My best of 2013

A male Eastern Bluebird that was at the farm, there's quit a few of them up there this year it seems. I made three different feeding stations back in November up around the house and the top of the hill were there is a small island of trees and shrub bushes. I put out more houses in the early spring for them this year, maybe they will stay.

A Downy Woodpecker that was at the farm last week on one of my hikes. I like this image of him looking up from his perch on the branch. I'll have to admit that it was not the image I perceived that I had taken through the view finder this day that I ended up with. This picture was one of those moments weir when I was going back through the images that I had taken and was categorize them for placement in my folder and went WOW, it was not what I was expecting from my self. So, I like this one!  He looks like he's panted on a mat of blue sky making stand out more clearly but in his pose theirs a quality of peace of serenity in time and decision making ahead that I can't quit put a finger on for words. I hope you enjoy him as much as I do and find your own special moments behind your camera lenses to keep as well.

Gulls in NYC warming them selves on the top of a tour boat. My sister-in-law told me that I would not find too many birds other then pigeon in the city. I saw Robins, House Sparrows, Starlings, crows and these Gulls, besides her pigpens. You just have to open your eye to see things.

flowers338 A Dahlia Flower from  a plant I grew in our back yard.  I cannot remember if I watered this plant before or I took this image after it rained. It does not appear that the surrounding vegetation has water droplets on it though. flowers181 An image of Maria modeling  another Dahlia flower from our back yard.