Red-tailed Hawk looking out over Farmington BayRed-tailed Hawk looking out over Farmington Bay

As 2014 comes to an end I know I have tons to be grateful for in my personal life, my ever growing passion for bird and nature photography and life in general.

I continue to be gobsmacked by birds, their shapes, their abilities, their behaviors, their colors and the wide range of species I see in a year. They enchant and delight me.

I am blessed that I have family and friends who understand and support my passion for bird and nature photography even though it sometimes appears that I am 100% addicted to it. Alright; to be honest they know I am.

I spend a lot of time in the field surrounded by birds, wildlife and the most amazing views of wild places and I could not be any happier about that. Nature heals, invigorates and inspires me.

I’m excited about what 2015 might bring, what wonders I will see and capture with my camera. I love what I do and my subjects too.

Life… is amazing.



  1. Humming Bird Lover January 2, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Hi! I am so blessed to have such a loving talented daughter as you are! So full of life to share her heart and Photo’s to the World!
    I Love you so very much mom

  2. CJ Oakley January 1, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Happy New Year Mia – happy birding! Thanks for all you are… and all you do.

  3. Charlotte aka Prairie Birder December 31, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I so enjoy your photos, Mia — happy birding and photographing in 2015!

  4. Jolanta December 31, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Happy New Year!

  5. Deena Caniff December 31, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I know my life has been enriched by your passion. Keep up the good work. Thank you very much for allowing me to share your addiction.


  6. Elephant's Child December 31, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Gob and smacked.
    Flabber and ghasted.
    And so very grateful for the beauty you share.
    Happy New Year.

  7. Lori December 31, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Hello Mia – I want to say a huge thank you for your beautiful work. I love this area. It is a wild beauty that, like you, has me feeling at peace and at times invigorates! I live not too far from the Nature Conservancy in Layton, and walk near there with my dog. The birds we encounter are amazing and I feel honored to watch them. Just last week a small hawk was eating its prey in my neighbors’ yard, and with binoculars, I was able to see its markings. From what I could find in my bird books, it looked very much like a Peregrine Falcon. I thought, no way, it couldn’t be! Internet search was next and that’s how I found you! In one of your earlier posts you wrote about Peregrines in Farmington Bay, so, maybe it was a young Peregrine. What an joy to watch him! I grew up here in the west, and my husband is from New England, so the wilderness here looks barren to him. But for me it’s the wide open spaces! Gobsmacked, indeed! Here’s to 2015 being a beautiful year in the wild!

  8. Mary McAvoy December 31, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Happy New Year Mia! Your addiction is my salve!
    It’s been a tough year for me as I help my daughter (age 24) through two serious health issues.
    Most days I don’t have time to look at the blogs I follow. But I look at your posts nearly daily.
    They calm me and keep me centered.
    Your photos remind me of the grandeur and miraculous power of nature, a power I’m counting on.
    With thanks and all good wishes for you in 2015, Mary

  9. Alan Kearney December 31, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I hope you know how much you’ve enriched my life by viewing your outstanding photos. I can only hope to get lucky someday and a smidgen of what you present everyday! I love your work and view of nature!
    Thank You! Alan

  10. judy December 31, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Hi Mia
    I have enjoyed your photos all year!! You are an amazing photographer!
    I look forward to another year of your wonderful amazing photos!

    And I love the word “gobsmacked”
    I never heard of it till last year when my friend said it. 🙂

  11. Carl Jackson December 31, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Thank you Mia for sharing a slice of your nature adventures they delight and inspire me daily.

    Happy New Year and best wishes in 2015.

  12. Mark Amershek December 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Yes – Mother Nature is just as amazing as our biological Mother – always nurturing and surprising us all the time…

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