go unseen. I know I certainly love taking their picture. Among the types of owls I photographed were the common great horned owl, the summer visiting burrowing owl and the lesser seen screech owl and barn owl.
Shot with my drone, this video shows six minutes compressed to 30 seconds.
Goodbye, 2019. The last of my recap photo slideshows, this one features my personal overall ‘top 50’.
This covers the gamut of every type of picture I have taken from landscapes to wildlife to astrophotography. Some images I like because of the subject matter, some because I was pleased with the composition and others just because of the story behind them.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these looks back at the previous year and hope you will follow along with me in 2020! From my family to yours, I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year!
I do love taking pictures of wildlife and this past year allowed me to capture an extraordinary variety of creatures with my camera.
At home in Colorado the subjects vary greatly but throwing in Alaska this year allowed me to photograph many animals I had never even seen before. In this video are my favorite wildlife shots of the past year, from the tiny American pika to the massive #moose and the impressive brown bear.
Enjoy the show!
Over the past year I have been extremely fortunate to take in many wondrous scenes that showcased the natural beauty around us.
From a sunrise on a 14,000+ foot mountaintop to an electrified thunderstorm at sunset on the Great Plains and brilliant, golden fall foliage to the insane blue of an Alaskan glacier, Mother Nature put on some amazing shows for me. Here are what I think were my top 25 landscape photos of 2019.
I hope you enjoy the show.
From little falcons to massive eagles, raptors are always a focus of my camera. These aggressive birds are fascinating to me and oftentimes, just thrilling to watch and a challenge to photograph.
Here is a look back at some of my favorite captures of them from the past year. Among the species you will see are the American kestrel, merlins, prairie falcons, red tailed hawks, Swainson’s hawks, Cooper’s hawks, golden eagles and of course bald eagles.
By far my ‘photo excursion of the year’. We headed north to our nation’s 49th state and spent two weeks exploring this amazing place.
The sheer size of Alaska and our desire to not rush through things meant we limited our travels but that didn’t limit the photographic opportunities. We focused on three main areas: Denali National Park, Seward with Kenai Fjords National Park and Homer with Katmai National Park and Preserve.
Through them all, the scenery was stunning, the wildlife just amazing. It was the trip of a lifetime and one I will treasure forever. Here is a look at my favorite pics from our trip to the northern frontier.