This Marsh Wren was the first photo I posted on the blog.
A full year has passed since I began this blog. 365 days. 363 posts. 8,572 views. 1,543 comments. The highest number of views in one day: 173. Modest stats, but still amazing to see in print. The statistic that amazes me the most is the data that shows from which countries readers are viewing the blog. It boggles my mind that people from all over the world read this little blog. The countries from which people have viewed this blog during the first year: United States, Canada, Sweden, Brazil, United Kingdom, India, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Argentina, Romania, Australia, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Armenia, Japan, Russian Federation, Indonesia, Mexico, Greece, Switzerland, Pakistan, Germany, Turkey, Ecuador, Slovenia, Belgium, Spain, Malaysia, Vietnam, Poland, Thailand, Philipines, El Salvador, Singapore, Ireland, Tunisia, Columbia, South Africa, Peru, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Puerto Rico, United Arab Emirates, Chile, Malta, Portugal, Tanzania, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Taiwan, Czech Republic. During the year, I’ve ‘met’ many wonderful people through this blog. It’s a privilege to interact with so many people, from so many walks of life, from so many places. There’s so very much more that unites us as human beings than that which divides us.
For the first anniversary of this blog, I’m going to post my favorite photos of the year. Some are my favorites because I got an incredibly clear shot, some because it’s well composed, some just because I love the bird, and the best include elements from all three characteristics. The photo I put at the beginning of this post, not because it’s technically a good photo. I just love it because of the exuberance of this shy little Marsh Wren as he sings in a driving rain. Anyway, here are some of my favorites:
This Prothonotary Warbler photo just seems well composed to me, plus I just love these beautiful little birds.
This is when I first started adjusting the lens speed and ISO setting. As a result, the Little Blue Heron just seemed to jump from the marsh grass.
This Black-Throated Green Warbler just seems to be striking a demure pose.
This Savannah Sparrow photo almost seems like a plate in an old-fashioned bird field guide. I think it’s something about the plain background.
I just like the composition of this photo.
This White Ibis close-up showed such detail.
It’s not a great photo, but it’s such a great bird!
This Cooper’s Hawk was so hungry. He just wouldn’t leave his dinner for anything!
I love the details on this photo of Snow Geese in flight.
It was SO cold this day. The Hermit Thrush fluffed his feathers as much as he could to stay warm.
I love the way the fence curves around the Red-Headed Woodpecker.
The Pileated Woodpeckers posed so nicely that day!
Just love those Prothonotary Warblers.
And the Yellow Warblers are pretty stunning, too.
I tried to keep this to just ten favorite photos, but just couldn’t do it! I’d be curious to know – which photo is your favorite and why?