A True Gift To Me

Happy New Year!

As a way of celebrating the year behind and welcoming the year ahead, I thought I’d share the twelve pictures from 2015 that grace the pages of my 2016 Backyard Bird calendar. I made this calendar as a Christmas gift for my parents and a few other folks, but I kept one (of course!) to decorate my own wall.

January - Pine Warbler

January – Pine Warbler

February - Northern Cardinal

February – Northern Cardinal

March - Yellow-rumped Warbler

March – Yellow-rumped Warbler

April - Rose-breasted Grosbeak

April – Rose-breasted Grosbeak

May - Scarlet Tanager

May – Scarlet Tanager

June - Red-bellied Woodpecker

June – Red-bellied Woodpecker

July- Brown Thrasher

July- Brown Thrasher

August - Eastern Bluebirds

August – Eastern Bluebirds

September - Brown-headed Nuthatch

September – Brown-headed Nuthatch

October - Red-headed Woodpecker

October – Red-headed Woodpecker

November - Tufted Titmouse

November – Tufted Titmouse

December - Cedar Waxwing

December – Cedar Waxwing

Being able to get outside and take bird pictures this past year was a true gift to me.
Being able to turn those pictures into presents for others – well – that was a gift to me too.
And being able to share them on this blog – my heart indeed overflows.

May your year ahead be filled with joy and beauty and many moments that make you smile.


About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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31 Responses to A True Gift To Me

  1. What a lovely calendar! your photos are beautiful!

  2. Carmen says:

    Thanks for the great pictures. May is my favorite.

  3. Gorgeous, Kathy, and I think October is my favorite! So many stunners in your beautiful calendar. 🙂

  4. Jodi says:

    Oh Kathy! What beauty! What a brilliant idea to turn these wonderful photos into a calendar gift that gives all year to your family and loved ones! That is such a great idea! I love the blue birds of August the most as they are so rare for us to see and you caught those two together in such a gorgeous pose! Happy new Year Kathy!

    • kathydoremus says:

      I was so happy when those two little bluebirds landed close together and sat for a pose. I have to confess, in the back of my mind, I was thinking – “Oh, I hope that picture turns out to be a calendar shot!” 🙂

  5. kathydoremus says:

    I love October too (I chose it for my birthday month)…then again…these guys are all special to me. 🙂

  6. avian101 says:

    You have done a terrific job with your blog last year Kathy! I’m sure that 2016 is going to be even better! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  7. Cathe says:

    Your birds are beautiful and so impressive. I love seeing their details, amazing how unique nature is! Your calendar sounds like the perfect gift! I’m thrilled I discovered your blog as I love birds!

  8. Terry Hoyt says:

    Tell Cathe that it is indeed the “perfect gift” Mom has been busy transferring all the events from last years to this one.
    Love Ya

  9. Jill Kuhn says:

    December’s calendar bird is my favorite! Just love the markings on a Cedar Waxwing. It looks like God took a paintbrush and added just a touch of red and yellow. 😄🎨❤️ Love the idea of giving your photos as a gift in a calendar too! 💕💖

    • kathydoremus says:

      I often think the same thing when I see these birds…they look like they have been hand painted with just a dab on the tips of their tails! And speaking of Waxwings, I saw my first of the season today. 🙂

  10. Great captures and images!! Happy New Year 2016!

  11. Ann Fitzpatrick says:

    I so enjoy your pictures, thank you for sharing! Happy New Year to you! May 2016 bring you health and happiness!

  12. makingcamp says:

    Fabulous photos. Special gifts.

  13. memadtwo says:

    What a wonderful gift. I enjoy every post. Happy New Year! (K)

  14. Stunning captures, Kathy, and the calendar is a great idea to gift yourself and others, cool! I may ‘steal’ your idea for a great Christmas gift next year to my family. Ssshhhhh, don’t tell them! 🙂 Happy New Year, Kathy!

  15. Joanne Sharp says:

    Beautiful pictures. I bet it was hard choosing just 12.

  16. A stunning set Kathy from the many beautiful shots you have posted, keep up the great work and wishing you a very Happy New Year.

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