Today is the last day of 2013. Here are 13 pictures to celebrate 2013. All of these photos were taken during 2013 and all but one appeared in one or more posts on this blog.
January - This photo of a Bohemian Waxwing appeared a post from January 22nd.
February - This photo did not appear in any posts on this blog. I took very few photographs in February. I like this one because of the circular pattern formed in the ice where the Chippewa River turns around a bend.
March - This photograph of a Pileated Woodpecker appeared in a post on March 7th.
April - April is usually one of my favorite months to take photographs. However, cold weather pushed the Spring wildflowers back into May and I took very few photos in April. This photo of a Common Eastern Garter Snake was featured in a post on April 23rd.
May - This photo of a male Tree Swallow appeared in a post on May 16th.
June - I took lots of photos in June so it was difficult to pick a favorite. This photo of a Green Frog and a Ground Pine was taken while sampling aquatic macroinvetebrates at Hall's Lake with the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy. The post on this event was published on June 28th.
July - In July, my wife and I went on vacation to Maine for nearly two weeks so I didn't publish very many posts. One of my favorite photos (from Michigan) from July was this image of a Northern Water Snake taken in the Chippewa River in Mt. Pleasant. This image was posted on July 25th.
August - My favorite photo from August is this one of two axes that I published in a post on logging tools from August 7th. I didn't take a large number of photos in August and I really like the lines and the colors in this image.
September - This photo of a sunset might be my favorite picture of 2013. It was taken at Old Mission Point in Grand Traverse County and published on September 30th.
October - This fall photo of light streaming through the trees is one of the few photos that I took in the town I actually live in (Alma). This photograph was taken in Pine River Park and published in a post on October 8th.
November - In November, Shara and I went back to Traverse City for Veterans Day weekend. There were no crowds like there are during the Summer and early Fall and the scenery was just as beautiful as always. This photo is of the clouds, water, and beach at Glen Haven was posted on November 13th. This was one of my favorite trips of the year for photography.
December - This image of the Pine River in Alma was taken less than five blocks from my house. It appeared in a post on December 24th.
Bonus Photo - I said I was going to post 13 of my favorite photos from 2013. Because there are only 12 months in the year, I had to pick to photos from one month. June was probably my favorite month of 2013 for photos so here is another from June. This picture of a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel was taken on the lawn outside our office door on June 13th.