European Goldfinch feeding on Teasel.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.

This is a European Goldfinch feeding on seeds in a Teasel head. The seeds are a popular food source for the birds and the plant is grown to attract them by some people.

Teasel heads were used as a natural comb for the nap on wool in the past.

Goldfinch feeding on Teasel.

Green in the autumn.

Saturday afternoon of week 41 saw me going for a walk.┬áIt’s strange, I went out looking for autumn colour and my pick of the shots from the walk is some green and yellow leaves.

The green leaves looked very bright amongst the autumn colours and in the overcast light almost seemed fluorescent.

Green and yellow amongst autumn colour.

Week 41. 29 minutes before sunrise.

Sunday morning of week 41 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. I was hoping for some sun and blue skies after the sunrise to get some shots of the autumn colour. It clouded over more after this shot was taken. I didn’t realise that the sun had risen until I checked the time.

This shot was taken 29 minutes before sunrise and is a 60 second exposure to soften the water. I used a neutral density filter to lengthen the exposure and a graduated neutral density filter to balance the exposure for the sky and water.

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at dawn.

Light beam on hillside.

A telephoto landscape from the archives. Taken in the autumn of 1985 which makes me realise just how long I have been using long telephoto lenses to isolate sections of the landscape.

I was photographing storm clouds over Loch Arkaig, Lochaber, Scotland in the evening. I noticed that a light beam from the low sun was illuminating a section of a hillside and quickly swapped to my 300mm for this shot.

Sunset light beam.

A variety of autumn colours.

Saturday morning of week 40 had thick cloud. So rather than head off for a sunrise I went for a walk looking for autumn colour.

I was struck by the variety of colour in this small section of trees. I used a telephoto lens to pick out the most interesting section of colour.

A patch of autumn colours.