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Lens-Artists PC: January 2021

I had a bit of a problem deciding what to do. Lens-Artists ladies wish to see our favourite photos of 2021 but I don’t know which they are yet. I need to wait until the end of this year to find out. January is the best I can do.

You see, since 2016 I’ve been taking the previous year month by month. As we go through the current one, every month I look one year back and choose 20 favourite photos taken that month.

Before the holidays I decided to pick one photo from each month of each year between 2016 and 2020 and compile a proper Calendar 2022 which I sent out as my gift to friends and family. You can view it and print it out here. The January page of my calendar looks like this. Click on it to see other months:

And now a new year has started and I return to last January to see what there was to see.

Usually it’s a struggle to pin down the selection of 20 photos and leave others out, but not in the pandemic months. Last January I held my camera on no more than three days, and since once it amounted to nothing here are photos from only two days, January 6th and 11th.

That’s a lot of other days without seeing anything worth capturing. But as you can see, I did all I could to be having a ball. And a dog. And some birds.

January in previous years:

Linking to all four Lens-Artists PC hosts. They are getting help this year of another three bloggers. Welcome!

For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, hosted by Amy at THE WORLD IS A BOOK…, LeyaPatti at P. A. Moed and Tina at Travels and Trifles: Favourite photos of 2021

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

55 thoughts on “Lens-Artists PC: January 2021

  1. That first photo of the duck–what a beauty. She almost matches the community cat. Not that they would get along, though… Best leave the stoic one alone. Good idea, Bestia.

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  2. A wonderful approach to the challenge Manja – your furry little duckling is just beautiful despite the fact that her male counterparts are so much more colorful. Loved the disco ball especially! Happy New Year to you and yours. Your calendar is gorgeous!

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      1. Oh, of course they are! This is a nature reserve! Usually they hang out in the middle of the lagoon and nobody can reach them. I saw a few nearer the edge once. I’d love to see them flying above me en masse at some point.


    1. Ahhh! So sorry, this is so frustrating when it happens. I resize and compress each photo before I post it, and twenty photos in a post is the norm for me. Is it not possible to open the post and wait until all the photos can load?

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  3. A glorious calendar and collection, Manja! Thank you, thank you! And, Bestia is wise…and the cats hold on to being stoic? I love the light coloured duck, wonder about its name…I am not good at sea birds or water birds – forest birds are easier for me. you always have a keen eye, Manja, details and connections, colours and patterns. And so much fun. Love your work. ♥

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    1. Thank you, Leya! 🙂 I never care about their names, I just give them Italian names, such as Fabrizio. 😀 As you say: “Details and connections, colours and patterns.” Sounds lovely. And fun, that’s a precondition. Wishing you much of that.


  4. I love all the birds! The first was intriguing to me (you asked Paula for help?). It looks like a black-headed gull, but in winter white. I used the black crescent behind its eye and mark over its eye to identify. The mallards are easy – beautiful green heads. But that gorgeous copper duck – Wow! I had to know. It is called a ruddy shelduck, and it seems to be from North Africa and Eurasia but its territory is expanding. The dark collar on this one shows that it is the reproductive season for it. Male and female ruddy shelducks are coloured the same. They are gorgeous when flying too. Thank you for these outstanding photos.

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    1. Ahh, thank you for your research, Crystal! Now we all know. I wasn’t asking Paula for help, I named that bird Paula! 😀 There are many Fabrizios already, hihihi. So the two males were of another species than the female? All very interesting.

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  5. Gosh, the way that duck was instantly pursued by two males, fascinating! Drakes are terrible like that, they will force themselves on the female constantly. But you can imagine this one gets chased all the time she’s such a stunner, and yet she’s only trying to catch some rays!

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