The Year In Review

As we close out 2012 and look forward to 2013, I thought this would be a great time revisit the year in review with my favorite photos of 2012. I haven’t begun to process all of the photos I took this year, but there are some favorites that I have created that I really liked. I hope you agree and enjoy some of my favorites of the year. Click on a photo to view larger.

The year started out with the nesting Great Blue Herons at Viera Wetlands.

Homemaking
Homemaking

A trip to Blue Cypress Lake for the nesting Ospreys is always a fun outing.

Preparing To Land
Preparing To Land
The Third Amigo Returns
The Third Amigo Returns

Finding a pair of newly hatched Sandhill Cranes just a couple of miles from the house was a real treat.

Stretching for a morsel
Stretching for a morsel
Pssst!  See That Guy Behind Me?  Siblings sharing secrets
Pssst! See That Guy Behind Me? Siblings sharing secrets

The highlight of the year was my visits to the Least Tern colony. I was fortunate to witness and capture some fantastic moments there. The first two images were highly honored in the Denver Audubon Society photo contest this year.

Mom's Watchful Gaze - Least Terns
Mom’s Watchful Gaze – Least Terns
Scram! - Least Tern and Ghost Crab
Scram! – Least Tern and Ghost Crab
Alone - Least Tern Chick
Alone – Least Tern Chick

The Black Skimmer colony is always a great shoot. Unfortunately, Tropical Storm Debbie wiped out this colony just 10 days after I captured this image.

Mine! - Black Skimmers
Mine! – Black Skimmers

I was happy to find the Burrowing Owls had returned this year.

The Sentinel - Burrowing Owl
The Sentinel – Burrowing Owl

Faith and I made our first visit to the Oregon Coast in June. We liked it so much that we are planning on returning.

Historic Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon
Historic Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon
Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge
Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge
Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Columbia River Gorge – Oregon

I even made my first attempt at shooting star trails while in Oregon. I have some obvious adjustments to make for next time!

Star Trails
Star Trails

One of my favorite subjects to shoot is the rising or setting sun. This past year offered many wonderful opportunities.

Atlantic Sunrise
Atlantic Sunrise
Christmas Eve Sunrise @ Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Christmas Eve Sunrise @ Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Sunrise @ Lake Monroe Harbor
Sunrise @ Lake Monroe Harbor
Sunrise @ Orlando Wetlands Park
Sunrise @ Orlando Wetlands Park
Atlantic Sunrise
Atlantic Sunrise

I even took some creative liberties with Andrew Boyle’s image of an outing to have a little fun with my friends.

Fun with Friends at Mead Gardens.
Fun with Friends at Mead Gardens.

Looking back, I am very happy with the opportunities I had in 2012. I hope that 2013 will be just as productive. Thanks for all your kind comments and support during the year. I hope I have given back as much as you have given. If you have a favorite, add a comment and tell me why.

8 Comments

  • Jess Yarnell

    December 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Nice! You have had a great year. I look forward to shooting with you in 2013!

    • Michael

      December 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks, Jess!! I hope you’re out and about soon! Things are going to be hopping very soon!

  • Jim Urbach

    December 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Great way to remember 2012. Congrats on your first 2 least tern images and great scenic sunrise images

    • Michael

      December 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks, Jim!

  • Dina Johnston

    December 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    So many great shots!

    • Michael

      December 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks, Dina!

  • Scott Simmons

    January 1, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Looks like you had a pretty good year! Love those shots. I need to take more landscapes…