Happy New Year!

Welcome to our monthly celebration of nature and photography!


Mount Wilson
A Black-billed Magpie drops by for a winter's snack and to welcome you to 2017.

This month's featured pages are close up images in nature. We have compiled 19 pages to test your skills and provide you with a little entertainment. You can view the first page here.
Herman Veenendaal of St Mary’s, Ontario, sent us this Red-shouldered Hawk.
Herman has a great deal of patience taking these bird images, he sent us this Great-horned Owl
Marilyn Flanagan of Florida another regular contributor sent us this Monarch butterfly image.
Marilyn also sent in this photograph of three Glossy Ibises.
This handsome Great Egret comes from Penny Hershaw of Toronto.
William Snyder of Salem, Il, captured this great shot of a pair of Bald Eagles having a rest.
Thanks so very much to Herman, Marilyn, Penny and William!
We really appreciate your contributions for us all to enjoy.

If you have a nature image you'd like to see in this section, please let us know!.

This month our wanderings found a fabulous-looking Bald Eagle,
posing so very elegantly on a branch, among the pine cones.
Do you have an idea for a fun caption for this photo of a caribou?

Here are some ideas:

#1 - "I do get every day of the year off after Christmas eve."
#2 - "I wonder what Rudolph does in all this spare time?"

If this month's photo inspires you, please send us your caption in an e-mail.

___“Poor old fool,” thought the well-dressed gentleman as he watched an old bear fish in a puddle outside a pub. Being a kind soul, he invited the bear inside for a drink. As they sipped their whiskeys, the gentleman thought he’d humor the bear and asked, “So how many have you caught today?”
___The old bear replied, “You’re the eighth.”

"I'll probably never have to buy a drink again with this set up!"

Our Monthly Selections
Here are this month's choices:
Bird - Common Yellow-throat Warbler | Wildflower - Blueweed | Bug - Hydaspe Fritillary

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Tips and Ideas
Running water is a great attractions for the birds.
A small pump in a pond works really well.
A few rocks covering the pump creates a waterfall, this gives us the attraction that is needed. The birds can then both bathe and drink in it.
A few Red Crossbills call in for drinks and to socialize!
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Did you know that after nesting, geese undergo an annual molt? This is usually a 4 to 5 week flightless period when they shed and re-grow their outer wing feathers. It is generally in June till late July. During this time the geese congregate at ponds or lakes for a safe place to rest.

Bakersfield, California, chose the American Robin as the city's official bird on the 9th March 1983.

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