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Our favorite nature photos of 2021

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We hope you enjoy this look back at some of our favorite 2021 nature photos submitted by local professionals and novices alike. The weekly nature photo roundup is one of our most popular pages, and we hope you’ll consider sending us your shots. Email your favorite nature photos to thedailybulldog@gmail.com with your name and captions. We look forward to seeing another beautiful year through your lenses!

January

A snowy owl spreads its wings over Ocean Point in East Boothbay. (Photo by David Pike)
This is not going to turn out well. (Karen Dalot)
Black-capped chickadees in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)
A bobcat takes a look around before continuing on. (Photo by Tom Oliver)
Sunlight filters through Mr. Eagle’s downward wings. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

February

A blue jay in Wilton tries to withstand a cold and windy day. (Photo by Jim Knox)
Hard frost accentuates the patterns of trees and shrubs along my property line. (Photo by Jane Knox)
Solar halo over Round Pond in Chesterville. The optical effect is caused by reflection and refraction of light through ice crystals in high clouds. (Photo by Dorothy Thayer)
A robin in Farmington on a windy day. Trying to find stable ground. (Photo by Jim Knox )

March

A barred owl enjoying the afternoon sun. (Photo by Laura Ganz)
Mom gets between this teenage bobcat and its intruder (me!). Soon they both run off. (Photo by Jim Knox)
Sharing a favorite spot. (Photo by Pat Blanchard)
Spring flight over fish. (Photo by Jane Knox)
This red-tailed hawk was looking for lunch. Unlike some other hawks, the red-tailed would rather have a rodent, not poultry or birds at your feeder. (Photo by Jim Knox)

April

Back for more pine needles. (Photo by Tom Oliver)
As the sun comes up, the male wood duck has some strikingly bright markings to greet the day. (Photo by Jim Knox)
Bad to the bone! A not-so-shy fisher in Wilton. (Photo by Jim Knox)
Quite an impressive show. (Photo by Karen Dalot)
Plants help to hide the entrance to one of Little Chip’s numerous underground houses. Good for Chip, bad for the plant. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

May

Tree swallows taking flight in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)
A sample of the nice colors we’ve had of late in the mornings in Wilton. (Photo by Jim Knox )
Nashville warbler in flight in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)
Red fox kit in Farmington. (Photo by David Pike)
So tall. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)
A swallow with an attitude. Wilton. (Photo by Jim Knox )

June

A snapping turtle. (Photo by Dennis York)
Word spread like wildfire regarding the woodland buffet. Last week’s Teddy Bear female must have spread the word regarding free lunch. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)
Lupines arrayed at Pike’s field. (Photo by Don Waterhouse)
It was time for Little Chick to learn how to eat live food. On this day it was a yummy live minnow which he wanted nothing to do with. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)
Hiding in the hay. (Photo by Dennis York)

July

Fritillary butterfly in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)
A lone tree stands against a threatening sky over Cape Cod Hill. (Photo by Don Waterhouse)
A little house wren performs a little song and dance in Livermore. (Photo by Jim Knox )
Moose mom. (Photo by Dennis York)

August

Gliding into shore, Great Blue Heron on McGurdy Stream. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)
A Heron gets its meal into position. (Photo by Dennis York)
Moose at Camp Phoenix in Millinocket, Maine. (Photo by Paige Plourde)
A mother’s loving touch! A doe and her twin fawns in Livermore. (Photo by Jim Knox)
Sharing another tender time between a doe and her fawn. In Livermore. (Photo by Jim Knox)

September

A monarch caterpillar on milkweed is joined by aphids. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)
A beautiful monarch butterfly. (Photo by Karen Dalot)
The hummingbirds are gone until next spring. (Photo by Karen Dalot)
Fall fungi, close up. (Photo by Dennis York)

October

A gray fox looking for some fair weather? Or maybe food! In Wilton. (Photo by Jim Knox)
Autumn colors and the Milky Way, Farmington. (Photo by Steve Muise, Farmington)
A beak like a spear. (Photo by Dennis York)
Night sky over Parker Pond, with a meteor visible top, center. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)
The Mighty Mouse!  Titmouse that is, in Wilton. (Photo by Jim Knox)

November

An out-of-range barnacle goose in Rockland, and a rare bird for Maine. Barnacle geese breed in Greenland, and spend their winters in and around the UK. This bird was found by Don Reimer, and I got to see it on Sunday, Nov. 7 in Rockland, Maine. (Photo by Steve Muise, Farmington, Maine)
Grooming time for Little Chip. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)
Waxing Crescent Moon and the western foothills looking towards Wilton and Weld from Mosher Hill Road. (Photo by Steve Muise, Farmington)
Watching the bird feeder. (Photo by Dennis York)
Hills Pond near Weld. (Photo by Max Luick)

December

Big Gray took the best seat in the house after the first snow of the season. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)
A cow moose in Weld. (Photo by Dennis York)
This buck has an attitude! In Rangeley. (Photo by Jim Knox)
Snowy Owl on a house in southern Maine. These amazing birds travel south from the Arctic each year, and some end up in the U.S. (Photo by Steve Muise, Farmington, Maine)
Wide angle sunset, Biddeford Pool Beach, Maine. (Photo by Steve Muise, Farmington, Maine)
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