It has been a great year. I hiked dozens of miles (I think a rough estimate would be about 300 miles ~~ maybe next year I should keep track...). I reconnected with nature and found so much JOY in the process. I loved being outdoors during all four seasons in all types of weather (or at least soon after really bad weather ended). [Click on any photo to enlarge it.]
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52 types of butterflies (up from 23 in 2011)
9 degrees - Coldest hike
90 Miles - Longest distance travelled in hopes of seeing a particular type of butterfly
Biggest Scare: Barefoot Hiker (because I didn't hear him come up behind me)
124 different types of birds (51 of which were new "life" birds!!!)
Memberships: Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Massachusetts Audubon Society, New England Wildflower Society/Garden in the Woods, Forbush Bird Club, and Massachusetts Butterfly Club
Insects: 2 embedded tick bites and 1 hornet sting
I photographed a lot of birds "in action". It was kind of fun to group them in categories.
I saw birds from almost every color in the rainbow, but surprisingly, I never saw a rainbow.
Painted Lady butterfly
Giant Swallowtail butterfly
Fiery Skipper butterfly
Black-Bellied Whistling Duck (this one was just an odd visitor....someone said this duck was vacationing in Massachusetts!)
I was inspired by the seemingly endless variety of colors, shapes, sizes and beauty of flowers!
And I loved seeing the local butterflies, both old varieties and new. My favorite butterfly photos from the past year are those that have a blurred background or bokeh....like these:
I saw several older baby birds after they had fledged the nest but were not yet independent.
Happy birthday to Things with Wings, and thanks for sharing my journey!
"Make a friend of nature, and you will never be bored."