Saturday, January 16, 2010

2009 Photo of the Year

It's time for the Photo of the Year. As usual, I'm the only one allowed to enter and the prize is an all-expense paid trip to Keokuk, Iowa to chase eagles, which I hope to do sometime in the next few weeks.

Previous POY have something in common; with the exception of one unfortunate fish in a supporting role, birds are the subjects. Although I was tempted to award the POY this year to the mountain bluebird from May, I decided to go mammal this year with a Rocky Mountain Bighorn from December. There are some leaping bighorns from this same sequence, but I decided to go with the portrait.

Bighorn in the snow

Here are my POY selections for 2002-2008.

Young red-tailed hawk Junior I (2002 edition) right outside my office window.
Junior I
Gentoo penguins greet each other, Jougla Point, Dec. 4, 2003.
Gentoo Penguins
Puffins on Machias Seal Island, Gulf of Maine, 2004.
Little Brothers
Bald Eagle along the Mississippi River, 2005.
Bald Eagle
Blue Jay, 2006.
Blue Jay
Eagle with fish, 2007.
Eagle with fish
Great Horned Owls, 2008.
Great Horned Owls