It seems impossible that we were just saying "Goodbye 2010" and now Father Time is about to hand over the reigns to Baby New Year once again. For the second year in a row, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a trip down memory lane and recap the major events in the 2011 leg of our photography journey. So grab your camera, pull on your walking shoes and lets go!
When we weren't Horsin' Around with the local "wildlife" we were looking for landscape shots worth stepping outside of the heated car interior. In the search we found ourselves at a "Dead End".
It was around this time last year that I captured two red-tailed hawks performing the "spring ritual" and thinking I'd just witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime event. Well, when you start to pay more attention to the things around you, you find that "acts of nature" may not be as rare as you think - especially in the bird world. These two Kestrels repeatedly enjoyed the romantic ambiance of our yard shed to the point that we dubbed it "The Love Shack". These same two also took up residence in a nest box we erected in one of the trees and continued to educate us all summer long while they raised their new family.
The snow is nearly gone and the spring rains bring life back to the sleeping greenery. With deadlines bearing down on me at my "day job", it's starting to become obvious that this is NOT going to be a typical summer. In between meetings and project tasks I made a quick day trip to our beloved Door County to open up the camper for the summer season. It was on my return trip that I captured this Broad-winged hawk hunting from a power line.
Some 3 years, 360 blog posts, and roughly 24,000 shutter clicks later, I can't even begin to express how much my life has been enriched by the addition of that magical whirligig called a "camera".