Saturday, December 31, 2005

 

Photo of the Year

Once again it is Photo of the Year time, and once again I win because I'm the only one allowed to enter. As judge and final arbiter, I have duly awarded the grand prize to myself, which is (once again) an all-expense paid trip to Keokuk, Iowa in the dead of winter.

That's appropriate because the 2005 POY was taken in Keokuk, Iowa in the dead of winter. It's a bald eagle roosted in a tree above the Mississippi River on a January afternoon.

Bald Eagle along the Mississippi River, 2005.
Bald Eagle along the Mississippi River
January

Here are the other photos I considered. Although I take most of my photos with a Canon 1D Mark II DSLR, three of these (Butterfly, KC Bee and Ireland) were taken with a Canon G6, which is a glorified point-and-shoot.

Gila Woodpecker, I-10 rest stop south of Phoenix.
Woodpecker
March
Verdin, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix.
Verdin
March
Blue Angels in tight formation, Rhode Island ANG.
Blue Angels
June
Butterfly on a lilly, Aurora, Colorado.
Butterfly
July
Bee, Kansas City.
KC Bee
July
Thatch-roofed cottage, Inis MeƔin, Ireland 2005.
Ireland
September
Coyote checks out some road kill in Death Valley.
Yote
October
F-4 Phantom takes off prior to the Heritage Flight at Aviation Nation in Las Vegas.
Phantom
November

Here are my POY selections for 2002-2004. The first two are retroactive since POY didn't officially (whatever that means) start until last year. Although I don't claim to be a birder you may notice a trend here.

Young red-tailed hawk Junior I (2002 edition) right outside my office window.
Junior I
2002
Gentoo penguins greet each other, Jougla Point, Dec. 4, 2003.
Gentoo Penguins
2003
Puffins on Machias Seal Island, Gulf of Maine, 2004.
Little Brothers
2004

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