Photo of the Year 2015

<p><i>Marmota flaviventris</i>, Sciuridae<br />
Okanagan Lake Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
April 22, 2015</p>

Yellow-bellied Marmot

Marmota flaviventris, Sciuridae
Okanagan Lake Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
April 22, 2015

Now that it’s the middle of March it seems like the perfect time to do some year end posts from 2015… sigh. As you probably noticed from my lack of posts I’m fallen off the blog wagon. My PhD research started heating up this summer and I just gradually got out of the habit of blogging. Even though I wasn’t blogging I was still taking lot of good photos in a bunch of new and exciting places, so I’ve got even bigger backlog of great photos to share with you. I’m excited to get posting again but if I’m honest I probably won’t be go back to weekly posts.

Since I only managed to post 14 photos of the week, I decided to pick my favorite photo from the year from among the photos I haven’t posted about before. I really like the color contrast between the orange of the Marmot and the green of the samaras. When I first heard the rustling in the tree above I was expecting a bird not this chunky primarily terrestrial squirrel relative. You can see a slideshow of all my photos of the week below.

<p>Space Needle, Seattle, Washington, United States<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
January 30, 2015</p>

Space Needle Sunset

Space Needle, Seattle, Washington, United States
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
January 30, 2015

<p><i>Anas platyrhynchus</i>, Anatidae<br />
George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Delta, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
February 8, 2015</p>

Mallard - ♂

Anas platyrhynchus, Anatidae
George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Delta, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
February 8, 2015

<p><i>Larus glaucescens</i>, Laridae<br />
Blackie Spit, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
February 15, 2015</p>

Immature Glaucous-winged Gull

Larus glaucescens, Laridae
Blackie Spit, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
February 15, 2015

<p>Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
February 22, 2015</p>

Sewage Pond Sunset test

Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
February 22, 2015

<p><i>Corvus caurinus</i>, Corvidae<br />
Burnaby Lake Park, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
February 28, 2015</p>

Bathing Northwestern Crows

Corvus caurinus, Corvidae
Burnaby Lake Park, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
February 28, 2015

<p><i>Sialia currucoides</i>, Turdidae<br />
Locarno Beach Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
March 28, 2015</p>

Mountain Bluebird

Sialia currucoides, Turdidae
Locarno Beach Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
March 28, 2015

<p><i>Procyon lotor</i>, Procyonidae<br />
Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
April 4, 2015</p>

Raccoon

Procyon lotor, Procyonidae
Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
April 4, 2015

<p><i>Aphelocoma californica</i>, Corvidae<br />
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
April 12, 2015</p>

Western Scrub Jay

Aphelocoma californica, Corvidae
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
April 12, 2015

<p><i>Passerculus sandwichensis</i>, Emberizidae<br />
Blackie Spit, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
April 19, 2015</p>

Savannah Sparrow

Passerculus sandwichensis, Emberizidae
Blackie Spit, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
April 19, 2015

<p><i>Colaptes auratus</i>, Picidae<br />
Blackie Spit, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
April 19, 2015</p>

Nesting Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus, Picidae
Blackie Spit, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
April 19, 2015

<p><i>Marmota flaviventris</i>, Sciuridae<br />
Okanagan Lake Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
April 22, 2015</p>

Yellow-bellied Marmot

Marmota flaviventris, Sciuridae
Okanagan Lake Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
April 22, 2015

<p><i>Pluvialis squatarola</i>, Charadriidae<br />
Blackie Spit, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 2, 2015</p>

Black-bellied Plover

Pluvialis squatarola, Charadriidae
Blackie Spit, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 2, 2015

<p><i>Branta canadensis</i>, Anatidae<br />
Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 2, 2015</p>

Canada Gosling

Branta canadensis, Anatidae
Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 2, 2015

<p><i>Pandion haliaetus</i>, Pandionidae<br />
Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 2, 2015</p>

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus, Pandionidae
Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 2, 2015

<p><i>Pelecanus erythrorhynchos</i>, Pelecanidae<br />
Fern Ridge WMA, Oregon, United States<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 17, 2015</p>

American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, Pelecanidae
Fern Ridge WMA, Oregon, United States
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 17, 2015

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