Seasons Greetings From On The Wing Photography

Seasons Greetings From On The Wing Photography

Last year on Christmas Day I wrote:

I woke this morning to several inches of fresh snow on the ground, our first heavy snowfall of the winter in the Salt Lake Valley arrived just in time for Christmas Day. It is dark outside and I am not sure exactly how much of the white stuff there is but it looks beautiful and using the glow of the streetlights I can see that the snow is still falling.

And here is is Christmas morning of 2017 and I could write virtually the same thing although if the snow is still falling it must be very fine because I can’t see it in the streetlights. The road is white, the temp is 28°F and it really does look like Christmas out there.

And once again I can say that I hope to be able to get out this morning to photograph even if it is to just go down the hill and photograph a few birds at the local pond. Photographing birds on Christmas has become a tradition for me since I am not close to my family geographically.

Wherever you are, whatever holiday you celebrate if you celebrate at all, I wish you joy and peace and hope that you will feel the love of your family and friends today and every day.

Life is good.

With love from me to you,

The photo that creates the body of the elk in my holiday “card” was taken at sunrise from a campsite at the Lower Lake of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Montana, one of the jewels of our public lands.

Colorful Sunrise over Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife RefugeColorful Sunrise over Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge



  1. Margot Rawlins December 26, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I add my gratitude to all of the others and best wished for a splendid year of photographing with some moments of total brilliance among your many of ordinary brilliance. – Margot

  2. Tim traver December 25, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you Mia, where ever you are, however you celebrate, if you celebrate this day at all, for a year in the life of birds from your world. You have certainly enriched ours! May the new year bring you, your family and friends peace and joy.

  3. Elephants Child December 25, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    The very merriest of Christmases and happiest (and bird-filled) New Year to you. With heartfelt thanks for the beauty you give us each day.

  4. M. Bruce December 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Seasons Greetings Mia – And thank you for so faithfully sharing your inspirational pictures and words throughout the year.

  5. Laura December 25, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Merry Christmas Mia! Thank you for sharing your special wildlife and bird moments. Although I do not comment much, your posts bring a smile to my days. I wish you and your family peace and joy. Life is good.

  6. Denise Brownlie December 25, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Thank you, Mia, for bringing many moments of joy to a home-bound octogenarian, formerly an active field birder in Canada’s Okanagan Valley.

  7. April Olson December 25, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy Birding.

  8. Pepe Forte December 25, 2017 at 10:25 am

    What a spectacular sunrise and a wonderful Christmas gift to all of us. Thanks Mia.

  9. John sherrill December 25, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Merry Christmas! Hope the snow continues. John

  10. Patty Chadwick one of my favorite birds December 25, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Love that image of the elk…containing the sunrse, but that BEAUTIFUL image of the sunrise sky blows me away!!! I call that image “Hope”…

  11. LSClemens December 25, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Special gifts from you & Ron arrive in my inbox every day. THANK YOU,

  12. Laura Culley December 25, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas day with the best opportunities for you in the field! And thank you so much for beginning my day with joy and beauty! Blessings to you!
    Your post also led me to your Christmas 2014 photo of a redtail flying in the flying snow. Simply sublime!

  13. Len Boeder December 25, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Merry Christmas Mia,
    You bring joy to my day every day of the year! Thank you.

  14. Liz Cormack December 25, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Merry Christmas, Mia. Enjoy your day with family & friends……including feathered friends.

  15. Marty K December 25, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Grateful for starting my days with you and Ron! 🙂

  16. Steve Creek December 25, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Merry Christmas Mia!

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