2012 Calendar Photos

Last year, I started a new tradition of utilizing photos I had taken through the year to make a calendar for family. This year Emily and I also gifted calendars to a larger group of friends, and I wanted to share the photos. Emily helped pick and layout the photos, and she was my companion when many of these were shot.

If you click the individual photos below, you can see a larger image and a bit of explanation as to where and when each image was shot. If you would like any prints, please contact me.

Black-crowned Night Heron

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While looking through my father-in-law’s copy of Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, I found the answer to a quest of mine.

This bird, which I photographed in April, is called a Black-crowned Night Heron. While he did appear more blue to me, I do believe my mystery has been solved.

I initially noticed him on the far-side of a pond nearby our apartment, while I was photographing some goslings and their parents at sunset. I saw him fly toward the side of the pond I was on, and as I went closer, it began to rain. I crept up and managed to get a great photo of him/her before it began to rain harder. If you look closely, it even has a bit of food left in its beak.