In 2015, I got “up close and personal” with some distinctive (and simply awesome) animals. I wrote about and shared a few of my adventures. And I spent some quality time with my family while I was at it.

All in all, it was a good year. Sadly, things got a little crazy at the end of the year—day jobs just don’t understand!—but it’s a brand-spanking new year, with new photo opportunities and adventures to come.

Here are a few of my favorites from 2015:

 

Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Wakodahatchee Wetlands has yet to fail us in delivering great photo ops. A couple favorites include an egg-snatching Iguana and a cruising alligator. (Check out the series here.)

 

Iguana at Wakodahatchee Wetlands

 

Alligator at Wakodahatchee Wetlands

 

Zoo Miami

A full-day trip down to Zoo Miami produced some memorable animal encounters. A resting guanaco, a curious zebra, and one intense kudu are a few reasons why we’re planning another trip in 2016. (Check out the full series here.)

 

Guanaco at Zoo Miami

 

Zebra at Zoo Miami

 

Greater Kudu at Zoo Miami

 

Green Cay Wetlands

Green Cay Wetlands will always be a local favorite. Many different bird species call this place home year-round; there’s never a shortage of feathery photo opportunities.

Seeing this wood stork, with its crazy bark-like neck, was certainly a treat. And the yellow-crowned night heron is always a special encounter, even when it’s just waking from a long nap with “sleepy eyes.” Have I mentioned that some folks wait hours in the park, just to catch a glimpse of this guy? (See more of the wetlands here.)

 

Wood Stork at Green Cay Wetlands

 

Yellow Headed Night Heron at Green Cay Wetlands

 

Looking back at these photos reminds me of my philosophy for the coming year:

 

Our ability and will to create is something to be treasured…  – Biro

 

What are your creative plans for the New Year?