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Capturing the wild side A look at the images in THE whidbey Camano Land Trust 2018 calendar

The 2018 Whidbey Camano Land Trust Calendar certainly captures the wild side of the islands.

Photographers were asked to share their best outdoor images from the two islands for our fourth annual calendar photo contest. And many of the shots submitted reflected the beautiful creatures we see on the land, in the skies, and in the waters around Whidbey and Camano.

More than 200 images from more than 50 photographers were sent in for consideration. What follows are the photos our selection committee picked for the pages of the 2018 calendar. We start with a look at the monthly selections.

January image: Snow geese photographed from Camano Island. Photo by Matt Ferguson.
February: Short eared owl at Davis Slough near Camano Island. Photo by Matt Ferguson.
March: Newly restored estuary at Dugualla Bay Preserve on North Whidbey. Photo by Pam Headridge.
April: Spring sunset at Ebey's Landing on Central Whidbey. Photo by Pam Headridge.
May: Smith Barn on Ebey's Prairie on Central Whidbey. Photo by Julie Boyd.
June: Barnum Point on Camano Island. Photo by Barbara Brock.
July: Great Blue Heron family at Deer Lagoon on Whidbey Island. Photo by Paul Lischeid.
August: Orca off Whidbey Island near Langley. Photo by Cara Hefflinger.
September: Harlequin ducks at Keystone Spit near Coupeville. Photo by Jennifer Holmes.
October: Sherman's Pioneer Farm in Coupeville. Photo by David Stern.
November: Bald eagles near Deception Pass. Photo by Matt Ferguson.
December: Driftwood on Camano Island at Saratoga Passage. Photo by Janett Wingett.

Each month also includes a thumbnail image that meshed with the season or landscape. These were the selections:

Top row: Great Blue Heron at Crockett Lake (photo by Cara Hefflinger); Brodie at Scatchett Head (photo by Marnie Jackson) and American Robin in Oak Harbor (photo by Abigail Geist). Second row: Eagles near Deception Pass (photo by Lam Viet Nguyen); madrona on Camano (photo by Janett Wingett) and Missy the goat in Oak Harbor (photo by Marnie Jackson). Third row: Lavender Wind Farm in Coupeville (photo by Jan Chapman) and pigeon guillemot at Fort Casey (photo by Jennifer Foster). Fourth row: Sunset at West Beach on Whidbey (photo by Dana Estes) and short eared owl on Camano (photo by Paul Lischeid). Last row: Bald eagle on Ebey's Prairie (photo by Paul Lischeid) and clam shells at Double Bluff Beach (photo by Matt Simms).

A special thank you to all of the participants who submitted so many wonderful photos and to the sponsors who make our calendar possible.

We conclude with an endearing image that our staff fell in love with. It fit nice nicely on a bonus page not associated with any month. How could we resist this one?

Abby at Tillicum Beach on Camano Island. Photo by Trudy Casey.

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