This is a look back at photos from the first seven months of 2022.
“Why seven months? Why not six months?”
Well, Bob — if that is indeed your name — I have 56 photos and wanted to split them into two posts, and it just happened that the first 28 photos cover the months of January through July of 2022.
“But you could have just processed a few more on this first half, no?”
. . . everyone’s a critic . . . Yes, I could have, but I didn’t set out with a particular number in mind. Fifty-six is what I had in the end, and fifty-six is what I’m working with.
“So, like, are these the best photos of the year?”
How should I know? It’s not like I do this for a living.
“OK, then, how did you choose them? What qualities got these particular photos chosen for this two-post review of 2022?”
You sure ask a lot of questions, Bob. But, OK, I’ll tell you; I literally went through all of 2022’s 8,000+ photos month by month and picked what, in that moment, felt like a photo that should be included as representing the type of stuff I photographed.
“Does it include photos from your phone?”
Dang! I knew I forgot something! I’ll probably do this for the phone as well, but I don’t think I snapped as many photos on the phone as I’ve don in past years.
Anyway, here goes nothing. Oh, one more thing. Most of these have already appeared on the blog, but some might not have. And some shots might be slightly different from what I previously shared (I often take multiple photos of the same thing).
One thing I should note . . . all the photos were re-edited and processed from scratch, starting with the original RAW file.
I stopped offering up peanuts on that feeder because the squirrels would empty it in just a few hours. Unshelled peanuts are surprisingly expensive, and I now just throw some on the ground and let squirrels and bluejays compete from them (both are very good at grabbing more than one at a time and running off with them).
The ice I mentioned above coated pretty much everything, and I got me some nice shots of ice-covered stuff. Here are a few of the better ones.
I spent a fair amount of time watching birds at the feeders . . . and I got me some photos, as well.
This next shot isn’t that great, but I like the pose. I snapped a good number of action shots this past year.
This next one is another action shot, but a little sharper (the light was better).
I also had a pretty good year for capturing bugs . . .
A good number of action shots included birds taking advantage of the birdbaths, especially during some of the heat waves we had.
Small birds were also particularly active around the feeders and the naturally available food . . .
While the birds were often oblivious to my interest, squirrels were a bit more mistrusting . . .
Although usually a bust, there were times when a visit to the refuge generated a few decent photos . . .
I had two occasions to catch a hummingbird moth visiting the flowers . . .
. . . and, once more, I had many hummingbirds at the feeders.
So, that’s it for the photos through July. I’ll post the rest of the photos tomorrow, but before I go, a few monochrome versions of the above photos.
And here’s the slideshow for the above photos. The SmugMug Gallery is HERE<<link.
That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.
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