Many photographers share their favorite photos from the year, but I couldn't choose one or two. I've decided to share some random photos with you today. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the photos I've taken throughout the year. I'd love to hear which are your favorites.
Today's photo is a pileated woodpecker. His name can be pronounced either PIE-lee-ay-tid or Pill-lee-ay-tid. I grew up calling it a PEE-lee-ay-tid woodpecker. I'm not sure if that is a Maine pronunciation or whether it was a family thing. I try to remember to say it correctly now, but I don't always succeed, especially if I am excited to see one (which I usually am).
I know these impressive birds live nearby as I hear their call often and see them darting between the trees, but they seldom come close enough for me to get photos of them.
Today's photo is of the little dirt road beside my house after our first snowfall. This is the area where I take many of my summer photos of wildflowers and insects. A few weeks ago the entire landscape was shades of brown. A blanket of white is always a welcome sight.