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Winged friends in nature

Warmer weather is finally here and Franklin County's many talented photographers are here to bring readers the best shots of nature and those who live in it. The basis for the Sunday collections goes back to March 2011, when author and photographer Jane Naliboff of Chesterville began sending a few pictures each week. Other photographers have since joined the effort, creating one of the Bulldog's most widely appreciated features. If you are interested in contributing, please send photos to

Dummer's Beach Eagles (Paul Kesson)

The Beaver Bog on Rt.43 in Farmington en route to Industry. (Heidi Smith/Starks)

Sunset from My Kayak on Webb Lake in Weld. (Heidi Smith/Strong)

Sunset in Weld. (Heidi Smith/Starks)

Mt. Blue-The Mountain as seen from Webb Lake. (Heidi Smith/Starks)

Dummer's Beach Eagles (Paul Kesson)

Dummer's Beach eagles. (Paul Kesson)

Dummer's Beach Eagles (Paul Kesson)

Webb lake moon. (Paul Kesson)

Ruby-throated hummingbird in Wilton (Tom Oliver)

One of Helen Wilkey's 900 day lilies. (Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin/New Sharon)

Wood duck taking flight at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)

Widow Skimmer dragonfly at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton.(Tom Oliver)

A front yard Monarch. (Jim Knox/Wilton)

Owls. (June Brock)

Canterbury Bells. (Jane Knox/Rangeley)

A stormy sky in Mt. Blue State Park (Rhonda Kinney/Farmington)

Voluptuous poppies are the pride of any garden.(Jane Knox/Rangeley)

Roses are a gal's best friend and crown every garden. (Jane Knox/Rangeley)

This soft eyed creature is waiting for a friendly handout. (Jane Knox/Rangeley)

A Juvenal Pied- Billed Grebe, Wilson Lake (Jim Knox)

Mallards with pickerel weed at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton .(Tom Oliver)

A Female Wood Duck, Wilson Lake. ( Jim Knox )

Not far behind are two young Wood Ducks. (Jim Knox)

Swallowtail butterfly on crab apple tree in Wilton (Tom Oliver)

Good night Mary Ellen. Good night John Boy. (Jane Knox/Rangeley)

Fritillary butterfly in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)

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17 Responses »

  1. Great pictures as always !!!

  2. Beautiful photos as always, enjoy them every week. Thank you, great photo of the owls.

  3. the beautiful rose bush looks like a "7 sisters" and the sunset in Weld looks like icicles in the sky, such beautiful pictures,,

  4. I take it Jim Knox's "Not far behind are two young Wood Ducks" picture is supposed to come just after his "A Female Wood Duck, Wilson Lake"? Right now it comes 9 spaces earlier, which left me wondering "Not far behind what?"


  6. Helen Wilkey's day lilies are for everyone. She posts a sign.
    "Come see the day lilies"
    Swenson Road off of Route 41 in Vienna

  7. That moon looked so up close , somebody has a really good camera to get that. Once again, you all did an excellent job! I look forward to see what the pictures will be. Thank you!

  8. Up close with the eagles. The span is awesome!

  9. The moon picture is only a cellphone looking into my telescope, there are many ways to take pictures, one just has to try. That picture took 30 minutes as the moon kept on the move.

  10. Neat trick, Paul!

  11. WOW Love seeing new photographers and their beautiful pictures! Lovely flowers Jane, Tom the butterflies are awesome and loved the eagles, birds, sunsets, Great job everyone.

  12. Every one is fantastic! Thank you so much everyone & all your beautiful pictures.

  13. Jane,your "poppy" bloom looks a lot like a nasturtium. Still beautiful!

  14. Thanks for the Beauty everyone!

    It's always a pleasure to see what you've captured thru your lens. It feeds and nourishes our soul and spirit...

  15. Thank youforanotherweek of beautiful pictures

  16. Jeanne, I will be back on Monhegan in two days so I will find the flowers and check them out again to see whether they are poppies or nasturtiums

  17. Blue flowers (Canter bury Bells ) I think are Monkshood.
    Beautiful color.